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  1. Actual progress... After dropping the car off at Ollies and after what felt like a lifetime (it wasn’t but anything more than a few hours without the car feels a lifetime) the car started coming together… So off to Phoenix and after a few weeks I found this: Things are suddenly looking shiny! Massive improvements so feeling much happier After going through the dampers after they were off the car, in the end decided to get them rebuilt, I had one bump adjustor no longer clicking and you don't do one corner at a time - so the rather costly exercise of rebuilding all 4 was completed… Ohlins are bloody expensive to refurb but I had to keep as a CUP 260 needs them I may replace later and keep them in a box, who knows. Main frustration was keeping them as any future owner would expect them, as I'd normally upgrade and think damper tech has moved on. But I'll refurb and then may change later knowing I have them sitting in a box for a future owner. Whilst at it I had increased scope after time so in addition I had added: Spitfire Toelinks and a chassis brace Dampers rebuilt as already said Also added a ProAlloy long range tank Added Baffled Sump (I need temp take off for later, plus belt and braces for oil starvation issues) Fans replaced Heater box refurbed/cleaned - generally dig out 10 years of mank that exists under the clam. Swapped out resister pack while it was out (didn't need doing but the hard part was done) Add two pots to the rear (plenty more brake upgrades to come later so its an interim measure All brake lines replaced for HEL items
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  2. Hi Guys, here as promised first category of Bodywork. The 350 Sport have had two big accident by pre owners long time ago. The result is a very light trackday car with road legal registration like the F40
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  3. We knew in 1776 that you guys would mess it all up eventually.
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  4. So today as it seems to be quite popular and as I've now tried several products. I thought I'd try to produce a more comprehensive upgrade guide to changing the dipped beam headlight bulbs in the V6. I have now tried, including the OEM solution, four different types. The OEM bulb is a sylvania bulb which is a brand quite popular in America and is of a decent quality but the bulb that is fitted as standard isn't particularly powerful and output quite a conventional halogen yellowish light. Sylvania do produce more powerful conventional halogen bulbs with a brighter and more white output but they are difficult to obtain in the UK although there are a few listings on eBay. The first upgrade bulb I tried was a brand called MSA which I purchased from Amazon for under £10. this bulb definitely output a much white a light but the power of the bulb was quite disappointing and was quite likely no more powerful than the original bulbs. The second brand I tried was from Hidsdirect, a brand called Au lite. this is a relatively unknown brand but the bulbs performed really well considering they were less than £10 they output a much more white light and were noticeably more powerful. I was quite resistant to using LEDs from the point of view that they all come with an additional control box and wiring which I thought would mean a lot of faff with the install. However after doing some research I eventually caved in and ordered a set. The brand I ordered were Twenty20 from Hids4u. The brand is well reviewed they are not the cheapest but having examined them, they are made to a very high standard with excellent quality castings on the heat sinks and control boxes, the wiring is of a high standard too. I thought that the installation would be quite complicated due to the boot on the back of the headlight assembly and need to mount the LED control box, but it actually turned out to be quite straightforward. All I had to do was cut a small notch with a razor saw at the 6 oclock position in the circular plastic opening on the back of the headlight assembly, this allowed me to feed the cabling from the back of the LED assembly and also the power supply cable through the notch to mount the LED control box externally. I mounted the control box on the base of the plastic headlight assembly casing using a 3M double-sided sticky foam mount. After this the boot could be replaced, fitting well. I will follow up with a performance summary.
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  5. Just bought this on eBay, £20. Original Sparkmatic SR309F radio/cassette player, boxed and brand new.... Factory option for the Lotus Esprit S3 as per service notes manual.
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  6. I think branding Mandela a "murderer" is a bit strong. However, do not lose sight of the fact that before his incarceration he was one of the founders of the paramilitary arm of the ANC (Spear of the Nation or Umkhonto we Sizwe). As such he was involved in the planning and execution of many acts that did result directly in the deaths of many people in South Africa including women and children. Whilst you can argue these were the casualties of war, or the resistance, or the fight for freedom, as opposed to people who were "murdered", the fact is that he did have "blood on his hands". As someone who has had friends/relatives killed by Terrorists, I can tell you that the feeling of them being "casualties" is hard to swallow. Still to this day. In my mind. They were callously and cowardly murdered in cold blood. To this day the people who were the equivalent of Mandela in their respective organisations have my utter contempt and I cannot even watch them being interviewed on TV. I view them as murderers. However society and history views them as "freedom fighters". Also, during his presidency, the infant mortality rate in South Africa soared and I believe it is argued by some that it was Mandela and his policies that were directly accountable for some 95,000 excess deaths of infants in the country. Again, obviously this does not class him as a murderer, but arguably, like many great leaders, not the saintly "can do no wrong" figure that is often projected by popular history. A great man who achieved some great things. But he was responsible for blood being spilt along the path. Anyway. Have a great day everyone. Thank god it's Friday. Have a brew. Stay clam. Be happy. Stay healthy.
