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  1. Hi Guys I can't keep it to myself 🥳 At the End of October I fulfilled my lifelong dream of buying a Lotus. I ordered a Cup 430 in the special colour racing green metallic C155 (like the Type 25 special edition). Fully equipped with fire extinguisher, power cut, AIM digital dashboard, black rims and yellow brake callipers. Last thing will be a yellow accent, but I have no idea it will be a stripe or just a discreet yellow part in honour of the type 25. I hope delivery will be possible by April or May, really really can't wait do drive my dream car. As soon as the car arrives I will make a decent presentation with photos and introduce myself properly. In the meantime, I will continue to study your great posts. Greets from Zürich, Switzerland Martin Please pardon my poor English, I'm working on it
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  2. So 2 weeks ago I decided to let my no trouble 350 go and get a 430. All I can say is wow and wtf have I done. I can see the new rocket ship destroying my driving licence. The difference is night and day.
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  3. Hello fellows, I got some exciting news for you. I ran for dyno today with Imran's air intake system and the result is superb. Allow me to do some explain first: Dyno run is useless if you just do a "single" run and no compares under the same dyno machine. Because the number could be dramatically variable depend on the dyno machine, the method, the air temperature or maybe your car's mood. And there're two type of dyno machine: Happy dyno & Sad dyno. Happy dyno like "Dynojet" always can give your the number pretty close to the offical manufacturer sometime even higher than the manufacturer's claim. And Sad dyno like "Mainline" will always surprise you with a much lower number than what is should be. Please keep this in mind: There is no right or wrong. Cause different dyno machine run much different numbers so the only useful number is the difference on the same car with different tune run on the SAME dyno machine. And this is pretty much what I do: Same dyno machine. similar air temperature, One stock exige S(IPS) and my exige S(IPS) with Imran's air intake system. The result is: Mine got 50HP more ON WHEEL than the stock one. That's exactly the same result from Imran's dyno run. So great job Imran, this air intake kit definitely will give your more throttle response, more vivid driving experience and for sure: more power babe!!!
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  4. Further news on the MIL. They cocked up her COVID test. So, another 48 hours before a negative result will allow her release. That brings us into the weekend, with a less-than-reliable private ambulance transportation system. I may have to wait for her return until at least Monday. I shall be drafting a strongly-worded letter of congratulation to the care home, whilst praying for heavy snow.
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  5. Not much progress since the last post, but have received the Kangol belts from an MG parts supplier for a reasonable price for the condition. Gave them a good clean to get all the inertia gubbins working OK and definitely did not remove the panel that said “DO NOT REMOVE”. So didn’t then need to spend a happy evening getting the spring back into place, phew. As the above theoretical event would have taken more hands than I had available, no photos, so thought I would share the following after digging some pics out last night after a chat with a forum member. The first is me removing my leaking tank from the SE many years ago, a real pig of a job that required the cam covers off and the engine lowering on the mounts. The next are some images I took at the museum in the Lake District when visiting the Bond cars.
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  6. New photo of Essex 18 s/n 10942 by current owner Mel Streek - from facebook. This of course had the big Stocks resto and was for sale in October 2017. Mel said he owned #13. (now black in Switzerland) when he was in his 20's. I asked him if I could add his name to the register and he was happy.
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  7. Just PM Dave on here, he often comes on and he will keep you right, or call him. He's a really nice chap.
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  8. Indeed and doing so cost me £20k for 7k miles... oh how I miss the old days... If I could tell myself 10 years ago all you need in life is an Elise and a Disco I'd be mortgage free right now!
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  9. @SpiritofLotus - different green to the one you’ve ordered but green with black wheels nonetheless.
