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  1. I always like to give a polly coat time to fully cure out, so time is not an issue.. This also is a good time to deal with that dodgy suspension set up . This also saves the risk of damaging the new paint if doing post painting.. So lets delve into the area's on the suspension we have not fully studied jet.. The PO had fitted ProTech adjustable dampers and springs which had not stood the test of time, personally I think the spec fitted was totally wrong choice for the Esprit .. The first observation was the lower damper bush , it had fared better than the AVO ones do , they just crap out in no time at all . However because the bush had no shoulder and no room to fit snubber washers the damper body shifted out of center jamming against the arm .. It was not possible to remove the damper from the bottom arm in situ because bush had shifted and the bolt collar was holding inside the body.. I also noted that the bottom of the damper body was not anodized and as a result was oxidized and flaking .. There was also the inner bush on the lower wishbone that had seen better days and should not of passed a MOT . Once it was all removed as a unit we were able to see the other lower arm bush which was de-laminated and very poor also. We also got to see more clearly the horrors of poor after market choices that get made.. These springs were cheep the wrong rating and in my opinion dangerous. The other side was not much better, you can also see bottom bushes have seen better days . The next two pic's will be familiar to those who have worked on changing bushes before , but will be an eye opener for those who don't realise how the bushes can deform over time. This happens even when the bush looks good from external examination . If you know what to look for ,You can tell by looking closely at how the bolt is centered . When these move off center the bush is compromised and it will have altered all the GEO set on the Esprit. I can not stress how many time i have seen this sort of thing and owners are not aware of it. On the pic above you can just make out a split at the 8 o'clock position The rear springs told their own story.. The height difference was 11mm Next up , making good the suspension.
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  2. Hi Stephen, yes cant wait. I first showed an interest at 70th at Hethel. Im told im having chassis 1.
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  3. Little bit of trimming work today, managed to get hold of some genuine alcantara and with having a go at my new AIM binacle in mind, thought I'd start with the easier shape of the airbag cover.
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  4. I have got a lotus 131 on order. I am told it looks very much like 130. Should be a good looking car. Also, possible launch 8th to 11th July at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
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  5. Just booked a build slot for - probably gonna get delivery October / November. Not finalised my options, been bouncing around from Chrome Orange or some kinda blue (probably Daytona Blue). Spent a while thinking of getting the 250 cup but couldn't see the point as I likely wont track it, much. Options I went for: Hard Top Black pack Black wheels Leather seats Orange interior pack Orange stitching Leather steering wheel Black floor mats Full carpet (not sure if it makes much of difference, any ideas) Sound proofing Carbon fibre sills (more room to get in) Stereo (Just to get it wired and ill probably change the speakers as i heard they are probably the cheapest Lotus could get) Aircon (wasn't gonna get it but Jamie at B&C said it was worth it) I went around the factory with my Dad about 10 years ago and decided I wanted to get one so it's all exciting but wow, they aren't cheap. I must be crazy but hey-ho we are only here once and I'm not getting younger!
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  6. ***** Don't neglect the 1990+ Turbo SE series with their 264/280 (30 sec) bhp and 0-60 mph in 4,7 sec's performance.... It rides very comfortable........ after a 500 mls journey you still get out fairly fresh.....
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  7. I only have 1 MiL. Will you take her? Don't need TLF in return.
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  8. Is just me that thinks good NAs are a steel at this sort price?
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  9. You need spring compressors. Tighten suspension up once the car is fully loaded. But remember to make a note!
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  10. @Bibs thanks for the offer though for me it's a good reason to come over and see my folks (even though you promise to be gentle - you mean gentle overtaking, gently over a ton, gently up to 7K revs lol) @jep thanks - to be fair it was reading through this forum for over the years that told me B&C were excellent (I kept hearing Jamie's name been mentioned). So thanks to TLF
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  11. Gents, I'm a new S2 Exige owner near Southampton. Keen to get to know some other owners in Hampshire / Dorset/ West Sussex. What's the usual calender of meets in our area outside of covid times? Monthly pub meet? Thruxton, Goodwood? I'm also looking at doing spa classic and other northern European weekenders in the coming years. Thanks Joe.
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  12. Thanks, yes bit of a wait but strangely that’s part of the fun. When the Elise was first announced (95/96?) I placed an order straight away and had to wait a while then too, eventually had amongst the first in the country (UK). The final edition will be my 4th Elise, it seems fitting to own one of the last too. 😀 Air con is standard in Australia. If it wasn’t I would have optioned it!