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  7. It's comforting to note you're not using just any old rags.
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  8. Thanks here it is again just to recap, and just cos if I don’t share it with someone I will go insane 😂😂
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  9. Evening all. Pretty late to the party posting anything up and reading through stuff on here! I bought this car last May from I believe a member on here, ticking off a box that’s been blank ever since I saw an orange S2 pull into Silverstone campsite when I was 15 back in 2006. Several french and German cars later, managed to scrape the pennies together! Spec was pretty amazing from the guy I got it from, best colour (matching the old RB182 clios!), carbon front access panel, carbon seats, carbon sills, alcantara throughout, uprated 410 clutch & flywheel, and the Alias carbon mirrors. It’s been on a fair few trips since where COVID allowing, including some wet Nurburgring laps which left stains on the seat...all it seems to do is make me want to save up for a 410 now! Don’t have many plans with it as think it’s bob on for a 350, but I would love to put a Cup wing on there at some point soon, and some harnesses. Any further down the line and I’d be into 380 money I guess! Anyway, thanks for the future advice I will probably be asking for! A few pics below, some on the Ring-trip with my old RS4 I sold a mate to fund this (still regret that), and an Oulton reflection shot taken by LOT photo guy. Matt
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  10. Some irony; Here in the States, born of terrorist resistance to monarchy by our "freedom fighters" who drew up a reasonably successful Constitution, we now have terrorists fighting to "save the country" by ignoring the Constitution in order to unlawfully retain a would-be monarch. -sad-
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  12. Totally calm ,law abiding, free speech loving, personal responsibility following conservative here fella. ✌️
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  13. They aren't Toyota - probably all British Leyland. These look correct for the ignition/boot AA3 LAND ROVER 1984-91 Ignition Key Blank; MASERATI 1976-94 LOTUS ESPRIT 1976-90 | eBay and door 62FT British 1970's Door Trunk "FT" KEY BLANK: Jaguar Triumph MGB Rover Austin | eBay not sure about the fuel filler. I'd go to a key cutter and ask.
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  14. Yes This is not the Donald thread
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  15. You need to consider the wider implications of Mandela and his family activities during what would be referred to as “the troubles” in the Northern Irish context. One mans freedom fighter is another mans terrorist. Martin Maginiss is a prime example and frankly a white Mandela. Just cos he won a peace prize really means nothing to the families of those affected by his actions.
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  16. The interior it really rough and missing the original steering wheel. I have a parts car coming from Kuwait that was a front end hit, I will update with the chassis number when it arrives in the next week. @Lex Templar I will let you know once I get the certificate @Lex Templar
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  17. I used hi-temp. K-nuts. No need for anything else and they won't move unless worked on. As they are a bit smaller, it also leaves a bit more room for working on them, if the manifold have to be removed some day. Very good solution. Kind regards, Jacques
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  18. It isn't good and no man should have such unrestricted power. I wonder if that will ever be addressed. That's a constitutional power which means it would require an amendment to alter the scope of the thing. Nobody expects The Spanish Inquisition....or such a feckless and corrupted president. Big wake up call.
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  19. There's been a fair amount of progress over the last couple of months as there's been little elese to do tbh 🙄 The heater box has been removed and refurbed. Fans were freed off and I fitted a Mk1 Granada heater matrix. This wasn't a straight swap, but it went in with a bit of 'wittling' and cost £40 instead of £200.😀 It now has gears too via a shortened / modified BMW E36 linkage. The manifolds are now fully welded and reinstalled too. I'm plodding along with the electrics and have installed an additional fuse box in the engine bay for the pop up headlights, electric seat, radiator fan and feeds to the new headlight relays. All this has led up to a major milestone in the project, it now RUNS!! 😃 Fired up first turn of the key and sounds amazing!! 😎 Cooling system is now fimished but still need to make the rest of the exhaust system and configure the engine sensors before I can run it up to temperature. 20210102_160700.mp4
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  20. As the market shrinks and local economies take a hit It will be more attractive to do things locally using the newly created cheap labour than outsourcing to the distant Chinese. Local entrepreneurs will be quicker to react than the Chinese government in local emerging markets.
