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  1. Sorted. Thanks so much for everyone’s input on this. I don’t know if it’s a bit embarrassing but after taking the back cover off and then seeing Steve’s picture and also reading a similar problem for SwindonAlan I realised that the washer was not fitted on the detent spring plug so therefore the spring was forcing the ball bearing too hard which was the cause of the stiffness. cant believe how good it feels now 🤪
    7 points
  2. Right spot right moment earlier today.
    6 points
  3. Very pleasant if chilly morning for a drive out. Good to restart meeting again after a long layoff, and a nice variety of cars. Sorry you couldn't make it Dave. I think for the foreseeable future this might be the best location to meet as it is on private land and has teas/coffees (no food until 11am unfortunately). I'll try to move the time to 8-8:30 start for the next one, and I'll contact them over the next week to thank them and arrange the next meetup. I'll also give a bit more notice, but we may well still be number restricted.
    5 points
  4. Made a quick stop at this working mill. Old used up stones behind the Esprit. This type of landscape with curvy narrow hilly backroads are my favourites for taking a good fun drive in the Esprit. It's easy to feel how the car responds to the road and the drivers input. A nice dance. Have a nice Summer! Kind regards, jacques
    4 points
  5. After doing circa 800 miles in the 430 and following the running in procedure to the letter I can now give a better idea on how it compares to my previous 380 sport. The biggest difference is definitely in the ride quality. It does feel so much more composed and compliant on Uk roads. It actually feels closer to my old 2012 evora S the way it absorbs the road. I should say that I didn’t have the track pack on my old 380 so I’m almost certain this has to be the nitrons on the 430 Which are so much better. in terms of power the car does feel a lot more powerful with additional grunt
    3 points
  6. Managed to get the lotus track exhaust onto the car ready for snetterton and it’s very good. Retains a nice noise and the character of the car but is massively muted. I am interested to see how quiet it is on static but feel I could be in with a shout of 98db days. Being repackable it means it should last me forever and I hate lifting on circuits as it just takes the fun away from it all. still absolutely in love with the car.
    3 points
  7. I've now got an image of you at work, windows open, absolutely drenched as is throwing it down, windscreen wipers sweeping water into the car, mask on holding a speed gun to a scared looking 17 year old's head... There's definitely a sketch in there somewhere.
    3 points
  8. Collection day. Early days but first impression the car feels amazing.
    3 points
  9. thanks Bravo, yes it is my car, and only going as I had recently purchased a Cup430.
    2 points
  10. But then you only ever wear the same three pairs from the top of the pile! Unless of course your wife is super organised and rotates the pile for you. Happily I've not met a bloke yet who would do that, but certainly have met a few women who would! I'm off the vino colapso at the moment actually. Giving my body of a month off whilst I eat healthy salads and stuff. Last night was rib eye and salad with a nice sweet chilli dressing. Lunch today was a nice bit of poached salmon with a salad and I made a nice home made coriander dressing that went with it quite nicely! All liberally washe
    2 points
  11. That worked a treat @Jacques, idle is much smoother now as well.
    2 points
  12. @jep As we appear to be drifting now, and not in Lotii 😁 can you tell me why this forum now seems to be full of English teachers? (Already admitted it's not my best subject). You may well hide behide the sofa ! 😉 M.
