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  1. Well finally got it home yesterday and really pleased with it. weather was awful for the drive back but the car was fantastic. Gave it a wash this morning and have a few very minor jobs to do with it. it’s tucked up with its garage mates now.
    7 points
  2. I had no idea that there were so many local owners. Great to meet everyone and I look forward to the next gathering. A run to caffeine and machine seems a good bet. We could even do that in an evening and get dinner there. A few images from today:
    5 points
  3. So belts changed. Oil and filter changed. Time for a spin
    5 points
  4. Good evening Ladies and Gents, Well what a day got a fair bit wet but bless the lovely lotus she is now up and running and i ow Gary (Sparky) & Stuart (HawaissO) everything for today. I have attached a link to a video i made on todays evens enjoy
    5 points
  5. I'll be up for local meets once my car arrives in August, based in Worcester
    4 points
  6. UK dealers are accepting dealer deposits but the factory deposit book isn't open yet. Amount varies between dealers and most (all?) are refundable until the factory book opens. In most cases it doesn't guarantee you a specific place in the factory queue, just a place in that dealer's queue. I remember after the Evora factory book opened some dealers were much quicker than others at getting their orders logged, so it was largely luck of the draw where you ended up in the queue if you'd placed a dealer deposit before the factory book opened. I think I was #3 at B&C and #12 overall. My deposit is with B&C and was £500. Silverstone were asking for £1000. No official date yet for when the factory book opens but it would make sense if it was 6 July.
    4 points
  7. Good to meet you all this morning, i got damp but worth it. This is the kind of push i need to get the GT3 done and join you all.
    4 points
  8. Cracked on this weekend, needed to tidy the working space up as it was getting very cluttered! Off side engine mount undid easily, near side the bond had let go, so just came away. Is there a modification for this one that helps with the heat that I may have read of? Thanks to Fridge for the advice, chassis / engine end lowered onto a dolly and the final engine hangers undone..... Then just lifted the chassis up and wheeled the engine back’ards (as we say in Yorkshire). Needed help from the boss! Then started to undo the 22mm bolts holding the brake hanger / engine mounts together. They were STUCK! Hardest bolts on the car so far.... Heat, some percussive persuasion, tickling etc sorted three of them in around an hour. Lots of oxidised dust in evidence. Near side though, with all the torque available from the 6ft pole, still wouldn’t budge it. More heat, more weight, used the engine mass to ‘wobble’ the nut on the end of the breaker bar - nothing! Adopted some strange positions trying to get enough torque without having the engine tip onto me while trying to free off this b$#&y bolt..... 30 mins of pleading / begging / shouting then MOVEMENT! The bolt head just sheared clean off.... I’d lowered the engine onto the floor for the leverage so, defeated, managed to man handle it back onto the dolly for portability and then started the process of drilling out the old bolt. Didn’t get too far through, maybe a quarter of the way, then called it a day. This is the side you may recall with the bolt sheared perpendicular to this into the brake calliper, so now it’s a double problem! At least the car is consistent. May split the bell housing so the transaxle + bell housing is more portable to take these to a work shop to get these two bolts out (or just let the gearbox people sort it when I send out for a check over). Next job will be to break down the front and start to get items off the storage racking and out for refurb, ideally with the chassis and associate parts coming back here first to begin the reassembly. Tanks and radiators can go pretty much and the suspension I need to cut those lower studs to free off the lower links. Once I’ve got the space back, the body can come inside for GRP repairs or moved to a specialist for this work, based on who has time or is interested in the project..... For now, engine is nestled at the side of the last of the chassis, waiting for choice of engine builder to be decided (and for me to work out how to actually transport it there....)
    3 points
  9. Good to meet up and have a natter.
    3 points
  10. What a fun morning! Great meeting everyone. Next time I'm sure it won't rain so heavily
    3 points
  11. I think im going to wet tomorrow
    3 points
  12. Been a while busy with another project engine at engine builders due back in two weeks painted rear subframe today . Complete car was dropped at paint shop . iam looking for a top class finish so a bit of time is being taken to get fibre glass smooth.
