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  1. Not sure drinking a bottle of vodka the night ahead of a 3.5 hour train trip and 3 hour drive home was the best move. But great car. Looking forward to a proper drive in hills tmrw when I am not hanging out my arse 😁
    7 points
  2. I ended up buying that yellow GT410 Sport. On way to collect now. Had it confirmed was management car not a press car and just used for that Norwich City video (was only yellow one they had available at time). Also confirmed those tyres were original so to get 15.5k miles out of rear cup2s is good going! A few bits to tidy up to make it perfect but at the price (negotiated quite a few £k discount as well as new tyres) its a decent buy I think.
    6 points
  3. Since the Evora was launched I always fancied one - and especially with the red (paprika!) interior. 12 years later (last August) I found myself in the position to shop for a car but none of the ones I went to look at with the interior I wanted were the right cars for me. And so, after setting out to get a dark N/A LE with a colourful interior, I ended up with a bright red S with a black interior. Go figure. But, bit by bit I've been getting the car closer to my ideal spec. Luckily it already had the Sports Racer look on the outside (black roof/sills/wheels/splitters etc) so I set about bringing the interior to match. Out went the old gear knob, with tatty leather hanging off. On with an eliseshop aluminium one. Off with the original steering wheel, get back a perforated leather trimmed one from Royals. But how to lift the colour in the interior? Start with the mats - got a custom set made from my templates by morethanpolish.com - red with black heel pad and black piping. In the meantime the original Alpine unit HAD to go, a friend and previous Evora owner still had a Pioneer Avic unit with Carplay - so got that fitted. It's SO much better than the original one! Then I saw a breakers with a full set of Sports Racer seats. They were expensive... Made an offer on the fronts and got them reduced. Sold my old set to a guy with an M3 on ebay (I listed them at £1200 and they could have sold 3 times in 15 minutes. Big market for those Recaros!) Then finally, two months later - put a very cheeky offer back at the same breakers on the matching sports racer rear seats due to a dent in the leather (which I thought I could improve with some heat) and got those too. So now finally the interior project is complete! Appreciate the mats may not be to everyone's tastes and they're not particularly practical but they do lift the interior IMO and complement the red piping elsewhere. Oh, and if anyone wants a set of charcoal grey leather rear seats to replace some cloth ones - they're here: https://www.lotusforsale.com/ads/lotus-evora-leather-rear-seats-charcoal-grey-black/
    5 points
  4. Esprit - always wanted one, just worried trans is to weak to properly use car and it’s to old/fragile for daily use elise/exige - worried the car is a bit to hard core for a daily driver, i still play soccer/football at 50+, worried about getting in the car after a good game. Giulia QV -really liked driving the car, worried about expensive repairs and didn’t need a 4dr sedan. Poor dealer network for a mass market brand evora wasn’t really on my radar, was never a big fan of the early evora’ s. JayEmm’s video’s really peaked my interest on the car as well as pretty much every other review. Put a deposit on a new GT (I do live in the USA) last week!
    4 points
  5. Did mine today. Instructions provided are very good. I have a good spray bottle that I filled with water and a splish of fairy liquid. instructions also cover “proper” PPF application so a professional squeegee is necessary. I don’t have one of them so used my professional credit card. AA membership card to be exact. Other cards are available. 😉 My lights are in great condition. No issues with the black areas, or sections going misty. A few small stone chips in the surface is it. Essential that everything is clean before you start. Wiped lights clean. Clay bar on lights. Cleaned with IPA to remove any traces of grease/wax. Did that breathy thing you do to clean glasses and polished them off with a dry microfibre cloth. Ready for the film. One side at a time. Hard to see on a white car. Coming straight out of the tube the films were trying to roll up - some heat with the hairdryer whilst rested on the bonnet allowed them to flatten. So in this process - your water/washing up liquid mix is absolutely your friend. The whole concept is that you “float” the film on a thin layer of water above your lights. Take time to position it (moves very easily) then squeegee the water out to leave the film where you want it. Spray liberally on lights. Peel The film off the backing (try to minimise contact with the adhesive side of the film and try not to bend it). Spray the adhesive side of the film liberally also. You really can’t overdo the water! Place the film on the lights and position it. When you are ready to squeegee - spray the top surface of the film liberally too - you want your professional squeegee to slide over the surface without sticking. Film placed. and following a bit of squeegee action. They won’t rest perfectly when you put them on. Don’t panic. As you squeegee and the adhesive starts to set - they will flatten properly. If you feel you need to lift the film to reposition it - lift and spray again between lights and film so it can float again and allow easy movement. Don’t use more pressure than you have to - you’re just trying to expel the water. Dried them off. Used a microfibre to help me push a few tiny bubbles out from the washer covers after I took these pics. Fit is good enough for me. Finished off with a hairdryer on gentle heat just to help everything set. Will out a coat of wax on them later. The finish is far more “orange peel” than it was, but hopefully the protection they bring will offset that negative.