    2 points
  13. Oh that's good looks like they're making progress and it's in colour
    2 points
  14. Not aimed at anyone in particular @MadMick just a general comment on how I perceive people are generally in the UK right now. Every feels they are more special, more deserving than anyone else. I've got people who have been furloughed on full pay (yes, that's right a six figure salary for doing fcuk all who, now that they are being asked to consider coming back to work, want to negotiate their return as it will be tough for them to accommodate - I kid you not) whilst those of us who have been working keeping the revenue and the company going, and making sure they have a job to come back t
    2 points
  15. Robin: In Lotus Service Notes, section EMH.1, page 13, section I, the following is written: "... When first starting the engine after reconnecting the battery or ECM power suply, it may be necessary to partially depres the accelerator pedal, and to release the accelerator very slowly when first returning to idle, in order for the ECM to re-learn the idle air control (IAC) valve position. The time taken to complete the integrator and block learn re-learning process will vary from vehicle to vehicle, and will also depend on driving conditions. Gentle driving at steady throttle op
    2 points
  16. Nice Lotus, but the noise must be a new version of the old military noise that was developed to kill people, that Kate Bush sang about. Cheers, Jacques
    2 points
  17. I just happened to be overtaking a mate of my son in law's at a roundabout and he caught me on his dash cam! If you can stand the in-car music you can just about hear the Esprit as I set off at the roundabout! Quality's crap but was nice seeing myself in action! darryl blubs reed.mp4
    2 points
  18. I've been thinking about this for a LONG time, and have been working on it for most of this year, but I've FINALLY gotten a decent urethane bumper built. I had a fiberglass unit on there before, but I would rather have the correct urethane, and I'm reassembling a car that needs bumpers as well. Hopefully I'll make sure front bumper this fall. Send me a message if you are interested. I still have a few left.
    1 point
  19. What an unbelievable (literally) weekend I’ve had! Thank you to everyone for their help. The second I stepped in this Elise S-Cuo, I knew it was coming home! Hope to see / meet a few of you over the coming years! if there are any groups for meets etc please let me know and I’ll join up. James
    1 point
  20. She’s super-organised, but doesn’t do the stock rotation thing, so it’s the same three pairs from the top of the pile. They’re getting a bit tatty, a cull must be imminent. All this abstention is not good, what with the state of the economy and all. We were all relying on the tax windfall from your wine purchases to help drag us out of this mess.
    1 point
  21. Since I have my original holder I ordered these https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/6pcs-LED-12-V-T3-1-4-Miniature-Screw-E10-LED-Light-Bulb-White-Positive-Earth/273961024797?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2648 They should be here soon.
    1 point
  22. Thanks for the help. I found that I could get to the speakers with just the two screws on the leading edge removed. It was a good opportunity to remove the mouse nest as well...
    1 point
  23. Not according to @pete: 🤣
    1 point
  24. Your paragraph 2 just made my mouth water and it's not even dinner time yet. Maybe off topic but better tha thinking about Covid.
    1 point
  25. Hi, you need to speak to your local Lotus dealer, the dealer needs to upload software from Evora 400 once you have software & switch it will allow you to open/close valve, after you operate switch to open the valve will stay open until ignition is switched off or you press switch again
    1 point
  26. Welcome to TLF Nik. I can't give you any advice on what Lotus to get as your first, as I have only ever owned my S4. Most reliable car I have owned. And the only other Loti that I have been in was Bibs Elise (so a +ve vote for them there) and John Walsh's Esprit in Scotland. Any questions or issues with using the forums, feel free to ask one of us mods. We're here to help.
    1 point
  27. Welcome to TLF Bobby. I'm with everyone else. That looks great in that colour. Any questions or issues with using the forums, feel free to ask one of us mods. We're here to help.
    1 point
  28. Nicely done. Reads a lot better now. Much more enticing and the pictures look great. Good luck with the sale!
    1 point
  29. The Aston Martin business model of former CEO Andy Palmer, did remind me of DB's plan, a product blitzkrieg funded by a loan with low interest and a market floatation. It could have worked, had the market stayed up and confidence stayed high, but the product planning and expenditure looked pharaonic. The market induction was poorly timed and Palmer should have known that from that moment on that he was on borrowed time, the guy planned a brand new factory, a new V12 and a V6, an SUV, 3 mid engined hypercars & supercars, relaunching Lagonda and propping RedBull to the tune of 20m USD per se
    1 point
  30. I fitted Reliant Scimitar wolf race wheels to mine for a while but they had a bit more offset and would rub on full lock. I suppose with lower profile tyres they would have worked fine.
    1 point
  31. Apologies @jep for the pinching of the picture. I do prefer still the look of the original MP4, it just looks so much cleaner and like it is not trying too hard....
