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  1. Thanks for directing me to this thread @Fridge ! Hi @LOTUSMAN33 , hijacking the thread a bit to show my 1977 S1, I picked it up last weekend. An original Monaco white car with 31,000 miles on the clock. I have managed to locate an air pump and injectors stateside but let me know if you'd like to sell your federal parts. I'm based in California so have to pass SMOG emissions to get it registered here. My car has Weber carbs, I've just bought a pair of Stombergs that will have to go on, bye bye 20 bhp! You can see the air injectors in my pix plugged up. A previous owner took off t
    5 points
  2. The Beginning Some of you may have noticed in May of this year that an S1 (with plenty of non S1 modifications) went up for auction on Bring a Trailer. You may have also noticed some poor fool spent 9 grand on it. Well this should come as no surprise, but I am that fool. It's in bad shape. The interior smells, the engine has yet to run (and may not for a while, my mechanic found chunks of what he thinks are brick under the valve covers), and the body has been pretty heavily altered. Oh, and I should probably mention, I love it! I have no doubt this car is going to make me very poor and v
    3 points
  3. Lord Murray of Gordon sold his F1 (XP3) as the value and ensuing insurance costs spoilt his enjoyment. Full kudos to him. He understands a car is to be used and enjoyed as a driving machine, hence incorporating luggage space. Be thankful, Lotus owners. We have access to focussed yet practical cars that are, in reality, usable and affordable. The F1, T.50, 600LT, Enzo etc...etc...may be on the margins better than any Lotus but we get a major dollop of what makes the top-end lightweight sports cars so special without the angst of owning a precious pearl. Justin
    3 points
  4. Delighted to say the car passed its MOT today😀. Pictures to come. Even more pleased that the engine sounds good and although I haven't tried hard seems to pull as well as ever. Lots still to do but all made so much easier by driving it. So much good stuff on the forum, which has been a huge help. In 2003 I'd never have dreamed I'd be checking my cam belt tension with my phone!
    3 points
  5. Hi, Just got a totally unloved 1985 Turbo Esprit and love it. I'm in the UK - near Buckingham, and I'm not a mechanic but with so many other bits and pieces to do, I'll have a good go at what I can !! and with fellow member's support, I might just be able to make a difference. I hope to be able to join in with various meets when I can figure out when they happen etc.
    2 points
  6. Changed the pulleys to HTD and fitted a blue belt. Little more reliable tooth profile. Manual tensioner from Kemp. 45 degree twist method. When it warmed up was a Little noisy so backed off a bit. Gary Kemp informed me these belts are 100k no problem. You would have to tension it with a scaffold pole to break it.
    2 points
  7. Fitted deep dish wheels to the Challenger
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  8. FWIW, Murray isn’t a designer. He’s an engineer.
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  9. Love all the design suggestions from the armchair designers pointing out what a master has done wrong. I bet Monet suffered from the same when he was in the park painting his water lilies, lots of other lesser artists telling him his work was pointless....
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  10. The Federal spec was a miserable affliction, not something to cherish in my opinion. Set the car up as the design team would have preferred it and stash away the smog bits for your own peace of mind Nothing trick about the air pump port plugs, they are very likely 1/8 NPT or similar tapered thread.
    2 points
  11. Just wanted to give the OP another option. If you haven't read my project thread, my 380 Sport was fitted with the original, non-chargecooled TVS1900 kit from SSC by the previous owner. I have since bought the EX500 chargecooler kit made for the TVS1900 from Komotec and will be getting it fitted in October. I'm not sure of the cost differences but it might prove to be more economical going down this route instead of buying the complete chargecooled TVS1900 from SSC. I'm hoping to beat Matt's numbers by 1 bhp just for the hell of it!