    3 points
  13. After several years of lurking/researching here, I finally started seriously looking at and bidding on S3's last year. Won one on Ebay in December but never managed to actually complete the deal, and then this one popped up locally, a 1987 HC NA, which is my favourite model as well. Much as I always said I'd never own any black car, when I went to look this was just so striking in black with the double red pinstripe that I decided I could make an exception! Overall it is in very good condition with the previous owner looking after it for 18 years, but I've already started making a few tweaks to it since taking delivery couple of weeks ago, and will slowly make a few more minor improvements as well, hopefully in between driving and enjoying it. When things open up again will hopefully meet some other owners in and around London/Kent/Essex. Regards, Paul
    2 points
  14. I know of a few others @RobinB5 - sadly the S1 started and was returned to the barn when it started raining. I’m sure we can get the numbers up a bit in future. There’s a white S4 in the Bonhams sale - otherwise i could have tempted him out. There’s an Elise owner and an Elan owner local to me as well.
    2 points
  15. £1000 “toppy”? On a £55-£85k car? What were you expecting to hand over? A £5 book token?
    2 points
  16. Good to see you both Darryl and Sue and good to meet you again Mark. Nice place to visit, we will go there again I hope. Next time I promise not to talk so much 😊 Cheers Mike
    2 points
  17. You'll find various "how to's" both on this site and Excel net. In its basic form though, fit the hinges and beam (with the lock mounted) to the car. There will be shims required behind the hinges. Sounds strange, but you'll find these are more about the door clearing the rear of the front wing than door panel alignment. Then fit the window frame and establish what washers you need to get a good compression on the door seal. - note the washer thickness and positions, then remove the frame and lock mechanism. Slide the fibre glass door over the beam and adjust so shut lines etc are good. There's only 4 M6 bolts holding it to the beam, 2 front edge (the nuts on these are a right game - I've made nut plates to sit inside the door) and 2 rear edge IIRC. Be careful as you close the door, as it a real trial and error to get alignments and a door that opens without chewing chunks out of the rear lip of the front wing. Now the fun starts 😊😊😊. You'll probably have to repeat the above steps 3 or 4 times with different hinge shim arrangements before all is good. Patience and a good bottle of wine essential at this stage. Yet more fun, as it's time to fit the window frame (with spacers you previously established) and the glass. After that it's pretty straight forwards. Good luck Tony
    2 points
  18. That was awesome! We need to do it again.
    2 points
  19. That looks great value, I'm almost tempted to chop mine in for it!
    2 points
  20. Sounds like he’s Sikh.
    2 points
  21. Good work Steve, it is really time consuming but worth the effort. I do my prep as well then send to the paintshop and follow the same merhod taking to gel coat/primer. On my S1 I’m going to be using Upol Reface which is a polyester spray filler then dry guide coat to finally get the desired finish. It does mean getting the car transported to the paint-shop twice though as I want to do 90% of the prep if I can and don’t spray at home (Upsets the neighbours). I use a set of these which really help with final finishing; Good luck and wear gloves or you will soon loose your fingerprint ID which is a pain if you use for apple login 😁 Dave
    2 points
  22. You could put a hat on Paul?
    2 points
  23. On a break from the wiring analysis today, had a go at sanding down the headlamp pods. With scant confidence in the quality of our local pros' work on GRP I hope to at least manage the sanding and rectification chores before handing over for final finishing. As a novice I'd welcome any and all insights into this. Is it correct to sand away all layers beyond the gelcoat? In the attached photo one can see that both the gelcoat (pink) and primer (?) in grey are very thin. Hand sanding with 100 and 150 dry for the most part. Thoughts? BTW, will task the wife with seeking Miles Wilkins' book when online reserving at the library this evening. Cheers
