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  1. A couple of the pre production Essex cars at Le-mans where one blew its engine during testing. Rare to see them both together like. Dave
    8 points
  2. Bet the clutch is fine - he forgot to mention it to his missus first, and she's upset because she wanted that money for a holiday.......
    6 points
  3. I presume the advert was never ended and just keeps getting refreshed. It seems like it's a very old advert. I just managed to attach some photos. As you will see safe and sound in my garage....
    6 points
  4. While not that exciting, it's worth mentioning that tires for this car are difficult to find. To make a long, not-so-interesting story less long: I found that prioritytire.com (in the US) carries a lot of off-brand tires, many of which come in stock Elite sizes. It's difficult to decided between a lot of unknown brands, as there just isn't much information available on them. In the end, then, I chose Accelera Phi-R tires. Accelera Phi-R seem to be somewhat popular with the drifting crowd because they are cheap and not awful. OH well, the whole set was $300, shipped; so if I end up replacing them in a year, so be it. These are better than the 20+ year old tires that were on the car when I got it. Speaking of wheels/tires, I've also attempted to get my wheels refurbished. I wanted to be sure they were actually re-cut rather than simply polished (recutting means that the wheel is laser scanned, then sent through a CNC lathe to remove the very top layer of metal - exposing "new" metal below. In combination with color and clear powder coating, they look brand new after the process is complete). Recutting, as it turns out, is fairly expensive - $1,000 was the cheapest estimate. I still have a transmission to service/replace, so I thought I'd put off the proper refinish for later. While I was getting estimates, I came across several shops who offered polishing service rather than cutting. Being that I have a few spares, I thought I'd take one wheel to a polisher as a test. At $75, I thought it was worth the gamble. I chose a shop that had glowing reviews and was just a mile or so from my office. The gentleman who runs the place is very friendly, but does not speak very good English. We had an exchange that was worthy of a comedy sketch - which would have been great fun had a wheel not been ruined in the process. The exchange went like so (no exaggeration): me: I'd like to get these wheels cleaned up but not to a mirror-finish. I'd like for them to have a matte/satin finish when complete & try not to disturb the painted areas if you can help it. him: OK, we will make it very shiny. me: No, not very shiny. Less shiny - like your shop door (which is Aluminum) him: Yes, OK. Very shiny. Like this (he points to a wheel with a mirror finish) me: No, not that shiny. Less shiny - like this (I point to a wheel that was clean but wasn't yet polished) :: insert one more, identical exchange :: him: Somewhat confused. OK. I understand. So I dropped off a wheel - one of my best ones - and waited for his call 4 days later. This is what I got back: ... The very definition of mirror finish, and all painted surfaces gone. While it looks kinda nice, you may notice that there's no longer a lip that would normally surround the gray center - it's been polished down to a small bump. Even so, I thought that it might be salvageable if I masked off and painted the sections that were painted from the factory. I started masking, then realized how difficult it is to cut perfect, concentric circles for the areas that needed paint, so I decided to put it to the side and re-use a spare wheel. (I had actually started to put together a drill-based lathe to help make the cuts, but that was becoming more trouble that it was worth, so I abandoned the idea) At this point, including the work done by the previous owner just before i bought the car, the following had been done: - rebuilt bottom end with new pistons, rings, and seals - rebuilt head with new valves and shims (and a skim to flatten) - new distributor and spark plug wires - new cam belt and tensioner - rebuilt rear brakes - swapped out front bumper for non-federal "Euro" bumper & correct lights to go with it - made and/or replaced radiator grills - swapped out rear bumper for the S2 version, complete with NOS Rover lights - full new interior: headliner, carpets, seat upholstery, fabric on door cards. (steering wheel, entire dash and center console still original) - replaced entire main wiring harness and an assortment relays and switches - replaced starter with the new-style gear reduction type - replaced Lumenition Optronic ignition system and ignition coil - replaced all suspension and differential bushings (poly for swaybar, rubber everywhere else), using all new hardware (nuts and bolts) where possible - replaced shocks and spring perches - epoxy coated all suspension arms and rust-treated the exposed parts of the chassis. - rebuilt steering rack and replaced all steering related joints (tie rod ends, ball joints, etc) - replaced front wheel bearings - replaced tires With that, I feel the car is safe enough to start putting on some miles & working out those kinks you only find while driving. Luckily I live only a handful of miles from some of the best roads in the US... If you've watched any car-related program that's filmed in Southern California (Motor Trend comparisons, US episodes of Wheeler Dealer, Smoking Tire, Chris Harris when he's in the US, etc etc etc) - a good 50% of the canyon carving shots are from the roads just up the street from me (CA-2 and Angeles Crest Highway, if you're curious). I've only been up there twice thus far with the Elite (I've only driven the car a handful of times since it's been back on its feet), but I've found it to be surprisingly capable for something built in the 70s. I'm very pleased with the outcome - at least since having the carbs rebuilt and rejetted. That's a long story for another entry... Until then, here's one of the first, triumphant "Finally made it out of the neighborhood" pictures as a teaser. This is somewhat significant -- prior to this picture, I don't think it had moved more than a handful of miles at a time for the last 20-ish years.