    4 points
  6. Out for a nice long run.....via an essential trip to the Butchers, if anyone asks!😉 Any excuse to get a run in the Esprit when the weather is as beautiful as it is today - bring on the Spring!😎
    3 points
  7. Hi Mike, I disassembled the fuel pumps and found out that the fuel lines were not tight enough and to my opnion unable to keep the fuel pressure optimal. Temporary I added extra clamps to be "sure" that there were no pressure leaks. Starting the engine - and after some struggle - she runs and stay running! I will replace the fuel lines and clamps and I consider the problem solved! Thank you Mike and the other members of the forum for their input for helping me !!
    3 points
  8. No I don’t think they need go through a blitz to toughen them up but I do think they need to get a sense of perspective about some of their perceived problems. It is quite possible to bring children up to appreciate the opportunities they have today whilst, importantly, respecting the previous generations who made their freedom of choice possible. As C8RKH says, too many of them have a sense of self entitlement. I used to see it all the time as an employer and the genuine belief some had that the world owes them a living really wound me up. I used to try telling them nobody owes them a living and the only way to get on is to work hard to prove your worth. Do that and you will progress. We brought our own son up that way and whilst it’s probably true he was more privileged than some of his mates, he still understood the route to further self improvement. He has the kind of work ethic that I used to see in very few youngsters at work, the same as my father instilled in me and, for that, I’m very grateful. He is also a very caring individual, probably more than me if I’m being honest, and has used those skills he has to make a success of his life. He never moaned or whinged as a kid and was disciplined when necessary. Far too many parents don’t, in my view, demonstrate good parenting skills in giving their kids the proper tools to get on in their lives.
    3 points
  9. Just picked up my car from the detailer. Ceramic coating done. Will try grab better pics over the weekend.
    2 points
  10. These cars are super rare, even when new. I don't think sales will go down or up. They will remain static as there will always by a dozen or so potential buyers with around 20 cars to choose from. The issue is some people will still think prices will fall, so will look and not buy (and forever miss the experience) and others will just come straight in, find what they want (a compromise on spec/colour will be made) and buy. That's it. I don't think there is any more logic to it than that for such a niche motor car.
    2 points
  11. Some b&w snaps from a tour round the factory at an open day - my records think the was 1977. I used both b&w film and some colour neg - but the colours ones were not great indoors.
    1 point
  12. My 82 Turbo engine, now rebuilt with HTD setup and fixed tensioner. Other photo shows drilling jig for tensioner mounting hole.
    1 point
  13. A different type of car meat. Justin
    1 point
  14. I have no idea what this car or cars is going to be. In their image it was 3 cars, but no idea if all 3 are the 131 or only 1 is and the other 2 are other cars like the Alpine co-developed car. The one picture of the college next to the Evija made it look mini Elige sized non-electric Evija. Personally for this car I would rather it move slightly up market from the Evora, but this is just my personal preference. There is huge void in the market in that price range. There are plenty of people who are not fans of Porsche. IMO there is too much competition that they just can't compete with down market. They don't have the cache of playing with the big boys (yet). However, what about a $130k car that gets you 80% of a $250k? Not sure if its possible for Lotus or not. What I want to see: Use the Evora chassis, unless their are potential future safety issues, its already proven to be excellent Handle like a Lotus Manual and DCT options Drop the back seat, its a nice storage area, but pretty much useless otherwise More power, 500 - 550 I think would be a good sweet spot Looks good, exclusive Higher quality interior Longer warranty, 4 - 5 years
    1 point
  15. Until we know what all the range options there are, it would be impossible for me to consider. If there is a variant that is easier to get in/out of than the Evora as I get older, then that could be my next car. Also as the last lotus with a petrol / petrol hybrid it may have to be the one to choose. Lets hope it comes with a good length warranty.
