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  1. I’m going to pop see the car if I can next week. Might be like when you go see a puppy and convince yourself that your not coming home with it.
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  2. Anyone know this car coming up for sale by a friend of mine.
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  3. @dr_jayhart all dry sumps are 175k at least Dan E (dry sump owner)
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  4. Dan - I've added you to our monthly meeting PM list. I'm hopeful that we will have a breakfast meeting in December - either 13th or 20th. There will be a post next week about it if there is going to be one. Meeting will be Hertford/Welwyn way. There's normally a few Esprits present and the occasional Evora.
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  5. I'm also interested in jukeboxes, so here is a resto I recently finished in the garage and I thought the 2 pictured well together. The jukebox is a 1957 AMI H, the car is .... well you know that bit 😊
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  6. Oooh Carbon Fibre - Today’s postage delivery 👍😁
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  7. Impressive. Did you replace the actual lenses (outer red/amber coloured things)? @Lotusfab did this on his Bond Turbo under @stephenwhyte advice. I believe they resulted in a noticeable increase in light. They'll make a big difference, especially if going to this trouble, as light diffraction due to micro-scratches in 40 year lamps will diffuse any light that is produced (essentially beias ng a lighting camerman diffusion is one of the tools of the trade). You may also want to run the changes by your insurer as light mods of any kind can invalidate your cover. Just a thought, as I know how much money goes into these restorations. Insurance companies will find any route to weasel out of a claim.
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  8. I didn’t know about any of that until I was in the back with you driving
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  9. This is a much better phone holder........... Justin
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  10. More fun on track....after all, it's the only place I can drive the CupR...now at ~15K miles
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  11. Oh and watching Star Trek 📺
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  12. Bit of help reading the Sunday papers! 🙆‍♂️
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  13. I've had one of the latest ones (with the air straightener and ramair filter) fitted to my 380 sport for just over a month now. I've given it a good thrashing on the road, and it's been faultless. There is a definite increase in throttle response, and the whine from the supercharger sounds great 👍
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  14. I agree with @LOTUSMAN33 it took 4 men with a fifth passer-by helping out to help lift a body shell, which still had the windscreen, fuel tanks, rear lights, loom, some carpet installed. Came off easily and on to a dolly.
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  15. 25% off all Official Lotus Merch in our shop until Saturday 28th November 2020 at midnight! Use the code BF2020 at the checkout
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  16. So, are you pregnant, or not. It’s difficult to make out.
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  17. I see that we overspent by £10bn on the supplies of PPE this year due to ineffective planning. To put that into perspective, the two giant new Royal Navy aircraft carriers cost about £3.1bn each and can you remember the uproar from people who said we couldn’t afford them, even though they kept thousands of people in work during construction and will continue to do so with Navy personnel for many decades to come? By the way, we now have thousands of containers full of PPE blocking our ports, which the tax payer is apparently funding to the tune of £1m per day.