    4 points
  5. Saddest part is a nice little Spit apparently went to a plonker. This is now nice old cars turn into barn finds.
    2 points
  6. And that has to be a good thing, right?
    2 points
  7. Margate? You want the other thread.
    2 points
  8. That might concern me. What are the numbers you can sell in a year before you are a trader? Or is it buy and sell with view to make a profit. I think its buyers remorse. He fell in love with an idea, got it , drove it down the road and realised it was not like a new car in a pretty dress and pounced on the clutch issue. Probably shit himself at how vulnerable you feel next to a lorry. As has been said most of us would have looked at this with glee as an early chance to get the boiler suit on and get oily hands. I always use the AA letter for any cars I have sold.
    2 points
  9. definitely not try to fix for him .. the problem becomes yours and you enter slippery slope of giving him some sort of "warranty" I would not even have offered anything, it just invites continued correspondence, and you can end up inadvertently agreeing that it is your problem whatever you do, if you offer any amount to sort it out: 1. all offers/counteroffers must be headed "Without Prejudice" - this ensures you are not admitting liability by making a settlement offer 2. if any amount is agreed, make sure that it is "in full and final settlement of any and all claims in relation to the sale of the car"
    2 points
  10. If it was a private sale then he's got no right of redress unless it's been misdescribed as previously mentioned. However, I wonder if he could make an argument that if you made a living (or part of a living) from buying, doing up and then selling cars then you could be seen as a part time motor trader? If that was the case then the car would have to be 'fit for purpose' which, if it broke down within a day, it probably wasn't?
    2 points
  11. Canards en route...
    1 point
  12. I got tipped off you were coming, and went to Dover.
    1 point
  13. Definitely priced to sell.
    1 point
  14. I have been to small claims court 3 times and have 100% win record. You will be offered mediation first which you should take, it’s a strange process as you talk to the mediator then they put the phone down and speak to the other party and so it goes on. the deal is make sure you prep more than him. Personally I think he is trying it on I would send him a letter or email for the record and paste a load of relevant points of law. if the other guy needs a hand just give him my number 😂
    1 point
  15. I'm a bit overdue an update so I'll just list either the new parts fitted or refurbished below, what I can remember anyway Fuel tanks - Both fitted with new hoses/x-over pipe, new fuel level sender and pump Rear suspension - All fitted awaiting final tightening once the car is loaded up with all the parts. New upper (adjustable) links, new shocks and springs, new lower links, new wheel bearings, all new bushes (inc. radius arms), all new bolts/fixings. New handbrake cables fitted Doors - trim removed cleaned and treated, window motors removed and refurbished Wipers - Seized motor removed and repaired, washers cleaned out. The washer motor was fine though, the only motor on the car that was. Typical it's the cheapest and easiest to fix! Head lamps - Motors refurbished, lamps removed to clean up, replaced adjuster pins/clips and bulbs Radiator - Refurbed and fitted in new frame with spal fans Chassis pipes - All chassis pipes/grommets replaced with new inc. main rad and oil cooler (shift cables tested but not replaced) Brake pipes - All replaced with copper Dash binnicle - Tested and boost gauge replaced with manual stack one (luckily I already had one spare, bonus) Wiring - Finshed removing old alarm, this has been the worst and most time comsuming job on the car so far - by MILES Next on list is mount the new charge cooler rad and start changing the wiring for the new ECU Cheers, Dunc.
