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  1. Looks like Mercedes are dressing him as a test mule😆😆😆
    6 points
  2. My Elite out and about enjoying the December sunshine before being tucked away for it’s annual hibernation 😀
    5 points
  3. Haaaaa, Turtle Wax, the friend of old paints
    4 points
  4. Yes it’s been just up the road from me for all those years Tom, i sold it due to peer pressure from friends as I was the only one with a two seater so my car wasn’t used on trips or outings. This didn’t last long before I bought a black 84 Turbo missing my S1. The guy I sold it to had it stolen and although they didn’t get far they managed to damage the front spoiler and break the screen. I think it was at this point the colour was changed to yellow and the white leather dyed the same to match. The owner thought it was a S2 being on a ‘T’ plate so SJ sold him the spoiler to suit, he had no idea it had a turbo kit so the bodyshop fitted that during the repaint. The DVLA should never have issued a newer plate when the private reg came off so should have gone back on a ‘S’. I have bought the correct Turbo spoiler already to suit the Turbo look and as you say for nostalgia reasons I will be putting the car back to how it was for the time and enjoying it. We plan to move to a bungalow in Cornwall in the next 2 years once my son leaves for university so doing a full S1 restoration just isn’t practical at the moment. I will keep hunting down the parts though as need the S1 repair panels, two front wheels, a S1 dash (not clocks or binnacle), rear glass and a pair of door cards. I have the rear wheels, seats, steering wheel, centre ashtray, wheel centres, centre console, mirror, dash vents already. I plan to get a provenance certificate to get the correct interior trim combo and finally return to Lagoon blue doing a body off restoration once I have a big garage built on the new property. I am tempted to apply for the BRX246T plate when I owned it but think I may as well just go for its original now instead. My current priority is my JPS as having two off the road Esprits just isn’t practical and my motorcycle is now trapped in the garage 🙄 I have ordered loads of service parts for the S1 so when the weather warms I will change the tanks ( I already have two alloy ones), fit a new pump, belts and do what I can to run, I may have to pull the engine though as like the JPS it has leaks everywhere and the clutch is stuck. I’m tempted to fit a HC engine as the current engine has been changed from original anyway so keeping my eyes open 👍🏻 After a quick wash removing all the bugs, dirt and rubbish,I found the missing CX501 centre caps in the car which was a bonus. One bit of fantastic news is the owner had lost the keys so I visited my parents where I lived at the time and found a spare set in the loft with half the air filter ( yes I fitted the K&N’s 🤭 all those years ago knowing no better). I pretty sure the steering wheel and other air box back plate are up there just so much stuff to dig through along with my other set of Essex cam covers. I need to find a spare wheel at some point as that’s gone during its previous ownership and the little knob for the electric mirror adjustment. I’m not even going to attempt to dye the seats back to white so they will be coming out and getting fully trimmed by the chap doing my JPS interior once it’s back, I have already picked the materials and agreed a deal. Really looking forward to driving it again and still pinch myself to make sure it’s real and my old car is home, best xmas present ever! 😊 Dave
    4 points
  5. I see the type 79 - 430 is up for sale as well, pity really as I placed an order for a 430 the other week through connor at Central lotus! Do love the t25/79's though In the end I went for one in pearl white with a fair few extras, I'll keep it a surprise and will let the pictures do the talking when I get some.
    3 points
  6. Audio i had done last month, looking to get the aluminium cup holder anodised black next.
    2 points
  7. And the knowledge of how all the various jets, jet holders, emulsion tubes, diaphraghms, spring weights etc all interact with each other?
    2 points
  8. When I owned my Excel I fitted fuel injection to it and also fitted a mixture gauge to the dash, replacing the voltmeter. The gauge turned out to be quite useless for tuning because the mixture on a properly tuned car varies hugely, its never at the optimum, nor supposed to be, for best performance without engine damage. What I should have done is had it tuned on a rolling road but at that time I had very little money and what I had I spent all on the EFI 😞 It was a project I should never have started at that time. Rolling road is the way to go but can be a very long and expensive process and do people still have stocks of different Dellorto jets?
    2 points
  9. We will have to try and get as many 430s together as possible when we are out of lockdown.....I think most have tinkered to put their own stamp on them so would be great to check each other’s cars out.