    1 point
  16. Had an essential drive round this am, including the back of the Hendy Exeter site on the way to do some food shopping. Although there may be 3 cars being delivered on Monday, there was no sign of anything Lotus. No new signs/branding etc. Did see a skip round the back....but that has been there for a couple of weeks. Will have to some more shopping on Monday or Tuesday morning.
    1 point
  17. No probs, I think I still have a few sets left. Can you pm me your address please.
    1 point
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  19. Yes. Is the short answer. The longer one? UK kids (like most of the West) have it flookin' EASY by and large (there are of course those who don't) and as a result they are becoming softer. Meanwhile, other parts of the world the kids are growing up tougher, in harsher experiences. They are more resilient. More resourceful. More hungry. As the market for jobs and resources is increasingly global, who do you think is going to win the war? Not necessarily a traditional bullets and bayonets war. But the war for jobs. For resources. Etc? A lot of the kids in the UK today, the toughest choice they face is what "designer gadget" to play with today. So I do believe we have created a massive problem and have not actually helped them at all. I see it in work. Half the graduates who join us our self entitled, precious little shit bags. The others, work hard. In ten years, it is like to be 70:30 split. It's a tough world out there. And as the world gets flooded with ever more people, it will only get tougher.
    1 point
  20. Episode 68 of the abused Lotus Esprit restoration
    1 point
  21. Hi, my gearboxes comes complete. With output shaft housing and axles.
    1 point
  22. @Sharky yes the 430 cup bracket puts the loop out horizontal, the v6Cup bracket holds the loop on its side. The 430cup bracket is also cheaper
    1 point
  23. Hendy website now shows Exeter as a dealer, been in contact with them and have been told that.. Hi Keith, from next week you can reach out to the team. We have an Elise, Evora and Exige arriving on Monday!. Will have to have an essential visit past them and also to check if they will have started selling parts.
    1 point
  24. They'll be making toy potatoes gender neutral next
    1 point
  25. You can buy March, single issue, from here ... www.newsstand.co.uk
    1 point
  26. As promised I've modelled this part and have made it available for free on Thingiverse. You don't need an account or anything to download the STL file. Here's a render of my model: It's very close to the original part. I don't anticipate anyone having any troubles with fitment. I welcome any feedback though. When I've got some more time (after I've done all of my uni assignments!) I'll design a slightly different version that does not require the crude pegs of the original. I think it would be better if clips were integrated into the body so that you just had to push it into place. It's a very easy part for any 3D printer to produce. If you don't have one, you might find a mate who does. Failing that, there are plenty of commercial services who will print it for you. Thanks to those who assisted me; I really appreciate it. Keir
    1 point
  27. Out house hunting today lol 😂
    1 point
  28. Have found a few colour ones from outside the factory.
    1 point
  29. What the hell is a "light tunnel"? something that puts bright stripes over everything? Sorry, but I don't get it... Took mine to the churchyard opposite me at dusk and with a couple of Nikon Speedlights (portable flashguns) took this ...
    1 point
  30. I sold a V8 Vantage to buy my Evora. I don’t regret it for a second. 😉
    1 point
  31. My father has been friends with John since their days on the Delorean project when Dad took John on as a contractor to sort many of the electrical issues they were having. he was so Pleased that John was taken on at Lotus as an Electrical Engineer, working for MJK through many and varied projects you will all recognise . They have been friends ever since. John was always so supportive of MJK and pushed him to be more involved in the history of Lotus and introduced him to pages like "Lotus Remembered" on FB and they had been very close these past few years, even holidaying together on Johns Boat. John was also at Ollie Winterbottoms Convoy and ran an M100. My father is a very private man when it comes to his emotions and he is devastated at losing one of his best friends, who he was only speaking to Sunday about his M100. John will be missed by the whole community and also by myself as we had got to speak over the last few years about everything from his boat to the fact he was at Addenbrookes the same time as my Daughter was working there. Condolences to all his family and friends and especially Viv his wife. RIP John.