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  18. Looks like Lotus could be sharing engines with Mercedes some time soon. https://www-forbes-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.forbes.com/sites/michaeltaylor/2020/11/20/mercedes-deepens-ties-to-geely-sending-small-gasoline-engine-development-to-china/amp/?fbclid=IwAR2GOH53vFAIqZoR_hPqZXctSeER6DbIAkOfVxlQjcPyoxpv1v8wvxHCCrQ
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  20. As a few of you may know I recently bought a restoration project. I was looking for a project and as a kid I thought the Eclat was cool so I revisited those and couldn't decide whether I liked them or hated them. In the end I decided to give it a miss but the Excel and Elite didn't blow my skirt up and although I like the Elise and 60s Elans I have missed the boat price-wise with those. So that really only left the Esprit and then this Turbo came up which was within my very small budget. It had been sat in a barn for years and needs a total restoration. As you can see it looks very rough but that's because it is very rough and has had a million owners... The other side's no better... But the back... oh no wait, that's also rough... However, the front... is just as bad... So maybe the interior will be its saving grace? No... It's a shame you can't smell it Surely the engine bay will be good... no... The front boot... So why did you buy it then I hear you cry... I told you, it was within my small budget! Are there any positives you ask. Well it has a relatively low mileage... Virtually everything that's missing from the car is in those boxes... Or loose... It has a jack and handle which is a plus (if you're unfortunate enough to get a puncture)... And the owner's manual to tell you where the cigarette lighters are. I love the extra pages glued in it to presumably rectify mistakes... The engine is free and I can turn it over by hand which is a good sign. So what's the plan then? Buggered if I know! This will not under any circumstances become a no expense spared restoration, in fact it's probably going to be the exact opposite an all expense spared one. Rat look Esprit anybody? Don't be expecting a 300 page write up either will you, or you'll be sorely disappointed
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  22. Update I have done some testing of the ignition timing advance. The curve is not correct resulting in ignition timing that is far too advanced. Thats not ideal, especially with forged HC pistons. I am removing the distributor. I don’t have a test rig and and don’t wish to make one so I am sending the distributor to distributor doctor. They will refurb it and plot advance curves before and after. The springs have probably gone weak. I plan to set up the suspension over the next few weeks using the string box method. Its then off to a rolling road to fine tune the jetting. All part of the fun now the car is in one piece! Cortina awaits!
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  23. They were @910Esprit which makes even order. I think could keep this debate going to at least page 120...
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  24. on the other hand, all G cars including HC are badged "Turbo Esprit" But as you can see, I just call mine a random mixture...
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  25. As I understand it - Turbo Esprit is Giugiaro, Esprit Turbo is Stephens. So, @Paul Coleman has a Turbo Esprit. Great to see another one being saved, no matter what you call it. (I may be wrong!)
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  26. Hey @Paul Coleman get the lingo right. Even I as an S1 owner knows there's no such thing as an Lotus S3 Turbo. It's a Lotus Turbo Esprit, or Esprit Turbo if you will. Anyone who knows why the name was swapped around, seemingly about 1985 please let me know. I assume it was to standardize (sic) with the US, since their road tests seemed to favour the latter version. And I suppose turbocharging had become more commonplace by the mid-1980s with the name added to the end of a car's model name. Answers on a postcard.... The winner wins a Burglar Protected sticker... 😆
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  27. No 300 page restoration thread he says! @Bibs has already increased the TLF HQ server capacity in anticipation.
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  28. Great work Florent , Good to see you are taking the time and following the location of our LF1s if anyone out there can fill in the last 6 missing cars get in touch
    1 point
  29. Pah - bunch of bloody hairdressers..... real men are brave enough to own the only true supercar Lotus made - the Esprit.
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  30. Yes Tim he was a total masochist ! Yes variable traction control 👍
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  31. Correction to the price, not £500 but €485 all in which was just over £450 at the exchange rate I got.
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  32. With money from the hedge fund. Justin
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  33. @jep you’re correct but every single day I see The Esprit it makes me smile I think I am 6 years in, I was cutting the hedge today and spent a good deal of that time looking at it. The Amazon delivery driver spent some time explaining how much he loves Lamborghinis 😂
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  34. Having seen your S1, I very much doubt this TE will end up anything other than perfection. Looking forward to seeing the progress.
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  35. Excellent project you have there. The owners manual had the extra page glued in as it was originally for the dry sump turbo. When they released the wet sump engine, they must have had a load of manuals laying about, so they thought, save some cash and glue in a new page 🙂
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  36. Fencing put up this week while I’ve been away. Just the small front section to go up Monday with the gates onto the side path. I’ve gotta paint them tomorrow first though. A temporary wire fence is where the gates should be - I finally have a garden the dogs can’t get out of and bugger off down the road.
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  37. Sunday drive in the Swiss Alps..