    2 points
  12. I'll start this off with the Harry's Garage video. enjoy
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  13. Hi everyone I'm Nick, 28, from the south west and in the last week I made one hell of an upgrade from my (admittedly superb, for 4 years) Audi TT Mk2 2.0 S-Line to this absolute monster - my 2016 Exige Sport 350 in Solar Yellow 😁 The Lotus is an enormous step up and what made me fall in love with it rather than going with something more "mainstream" like a 718 Cayman or an F-Type was how true it is to Lotus' mantra. It knows exactly what it's meant to be and delivers in every single way, the handling is exceptional and I absolutely love the rawness - don't think I could ever go back
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  14. You can download it from this link: https://www.dukevideo.com/prd4970ED/Lotus-Evora-The-Making-of-a-Modern-Icon-Download
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  15. That's a bit of a harsh name to call Sparky.
    1 point
  16. Nothing beats a nice cup of gin. And a Watford Exotics cup makes it taste so much better.
    1 point
  17. Still sticking by my EcoAir Dehumidifier DD322. 2 years later still collecting loads of water and garage bone dry.
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  18. I'd best make the effort too then.....
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  19. Looks like me and Dave freeman and possibly Meghan
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  20. Oh I know, rest assured I know!!! But i'm not in a market for one so my opinion does not matter, however the LM rendering above makes for one hell of a bedroom poster.
    1 point
  21. Thanks Roo, this has been a proper dilemma, SJ gave the same advice keeping it as was or retaining parts doing himself out of around £800 for an exhaust system. The exhaust is in fantastic condition only really needing the two silencer heat shields replaced which Steve sells. I actually like the look of the system with mesh guards as well. Funny enough I was adamant I would fit my two alloy tanks but these tanks are rot free so going to stick with the originals just changing the hosing. Dave
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  22. Keep all the original pieces, keeps the value if you ever sell and the new owner wants to return to original. Fit the SJ rear bumper and extended valance but keep the original exhaust. Remove air pumps and piping, easy to fit bungs to the head to block the holes. My car has had this done and runs fine. Do not swap the head with anyone, it's only original once.
    1 point
  23. The energy and devotion to the car and esp his enthusiam remind me in a way of Roger Becker explaining the idea / concept behind the Evora (total different cars but you get what I mean ...)
    1 point
  24. He is! - I have just fitted the set Steve produced for my S3 NA - they look excellent. I will take pictures shortly...
    1 point
  25. I would certainly argue it's no Monet but beauty is in the eye of the beholder... Regardless, your point is sound that all the elements are there for an engineering reason and I wouldn't argue against that. It just isn't the most beautiful car in the world and I think it's valid to point out why we think that is.
    1 point
  26. As long as she charges enough...
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  27. Nice find, I will have a think about what I want to do with the kit as did plan to keep it with the car TBH. I do understand the need and how challenging it is finding these used parts especially when required for the California smog test. Dave
    1 point
  28. Sounds like you want to live in an Airey house, designed post WWII by engineer Sir Edwin Airey.
    1 point
  29. You need to switch the "tracker" on on Tracey's phone. She's been moonlighting @Sparky!!!
    1 point
  30. I agree 100%. I also think the rear aspect makes it look ungainly: too high for the width. As for not having proper door windows? 25 years on from the F1, I am pretty sure they could have found a solution to that conundrum. Who has actually been credited with the styling? To be honest it’s a relatively generic Supercar shape, which seems to have been bent over the kitchen table and had what looks like a jet engine exhaust unceremoniously shoved up its arse.
    1 point
  31. I put this kit on a few years ago and, after melting 2 sets of poly bushes (with heatshields in place and extra heat shielding), I binned it. It's possible that the tubular manifold was to blame but nonetheless, I've gone back to original mounts and never looked back. Pete
    1 point
  32. @Mysterae for the gold. They talk about it in the Carfection video. Gordon says that during the incoming testing program, if any hot-spots are to be located that can't be fixed with 'more common' materials, then it will be gold as it remains the best heat shield.
    1 point
  33. I think the headlights remind me of a MK3 MR2. The other design issue is a high waistline on the doors due to the cutout beneath it making it look higher and wider than it is. Combined with a bit of a subtle apologetic nose design it ends up looking a little like a manatee. However, it's not bad looking and it's an engineering masterpiece.