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  10. I spent some time in Nord 2 years ago with my dad, the people were lovely. And my Uncles war grave wasn't in a tourist area so the French just wanted to know about us and what were were there for etc. We stopped at some lovely local coffee shops and restaurants. Couldn't recommend it more! In Paris we went to a Fish restaurant and the menu was just in French (well they obviously don't get Tourists do they!) I asked the Waiter for a little help and he shrugged and said "No Parla Engleese" or words to that effect. We ordered and a party of Japanese sat down behind us. They did the same as us and asked if the waiter could speak English them to which he replied in perfect English "Yes sure what would you like". We stood up and walked out. @geartoxis perfectly correct, even more so than us, the ruling classes in France and Parisians are a world unto themselves. Lets not forget that Macron worked for the Rothschilds and only went into Politics with their blessing....and backing! However the fact that the French will not suffer because of a Tariff is wrong. Their Motor, Wine and Food industries in particular will suffer badly. Especially as many of their competitors have free trade agreements with us already, so Korean, Japanese and UK cars won't get tariffs, Australian, South American wines won't etc.
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  11. Nice to hear that you are satisfied
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  12. Congratulations @SpiritofLotus great choice and you’ll be in love from the first turn of the key. absolutely adore mine.
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  13. Don't get me started on Londoners
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  14. @Veilsidea pic of #13 in 1984/85 also from Mel. What a great photo.
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  15. Same here. If someone in the solar system or in the galaxy can take our "famous" "french" "elites" it will be great ! It's time for them to leave earth... I am ready to start an ULUL or Kiskstarter or whatever project for that 😉. Please take my Lotus if it's the price. You understand why we invented the Guillotine 😉 .... what a beautiful ....hummmmm.... a sweet dreammm 🤩🤩😜 oh sorry I losing my mind... In France we have a joke which says that "the rooster is the only animal who opens his fucking mouth even with the feet in the shit". So the truth behind this "french rooster song" is that these guys are really worried, because if UK succeed and UK does not disappear in a black hole after the Brexit, others countries will do the same. You are fighting an ideology, you can't speak with these guys just ignore them and stay united. 💪💪
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  16. Spent the afternoon fitting the skirts, adjusting fitment etc. Not the easiest task and they need to come out a little, but getting there. The good thing about fitting them myself is I can have them exactly where I want them. I’ll roll the car out of the garage tomorrow and see how they look outside...
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  17. To get this thread moving again after a break we will look at the poor fit on the transom . As we can see from previous pic's the after market part was wider, this may be due to a later part going onto an earlier body mold . The solution was to just machine the two ends down and GRP the areas to the correct length , finishing with glaze fillers.. Whist doing the driver side I noticed some sinkage in the rear quarter where a rear wing had been previously fitted. These had been filled before repaint but in a short time could be seen.. (not so obvious in this pic but more so in reality) As there seems to be some issues with the lacquer coat not going fully hard after nearly a year , I need to remove it all so going down to the repair should identify why it has sunk .. From the above pic we can see the holes were just filled and not bridged with GRP .. This is the reason it sunk , Its quite common to see this which is why you need to spend the extra time to fully machine back to base layer , then create a new solid substrate by completely bridge the area. This whole area will get GRP bridged to give the best chance of successful reification . Another area that had small issue was the front bumper fit .. once again an after market part from a later model was fitted , as with the transom things did not quite line up correct and had not been addressed when first fitted.. I realise there are those that say this sort of slight miss alignment is nit picking, but I just say would you be happy with it on your Esprit .. All these little points can add up and pull down a quality job.. The only other point that niggled me was the original aerial hole which was no longer used... I think that bung will need to vanish , I don't think it will be in keeping with the rest of what is being done to leave it .. The next stage is finishing these points off , then getting the rest of the shell ready for the full polly coat..
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  18. Ok Peeps. So Dad has recently done some interviews and its made him realise how easy it is to jog his memory and get everything down. I am looking for a ghost writer who can do interviews with MJK and then make sense of all his stories and assist him with writing his book. There is so much to tell it would take a few weeks I would suspect and he also has lots of paperwork, memorabilia and pictures etc from the time which needs to be sorted for Photos of interesting items etc. It needs to be someone who is also a big car fan as it helps pull those long ago stories out and helps with the understanding and someone who is willing to do it either for a % or publish it and make their % from that. It's time to move this forward and Dad is on board! This can even be done over the phone or Computer media initially so lock down won't effect it initially. You guys have a lot of contacts. Any ideas?