    2 points
  24. What a happy guy! Good to meet you both, and pleased to be able to help resurrect another beauty. Crack on, Nick.
    2 points
  25. Thanks Ruud - it's been easy to take nice pics this week, the sunsets have been spectacular! I'm used to quicker cars and in fact she's my lowest BHP car. But it's not about just speed. And she's not exactly slow anyway. Primarily it is about feel, steering, braking, balance. She pulls very nicely, and impresses when on boost. Most impressive is the ride and steering. A true driver's car. I am really bonding. I was watching Harry Metcalfe's video on YouTube again (for the 20th time) this evening and how he describes his 1987 Turbo Esprit I can understand much better now that I've had a couple of hundred miles of Esprit Turbo experience. I love his enthusiasm for his car, and I really understand what he likes about it. Can't wait to take the car on some long holiday trips like he has done. But as much as it is about driver's feel, it is just as much about styling and I adore looking at this car. I've loved them for over 30 years and it feels special to have her sitting in the courtyard. It's nice when you meet your heroes and they step up to the plate and impress you - that they are what you expected and maybe even more. It was the same with the other cars I own. All special in their own way. The Maranello was not forgotten about this week, either.
    2 points
  26. Many years ago i took 3 cars for a test drive on the same day - all at a similar budget (but slightly different ages) Boxster - nippy but boring, Honda s200- brilliant but the Honda badge & Elise. Guess which one left me giggling like a child and was clearly the one to buy. Since then i have had 2 elises and 3 evoras so for me its all about the fun and driver experience. But like most on this forum i am an exception - i will accept the Lotus compromises as it gives me much more in return. However most buyers do want any compromises Regarding transmission, The Evora IPS i had was the worst by a mile (personal opinion) but the world moves on and i think most people now expect DCT in a sports car - those preferring a manual (me included) are very much dinosaurs and so Lotus needs to adapt to the times. Given the choice I would go for the manual everytime but if the Emira only has a DCT then i would probably be converted. However if the Emira has an IPS or equivalent then that would be a disaster (in my opinion) and will almost certainly limit sales from current Alpine/Porsche/BMW/Audi. I remain convinced it will look great and drive amazing but it does need to be a better commercial success than Evora was which means pandering (a little) to broaden the market appeal.
    2 points
  27. Ee-by-gum, yes I had problems removing a bolt with one side of the transaxel, though I can't remember which. It was removed using heat. Good progress otherwise. The left-hand side engine mount usually goes due to the exhaust heat. Best cover it with plenty of heat wrap. I also fitted a heat shield. Details in my restoration thread.
    1 point
  28. Yeah - no lotus dealer has ever gone bust....... oh....
    1 point
  29. In 2019, I got interested in this Bugatti Blue S4 (SCCFD30C5SHF61469) because of its unique color and (advertised) 415HP. Particularly, I was interested how such a power was achieved. The fact that it had Red Race chip +upgraded "T5" turbo and larger injectors, indicates that it was modded/owned by one clever Esprit "prototyper". For description look here http://www.2040-cars.com/car_info/?id=771623 . Interesting, huh? For a while car was owned by Alek Hegg in St. Lake City. He said he bought it with all modifications already implemented. In 2013, car was offered for sale in Salt Lake City trough Global Car Marketing 1301 Miller Ave, Salt Lake City, UT 84106 I found the GCM former owner, Ian Harding, who retired to Mexico. What an exciting story! He lives on the beachfront of the Sea of Cortez not far away from Jesse Ventura's villa. He said, he remembers the car and it was faster than Bat From Hell! He sold it in 2013 to... Bruce Bantin in NY! After talking to Bruce, I found out that he enjoyed Bugatti Blue Esprit very much until he spun on wet leaves and kissed off the curb and made a contact with a tree. Damage was not substantial, but Insurance company totaled the car and it was listed on auction website www.iaai.com with a salvage title. In 2016, Lotus Enthusiast Rafal Karny bought the car and exported it to... Poland, where he lives now. He is doing frame off complete restoration of this unique Bugatti Blue car. Only one Esprit was made in this color, ever.
    1 point
  30. Thanks for the tips! Mole grips good call. I found they could hold the bolt but could slip. Spanner vertically could also (sometimes) provide good grip. Could not find a way to get spanner on the bolt. Agree about cleaning threads, I used wd40 and an m8 thread clearing nut that certainly helped once it started moving. Following advice and above steps I have progressed to just one left... thanks for tips on replacements. will definitely be looking at alternatives l. thanks all! S.