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  38. I have recently had installed an AUTO-VOX V5PRO OEM Mirror Dash cam https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08FD2JKW3/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 This is a little different to other similar solutions out there as it replaces your existing mirror rather than strap to your existing mirror and there is only one cable out rather than the two or three cables on the strap over models. It not only replaces your rear view mirror view with something that you can actually see, it also acts as a reversing camera and front and rear 1080p dashcams. The before and after pictures really say it all. Before (the cable you can see is the connection hanging loose ready for for the new mirror) ................... After .................. The original factory mirror simply slides upwards to remove it from the anchor attached to the windscreen. It is not held in place with any grub screws or similar. The dashcam records footage to a micro SD card (purchased separately) and the footage can be uploaded to a PC if necessary. I decided to have the wiring professionally installed, but I am sure that anyone who has the correct technical skills and is supple enough to work in the confines of the car could undertake the installation. As I don’t have either of these attributes, I had my installation done at Car & Home Stereo Ltd 42 Sunderland St, Cheshire, Macclesfield SK11 6JL Tel Tim on 01625 432707 https://carhomestereo.co.uk/ Tim did a great job with everything perfectly hidden, he also offers sound system upgrades for the Evora which is something I may consider in the future. My car didn’t have the reversing camera optioned, so the camera supplied with the mirror fitted in the cut out where the factory camera would normally go. Apparently, there is a way through for the cable to the reverse camera and reverse light connection through an existing grommet in the engine bay, but you have to take the driver’s seat out to get to it. The mirror is supplied with different fittings to attach the mirror to the screen. I think that the adapters included fit around 90% of cars, unfortunately, the Lotus was in the other 10%! But, this was not a problem. If your adapter doesn’t fit, go to the ask the seller a question section on the Amazon listing and send them a picture of your mirror’s fitting along with your car details. They reply to you very quickly and arrange to send the correct adapter for your car in the post. The part comes from China and mine arrived in less than 3 weeks. I am very pleased with my purchase and I feel that it offers improved safety for reversing and as I have to reverse off my drive onto the road, this makes that process easier. The dashcam (front and rear) is a nice additional benefit. Overall, with installation, the total cost was around £450, which although not cheap, for me for peace of mind, I feel it was money well spent.
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  39. Welcome Jim I look forward to progress, four people can lift the body off easily although I did mine with three it was a struggle. Which JPS number do you have? Dave
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  40. You're all right, of course, which are the issues that I am trying to solve. I first replaced the industrial revolution bulbs with LEDs all round and the difference (while better) was still a single point of light almost lost in a sea of coloured plastic. The plastic reflective interior of the cups does indeed become dull and peels. Mine were rubbish, but hardly surprising after 40 years. So the idea of light reflecting about, even from LEDs bulbs does not have the effect that it once would have, or should. So, that's why I am getting these banks of LEDs made up. The lit areas are huge, so why not make use of it, is my thinking. Plus, I am getting the PNM LED headlamps fitted at the front as well as some (made for the Mini) LED PCBs fitted to the front bumper lights (my side repeaters are already LED). All this I will post up on my S2 Restomod thread, once they're all done (which will then mean that the car will be finished). The pictures below do not (NOT) show what the lights will look like. These are mockups that I made to confirm that they would fit, both in the lenses etc and back onto the car, before I ordered the PCBs. But, they give some idea to what I'm thinking. What I have learned is that the solution to lights is not lighting, but electronic. Boom.
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  41. I love threads like this. I have zero desire and further don't even understand why anyone would want to have LED lights, particularly at the back of the car. I do though enjoy reading the topic and greatly admire the ingenuity and skill of all those doin' the muckin' on tasks like this. Meanwhile, I will go and drive my Lotus - and hope others can see me in the dark. Justin
    1 point
  42. wow @C8RKHMcDonalds has clearly seen inflation since i last dined out with my wife! 🤣
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  43. You must take your wife to some nice restaurants @C8RKH, I have never spent £170 on a meal with the other half! Be nice to have but just can't justify the cost still being furloughed, and already having a COP. Dare I say if Bahar had done this during his upmarket ramping he would have been slated?