    1 point
  16. is that it going or coming back😈
    1 point
  17. My Jaguar XJ6, which I still happily own, drove approximately 0.5 miles after I bought it before leaving me stranded on the North Circular in London. Private purchase. I sorted the issue - fuel pump issues that cost circa £300 to resolve - old owner apologised but that was that, he was not liable for anything. You have not misdecribed your Spitfire. If it was so 'spot-on', why was it transported? He has no chance in court IF you approach this calmly and politely from the off. And all in writing via e-mail. Court is a lottery and he is in the wrong but each parties attitude can skew the process. Briefly lay out the terms of the sale to the buyer via e-mail. Confirm he is not entitled to a refund, legally or morally. Say you in no way mis-described the car and the sale was 'sold as seen' - I assume your receipt to him says this. You may wish to add that you are happy to talk to him as owning old cars should be about fun - this will look good in court should it get that far. Justin
    1 point
  18. Small claims can be made up to £10000. The clincher is that the buyer was witnessed driving the car off the transport into his garage. Surely not possible if the clutch was inoperative. That, coupled with the fact the car has a recent MOT, was test driven prior to purchase and the description was accurate all mean that he'd have a tough time claiming the money back. The fact he'd also have to pay a £185 court fees should dissuade him of further action. To ensure no ongoing bad blood and loss of reputation, why not offer to fix the problem for free if he buys the required parts?
    1 point
  19. https://www.theaa.com/car-buying/buyers-sellers-contracts#:~:text=When you sell a used,and approved without guarantee' receipt.&text=And you can't use,car may be unroadworthy either.
    1 point
  20. Did he blame you for Brexit too @Barrykearley? On a serious note I thought he small claims court fast track had a financial cap well below £3800.
    1 point
  21. Hi Peter, I have the paper version, but even that is not fantastic quality. I've just scanned for you (attached), I assumed it was a RHD non federal, let. Me know otherwise. Not sure it's a lot better than what you already have Cheers, Bernard RHD early S1 Heater.pdf
    1 point
  22. This is unfortunate and clearly this individual should not own a classic car, you did him a good deal and sold as seen is just that. A regular classic owner would now welcome the chance to get his hands dirty and start improving the car he saved nearly £500 on the asking price. I would ignore him and let him do his worst, frustrating but these people are out there 🤬 Good luck getting it sorted Barry Dave
    1 point
  23. I think the wording of the advert forms the contract, so as long as you, as a private seller, have not misdescribed the car, I dont think the buyer has any case. I'd tell him to 'do one' as I did a number of years ago with a TR6. By misdescibed - I mean a statement such as 'has a new clutch' when that is not true
    1 point
  24. No-one will ever be cooler than that!
    1 point
  25. Afew photos of mine when it was being built at Lotus Motorsports, when that division existed back in 2014.
    1 point
  26. That reminds me of an old computer game I used to play, Death Track, featuring all kinds of armed and armored sportcars in a demolition race. It included a yellow Esprit, red Countach and blue 911 if memory serves me. I had lots of fun running the races, I think I usually drove the Esprit, even before realizing what it was.
    1 point
  27. I found my first attempt "diamond pattern" looking crude, too "industrial", simply incongruous. I started searching for alternatives. One day, I saw a divider wall in some supermarket bathroom (WC), and fell in love with it. I even took a detailed pictures of the bathroom wall. Sheet metal pattern was uniform, fine, uniform and aesthetically pleasing. After a long search, I found a similar pattern and a manufacturer who makes such embossed panels in stainless steel and Aluminum, under the name "rigidised sheet metal". Now, I think my shields look more attractive, take a look.
    1 point
  28. Sorting out the decals for GT1 #22. Looking forward to getting the paintwork done and matching up the new cf bodywork
    1 point
  29. A rare beast indeed. Here is mine (non R) at it's birth place.
    1 point
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  31. Wheels now fitted. OEMs might end up being sold but not yet.