    2 points
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  11. Hello, just taken delivery of my Evora GT430 in Olive green and I have to say I’m over the moon with it so far. Having owned a Caterham for the past 4 years I’d had some great drives but felt it was time for a change. I started looking for something equally as interesting and exciting but also maintained the rawness and back to basics I’d become accustomed to. Also wanted something a little larger with a better level of security to allow for more everyday usability. Continuing with the theme of a British built specialist car I dropped in to the local showroom and saw this. And it just felt right. Anyway, looking forward to getting some decent driving in over the coming months and hopefully get to meet up with a few like minded peoples.
    1 point
  12. Original beige leather as well ! 🙃 this picture make you want jump into
    1 point
  13. Will Max have his usual poor start, get frustrated, then try to force it on lap 1 and end up going out of the race?
    1 point
  14. Managed my first proper run out in the car Friday and have to say so far I absolutely love it. It didn’t feel as firm as I initially thought on the early morning country road short 1mile trip to the detailer last week. This drive was more A roads with plenty of twists and turns and I started to feel really at home after an hour. Although saying that I did find I had to place my rolled up jacket behind me for a bit of lumber support as I started to get the usual nagging pain I find without something there. Looking forward to the next outing now.
    1 point
  15. She was trying out her new Clinique make-up and No. 7 mascara!
    1 point
  16. That’s where it starts Nathan.....then you’ll want better music, then more alcantara inside and the list goes on. 🤦‍♂️
    1 point
  17. Haven't done much tinkering yet though have plans to replace the mirrors with help from George in the new year.
    1 point
  18. Wait......... your gran was a chauffeur-driven drug-dealer?
    1 point
  19. Interesting to go back and ready the early comment when dry sump #1108 was for sale back in 2013 we all thought 28,500 pounds was a lot for this car, Paul Matty now asking 75,000 pounds obviously. Essex 007 was for sale in Australia at the same time for 25,000 pounds equivalent..
    1 point
  20. That's a quite some story it's got to tell with all those plate changes. Has the car been in the local area all the time since it was last sold by you? If you're buying it back for nostalgic reasons I'd be putting that other spoiler back on the car if it were me.
    1 point
  21. Great and thanks, decided to give these a go, seem to be build well and let's see! https://a.aliexpress.com/_BTF5c3
    1 point
  22. Great for you to get this back again and I totally get this. It's a cool thing and looking forward to seeing it progess. Lex.
    1 point
  23. You spelt ‘cool’ wrong.
    1 point
  24. You're welcome Neil, glad to have helped. The manly tool collection has only just started for you then, it's infectious! That's the thing working on cars, the learned knowledge of the job and confidence in yourself, you can do anything and quicker the second time. I even changed my timing belt, something I thought I'd never do due to the cost of getting it wrong.
    1 point
  25. the electric part of the Lotus SUV underpinnings is official entering public testing phase: https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/electric-cars/new-lynkco-zero-electric-coupe-suv-beging-testing That SUV, cause it is deemed to be an SUV looks very low to the ground to me... Zero is a skate that Geely Engineering teams to serve as a one stop shop for all brands of Geely group to use as they see fit, the Lynk & Co Zero seen above is therefore a demonstrator of this new "open source" architecture.
    1 point
  26. Thanks Bibs 👍 Did I overpay to get it? You bet I did but you can’t put a price on happiness right and it will get the love it deserves rather than rotting in that garden the poor thing. 😍 Dave
    1 point
  27. Glad Hamilton is OK but I was kind of hoping that Russell would have gotten another chance. Later, Eldon
    1 point
  28. ES bought a number of pre production Evoras from Lotus which they were not allowed to sell as complete cars but they are great for "as new" used items - just check you get the correct one (s) as there were various changes early on, but you'll prob be ok with a 13 S. They're very helpful and all their stock is carefully labelled as to what it is and what it fits.
    1 point
  29. He grew his hair and got ripped! He's still running LEW, there are updates on there!
    1 point
  30. Night drive outing with the classic car club Singapore folks. Nice and cool temperatures & some legendary local backdrops. Dempsey hill and the beautiful Raffles hotel.
    1 point
  31. Good video from over the pond.
    1 point
  32. 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 😊
    1 point
  33. Adding to the trail of 430 pics. This one by GF Williams.
    1 point
  34. It has now sold, this afternoon (but not to me!). Thanks for all the input everyone.
    0 points


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