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  1. Ive been a member here for a while and an owner of a M100 for around three years. Thought it is about time I introduced myself. in early 2018 I bought M100 IB10 from Lotusman33. One of the first built in 89 and last to leave in 96. I’ve loved my ownership having attended the 70th Lotus event (car represented the model in the one of every model area.), the 30th anniversary of the m100 at Castle Combe. I also packed the car up and drove to and around Italy for 6 weeks in 2019 to celebrate my 50th, 10th wedding anniversary and 30th car birthday. This year I decided to add another Lotus to the garage, a car I’ve adored for over 40 years, an Esprit. Wish I had bought when I was first looking in 96 but the time just wasn’t right. Anyway, few weeks ago I found this S3. Previous owner found it in a barn. It had been stored for 16 years but regularly started, and spent 9 months restoring it. I’m over the moon with my purchase. It’s had a huge amount of work completed but still has a few things I want to improve.
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  2. Made a nice change to do some picture frames today
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  3. "Its just a cheap Lotus" was the remark a bloke made when i drove past him and his family in a multistory carpark the other day He was right it was the cheapest on the market when i bought it 😂
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  4. I think the question was more related to providing Cummings (specifically) a platform than performing an investigation. Spending a whole day listening to someone who lies for a living and also has an axe to grind is of no benefit to anyone and certainly doesn’t help in understanding what was done correctly or incorrectly. Basically anything said by him simply has to be disregarded.
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  5. Thanks guys. Fantastic feedback! I will try to post a few pics as soon as I relearn the process. The headers are unorthodox to say the least and no one has ever done it this way. It was a very difficult, time consuming process. Each branch was filled with water and volume was measured. They differ by one teaspoon of water so no compromise for equal length. I spent weeks looking at compressor maps and the turbos are the exact match for my design. The intended purpose of power down low, obviating the need to thrash the engine. Barry, I am surprised how bright they glow. Can't imagine if it was under continuous load! I have Electromotive crank triggered ignition and If dial in more than 32 degrees total advance they darken a bit. I've always run much more advance than stock and never had an issue. If the headers are scavenging so efficiently, The fueling may have become inadequate. I need to install the A/F meter to verify mixture. If this is the case, can either cam be adjusted to take advantage of a great deal of scavenging?? The pipes are all 316 SS. I have melted aluminum gasket rings from out between the joints at these temps. I believe pure Al melts at 1260F...sounds a bit high for my liking! I have substituted copper rings since. Love the idea of twin scroll ball bearing turbos! It would be easier!! That was My first design but the twins were so cheap, it forced my hand They are simply journal bearing though. Ok, here we go with a pic. Hope it shows ok.
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  6. Yep looks a good buy all 3 packs, the bigger diamond cut wheels, auto not for some buyers, adding black pack is not for me sooner leave it as it came out the factory, it’s not a sports racer why try and make it look like one?
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  7. The fact that he commented would give me a warm feeling inside. I imagine after that comment he felt "superior" walking back to his Johnny Wagon and strapping the kids into the back seats of the Vauxhall Zafira.
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  8. My view having recently driven a friend's 2018 GTR is that whilst it's undoubtedly a lovely and very fast car with plenty of mod cons and practicality, it's a totally different drive compared to the Exige. As already said, it's very much aided by loads of tech that helps with traction, grip, etc to keep what is a very heavy car (compared to the Exige) on the straight and narrow. The GTR has buckets loads of torque and pulls hard and fast, though doesn't give the same visceral and raw feeling the Exige does. Feedback through the steering is night and day between the two. In the words of the friend who owns the GTR and who drove my Exige - "your car is so much more engaging to drive! The steering feel and general feedback you get is unreal compared to my GTR". In summary, I'd say the two cars aren't really an apples to apples comparison. If you're looking for more something more practical than an Exige then I'd say give the Evora a go or dare I say it (spit spit), a Porsche GT3....(diff price bracket of course).