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  21. Hi Chris. Thanks for your help. i have got it sorted now. Got a five year old to sort it lol. And yes Monaco white is the best colour. All the best Clive
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  22. If you do keep your trapezoidal pullies, remember there's a stronger blue belt option, the Gates T104RB
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  23. The window problem could be the nylon slide guides, they can break. https://www.sjsportscars.com/parts-and-accessories/SJ082M0031.htm
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  24. Just go with how much you're "saving", and don't proffer details about the spend. It equates to the new dress that was 50% off, so effectively saved as a much as spent, so cost nothing.
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  25. Yes military grey! It’s just in at Maidstone sports cars getting the airbag clips sorted and then it’s over to me probably late next week
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  26. Spoil sport... 😂
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  27. Chaps - Agree to disagree and end this conversation please. Any further posts directed towards each other will be removed. Ta
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  28. Well, G4S are being bought out and my Cash offer means I go from a loss of several hundred to a small profit. Take into account the 3 years of dividend reinvestment and I am up quite a bit. So used the Cash to buy into a Silver Mining company. Silver is not only a precious metal but used in phones and It is also used in dental alloys, solder and brazing alloys, electrical contacts and batteries. I read a while ago that Silver is actually a great investment, even more so than Gold because it doesn't vary in value as much, it just tends to go up. This is proved in the price of Scrap Silver. As a Silver antique buyer and seller I have seen scrap 925 Silver go from £0.27 a g 2 years ago to this year around £0.48 today. I think its a good investment going forward (the shares and Silver).
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  29. The BOVs are removed by undoing some jubilee clips...
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  31. I don't have any door trim.... From memory, the door trims are quite easy to remove. You remove the interior door release handle and then remove all of the door card mounting screws and they lift off.
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  32. For example, Tesla .. if ever there was a bubble
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  33. The Alunox is ready waiting in the wings.
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  34. I think that description is fair, but I don't think he would have been in any position to state facts to support the various cases, since to date nobody seems to have found any materially relevant cases of fraud (not say there was any , not saying there was none, just that if a few were found in each state it really isn't going to alter the result). I now cannot think of Trump without thinking of a mix of Gollum and this (apologies to US members who may not be familiar with this series of films aka movies).
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  35. They would need to be quite soft - almost flexible, as they wrap around the switch. Also, ensure they are the correct way up so that the light illuminates the panel on the switch. (on my '85 Turbo, the light source illuminates the bottom of the switch)
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  36. I thought the 'buck' of responsibility stops with the president, if it's possible to pardon yourself then where does that responsibility go? It can't be God!
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  37. Hi Glen welcome to the forum and how fantastic this has turned up. We are all dying to see some photos. Is the interior red? and what kind of condition is the car in? It's a very early one indeed. This is a picture of what I believe is 10311 LHD (Switzerland) which is almost identical spec to 10309, interior is brown.
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  38. Almost missed this major milestone! At 256 pages, this thread is arguably venturing beyond 8-bit. Let's pray FabNet doesn't become self-aware.
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  39. One thing that most do not understand correctly, impeachment is not the end of the process but the beginning. We have had other Presidents impeached but not found guilty by the Senate. Either the President resigned or the Senate did not convict. As long as the impeachment is approved by the House before the President leave office, he can still be convicted after his term is up. He cannot be removed from office but he can be stopped from running or holding another federally elected position. Later, Eldon
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  40. The esprit is a different animal and driving one is always an event. The Evora you can enjoy and use daily. I felt very meh after my first drive. The capabilities of the car on normal roads aren’t blatantly obvious and do take a few drives and some hours to sink in. Once you are used to the vehicle - they are sublime pieces of engineering - handle in a way the esprit with its 30 plus year chassis technology simply can’t. One thing is for sure - I will be back in Evora ownership in the future - but currently in need of a change for my own sanity. one day chap - you’ll be dead - go and buy one and live the dream 👍
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  41. He established Florida as his residence awhile ago. He still has interests in NY and is required to pay state taxes there. His main two headaches is that he reported to the government one statement of property worth and reported a different statement to the banks. His second headache is that we called some land around one of his property such that it gave him a $19M tax credit. That credit is in question if it was actually valid. The reason all of this has dragged out is that he has been using his Presidential title as an excuse to not release his tax returns even though the courts told him that that is bogus. Later, Eldon
