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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 , t
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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 Carb
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  7. ***** 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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  8. I only have 1 MiL. Will you take her? Don't need TLF in return.
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  9. Is just me that thinks good NAs are a steel at this sort price?
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  10. You need spring compressors. Tighten suspension up once the car is fully loaded. But remember to make a note!
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  11. @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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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
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  18. Hi Guys, I've been poking my nose in this forum for quite some time and a couple of days I took the plunge to realise a dream: I have put my deposit down and secured a build slot for a new Elise 240, which I'll likely get October / November time. Still on the fence with orange or blue though very excited - I ordered through Bell and Colvill near Guildford.
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  19. Hi - I have just put down an 'unplanned' deposit for an Exige 410 Sport 20th Anniversary from Oakmere for collection January 2021. In September I visited Oakmere looking to buy a Caterham Seven to replace my Porsche 718 Spyder and whilst waiting to test drive the Seven I asked if i could test drive an Exige. I used to own an Elise S2 which in 2004 I traded in for an Exige S2 which I instantly regretted and soon traded in for a Caterham R400. I was sent out in a Exige 410 Sport and came back with the biggest grin on my face - it was so different to the S2 version I owned. But I as I had
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  20. I did think about re-drilling them but I would rather look for the correct wheel if I can find one. As David has mentioned certain nuts need to be torqued with the required weight in the car (listed in the workshop manual). Spring compressors are a must - I always wince when I'm using them
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  21. @cdcoI'd get the UV PPF. At £1000+ pounds a go those headlamps ain't cheap to replace and a ceramic coating ain't gonna protect from a rogue stone!
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  22. 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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  23. Thought I'd resurrect this topic after a few years of dormancy , had the head lights striped and re-coated at the weekend buy a local firm . From this To this Not the best photos I know but happy with the results they provided a ceramic "nano" coating to be refreshed every 6 months so will be interesting to see how that lasts or I might get UV protecting PPF on them at least that can be taken off easily every few years when it gets manky without the wet-n-dry routine.
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  24. If I was the CEO of Gorilla Glue, I’d be using that video to demonstrate just how strong and long lasting anything fixed with it will be. A month after applying and still it’s stuck fast. Bloody good stuff that must be!😁
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  26. 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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  27. Mine finally exported Do we know how many 20th units were produced ??? It has been for sale barely 7 months The only mod short term will be the 430 cup side scoops
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  28. For a hand built car they are very cheap !
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  29. I do like your avatar, must be your mood right now. Congrats on taking the plunge. chipp
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  30. 240 is a lovely pure Elise shape
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  31. That does look a very "grown up" interior and ideal for a GT. Not sure why the interior of the 4xx get's such a panning from some, including on here. It's a very nice place to be and that Tan looks lovely, as does the red Lotus use too. However, everything these days seems to be a Germanic formula with people refusing to deviate due to "best combo for future resale!" - "black, black, and to be adventurous and show their daring side, sometimes some grey!". It seems that black interiors matter the most. I'm thinking that if I ever had to get back into the dating scene I'd only date other
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  32. Me too! 😀 Pete
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  33. Elise S1: probably the greatest road car ever made by Lotus. Nailed from day 1, it needed no improving. A shame about the insult to Excel at the very end by the journo - compounded by factual error. Justin
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  34. I've decided to go with Daytona and have now ordered ☺️: Elise Cup 250 "final edition" Daytona blue Standard alcantara interior with blue seat padding Hard top (painted) no black pack red brake calipers floor mats cruise control August build with approx. October delivery. I will confirm with dealer that Daytona paint code hasn't changed lately, thanks for the tip.
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  35. 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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  36. It's typical. Now that Lotus is killing it off everyone is lamenting how good it is as it cannot now take sales from new Porsche cars and therefore hit the journo's in the pocket. Sorry, I'm too cynical at times I know.
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  37. @Bibs please, you should know better https://www.lotusforsale.com/
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  38. @C8RKH, if you want to see a complete lack of common sense and underlying fundamentals, look no further than Bitcoin. Its value based solely on its rarity. The ultimate abstraction of real value. Having said that, it's not going away. Its volatility will be regulated and it's here to stay.
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  39. My mates a Science teacher at High School. he was a Civil Engineer earning a lot of money but was away from home a lot. Take into account this is HIS WORDS NOT MINE!! He admitted he is "A little bit lazy" and wanted "As much time off as possible". So he trained as a teacher because "I get a fuck load more holiday than in any job I have ever done before". His 6 weeks Summer Holiday (Which he calls 5 weeks as he has to do a couple of hours a day prep before going back) is 2 weeks more than the holiday I get all year! And he gets the same bank Holidays off as me. Then he gets half
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  40. On the subject of sleep I'm reading this at the moment which is fascinating: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Why-We-Sleep-Science-Dreams/dp/014198376 One nights loss of sleep has the same detrimental effect as drinking to the legal limit but it's worse because the brain does not recognise the impairment. Highly recommend reading as it's fascinating and enlightening from the very first basic premise: All animals sleep. During sleep we cannot engage in the basic survival needs of eating, survival and reproduction. We spend 30% of our lives sleeping. Therefore it must
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  41. It's all true sadly. Even Police have insurance now should someone try and sue them because they tried to save someone's life and failed....or even worse, succeeded. We are turning into a Litigious society where people are genuinely afraid to intervene for worry of being sued. Do you remember the Top gear where, at the end, they all donated their cars to people who had lost them in the Hurricane in New Orleans and the one who Jezza gave his to tried to sue him because of the faults it had? We are getting there. My wife and daughter pay large sums of money for insurance in the NHS and
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  42. @Cochi Loco cheers mate, it’s certainly getting there, still feels like a million on one things to do before the weather gets better (days are getting longer and warmer already)...
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  43. I've always thought the Evora looks really good in white with the black details. Really suits the car to be honest.
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  44. 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,
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  45. 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
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  46. Wasn't happy with the downpipes I'd made from the manifolds, too skinny at 1.75". General concensus is 2 - 2.25" is ideal, so I've redone it all in 2" and I'm much happier with them. Also took a bit of time to port out the std manifolds, taking out the sharp edges. Might not make much difference but every little helps 😉
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  47. Pictures of my car? Who could ever refuse that request??
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  48. 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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  49. Yes he lived at Carleton Manor just about 500 yards from the church with his Grave and next door to where my family lived at Kennedy House. Sarah sadly died at a young age. His properties in Ketteringham included Ketteringham Hall and the old Vicarage next door (where we lived when my dad originally moved from Jag to Lotus). The Hall was not lived in and was adjusted for office use, though Colin may have had a bed there as he was a bit of a workaholic. Hethel was a B24 Liberator base during the war, there is a museum just down the road.
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