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  9. Pretty chuffed this young man turned up the other day with his drone, totally out of his way to take some pictures of our build 13 days in. Cheers @Bibs the first floor went in today
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  10. Coming home after about 250 miles today. Wonderful car. Met the previous owner today, that was great and thanks for all the tips!
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  11. Like I said not for me, just my opinion nothing more 🤷
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  12. If it was a McLaren driver you could always remind them of their Datsun engine in the back
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  13. Yeah, it is. I meant to say 'non-Turbo' I have thought about getting an Exige now, as the track day and occasional mad road weapon as the experience is both intense and overwhelming. Well, it was for me. One would get used to it. I felt more comfo doing crazy speeds on my motorcycles! I will see how the car looks inside and out at Goodwood first. Well, I have deposits on each and I have a plan for each BUT the biggest likely hood is that I keep the V6 through to purchase and look at others for the track weapon.
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  14. I went to a Lotus Drivers club event a few years back in Saundersfoot. A guy turned up in his Ferrari (have no idea which one but it was relatively new) and to be completely honest it didn't sound as good as the Evora.
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  15. You must have misunderstood, the guy clearly couldn't believe a Toyota V6 could sound that awesome. 😉 Or he really was just an envious [email protected]
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  16. Let them get on with it. It is the Toyota Engine that drew me into Lotus, I'd prefer that in the back than a BMW or Porsche lump. I've had quite a few friends that have had huge bills related to the "bullet proof" German engineering.
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  17. My ad-hoc video of my Exige drive. Bit shaky but, ha, as lively as the car so might suit it. 😃
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  18. I will see you in Ludgershall tomorrow!
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  19. See you boys at the track. Bringing a friend who's gate-crashing with another plastic fantastic British car. Pete
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  20. https://www.pistonheads.com/buy/listing/11728690 this one looks good value and in a cracking colour too.
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  21. For the record, it arrived this morning, just in time for some serious miles this summer 😎
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  22. Good morning Simon, It is looking decent for tomorrow, thankfully! Yep, I'm still on for the 07:15 rendezvous. A 2 day pass might be a bit ambitious, but if I can escape down to Eastleigh for a bit I will put in an appearance.
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  23. Morning Chaps, weather is looking promising for tomorrow at Castle Coombe! Just checking that Kevin, Dean and Kenny are all still good to meet up in the lay-by just before Ludgershall @ 7.15? On a wider topic, I see that Hendy Performance (Eastleigh) has a Lotus only coffee morning on the Sunday, are any of you thinking of going? Regards to all, Simon
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  24. I disagree. You could stick 20,000 miles on that <7K miles car in short order and still have a valuable low mileage car when you decide to sell. Stick 20,000 miles on say a £4K cheaper 40,000 miler and you’re in to 60,000 mile territory and new buyer concerns about £3k clutch replacement and other wear and tear. That’s really going to lower the value. Worst still, you might have to get the clutch done at your own expense during your ownership. It’s simple logic that a car which has been driven 7000 miles will have significantly less wear and tear than a 40,000 miler. Finally you are right that a super low mileage car will also appeal to a collector if he decides to pamper it, so there’s another potential market.
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  25. Thanks Dave. I've plowed quite a bit of money into her since I bought it from you. All reversible upgrades but she can eat continents now 😁 , which she did with ease. 70-85 all the way down France, then over the Alps and all the way to Assisi and back via Cinque Terre was a doddle. 6 weeks of perfect top down motoring. S3 was an interesting choice for me. I think in 96 I would have gone S3 Turbo and definitely in red no question or a JPS if I could find one. Evening before going to see this one the Mrs asked why I need a 3rd car (3rd? I have plans for 4 😆, didnt tell her). When she saw it she immediately said, can we go on driving holidays in this? Even before I'd decided myself to buy it! Great thanks for the encouragement Justin. I'm very keen to start putting on the miles and enjoying it.
