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  1. Hi Guys, Good news! I went down to the garage today to have another go at getting the seized clutch plate to free up. Started her up and waited half an hour as per @Clive59. I maybe left it a bit too long because it started boiling and overflowed out the header tank! Anyway, after that little setback, tried the 'put it in reverse gear (I was in the garage) then turn the starter motor over' method. After jerking it out of the garage, it finally let go and I could drive it properly. Big relief. I didn't really fancy taking the engine out again. I gave it a small run round the block and ever
    8 points
  2. Hello, I finally picked up my Fire Red Evora GT430 Sport. Simply Sports Cars tell me I have 1 of 1 such cars in Australia! 😎 Four GT430's made it to Australia.
    6 points
  3. Thanks @EGTE I love it. A few more:
    6 points
  4. Thanks for posting Frankel article. He does not mention price point. Elise sluggish sales must surely be in part due to near 50k retail tag. Elise S1 was about 25% more than MX5 in 1997. Now it is 100%. Evora suffered similarly. For the switcher, be it up from hot hatch/saloon/Jap coupe or sideways from Porsche et al, Evora in the showroom failed to convince against price asked. It could not win any BHP pub chat either. There has not been anything wrong with the Lotus product these last 15 years. Price is the issue. Either price is more competitive or perceived quality and BHP need
    5 points
  5. I've been told a few times that they cant make the Elise cheaper of sell it for more. They actually make very little on each car now which I guess is what has lead to this decisions, they can't continue to sell cars for nothing!
    4 points
  6. Back on it's wheels now and moved under it's own steam for the first time in a very long time. Only a few inches back and forth just to test the clutch engagement 😃
    4 points
  7. Hi Everyone, I felt it time I introduce myself here. I am a huge Lotus fanatic, it has been in my life since I was born. My dad was the Lotus Cars dealer in Vancouver BC in the 70s & 80s. We have always had a Lotus Car in the garage and now I have 3 and Dad has 1! We really love the early cars, I have a 1969 Europa S2, 1974 Europa TCS & 1983 Turbo Esprit. My Dad has a 1969 Elan+2. We had a lot of fun restoring the Elan+2 as a father son project and I hope to get my TCS and Turbo Esprit back running again this year. The TCS had the engine go and life has been busy and t
    3 points
  8. Uh No! Not at all not even close. Lotus is being propped by R&D and investment money coming from Geely. Lotus is in no obligation to generate cash at the time being beyond the parameters set by Geely. The Evija won't have to pick up the slack at all. And also at 130 cars over a 2 year production span at 2m a pop it couldn't. In case some haven't noticed, Lotus Engineering is roaring back to life and the Alpine deal is just the tip of the iceberg. Lotus Engineering has become in record time a fully functional unit of Geely R&D, despite not even being in its new digs yet, it is generatin
    3 points
  9. Thanks all. Pics will come after it gets a ceramic coating and a good wash. I'm busy this weekend so it may be some time before I post my own pics. I've ordered a certificate of provenance and I'm told it will state 1 of 1. In the meantime, here's a pic from the dealer
    3 points
  10. This thread addresses the bodywork in great detail and is by far the most comprehensive on both this forum and others. I wish it was available before I embarked on my journey. Would have saved me months of frustration, time and cost. This car is a real credit to you Dave. Congratulations.
    3 points
  11. All finished and ready for collection on Friday. New GT4 wing with body colour uprights. Decals took some time to arrive but turned out exactly as I was hoping.
    2 points
  12. I can add AU59 AHP to the list, Arctic Silver with Paprika insides Owned for just over a year - now with a new clutch to see her through many more years!
    2 points
  13. I agree Bibs which is why I think they missed a trick a few years ago when they "dumped" the base model Elise, which was, according to the dealers I spoke to, an "easy" car to sell and ticked the right boxes for those looking for a relatively inexpensive, fun, reliable toy. By taking a more modular approach and allowing customers to "upgrade" their cars as they grew (in prosperity etc) then they could have kept owners for longer and upsold them into higher value models too whilst generating additional income. The issue re Lotus not making much money on the cars now will be partly dow
    2 points
  14. Andrew Frankel's take
    2 points
  15. A huge thank you to my good friend @CHANGES for taking this one on. Every aspect of the restoration carried out has far exceeded what I thought possible. It is true...this car is my pride and joy, owned for 29 ish years, so want it to be as good as it can be as I only intend doing it the once! The original shut-lines were particularly bad in areas on this one (even allowing for what’s normal), so when i found out this could be corrected then I was more than happy to let Dave work his magic, and then some! The journey so far has been fantastic and I have learned a lot about p
    2 points
  16. Part 16 Home stretch .. Well all good things come to an end and it was time to draw a line under this one , The chassis was shot blasted and re- galvanized to give it fresh new look along with decades of future rust protection. Before After Needless to say , other than dimensional check and reaming out the mount points, plus tapping a few threads , that was as far as I went with the chassis on this restoration ... At this point is was passed back to @RichardJGC for him to do the assembly work .. On return, I dropped in the engine and B
    2 points
  17. Just came across an old poster that I'm sure many of us received during the Bahar era when the 5 new cars plan was announced. Was it on a factory visit? I cant remember. Anyway, its been in the barn ever since and I just came across it when clearing some stuff. Sadly not great condition and has rodent damage - two holes and inch or two in front of the Esprit. Its currently bound for the recycling, but if anyone wants it, I'll happily send it on.