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  19. There a lot of similar discussion in this topic..
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  20. What are the chances, it's literally just gone live!
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  21. Thanks Bibs, I had forgotten about that - Specsavers beckons! Is it worth adding some of the stuff I’ve listed into the Buyers Guide?
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  22. @mayevora I can confirm that I am absolutely mustard at losing money on cars, the E63 was resoundingly the best at that. I have had less painful kicks in the gentleman vegetable area! Although once and just once I bought a Holden 202 estate ( station wagon?) in Sydney Oz, drove it around pretty much the whole of Australia and sold it for exactly the same money in Perth
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  23. Each and every one of my esprits 😬
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  24. @WakeI wouldn't put you off the 400. It's magic in so many ways, sounds great, steers amazingly, rides great, goes like shit off a shovel, looks great. I took mine to Snetterton earlier in the year, and it was superb. I've also driven a different 400 at Spa and, again, it was tremendous. Honestly, the amount of comments - all positive by the way - I've had is unreal. I do love mine. If I end up keeping it, that won't be a chore. It even fits my kids in the back!
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  25. That pic must have been collection day.... 🤣
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  26. I suspect that's right @C8RKHbut I've had this itch for years and I won't be able to move on until it's scratched.
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  27. Agree Tony, Jip Jip Rocks is a great tipple.
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  28. You really are a wrong'n Gary.......
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  29. You might have something there. But again, leave Paris and the inbred "elite" and the welcome we get is very different. It's like a country within a country. True story - on holiday, rented a french villa a few years ago near St. Emilion. Just outside a small village. Bottom of the drive was a nice modern bungalow. Got talking to the owner of my Villa and asked him about the people in the villa. He just gave a typical french snort and said that they had moved there about 15 years ago but nobody really liked them. I asked why. He just said, "they're from Paris. No backbone. They just surrendered and collaborated". He then went on to talk about how during the war the local area, which has lots of caves etc, was a hot bed for the resistance and how the French in that area had never forgiven Paris for surrendering so easily. It seems that France and the French is very much like the UK. They hate Parisiens, we hate Londoners... hahahahahaha!
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  30. Hi Dave PCL 74R Is a car i'm restoring for the owner it's a Ket hall car and pre 100G. You so should have brought that one ! ( me 2 ! ) Matt
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  31. The French have never forgiven us Brits for thrashing Napoleon at Waterloo (a lot of French history books to this day claim they actualy won) and then saving their godamn asses from the Germans in two world wars.
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  32. Thanks Stephen I couldn't have put it in better hands. I lose 10 mins every time I go in the garage just staring at it....and it certainly focuses the mind trying to make all the other bits i’m doing compliment the standard achieved. It is progressing....and there will be a big push on it in the spring 🙂
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  33. No and no! These cars are probably most often bought as a 2nd or 3rd weekend "toy" car. As such I would say often they are owned for 12-18 months and then the owner craves something "new" to play with. You only have to read the "ownership" comments/threads on here to see this. You need to buy on condition and service history in my opinion. Number of owners is really not an indicator. I have seen 10 year old Ferrari's with low mileages and 10 owners!
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  34. I will never understand why people buy something and then don't use it. I know, it's their money and all that. But it's like getting married and then still doing the dishes, laundry, washing, cleaning, shopping etc yourself. Pointless.
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  35. Maybe he got confused with Covid symptons and has instead, lost his sense of taste?