    1 point
  32. Let's try that again.... So I made a new knob, I polished that knob very well... Don't know anything about woodworking and I don't have a lathe, but I do have a 3d printer 🤓. So solid printed the insert, including the M12x1.75 thread as a solid part; to engage reverse is just like OEM. What's not like OEM: bigger diameter, sits higher up, warmer, ... and to top it all off: when I'm making "brum brum" noises I now think I am in a Carrera GT! (need to make the noises as the car is hibernating). Got bored; so here goes my attempt. Pretty chav about it (and taste is a personal thing).
    1 point
  33. I've had my 2011 S since it was 6 months old, having had a supercharged Elise and an Elan before that. I argued it was a suitable family car when my second daughter arrived. It's served as dad taxi from when they were in forward facing car seats aged 6 and 10. I tested a Launch Edition with a rear facing car seat in the front and that was fine. There are some that will fit in the back too. My wife and I are both 5'8" and I drive with the seat on the front click, so plenty of room behind and my older one was a tall 16 year old before she moved to the front. Younger one still loves being in the back at 14. Running costs have been fine for what is a low volume hand built supercar. Last annual service about £440 and it's needed very little beyond the regular stuff. VED is a bit higher than the NA but who cares. It used to get through rear tyres every 6-8k miles on OEM Pirellis, which were expensive too on the larger S wheels, but it's now on Michelins which wear better. In 9 years it has let me down twice. First time the starter motor failed - Lotus replaced the (Hitachi) part free of charge and only charged labour, despite it being out of warranty. And earlier this year one LED front indicator stopped working inside the sealed headlamp unit just before the MOT so it failed. They're made by the same firm that make for Aston Martin and others, so not entirely a Lotus problem. Lotus said replace the whole unit (over £1k) but a local auto electrician carefully split the unit and re-soldered the broken joint for just over £100. My gear cables were replaced as part of the purchase deal and as well as adjusting them regularly I've uprated the gearbox oil and the gear change is fine. You need to be precise and not rush it. And it'll do over 70mph in 2nd and nearly 100mph in 3rd, so you don't have to change gear too much if you don't want to! It's been surprisingly practical: family trips, long adventures like Isle of Man, carrying a full size suitcase in the back as well as cases of wine, a TV, lengths of timber, my road and TT bikes. It gets positive responses from almost everyone of all ages (see the lengthy "reactions to my Evora" thread for examples) and is brilliant to drive. Cross-country and on track it is very sure-footed and easy to drive briskly - quicker than my Elise SC. I guess I may have been lucky and not had any of the often-quoted issues. Just miles of smiles. And every 12 months or so I wonder what I'd replace it with and can't find anything that ticks all the same boxes except another Evora (except I prefer the S1 styling and don't t like the 4xx as much). As others have said, the NA is a very capable car too so don't rule that out.
    1 point
  34. So true. Usually brought up by non owners too lol.
    1 point
  35. It’s all down to luck on some older cars. Mileage and price balance is key. Folks do seem to forget these cars are 10 plus years old now - so stuff will need replacement and fettling. It’s about the driving experience and that’s fantastic. I’ve had a few folks message me about mine - they’ve asked all the typical questions about clutches, windows and service history. Some information on forums is invaluable - but the plain hysteria behind some of the minor issues that so rarely occur is ridiculous. The stereo, reverse camera and boot seals are indeed shit however. And if you are ham fisted enough to struggle changing gear in a car then frankly you should buy a bloody auto
    1 point
  36. I've had an NA and have a Sport 410. With trepidation I have to disagree with @scotty435that the NA is underpowered. Despite having an extra 135bhp or so in the 410 I do miss the involvement of the NA. The 410 is blindingly fast, but the NA, to me, was more rewarding to drive fast on the road The damping on the NA is simply just wonderful. You can realy feel the car "settling down" and hunkering into the corner and as you apply the throttle on exit it just settles down further and provides more grip. When "on it" in the NA you feel and hear when the car switches its timing/cam and the sheer satisfaction of driving a manual NA at 4-7k revs using the gears is just divine. There are many professional drivers who have chosen the NA as their preference and that is because of how it drives. Add into the