    1 point
  18. Thanks mr P We got the garw dash fitted tonight easy fit but will some set up after engine and gearbox refitted . It looks good making it look more modern .
    1 point
  19. The S can use the same skinnier tyres as the N/A, too. We are a few on here with two sets of wheels (18/19 and 19/20). We can also choose to go as wide in the rear as the 400, if need be. Choice is indeed good.
    1 point
  20. Designers love big wheels on cars and the S looks fab. But I do prefer the feel of the NA on the road with the skinnier rubber. All Evora fab! Justin
    1 point
  21. Yeah, that looks nice. I just don't like dark colours personally. My mum always said "if you're gonna have one, have a bright one" 🤣
    1 point
  22. Far from it. When we did the US LOT forum that I videod last year Popham stated without being asked that if we've heard that they've got £1.5bn in backing from Geely then you've heard a conservative figure. They've spent £100m on Hethel in 2020, cash flow isn't a problem by the looks of it.
    1 point
  23. Definately a good way to go. If you are getting a rescue or 2 make sure they are ok with young children. Many have trauma issues and lack of socialising. My Aunties is not good with kids. However if they are ok with kids they are wonderful gentle dogs to own and all they want is an easy life!
    1 point
  24. I wouldn't put Pirellis back on my Evora if someone PAID me to, never mind if they were free. PS4S are the best, but I have PS4s on the front (due sizing) and they are still way, way better: all the anti-ackerman, tramlining and aquaplaning all gone and they last way longer, too.
    1 point
  25. Taking an MX5 at £25k (that really is a good price for a great car really) I would say an Elise would need to be at £35k tops for the base engine model but would need aircon, cruise and a radio. I think Lotus made a mistake in getting rid of the base 1.6 (was it) Elise a couple of years ago. Also, never understood why they did not have something like the 1.6 base, with power/handling upgrades that could be bought/added. That would have allowed new owners and used owners the chance to get into a Lotus at a great price point and then to "upgrade" the car as the desire, cash and capabil
    1 point
  26. The My10 Cup 260 wheels were about the lightest at the time (I think they claimed they were the lightest of any production car) and the whilst they are needed to make it a proper Cup 260, I'm not really in love with them. But they are growing on me. So I wanted to grab a spare set, as a Lotus without a spare wheels isn't on. I thought about a 240r set, but the orginal cup wheels were similar just machines out, so wouldn’t really be another look. After lots of debate with myself, mainly looking at Americans cars (lets be honest they are a little more willing to try out new things than brit
    1 point
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  28. Thanks @london_v I am thinking the same way as you...
    1 point
  29. I've never had an issue filling the cooling system Jonathan. Bad news on the fan. Amazed it fitted. Good find at the time, as it looks similar in operation. You can buy the fans for this type of system, but you'd probably have to make the mounting for it. I'll email you a photo of what I think it would have been. The heater box itself looks OK. Be careful removing the plenum, as these need to go back well, without leaking!
    1 point
  30. Picture accidentally taken in selfie mode. Oh wait that was 38 years ago
    1 point
  31. We have had retired greyhounds for the last twenty years, and have four retired greyhounds at the moment. Lovely dogs. As with lots of things, there's lots of rubbish talked about them by people who don't know the dogs, for example they don't need anywhere near as much exercise as working dogs (collies, spaniels, labs for example). If you're looking for a dog to throw sticks to in the park then a greyhound is not for you - they should be kept on lead in public. Insurance is no different to any other dog. They are very sensitive to anaesthetic so make sure you get a Greyhound savvy ve
    1 point
  32. Thanks Dr Doom, several are absent fully but I’ll keep looking as ideally I want the original type back in the car. Dash metal has been cut to accept replacements so someone was committed..... Heater matrix box manifold thing now out of the car and what appears to be an associate MK3 Cavalier replacement blower unit. I’m not an expert or anything, it just has it written on! The replacement fan casing has been hacked about to mount to the bulkhead. The slider controls were partially connected so even if it worked, the heat or cold output was fixed to one set of vents be