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  36. Our fave wines are Rioja, ,Malbec and Shiraz so we like a robust wine, they are all full bodied, but thats just our preference cause we are old. But I am not talking cheap crap like Yellow tail or Hardy's. A good bottle of Rioja should cost in excess of £13 (with a few exceptions), Australian we like a nice Barossa Reserve normally around £12. One of my Favourites is Jip Jip Rocks which is on offer in Waitrose at present for £9. A Malbec should be Argentinian ideally and a good £15 for a decent one. However as mentioned there are some exceptions to the rule. I really like 19 Crimes Aussie Shiraz which is on offer in tesco's for £7.99. That being said we are members of "The Wine Society" and they do a half decent Rioja for £7.50 if all you want to do is guzzle while watching a movie and some really good ones for less than the Supermarkets much of the time.
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  37. Thanks Kenny, good to know I’m not the only one who can’t see at night 🤣 I didn’t even think of the Esprit there Kev - sorry!! I’ve just put Yokohama’s on my other car, had them on Lexus too, really good tyre, but prices definitely in the realms of premium now. Think I paid ~£118 a corner for my wheel size (235 a r18???) Hope work calms down for your @peteyg so you can relax for Christmas. Hoping to spend some of my Christmas break working on project ‘Stellios’ - more on that later, but suffice to say first step is a roll cage!
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  38. Well I started dismantling the Esprit engine about 3 weeks ago in order to hellicoil a couple of stripped threads for the exhaust cam carrier studs that I couldn't be bothered to fix ages ago but the oil leak directly onto the manifold got to a worrying level so needed attention. Been so mental busy with work it's 3 weeks since I've been in the garage and doesn't look like I'll be able to crack on until January. Ended up having to work last night so wouldn't have been able to make dinner even if we had been allowed out. Festive hugs and kisses to all! Pete
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  39. Awkward screws to get at but doable. I think the solenoid and motor mirrors are built the same just different drivers. Mine are motors and I fitted a different change over switch as I suspect the wiring was for solenoid because I could not get them to work. diagrams below may help. Good luck ✌️
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  40. My NA 2010 has lived outside for 3 years. No issues at all. I don't even trickle charge it. 18,000 miles in those 3 years. Covercraft do a bespoke sunshade - fits perfectly and covers the whole screen. I think only available via USA website, I bought mine from TLF member who sold his Evora. Justin
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  41. ECU Update : Today I received the 350 Sport ECU for my V8 Esprit and I just installed it.. Due to covid restrictions driving after a certain hour is not allowed, however I couldn't resist and went on a short drive around my neighborhood.. Immediate the ECU seems to operate the engine smoother.. Even in first gear I felt less of a hesitation vibration.. The car feels more linear and pulls nicely in all RPM at any gear, whereas before it would shake and vibrate at low rpm due to lack of power.. There is definitely less vibration.. In 2-3 gears I could see the difference with power coming in earlier, but without burst on transient boost... The ECU program seems to fit the car nicely.. It also seems to protect the gearbox.. I am not gonna say it feels much faster, but it is too early as I did not go over 80-90 km/h in my neighborhood narrow residential roads.. Once I take it out on a spin tomorrow I will have a better idea of the 350 Sport program.. The good thing is that I improved the drivability / power / performance of my car and it still feels safe to drive.. I could have opted for something more powerful, but Mike is right that the risk of damage to the transmission / engine is too high... Let's just enjoy what we got
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  42. Yep, and mine is no different. But per the handbook and service notes, Lotus seems to think that a fresh, fully charged battery, in ideal conditions, with planets and moons in alignment, should last up to 3 weeks unattended:
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  43. Yes: Installing chip carriers is bad for the board Yes: you risk inflicting unnecessary damage on your ECU which could render it unusable. Maybe not immediately, but the ECU will see a lot of vibration and downstream failures have been seen. Yes: Marcus offers chips because he does not have the equipment for flashing over CAN I'm trying so hard to help you, but this constant challenging of advise is the reason why I have withdrawn myself.
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  44. Sorry can't help with any of the above but thought i would add this one for discussion. Currently up at Anglia Car Auctions. No 48.
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