    1 point
  44. Carelss abandon of the paintwork with box placed on top and 'dragged' no less, 'DRAGGED' across the paint as it was rotated. 🤣 I think you may need some retraining to correct your wrong think. Nice offering tho and thanks for the video. 👌
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  45. Great to see the heritage collection is being curated. Does anyone know about any other acquisitions?
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  46. Central Lotus our local dealer, fitted the (loud) button to our 430 when they were prepping the car for us to collect they didn’t charge us so I assume this is a relatively easy job for a Lotus dealer to perform yes we use the button as soon as we are off the estate, the exhaust sound is very addictive at all revs
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  47. Here is a diagram for the above modification, see attachment. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~***~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Additional performance improvement can be achieved by introduction of the whirl generator in the turbo trunking duct (close to the compressor inlet). Air ow coming into the compressor can be rotated in order to in enhance compressor performance. So called positive pre-whirl is when intake air flow is rotated in the same direction as compressor wheel rotation, and negative pre-whirl is opposite. At low engine speeds, the compressor impeller speed is too high in relation to the air ow velocity, so the incidence angle of the blade tip is away from the design point. Adding pre-whirl in the rotational direction of the impeller (positive pre-whirl) can help to improve the incidence angle and the inlet Mach number is reduced. Since the flow already has a rotational component before entering the compressor wheel, the relative velocity, critical mainly at the wheel tip, is reduced. Inlet Mach numbers can be in the range of 1.5. This speed is associated with energy losses, reducing the surge margin. The lower the inlet Mach number is, the smaller the energy loss can be. If the incidence angle is optimized and therefore the energy loss resulting from ow separation can be avoided again the surge margin is increased. Hence the compressor wheel is able to speed up.The flow already includes a whirl component, so the work done by the impeller on the flow can be reduced, which leaves more energy to speed up the impeller wheel. This can help to improve transient response and increases the pressure ratio for a given amount of the turbine energy. Taking into account information found in the literature,that swirl of greater than +40 of vane angle is negative and that swirl up to +20 can give positive efficiency effects. Comparison of compressor maps with no swirl and 0.11 swirl clearly shows efficiency improvement and the trend for efficeciency "islands" to move towards lower mass flow (evident in lower pressure ratio area). For more, see: D. Guentert, D. Todd, W. Simmons, Flow tests of an naca-designed supercharger inlet elbow and the effects of various components on the flow characteristics at the elbow outlet, Tech. rep., National Advisory Committee for Aeronautic (1946). http://naca.central.cranfield.ac.uk/reports/1946/naca-tn-1148.pdf https://www.google.com/patents/US3922108?dq=3,922,108&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjA1pylk7jQAhVmq1QKHSYHAyIQ6AEIHTAA US6129511 Oct 27, 1998 Oct 10, 2000 Carrier Corporation Method and apparatus for controlling interaction between variable guide vanes and variable diffuser of a centrifugal compressor US6554568 Jun 15, 2001 Apr 29, 2003 Daimlerchrysler Ag Exhaust turbocharger for an internal combustion engine US6796296 * Dec 9, 2002 Sep 28, 2004 Jay S. Kim Fluid swirling device for an internal combustion engine US7322191 * Dec 28, 2005 Jan 29, 2008 C.R.F. Societa Consortile Per Azioni Device for imparting a whirling motion on the flow of air for supplying a turbo-supercharged internal-combustion engine US7412830 * Dec 22, 2005 Aug 19, 2008 Daimler Ag Compressor in the induction tract of an internal combustion engine DE2060271A1 Dec 8, 1970 Jun 29, 1972 Kuehnle Kopp Kausch Ag Verfahren zur selbsttaetigen Einstellung des Eintrittsdralles bei Verdichten der Abgasturbolader und Leitapparat dazu EP1416123A2 Oct 10, 2003 May 6, 2004 Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft Vortex inlet vanes
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