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  13. To add to what @Sparky said for the later cars. There's a lot to be said for just sitting in the car and turning the key on the later injection cars, as compared to the reliable but sometimes annoying processes for cars with carbs (hot starts are worse than cold starts).
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  14. I think Stevie Wonder owned it before the current owner .... needed some parking lessons as the rear wheels are Kerbed to feck. Looks like it’s this one All being well am going to take a look next sat 👍🏻
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  15. Came across this on YouTube and thought it would be worth posting for those wondering what the internals of the oil pump look like.
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  16. At the top of the page you can see my latest new-old Lotus, mentioned recently – a superbly preserved second-generation, front-drive 1991 Elan SE in which I’m going to attack Paul Matty’s Lotus Hillclimb Championship next year. I know it’s not a ‘real Elan’ in the eyes of many Lotus fanciers, but I’m convinced history sells this car short. It’s a genuine Peter Stevens design, and its special fight-free front drive was developed by the legendary John Miles. And it can turn a 0-60mph sprint in 6.5sec, which is brisk even now. Lotus test drivers of the time reckoned they could lap the Hethel track faster in one of these than a Turbo Esprit. For £10,000, with that capability, rarity and name, I reckon this might be the elusive car bargain I’ve been seeking all my life. Autocar
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  17. My best man is now a head teacher at a (good) primary school. I wouldn’t call him lazy and he takes the job very seriously, but he will also call bullshit on the hours that teachers claim that they work and suggestions that they don’t take all the holidays and do very little if anything during them. The only time that he sees much work done at all in the summer holidays is if the curriculum changes, otherwise they just roll out last years lessons again.
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  18. Great choice in car and colour, I have had 4 cars on this platform the last being a 250 Cup, which had full carpets and in my opinion well worth having, they give the cabin a more quality feel. 👍
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  19. It is indeed nice in its pure, simple lines. Very jealous. 240 Sport would also be my choice. If I could. They seem to be in high demand, too, as delivery time seems to get moved back significantly each time we hear of an order. Enjoy!
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  20. It doesn't set a good example when a country's seat of power won't allow justice to be served due to mainly self serving loyalties.
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  22. I'm currently searching for a compact alternator with a higher output for just this reason. Hoping for some feedback from a local rebuilding company soon. Pete
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  23. Yes @Bazza 907 - it's a lyric from the MC Hammer Vs Bucks Fizz comeback single.
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  24. Awesome. Love reading builds like this and seeing the rewards coming from all the blood, sweat, tears, and pounds.
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  25. Hi Chris, I bought one a couple of months ago as my S3 didn't come with a cover either. The 4 grommets fit into the 4 holes in the underside of the cover and if you look at the engine, you will see 4 lugs sticking up that match up with the 4 holes in the cover. The rubber grommets then just slot onto the 4 lugs. Line up the oil filler cap with the hole in the cover to get it lined up. Hope that’s useful. Where are you based?
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  26. Hmmmm wish I could stop getting itchy feet Elite 501 - 6 weeks Evora S - 9 months 2-11 - 6 months Exige V6S - 3 months Evora 400 - 10 months Esprit GT3 - 3 months Exige 350 - 5 months Exige 380 - 18 months Elan +2 - 17 months and no intentions to sell
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  27. @scotty435 £33K, blue with oyster? 25,000 miles? Lovely looking car but price seemed optimistic at the time. There are very few pre-400 around, especially low mileage so I am not totally surprised - and less around than when you did your p/ex. Central Lotus followed the maxim of 'find another' and it has proved correct, as often it is. With cars like your old NA, low miles, good history, there is usually that one buyer if you are prepared to wait. It took me 12 months to sell my manual Porsche 928 (1980) but I knew it was rare, great spec and I would find the right chap. Ironically, he flipped it almost immediately! Brighter than me, obvs. Justin
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  28. So after following the GameStop debacle, and thus becoming more interested in stock, thought I'd dip my toe in to the markets. Subscribed to Motley Fool and invested in some of their recommendations, all US stocks. Also did my own research and invested in some UK stocks. US stocks have soared, UK stocks in the doldrums. Yeh, yeh, investments should be considered a 3-5 year commitment but lessons I've learnt so far: I don't know diddly squat about investments, so I listen to those who do Factor in trade charges. If you're just investing in the low £1000s, they will take a chunk out of your profit. Yahoo finance is a god send Never trust the recommendations of another investor, especially if they're your friend Winners keep winning. If a stock's going up and they have good fundamentals, don't worry about buying in at the (current) peak. Up 11% in 12 days. It likely won't last and tbh the above advice is based on so very little experience. Having said all that, Fiverr has performed fantastically
