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  1. Turned out it was an 11 hour round trip. Really impressed so far .....especially above 4500 rpm 🤪🙏
    9 points
  2. Three years ago I bought a 1984 Esprit Turbo. Mechanically it was a mess but I was naive enough to buy it anyway as the bodywork and interior were in great shape and how bad could it be?!!! Well, Barry Ely has had it for a couple of years. Complete mechanical rebuild required to get it back to a good standard after it had been very badly bodged by previous owners. Rebuilt and blueprinted engine with new forged pistons, new exhaust system & turbo. Every piece of pipework replaced throughout. New suspension all round, set up 20mm lower to match the Essex ride height. The list goes on a
    4 points
  3. An Essex Blue one from Stratton Motor Company - 9 hour round trip then face the wife and give her the good news 😉
    4 points
  4. Hi all, I though i'd introduce myself having purchased the car just last week after searching for many months. This is only my second non-Japanese car with the other being my 1969 VW Bus, and as such look forward to speaking with some like-passionate people. I've returned the car back to Norfolk and look forward to meeting some of you in the future. Thanks, Jack
    3 points
  5. Hello all, some may have met me with my Evora GT430 Sport at 70 years Hethel (I have fond memories of the time when it was okay to travel...especially for joy!). While I have not been very active on TLF, I did not stop thinking about the cars. Today I signed a deal to buy a restored 1977 S1 Esprit (sorry - LHD, I am still in Germany ). My goal is to make it a drivers car and not garage / showroom / collectors queen. As you will notice, the wheels are not "correct" (as well as a couple of other parts) but the overall condition is excellent (from what I know so far). Frame has been fu
    3 points
  6. Can’t say I’m to worried Sparkles runs a price match system and I have just found Kwik Fit are doing Service and MOT for £49.99
    3 points
  7. 21st Wedding Anniversary 26 years together. Dunno how she puts up with me!
    3 points
  8. Thanks lads, for the input - its all as valuable as gold IMO. re: "if you are not fully committed to the car, either financially or emotionally, you should move it on" When I made the financial commitment back in March @SW I was as eager as hell to see some use out of it this summer -- and that was the timescale. So we started to go that way. The car made it to the ramp. Start with the 'main event' finishing with ticking off the MOT advisories as money permitted. Then along came COVID and completely f****d it up. In the meantime events out of SW's control (as I say - not his
    3 points
  9. I’m a bit late to the GT430 thing but picking mine up tomorrow and can’t wait, my first Lotus ......just one thing, not told the wife yet 😁
    3 points
  10. Just collected the Evora from Craig's this morning after its second year service. Night and day difference between dealing with Craig and Leven. He said judging by the state of the oil and brake fluid it's doubtful they were even changed for its first service. Much happier knowing the car is in his hands now, a CMC stamp is worth far more to me than a Lotus one. Bravo once again Monty!
    2 points
  11. Norfolk's gain is Worcestershire's loss. However good to see that Lotus are offering to relocate workers but not sure if people in Worcester have ever ventured as far as Gloucestershire. Let alone Norfolk!
    2 points
  12. Welcome to the forum and Lotus ownership. Don't worry if you are feeling homesick, I'm sure you can find one or two Japanese badges around the car 😜 I like the colour by the way!
    1 point
  13. Sorry Jason , I'm a dill for not spotting the channel name, I every so often do a search for Evora Videos and this one popped up,
    1 point
  14. I'll take a few engine pics tomorrow. That's the most impressive part of the car. Here is one of the block and pistons during the rebuild - amazing quality or workmanship from Barry if you saw what he started with.
    1 point
  15. Oh that's awesome, welcome my young friend to the moment of peace that can only been found mid apex on the track! I have daughter's they wouldn't be so interested in that experience, you're blessed! I'm curious to see the report, as a prospective buyer or eventual buyer, you can color that statement however you'd like
    1 point
  16. You might want to read this. In a couple of weeks. https://www.moneyunder30.com/how-to-deal-with-mechanics-when-you-know-nothing-about-cars
    1 point
  17. Yes I hope to post up a post trip report on how the day goes, car is all set to go with a full service and all fluids checked, new Michelin PS4’s and new pads, just need to work out go pro fitting, may use the helmet fitting, also letting my 20 year old so. Have his first track driving experience 😳😳😳
    1 point
  18. This thread has prompted me to consider doing mine. It’s already had the Intake kit on it - so I’ve just got the torch out and had a peek underneath the tray - 3rd cat delete pipe already present
    1 point
  19. Plug and play, wiring and socket for switch already in place. Dash display showing valve status and valve works as intended :-)
    1 point
  20. Clunker @Chillidoggy I went through the service history yesterday and @Bazza 907 wasn’t exactly scrimping on parts doing this with Gerald I think Sparkles is breaking stuff on purpose as he doesn’t want to see the back of it. It’s only ever been looked after by Sparkles and Gerald, I did however mend the brake light switch so that could be the issue cant wait for the new fans they look shiny and I am a sucker for expensive shiny things and generally just a sucker
    1 point
  21. Feels good starting to slowly build up the chassis - hydraulics and ABS hardness
    1 point
  22. This is a beautiful story, having daughters on or about that age, I could picture them. I would say this is a good place to be, Congratulations Dad!