    1 point
  31. I’m sure it’s just a mild Vindaflu 🙄
    1 point
  32. Am sure there are a few more Hereford and Worcester Lotuses that in theory could come out to play in time. There's an Azure blue Esprit S4s in Ross, then there's @PAUL GURNEY's GT3, @Rob Warren's X180. @Barrykearley, you mentioned an S1 that was going to come out but was rain adverse? Anyone know of any others? A cross county visit to Caffeine and Machine in Warwickshire for a future meet was touted and does sound fun
    1 point
  33. as the factory order book isn't even open yet i assume this is essentially to get you at the top of the list with the dealer. I would expect min £2.5k, poss' even £5k. Personally i am happy to wait although i may well be calling Silverstone from FOS on 9th July 😀
    1 point
  34. It's been so long since I've seen an S4 up close and plastic that I'd forgotten just how much presence they have. Following Robin's car away; it's quite an imposing sight. Awesome fun way to spend a few hours, despite the weather. Next time, with sunshine and sarnies 🌞
    1 point
  35. Regards to Chris for organising today, many thanks, it was a nice venue, and good to talk to a few people for a change, even if didn’t get round to too many apart from @[email protected], @thebartman, @pete, @Hornsey Boy, John Deighton, and a special thanks to Pete for stumping up cash for my coffee when I discovered the cafe had a £5 minimum charge for debit cards. Sadly, my blonde onboard navigator failed the simple task of exiting the airfield, sincere apologies to those who followed us thinking we knew where we were going. We didn’t. And, having left the airfield, yet another wrong turn at a roundabout meant turning around in order to get back to the M11. Suddenly, those TomTom deals they keep offering me don’t seem so expensive. Dragan - had to put the car away wet. Cleanathon 2021 commences tomorrow. Apparently.
    1 point
  36. Thanks Chris great day excellent venue actually hoping do that one again cheers
    1 point
  37. Had a similar worry with one of the lights on the dash being on for a while after I locked the car.
    1 point
  38. Thanks for coming everyone - what a great meeting & venue - food as good to, and to cap it all off the weather held out. Good to see some new faces, sorry to miss those that weren't able to come. I think that there will be some photos posted shortly.
    1 point
  39. Now fitted and I think looking good.
    1 point
  40. https://www.esmotorsport.co.uk/vehicles-for-sale/lotus-evora-400
    1 point
  41. Congratulations to LCFC for winning a FA Cup in a hard fought game. fantastic support from the owners club staff and supporters all paid off and this fairly lowly club keeps on surprising the big clubs again I didn’t get a ticket but one of my sons got to go and will be a memory for rest of his life
    1 point
  42. Heart breaks for all those who had been for the previous Wembley cup games to come away as losing and now not been able to attend Gary Linker couldn’t contain himself you could tell 50 years of pain was lifted when the whistle went in 95th minute
    1 point
  43. You aren't wrong, throwing it up the inside of some at apexes and the outside of others, gotta have some stones to trust them to not turn in or drift wide. Only mitigating factor is he's going past so quickly there's less time for them to do something silly. Pretty sure most of them won't have seen him coming at those closing speeds.
    1 point
  44. I’m a very happy bunny today!
    1 point
  45. I certainly wouldn’t be adding unless I robbed a bank! I’ve just bought an S1 Elise with my better half (pic below), as a hopeful future investment. Went for a rare coloured (Deep Purple) original S1 spec variant and now looking forward to getting it looking it’s best with some time and effort. So it would have to be the Exige that would be sacrificed, which the very thought of, makes me feel sick - but never say never😉 Will more likely wait and see what Emira looks like when pictures are released, and then see how long I can resist the potentially very dangerously expensive, test drive😂
    1 point
  46. Footer has now vanished 🤪
    1 point
  47. The calipers where completely dissembled and new pistons and seals installed after painting. Piston key was got Elsie parts. not sure what powder coating was used as got a specialist firm to do them. same guy that done the exhaust coating. Was told it would peel or fade .
    1 point
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