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  42. There aren't many cars which are fun when you're using them as transport and not enjoying their main benefits. Have another go when the weather is better, you'll enjoy it much more if you can lean on it a bit
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  43. Prepare for another entry in which I drone on at length about a subject with which I recently became familiar - carburetors, specifically Dellorto DHLA carburetors. The TL;DR (too long; didn't read) version is: After researching Dellorto carburetor calibrations until my eyes dried up, in trying to properly tune my completely-out-of-tune DHLA45's, I second guessed my findings and abilities to the point that I took the car to a specialist who, without my intervening, charged well over $1000 to do *exactly* what I had planned to do, had I done the work myself (though, let's be honest... they probably did a better job). Such is life. Here's the story: Prior to the big drive in my last post, I'd only driven around the block (several times). It never really ran right, but I hadn't yet touched the carbs, so I figured they needed some attention and just accepted the sputters and pops until it was time to address them. Poor running was never really an issue then, but when I started to navigate traffic, the lack of low-end stability was becoming a problem. Some background: "Federal" cars (those destined for the US, Canada, and Japan, if I'm not mistaken) ran Stromberg carburetors. My understanding is that engines running Strombergs had lower emissions than those running Dellortos (lower emissions being required to pass then-new pollution laws in the US). It is also my understanding that the Stromberg equipped cars ran 10-20hp less than the Dellorto equipped cars. At some point in my car's history, the previous owner opted to install Dellorto carburetors (and a Lumenition ignition - which will play into this post later). Back to my car: Prior to re-jetting, my car had a real problem getting off the line - especially under higher loads (like pulling away from a stop on a hill) where it would sputter and nearly die until I dipped the clutch and got the revs back up. It sounded like there was an occasional misfire at low rpm (idle and just off idle) and the exhaust didn't smell right - it didn't smell like unburnt fuel or burnt oil, so much as it just smelled a little "hot," for lack of a better term (I assumed it was overly lean). However, above about 3000 rpm, it ran great, pulled hard, sounded great, and never missed a beat. With that, it was time to start digging into the carbs. I have limited experience with carburetors... not zero, but my experience is very narrow. By "narrow", I mean that I've done a good bit of work with Holley carburetors on small block Chevy V8s, but that's the extent of it. With a couple ounces of Holley confidence, I started getting into the Dellortos - initially by picking up a copy of Des Hammill's "How to Build and Power Tune Weber & Dellorto ... Carburetors" and a 4-pot manometer. The book is interesting, but not exactly what I was after. It's a book you really need to take as a whole - reading one chapter by itself won't solve any problems or make anything run better, but having the whole thing sat in your brain serves as good reference when you're trying to decide on a path to take. By itself, the book wasn't enough, so I did a *ton* of research online. Lots of good info from this and the Jensen Healey forums; and I kept coming across Tim Engel's fantastic posts. One thing I learned from Tim's writings was to pay attention to the Lotus carb "spec" (specification), or, more importantly, the Dellorto "calibration." Ahhh, carb specs... what a deep hole that turned out to be. For the uninitiated, Dellorto worked with many OEMs as a carburetor supplier. Every Dellorto carb has an ID tag, and that ID tag can be used to determine for which car the carburetor was made. Not only does the ID tag tell you the car, but it tells you the exact calibration: chokes, jets, holders, emulsion tubes, etc that are in use. The exact calibration is necessary for our cars, as Lotus changed the spec several times during the course of a model run, and sometimes changed the calibration within a specification (for example, there are 2 different calibrations for "spec 9" and 3 different calibrations for "spec 10", depending on the model of car - Esprit, Elite, Excel, etc). Now, I'm no expert on this topic, so take it with a grain of salt, but from what I gathered, for the 907, Lotus used 3 different specifications called spec 1, 3, and 5. For the 2.2, they used "spec 9", then for the 2.2 HC, they used "spec 10". I'm sure there are more specs beyond that, but that's as far as my research went. According to Tim (and others), Spec 5 is the sweet spot for the 907 - spec 1 was too rich and spec 3 too lean. With that, I had a reasonable target, but what I didn't know was the starting point - What calibration did I have? The Elite/Eclat workshop manual has a carb spec table (page 13 in the technical data section at the front), but it only goes to spec 9, and it doesn't associate a spec with a tag number, so no way to see which spec I had. Lots and lots of searching for my ID tags was coming up empty - I even found a pdf of all Dellorto calibrations, but my tag numbers were nowhere to be found. I was pretty convinced I had an off-the-shelf carb, or one calibrated for a different OEM. Several days into my search, I decided to look at an Esprit S3/Turbo workshop manual (one I stumbled across online). In that manual, the carb table not only had all the tag numbers, but