    1 point
  32. Evo magazine #283 Mar 2021 AMG GT Black series + Lotus engineering supplement 9771464278144 | eBay E Bay perhaps an option if tricky to find, especially overseas. Justin
    1 point
  33. Will do to all that have messaged me. Later today when I am in the office with a proper scanner. Justin
    1 point
  34. Club Team Lotus open day and evening dinner at the Trust House hotel Norwich 1982. The Esprit outside is the one recently restored by Lotus as it was Chapman’s last company car. The éclat parked under the entrance was driven by Andrew Ferguson. The Team Lotus photos include the recently arrived Renault engines and the first type 93T in the body shop. These photos were taken about 3 weeks before ACBC died. I remember walking past him when he was talking to someone, and my wife said to hang around to get his autograph, but I said I’d wait until next year…. I have scanned and reduced them in size to upload, most of these used to be on a web site I had years ago. Which included pictures from various motor shows as well and was spotted by a guy whose esprit was one of the display cars and Andy G from Lotus. These are all ones I personally took.
    1 point
  35. I moved into a new house at the start of Feb and took redelivery this morning of the Esprit, back from where it was in storage. As the car was rolling off the trailer my very keen neighbour stepped forward and started a very interesting conversation. He starts off by telling me he hasn’t seen one of these for years and always loved them. He then tells me he used to be friendly with a guy who had one from new. When this guy ordered new from the factory he asked if they came with a sunroof option, upon which he was told no, this wasn’t an option at the time. This guy was apparently an Engineer to trade (name to follow hopefully once Ian my neighbour does a bit of memory jogging!) and took it upon himself to design a sunroof solution.....it was nothing other than apparently the design that Lotus then adopted when incorporating into their following Esprit models from around 1984. Apparently a true story - would love to hear from someone who could corroborate the story? Never fails to amaze me how respected Lotus cars are - but how few there are out there..... Mine now safely tucked back up where I can keep an eye on it😉
    1 point
  36. Haven't yet attempted it on the lotus but I fitted HIDs on my other car. How i attacked it was to buy a set or rubber dust caps like these bad boys so as to leave the oem intact, https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2pcs-80mm-HID-LED-Headlight-Car-Dust-Cover-Waterproof-Dustproof-Sealing-Cap-/183687671300?_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49292 Various sizes available so I'm guessing it'll be something out there for our cars as well. I cut a round hole and used a rubber wire grommet (not blank) to pass the cables through. When all was in place I sealed it with silicon. It's been like that for years now and no signs of condensation in the units:)
    1 point
  37. Three key things to look for: Full documented service history with no/few gaps... These cars need regular, annual care without skimping. Large pile of receipts for the things that need doing like bushes, springs, brakes, Aircon leaks, fan replacements, clutch hoses, clutches, oil radiators and hoses etc.. as this demonstrates taking care of the things when they come up rather than when they break something else... Frequent use, this is the key for me; 104k miles and never fails me...
    1 point
  38. From going from a 2010 NA to a 410GTsport I can honestly say my NA gear change was as good as my new 410, the NA was still on its original cables and never once had trouble changing gear, it also had the LR box and I never once thought I wished I had the SR box. My thoughts are there where some cars that came from the factory with the cables not adjusted as they should have been and that cast a shadow on all early NAs which in the real world is not the case. My advice is to get out there and drive a few don’t overthink things and like Barry says the sports pack is a must, luckily most cars come with that option ticked.
    1 point
  39. A few more of the dry sump engine.
    1 point
  40. Been a while since I posted on here, one completed dry sump 910 ready to go in to turbo esprit YAH 868X Renovated engine bay, new outer soundproofing and inner aluminium foil
    1 point
  41. Just watched this. I'll cut to the chase. He really likes it...
    1 point
  42. Mate, your car looks absolutely fantastic, liquid yellow suits the Exige perfectly and with all that luscious carbon and your personal touches it's just 100%
    1 point
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