    1 point
  32. fantastic job so far Giorgio, Are you sure about sandblasting the speedlines. Those are, may I say,delicate aluminum rims and you should be carefull with sandblasting. If you do not want to use chemicals and sandpaper ( this is a lot of work) then at least consider some other type of mediablasting ( not sand) Inform very well with your specialist about this. I did restore and spraypaint mine myself and I even did polish the outerparts to aluminum highgloss (without paint or lacquer on it) and only painted the centerpart in aluminium spraypaint with a final coat of automotive 2 stage
    1 point
  33. Update guys, fitted the tailgate chrome trims, I was a bit worrying about but has been easy, checked with care the corners fit before putting seal on and the result is very good. Also fitted the passenger carpets and seat and trying to make the handbrake lever warning light working as with the new carpets and the new rubber lever there was very few gap to make the contact on microswitch. Next would be the windscreen and have the Speedline wheels sandblasted and painted, very happy, this car is coming beautiful!
    1 point
  34. also don't waste your time trying to adjust gap and opening of a bare door shell, once you have fitted the frame, glass , motor etc.. you will see that it would be different, fitting the door seal is also good to check the frame angle on body aperture and to see light gap.
    1 point
  35. Morning JayTwo welcome to the right side of the boarder. Happy to meet up when things relax. I know a few owners around here and there is a good WhatsApp group of lotus types who have run outs. Lotus 🇬🇧🚗 I think if you look for that you can find them? Have you joined LDC? What you driving? Ken in the WhatsApp group has a red s4 too. Stay safe. Jay
    1 point
  36. I've been looking to make a version two of the intake to integrate an air straightener, I want to do this properly with a physical hold in place in addition to just the simple approach of epoxy. Some folks will remember that the pipe work I use is not a size which is 'off the shelf' and therefore the straighteners available online are too small (I tested them from three different suppliers!). So I've taken the step to make my own and today I got a few samples laser cut from scratch to ensure a tight and correct fitment. I'll be looking to have a few prototypes finished to test in th
    1 point
  37. Yes, in theory they would be 65 plates.
    1 point
  38. I don't want to say it's the moment we've all been waiting for, but I've definitely been waiting for an update on this project.
    1 point
  39. Bought a cheap hop-up platform for clambering in and out of the engine bay of the Esprit, but I appear to have been sent one for the wrong model 🤣
    1 point
  40. Great day at Cadwell yesterday with my friend in his GT3 RS. Saw a few other Loti's who arrived for the evening session. Great day at Cadwell yesterday with my friend in his GT3 RS. Saw a few other Loti's who arrived for the evening session.
    1 point
  41. Some more GT430 content from Gunnar Hermann.
    1 point
  42. Hi, I rebuild this unit completely, I didnt modify it as you are. I powder coated all the internal parts after repair. Not great design so the improvements are great idea.
    1 point
  43. I'd wondered what had broken the fibreglass of the body shell below the windscreen where the aircon unit blows into the screen vent moulding. It's because an 18kg aircon unit it fastened to it with two M6 fixings! It's also fastened to the bulkhead, but these are really just to pull it forward onto the bulkhead. With 18kg bouncing up and down on these fixings every time the car goes over a pothole there's no wonder the fibreglass cracked. I'm planning to add some support from the transmission tunnel to stop this from happening in the future. I've added a couple of flanges to allow some of
    1 point
  44. Thanks Rob. Even though it's lots of work, I like the fact that it's the original unit I'm messing with. Both the heater matrix and the evaporator are pretty big in the unit and it should work really well. I'm not a stickler for originality (as you can see!) but if I can modify something and make it more reliable I'm all for it. Pete
    1 point
  45. Excellent work, I’ve been tempted to retro fit an aftermarket heater unit but hadn’t considered the rebuild upgrade route before. Looking forward to seeing how the rest of the rebuild goes.
    1 point
  46. Spent some time yesterday making a puller to remove the fragile-looking steel fan from it's shaft without damaging it or the motor or shaft. Again, if anybody is performing the same procedure just ask!
    1 point
  47. Here's the difference between the aircon type bulkhead mountings and the heat-only type:
    1 point


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