it had Spec 10 carbs as well. Looking closely at that table ::insert angels singing:: I finally found my id tags! For the uber curious, I made a Google Sheets version of the various Lotus calibrations from that Esprit workshop manual. Maybe someone will find it useful: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1393V4_TwG5b2bUYojQNO2vCmL_K_kFAUCTQ94qWSQvs/edit?usp=sharing The big discovery: my carbs originally came on an Excel with the 2.2, high compression engine - Spec 10. My Lumenition ignition is also from an Excel. If I'm not mistaken (again, I'm no expert here - just someone with moderately capable Google Fu), we never got the 2.2 HC engine in the US, and we certainly never got the Excel. It appears, then, that the previous owner, in attempt to get more power, imported parts from the UK some time prior to 2003 (when the car was last registered). Kudos to them - that couldn't have been cheap or easy. Now that I know the start and end, it should just be a matter of sourcing parts and swapping everything out to convert my spec 10s to spec 5. At least, that was the plan, but there was one major difference between the Spec 10 and everything prior: Spec 10 is a DHLA 45D - which comes with a power jet (as opposed to the DHLA 45E which, at least according to the table, does not have a tunable power jet) As with many problems I've tried to solve with this car, the power jet turned out to be a nothing-burger when it came to my tune. I could have, and should have, just ignored it. After all, the power jet (if I understand correctly) only comes into play at wide open throttle above 3K rpm when there's very little vacuum... an area where I never had a problem. However, because I am one to overthink things, I convinced myself, falsely, that the power jet was making up for the leaner main jets of the spec 10 vs spec 5, and that by going with spec 5 mains, I'd be entirely too rich in the top end. I made myself crazy trying to work out how to determine the correct size of the power jets in relation to the main jets. I figured the only route to solution was experimentation - which would have been easy enough if I had a library of chokes, jets, holders, tubes, etc. to play with, but I didn't. This meant that every iteration would require a new set of parts. Not only is that expensive, but I found it difficult to source Lotus-specific jet sizes in the US... which meant shipping from the UK for each iteration of tune. With 6 or 7 tunable parts per throttle bore and a few others per carburetor, that becomes an expensive and time consuming process. So after all that research and planning, on the day I intended to go buy an ultrasonic cleaner to help with a full rebuild, I decided, instead, to call a local classic Lotus specialist to see if they had a tuning "library" and time to have a look at my car. The answer to both questions was yes, so I bit the bullet and handed the keys over to a pro to do the work. (For the curious, the shop was "Lotus Prepared by Claudius" - which seems to have a "love it or hate it" relationship with the Lotus community, but, in the end, they did great work and were very open to sharing their methods and capabilities of their shop) It cost me dearly to do so, but the outcome was absolutely perfect. It has the same or better power in the top end, but, most importantly, is silky smooth at lower rpms. I can drive the Elite like any other street car - which makes driving so much more enjoyable, especially relative to the sputtery limping off the line prior to the tune. So what was the magic recipe? Spec 5. Ignore the power jet & just go with spec 5 - just as I had planned. Of course, along with spec 5 parts, the carbs got a full rebuild - which, I'm sure, played a roll in improving overall performance, too. So now having the ability to drive reasonable distances, I've taken the car on a few shakedown runs in the canyons. The most recent was one of the better drives I've had - about 50 miles of mostly beautiful, twisty roads, only encountering one other car on the road (I even managed to get a quick video I'll share in the future). That trip, however, was not without its troubles - only a mile or so from home (on the way back), something I mentioned in a previous post as "I might kick myself for that later" has failed and caused big problems. The Elite is now sidelined for, I'm guessing, another month while I determine what's wrong and source new parts (I suspect a catastrophic rear wheel bearing and hub carrier failure). This was just last weekend, so I'll save the entry until after I can do a proper post-mortem (still waiting on tools for that). That may be a bitter-sweet ending to this entry, but it's all part of the process. No one said it was going to be easy. The bright part is this: it now runs, runs very well, and is an absolute joy to drive!
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  44. I have more testing to do with a third option on the way. When I've tested all three I'll do a proper YouTube review and definitive guide with full product details 👍
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  45. One of the JPS-livery Lotus Europa Specials. Oatmeal interior, 5-speed gearbox and electric radio aerial. Fabulous car then, and now. Attached is an image of Colin Gain "working" on my car. The photograph was taken in 1986 or thereabouts as a publicity shot for Norvic Racing Engines. In the 1960s, Colin worked at Lotus and was central to the adaptation of the Renault 16 type 365 gearbox for use in the Europa. Similarly, he was centrally involved in the introduction of the type 352 and 365 5-speed box for use in the twin cam and Special respectively. All had to be converted so as to have several forward rather than reverse speeds; in the Renault 16, the gearbox pointed forwards. The 352 and 365 boxes required different gear-change systems and he was involved in the design of those as well.
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