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  29. Tell us more? Evora or Elise? You’ve probably seen these all before @Jcx but here are some more Fire Red wonderfulness here. The bottom 3 are before I changed from the Sport to Cup look, that I have now. Fire Red really is a colour that changes in different lights like no other😉😎
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  30. No. Assuming after 2 years the car is worth £60k you use £40k to pay off your second payment, then £20k towards your next deposit which you need to add £20k to as new money. So it has cost you £20k over 2 years, £10k a year or around £825 per month with £40k deposit. You keep doing this every 2 years so you're original £40k cash deposit effectively rolls over in the equity of the car but you need to pay the difference every 2 years. Personally, I buy cash with a small amount of finance that I am aim to pay off in full in 6 months, as I don't like debt/long term financial commitments, AND I like the added protection I get when I include some finance in case things go tits up. However, these days, even for pretty "run of the mill stuff", people seem quite happy to sign up to lease deals with a few thousand down and payments of £500 - 750 per month, for something they will never own, like an A4/Q5, etc. A lot of Macca's, Huracan's also seem to be bought on finance - £15k - £20k cash down, then £1500 - £2000 per month for 2 years and a £90k balloon. That sort of commitment would scare the living daylights out of me, BUT, it means people can pose without having to spend quite a few years to save to get there. Probably why my entry into nice sports cars came later in life - had a house to buy and family to raise first, then saved the money to purchase outright with a small loan as above. Now, I have no debts anywhere and I'm good with that. But having a £1500+ monthly commitment and a final debt of say £90k, I just would not sleep at night. We are all different.
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  32. I am founder of LotusRescue ( along with loads of assistance from Wendy, the wife ) who over the past 7 years ( part time as I still have a full time job ) have rescued and moved on a total of 27 Lotus, stalled, abandoned and forgotten car's in various stages of decay and most have all gone on to new homes with fellow Lotus enthusiast who will complete the task of bringing them back to life. We assisted in the sale of a nice car off to Australia, another went to Germany and carried out the restoration of a clients car which when completed went to Paris. We managed to find a buyer for the second S1 which came in from the states and that one as we speak is about to have the body lifted off for a full restoration and conversion to right hand drive. We are still assisting source parts etc for that car, so I guess you could say we are a bit continental. One car we sourced for a LotusRescue client had been sitting in a garden for the best part of 9 years, we managed to conclude the deal for the client, collect her from outside London and delivered to N E Scotland. I thought that was one stunning car in Ice Blue Metallic with Pageant Blue leather interior. I would have loved to be able to have kept that car. Obviously we have become good friends with everyone we have met and helped sourced cars for, and kept in touch with everyone. So, almost exactly four years later I have a conversation with that particular owner and he just made the comment, when are you coming to collect your car, it had been a standing joke about ownership over of the car. So a deal was struck and days later MY car was in the workshop waiting her turn for a full on restoration. Currently we have two stores full of car's, all Lotus of course. Always looking for new projects on behalf of clients. A replacement covered transporter trailer has been purchased to move the cars about giving full protection. A new logo ( final colors still to be tweaked ) has been designed which will be printed off and added to the sides of the trailer. Our tow motor, VW Amarok known as the tug, was purchased to save wrecking anymore good cars due to the high miles we were doing and give a bit more grunt for towing. It's now a year since we took over the new workshop, and that's working out great as I can work indoors with a nice space heater blowing while it's -5 outside. The photograph was taken while the 4 Tone ramp was being installed and prior to the walls etc being painted. How did I ever manage working on the drive before with nothing more than a pop up Gazeebo when it rained or during the winter. Presently Covid 19 means we are about 7 months behind schedule on some projects which like all businesses we have little or no control over. This also means I am stuck overseas for up to 4 months at a time. But the wonders of the internet help keep things moving, if not the cars. Now looking to set up a website for the venture. Must be cheap/free with a decent host who wont overload it with bloody adverts. So, anyone who can offer free assistance to help set up a website. Great, more than welcome.
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  33. I agree with this. To me, it is the organisation (i.e. the NHS) that should be liable in the first instance. ONLY, then, and in exceptional circumstances, should individual staff members be targeted, unless of course, the act was not accidental but malicious, with intent, etc, where absolutely the staff member should be held accountable.