mix much better economy, much lower car tax and consumables and as a daily it makes perfect sense surely? On IoM and other trips my NA was never dropped by an S, a 400, a V10 R8 and a host of other performance cars. Hence my view it is not underpowered. My NA was 2010 and never missed a beat. The drivers window actuator failed but that was fixed under warranty. Nothing else in my ownership. My NA gearchange was as good as my 410 is. The main issue (same with ALL Evoras is the clutch - it's clam off to change so anywhere between £1800 and £3500 to change depending where you go). There is a poll on here that shows most even with highish miles are still on first clutch. There are several threads on here re baby seats in an Evora and many options. Also many examples on here of 2 adults, 2 kids and a dog in an Evora the latest pic being from @Barrykearley. I changed my head unit no issue and DAB worked fine with a stick on windscreen aerial. Plenty others have changed theirs with no issue. Do remember that the 4xx cars are easier to enter/exit as the sills are considerably lower. However the S1 has the superb Recaro seats and a more Exige like fitted feel. The S is a great car, it adds BHP at the expense of weight that raises the CoG and the bigger wheels spoil the ride slightly and mean pricier tyres over the NA. The 4xx cars are superb too. They sound immense but will depreciate still over an S1. I ran my S1 for 4 years and it dropped me £500 in depreciation (no I did not drop off a "0" there) when I px'd it for my 410. Do buy on condition and service history. It's a Toyota engine and bullet proof as a result. On the S1 do look closely at the passenger airbag cover, which is prone to warping, and the leather on the dash along the windscreen which is prone to shrinking at splitting at the centre seam. They don't affect the drive, just look unsightly and are expensive (time consuming) to fix! These are not an issue in 4xx cars. Drive an NA hard and you'll love it. Drive an S hard and I think you'll wonder what your really getting over the NA for your dosh. Undoubtedly the S will be quicker on track, the 4xx cars quicker again. sorry for the rambling response. Maybe the best way to finish is to say would I have my NA back? Hell yes. Sat next to my 410 in the garage would I always choose the 410 for a spirited Sunday drive? Hell no. Would I consider an S over my NA? Hmmmmm, would need to think about it and colour/spec choice at time between NA and S would probably be the deciding factor. Good luck with your search. You won't regret it (Oh, and yes you can get a buggy and change bag in the boot!).
    1 point
  37. Just received my Christmas present to myself - absolutely love them 😊 If anyone’s interested, Dave Clark at Dave Clark Designs is your man!
    1 point
  38. Just collected the keys for our second Dartmoor holiday cottage. Maple Cottage is a Grade 2 listed barn conversion just outside Chagford. It’s been empty for a couple of years and needs a bit of TLC. hopefully we’ll be on the market around Easter. Woohoo to us😊
    1 point
  39. V8 heads back from Porting/renovation work by Ultimate Performance in Northamptonshire. https://www.ultimatep.com/about/
    1 point
  40. Just stumbled upon this photo of a Sport 300 interior. I don't think it looks 100% original, however the photo looks like an original photo, so ... I don't know. But I like it anyway! https://i.pinimg.com/originals/2a/09/4b/2a094bbab9b5a4c41e4abb4410e72704.jpg
    1 point
  41. A lot depend on the liners deformity / dent and how much the alloy will need machining to remove it. The typical thickness is of Nikasil between 100/200 microns , You need to measure what was there before , see how much thicker you can actually make the plating, then allow for the honing . If the dent is less than this then you are in the pound seats so to speak .. however you usually find they are out of spec.. If you are desperate to stay will Nikasil liners , you can always go out by 0.020'' have them all re-plated / honed to that, and purchase oversize pistons..
    1 point
  42. No, since there was existing thread on the oil cooler, my mechanic put a male-male adapter and made the connection.. An now some photos from my garage and the first driving impressions...
    1 point
  43. On the far left is the rear of my Lotus Esprit... Here is the 458 Challenge car!
    1 point
  44. A bit blurred but I think it's quite cool. Me at speed on the drag strip in 1997 just after I bought her.
    1 point
  45. I bought my baby in September 1997 and just realised I have now been her custodian for 18 years! This is my favourite pic of her not long after I got her and before the rejuvenation of a neglected and bodged beauty. And it was taken way before digital cameras were on the radar. Here's to many more years together!
    1 point

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