    1 point
  23. Door fitting didn’t go to plan. Door beam attached to body with spacers to start , but then bolted door check strap to bracket and noticed it had worn on the pin that goes down track. So removed and built up the pin by TIG welding. Just got to make good with file back to original diameter.
    1 point
  24. It's not a C service; more a requiem mass.
    1 point
  25. Great news. Well done. I remember suffering a water leak on an autobahn in my S1 in 1994. A German stopped and gave me a lift to the services...he just adored Lotus and had to help. Evora is always much admired when I am in Germany. Delighted to hear you will drive it, so sad to see under-used sports cars. Justin
    1 point
  26. Eurgh. People need to calm down slapping JPS colours on everything, thinking it would look good. That said, it's not the most elegant car to begin with, in profile. @Gordon S 's 430 Cup though, now that's a looker.
    1 point
  27. Your option 2 https://www.sjsportscars.com/parts-and-accessories/A082N6070F.htm
    1 point
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  29. This thread needs moving to the restoration section.
    1 point
  30. She maybe knows the old man couldn't hack it these days and it's just bravado on his part and she's trying to be kind. ;).
    1 point
  31. A completely bare shell weighs between 250 & 300kg. I built a jig in the garage to do it safely (just happened to have a handy RSJ holding the bedroom up!): Pete
    1 point
  32. Oh, very nice! Congratulations Heiner. They weight next to nothing too so are a lot of fun to drive
    1 point
  33. Well done that man! A legend indeed. Platinum-Iridium balls too (and/or a very understanding wife). Enjoy the drive (while you can)!
    1 point
  34. @EuropaSman looking at your pics made me realise there was something off about my car .... For some wierd reason the clip in NACA ducts on the undertray were on the outside. So fixed tonight again TLF has helpful info it doesn't realise it has 😁
    1 point
  35. Mine's more battered than my actual car! I'm just a cheapskate. Cant afford big ticket items like keyrings - so just made my own with a model car, a drill and some chain! Are we going to start a new thread? Who has the best keyring!! My keyring is better than your keyring.....................
    1 point
  36. Dunno if it’s the unhappy or happy thread - my eldest is 18 today. She’s grown into an amazing young lady with an incredible future ahead of her - makes me feel profoundly proud. Where has the time gone though.... feeling old. These young uns - she was already slumped by the downstairs toilet after a run in with shots 🤪 when I got in this afternoon. She’s now back up and eating - and refusing my suggestions of a drinking session to round the day off.
    1 point
  37. I personally think manual is king for ANYONE that wants a proper driving experience, having spent much time abroad (I lived in, and about for about three years, for work) I recognize the market is significantly different, even the enthusiast market is different; where driving is the priority and that experience (though not faster, unless expertly mastered, even then I think the data guys would argue paddles depending on their build are simply faster) of connection brought through a manual is irreplaceable. Speaking generationally, and speaking to the U.S. 'Canyon Rats' or 'Track
    1 point
  38. This is my Olive Green Exige 380 Sport
    1 point
  39. So we all have to be positive all the time or we might upset someone? Come on guys, if you like the car then feel free to say so and why. If you don't like it, then feel free to say so and say why. Censorship is for governments not forums.
    1 point
  40. The skinning won't be cheap but in effect they put layers of carbon fibre on to the components. When on the car will look like carbon throughout. No idea re pricing but not cheap.
    1 point
  41. Bgger Covid. Took it out , so happy. Outside the CT (MOT) station. Bonus was that it passed.
    1 point
  42. Good progress. Once the pinch bolt is removed, it will just slide out as you start to lift the body. It's just left to rest against the chassis. Getting it back in is less straight-forward 🙂
    1 point
  43. I met my granddaughter (born on Friday) today.
    1 point
  44. A drive into the peaks today, putting some miles on the car before a peaks run on Sunday with MLOC.
    1 point
  45. Hiya, mine wasn't spec'd as 2+2 but I have added a set of back seats from an old Evora and fastened a dog lead to the harness bar, yes the dog comes in the car, it's the only way her in doors would let me buy it!
    1 point
  46. Thanks Pete, Yeah later S2 with inclined rad, maybe the wiring was fitted incorrectly by one of the previous owners. Will look at reversing and see if it all works as it should. Not had the car for a year yet so I’m still feeling my way into Esprit ownership, everyday is a school day. You guys are a great help and top source of info. 👍 Trying to right a lot of wrongs before I’m happy to take her out on the road, the car at least deserves that.
    1 point
  47. As a few people have messaged me, Scott did take the Decat, my garage is slightly emptier and a charity has received a generous donation.
    1 point
  48. Nice and sunny so got the Turbo out today
    1 point
  49. Andy, there is an awful lot of misinformation out there from people who have an opinion rather than a qualification.. The chassis were galvanized to completely protect from corrosion, inside and out.. Not for cosmetic reasons. Galvanizing does not oxidise rapidly if correctly done.. What you refer to is white rust oxide , this forms on newly galvanized work that has undergone a nearly 100% zinc coating, and then left to the elements, or stored incorrectly. The fact is when the full process is done properly the final dip is a chromate passivation .This passivation coating provides a prot
    1 point

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