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  34. I hope that’s got an electric motor.
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  35. I was unsure about white Evora until I saw one in the flesh. Stunning, so much better than in photos. The one at Hendy in Poole with blue interior is fab - but they can't sell it. I suspect the blue interior is the problem - love it but even I think it has too much blue. Some restraint, a bit more black to off-set required. Justin
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  36. 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 😃
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  37. Here we go again , Flat, Flat, rub , prep , flat, feel ... The feely bit always shows you more than you can see.. Although there are still layer build processes to do , the better the accuracy of repairs to date , the easier and better the final shape will be ... Finishing all the repair section joints and fitting cover trims . Then mask and prep for polly coats Next up ... shadow coat and Yes you guessed it .... more flatting ..
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  38. With the previous areas completed , there was just the door handle mod to complete on the drivers door .. Starting with a painted original , we remove and fit a template to work from, which outlines the new handle. Next we grind down the thickness of the panel so the new handle can fit flush . This recess will also provide the lip for the for the new handle to locate into .. The original square shape is profiled at the same time to mirror the internal section of the new handle . Once completed the mask can be removed and the new handle fitted.. A small amount of final fettling is needed to insure suitable clearance around the handles edge is available for any polyester a paint build up. But as with anything Lotus , you change one thing and another jumps out at you .. As i said previous the later handles have a completely different lock assembly they marry too . The actuation levers are in opposite and conflicting planes. So a little poetic licence had to be taken to get the new to work with the old .. The above pic shows the original simplistic assembly , with its compact fitting so not to interfere with the window frame and door bar .. Below is my adaptation to use the new handle with the original catch assembly, which works really well considering .. The trick was to keep it as simple as possible .. Finally all the paint is removed from the door in preparation for next stage .. One of the unforeseen problems and a real pain was the new paint that was put on a year before .. Up until now all the sections worked on had some gel crack or damage so paint removal was a given .. Unfortunately this presents a dilemma on the undamaged panels that were just down for repaint.. Putting new paint over soft paint will only lead to major long term issues , or more than likely cause a solvent reaction.. Isolating is an option , but this will only mask a problem and still leave a soft substrate .. So the only solution is to carry on removing all the original soft lacquer coat .. To give you an idea of what i am dealing with , the following pic is of the sand paper used on the DA to remove this layer. As you can see almost immediately the grit pinned with the soft paint layer .. This made a tedious job very frustrating.. using a lot of DA pads . but Hey Ho its all part of what we love doing .. The tailgate was the worst , for some reason it was laid on there really thick.. It took a whole day to get it down to a satisfactory stable layer with a grit level that was exceptable to work from .. Interestingly during this process we did identify a few other points that needed addressing at the same time , so plus points all round .. next up final prep before polly coat
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  39. Finally just to make sure there is no danger of thinking I can drive the car again soon I decided to investigate the heater fan squeal. Who would have thought that a fibreglass car can rust so much. Of the 8 fixings for the dashboard I had to drill out 4, cut through two, and one was just missing. About 4 hours after starting I was at this stage. Heater still firmly attached to the car! I knew the wiring was a bit ropey, but I think this deserves some attention - it looks like the smoke has escaped. I think Ill try to trace the damaged wires back through the loom and replace them, and undo the bodges someone has done to bypass the damage. I may be some time
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  40. I like the M100 being the affordable Lotus and a good fun entry level car for people who just want to have a fun weekend driver. I’ve bounced in and out of them for years and still actually enjoy driving them more than any other Lotus. I also had a lovely white SE still owned by a friend who asked me for it after a drive, he was about to buy a Morgan and never looked back. Dave
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  41. One day others will wake up and realise what a great Lotus car the M100 is. Until then it's a little secret for those of us with one to enjoy. I September I did 2000 miles in one week driving the NC500 alongside a mate in his F-Type. Awesome car to do it in and still 16k short of 300k miles.
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  42. Pictures of my car? Who could ever refuse that request??
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  43. That’s it - I’m broken and giving up for today. The steering knuckle was a bastard. But it’s bolted up. body is just sat resting - not bolted on yet. Simply can’t face anymore. Dannys 16 today - so BBQ time cider and beer is now the prioRory
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  44. Picked up my loaner car earlier tonight, the Evora 400. Damn its so quiet and comfy, and it has electric side mirrors, xenon lights and I can even lower the passenger side window from my door. So much tech!
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