    1 point
  34. No Problem. I will try to keep it short and sweet, otherwise I may get a bit carried away/in-depth and you will probably lose the will to live. Remember, there is no such thing as a stupid question (I know cause I've tested it many times😉) I haven't seen your esprit so can't comment on that but Pete's is stunning.
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  35. From a design point of view if going Euro you have to position the rear bumper where it's meant to be. Without the gap, otherwise it looks a bit rubbish. As for converting to Euro carburetion that'll depend upon your intentions. Personal use, your choice perhaps keep original, but changing the bumpers is moving away from that anyway. Flip to Europe, then Del'lortos are the only way IMO, otherwise you're limiting its appeal. If you want to fit new Federal bumpers to retain all originality then contact Bill Galbraith in Florida who has remade them.
    1 point
  36. @giorgio67 -- As usual @EldonZ is right on the money...... owned both as track-only cars. 2012 SR3 (1500)/2008 2-Eleven, both purchased new. Sold the Radical in 2014; still have the 2-Eleven. In a nutshell, 211 faster on straights, Radical has better aero and pulls more G's in the corners.....hence Radical has better lap times. Both were and are a blast to drive. Radical maintenance cost much higher than the Lotus.
    1 point
  37. Talking of which I have just picked up one of these sweet numbers 😉
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  38. Yes I thought about that but tbh I managed to buy my 380 with the TVS1900 and a 2bular decat manifold already fitted for a really good price. I particularly wanted a used 380 as they tended to all be fully loaded with every carbon extra (a la 430 cup) but without the massive £90k price tag. Mine was cheap because it wasn't running right as some wally at either Murray Lotus or Lotus Silverstone had flashed the OEM 380 map on it and the dealer selling the car hadn't taken the time to research it, figure it out and fix it. The chargecooler kit from komotec was really good value too so overall I c
    1 point
  39. Fair point Mark ! but who doesn’t like the aesthetics of a 380 Cup
    1 point
  40. There’s a reason behind him never seeing one with it on 👍
    1 point
  41. Have a listen to this and it will explain why: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/us-lot-sessions/id1505237625?i=1000474319954
    1 point
  42. Sold! You guys are great! BTW my thoughts at the moment on the ever intriguing radiator situation is that it energises the barrier layer as it rises into the windscreen. This should keep the airflow smoothly attached to the car and reduce drag. Both the heating and the blowing helps and it's a bit like the S-duct on an F1 car. That's just my theory but it sounds possible.
    1 point
  43. The official guidance @Barrykearley is to lick your finger before and after entering your PIN number. Safety first in these strange times...
    1 point
  44. @Paul Coleman - Have done a lot of searching myself, and as you mention I can't find anything. I was hoping with the amount of S1/S2 resto's done someone may have overcome this problem and can advise. I will keep on it, and will report back anything I find.
    1 point
  45. Hmmmm... 1 out of 5 in the time we have had them since being built and not properly advertised doesn't seem that good. LOL. Lets be realistic! The issue we have had with these is that they were never really advertised properly from start which was a fault of ours to start with from day 1. Its such a shame really as these are pretty damn awesome and blisteringly quick. Lets not beat around the bush either, they are really more aimed at the European Market and to someone that wants something that is as close to a track car as possible whilst still having the opportunity to utilize thes
    1 point
  46. This is the cool sticker that is on the inside of the windshield on my Eclat. The car shows 28k miles, so it is pretty surprising it wasn't removed after the break-in period. The windshield is unfortunately cracked and will have to be replaced, I'll have to find a way to preserve the sticker.
    1 point
  47. As you know, I've been working on this concept for quite a while. Recently, I have made two prototype stub-shafts without the groove. Yep, that is the way to go and can be made! If you own a car with OEM Lotus limited slip differential and would like to upgrade to stronger shafts, please drop me a note at MrDangerUS at hotmail.com Depending on the demand, I may fabricate couple of extra parts for my Lotus Brothers.
    1 point
  48. @TomE has one of each! Lovely pic by @Malcolm Feth too!
    1 point

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