    1 point
  33. I meet an anaesthesiologist recently and told him his job looked easy. He said 'have a go, knock yourself out'!!
    1 point
  34. Apparently from an NHS Nurse: Medical experts were asked if it is time to ease the lockdown. Allergists were in favor of scratching it, but Dermatologists advised not to make any rash moves. Gastroenterologists had sort of a gut feeling about it, but Neurologists thought the government had a lot of nerve. Obstetricians felt certain everyone was laboring under a misconception, while Ophthalmologists considered the idea shortsighted. Many Pathologists yelled, “Over my dead body!” while Pediatricians said, “Oh, grow up!” Psychiatrists thought the whole idea was madness, while Radiologis
    1 point
  35. George, you could be restoring a pram and I’d still watch, the videos are riveting. No pun intended.
    1 point
  36. Just thought I’d pop in with a quick update now my evora has finally been delivered! It was the GT410sport in military grey previously mentioned on here. I sold my exige cup to buy it as I wanted something I could hopefully get my 6 and 9 year old in the back of and hope to use it more. anyways, they fit in it a treat and love it. What a car! It’s exactly what I was looking for in a car, absolutely awesome. I don’t imagine I will ever get tired of that noise either!! IMG_4893.MP4 IMG_4896.MOV
    1 point
  37. Paul. The chassis and mechanicals look in remarkable condition to me. Somebody's definitely been there before for some resto work just by the new nyloc nuts that are visible. Is there any way of getting some kind of 'index' page to the photo's you are linking to ? It's a bit of a pain having to click each photo individually. Or better still, pay Bibs for a membership and upload the photos here for us to all enjoy 🙂 You can add that to the cost itemisation of course! The danger of external linking photos here is that if the external site goes away for any reason, all the ref
    1 point
  38. Looks like you bottled it.
    1 point
  39. My Evora hasn’t left the garage for 3 months and I haven’t left the house for 2 weeks, so decided we both needed to make an “essential journey”. I’d almost forgotten how much I love driving this car. And again I have people of all ages taking a positive interest.
    1 point
  40. I can remember the first day I drove my Evora , I went to pick my little girl from school hadn’t told her what car I had been buying . Now the journey was marred by handbrake not working , however what’s priceless and is stamped on my memory was the loon on my little girls face when we walked back to car from school. Her friends and parents were all gobsmacked and my daughter couldn’t believe it ! So the woes of the handbrake had vanished and seem trivial then 🤫 So as Barry says all cars have their faults lotus is not greater than many other exotic brands , all problems are fixa
    1 point
  41. Our year old car has had another recall letter drop on the doormat today. That’s the second in recent months.
    1 point
  42. At no point did I ever worry about my Evora throwing up an issue, I loved every single mile I drove in it. If I could have avoided selling it I would have. One things is for sure though, I will be getting another at some point - I currently have an S2 Elise, would love a stint in an Exige 350 but if it a choice between that or an Evora, I think it would be the Evora for me! Of course when I'm in a position to get another one, I may be consider the type 131
    1 point
  43. Hi Scott, I'll send you a private message with some info! All the best, Ben
    1 point
  44. 4. is the holding plate for the windscreen wiper worm drive.
    1 point
  45. I haven't read this blog (as i'm not really into turbos) but knowing you and having seen how well you did on your S1 Esprit and the pictures of this finished car it looks a really lovely job, I think we both strive for some kind of perfection and its lovely to see how so very very close you have got to perfection. My hat is off to you buddy, well done. Matt
    1 point
  46. Echoed - the Michelin’s are superb tyres! @Goatboy - keep the car!!!!! You’ve got new dampers for it after it all 🙂
    1 point
  47. I've never had the jealously look in my Evora, I just think people don't equate Lotus drivers to the often wankers you get in other "sports cars", and at the upper end, BECAUSE it is not a Lambo, or a Ferrari etc, you don't get the snide "rich knob having a mid life crisis" comments. As a result, I can honestly say never felt uncomfortable at any time in either of my Evora's. Also, don't give a fig about what anyone else thinks. They're probably driving an Audi and paying £600 a month on lease/HP for the privilege I honestly don't get this. If you want another Lotus have another
    1 point
  48. Bit of fake wood to match the rest of the interior, I reckon it's kinda cool 🤔😎
    1 point
  49. 9. Steve looking at where you are on your pictures i will start from there, choke/window switch panel. Unscrew the three philps/posi drive screws from the front of that panel just under the switches, pull the panel upwards and unclip the window electrical connectors and also pull the metal clip upwards that holds the actual switch in. I did not have a choke on my car in that location, but remove the choke cable from the lever it should be fairly straight forward. 10. Remove the gear knob by un screwing it, now pull the gear lever gator upwards and push the rim/edges at the same time
    1 point
  50. 8. Flip up the glovebox lid and look for the hindges, 2 philips/posi drive screws per hinge and 2 hindges, remove these and store out of the way. The glovebox also houses the two fuse boxes on the esprit, these are held in place by flat blade screws, one either side of the fuse box, unscrew these and push the fuse box backwards out of the way, the glovebox also has an internal cardboard like shell it is held in by flat blade bolts and very small nuts, push the cardboard and you will feel where these are attached, i think most are at the front where it meets the dash. then remove the card
    1 point

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