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  26. That’s criminal - what a waste of a car. The owner of that should be tied to a tree and repeatedly kicked in the bollocks for cruelly keeping that car locked away unused. sadly - I’m sure there’s actually plenty of evoras just like this hidden away. Mine had 14336 miles on it when I got it at over 10 years old - I rattled it upto over 20k in a year or so. These cars are meant to be used. the truth is - there will always be idiots whom value low mileage cars highly. I wonder if their women are frustrated?
    2 points
  27. Hello! After lurking here for ages it’s probably time I contributed something, so here’s a thread about my 76 Elite 503. I bought it unseen on eBay in August 2017, fighting off a total of zero other determined bidders. It somehow had an MOT and was a runner, but I collected it on a trailer because I’m foolish but not that foolish. I trailered it to storage with a friend for a while, and thence to Lotusbits who rebuilt the top end and the steering and the brakes and suspension and stuff. It was a long list and entirely transformed the car. For sone reason I then decided it was the ideal car to drive through the snow from home in south Wales to a work meeting in the New Forest via London, which went fine apart from when the headlights failed in a biblical rainstorm in the dark on the M3 (the switch broke). The heater even worked for some of the trip. Other than that it’s had the great courtesy only to break down as I’m backing it into my shed, so a quick push home has been enough to recover it. The first time was when the main earth lead fell off, because some genius (not me) had attached the connector to the cable with a dab of solder instead of a BFO crimping tool, and the second proved to be the fuel pump being eaten by ethanol. The fuel pump rebuild features in my YouTube channel. I have a modest collection of 1970s and 80s cars and the Elite is definitely a favourite; I have also done a brief general review of the Elite to try and enthuse others about these brilliant and hugely entertaining if slightly quirky devices - link below in case of interest. So mechanically it’s quite good but cosmetically it’s a bit grim. There’s still lots to do. More on that to follow.
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  28. Hello everyone, I'm pleasure to show you the shifter I've made by my self. The 1st step was increasing the stifness of the system, so I made a new ergal base and hand brake stainless steel frame where I fitted the other oem components. Here some pictures: https://photos.app.goo.gl/dxUDn371JaeMzZPq7 The improvement is impressive, more precise gear change and no shifter movement; it remained only a little coupling imperfection on the cross cable mechanism. Unfortunately, after some month of use, I had an issue on the blu ball on the lever… it started to broken A new Lotus lever is more than 200€, and probably I would still have had the same problem in a few months, so... The 2nd step: I decided to realize a complete new mechanism to guarantee more durability. While I was designing it, I had the idea to improve a sort of "short shifter", so the final result is a complete custom made shifter that has also the possibility to adjust the lever stroke (from standard stroke to shorter stroke, in continuous way, not only 2 or 3 presetted positions). In 1 object I have togheter a new shifter and some Letsla benefits Here the final result: https://photos.app.goo.gl/oTEkJ473f8JrxJXV7 The step1 can stay under the oem shifter cover. I think also the step2 but never tried, it's so beautiful to cover it. I also realise a new switches support. If someone wants more info, feel free to contact me. Manuel PS: this is designed for Toyota engine elise/exige, LHD
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  29. Hello again everyone With the aid of some easy start I managed to start my elite, bear in mind it's been standing for over 20 years I put some new spark plugs in it and replaced the points and I was really relieved it started because I paid a fair sum for it. However there is a problem the rearmost carburettor is leaking on to the distributor ,I have removed the carb and had a look at the choke diaphragm but it doesn't look too bad .Does anyone on here know where I can send it to be repaired there are two for sale one Ebay for£650.00 but I don't know what engine they they came off and what sort of jets they have fitted There must be someone out there who can repair them?
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  30. This is meant to look like a 60s house with a modern separate extension. This went up today
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  31. Nope. GTR is around 600kilos heavier, so 50% more than an Exige. GTR probably faster thanks to it's turbo's, DCT etc but it's a bit like bringing a 50calibre machine gun to a knife fight isn't it? GTR is an amazing car, but totally different to an Exige in my humble opinion.
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  32. Here's mine - sorry - but blurry! Tapping plates made from 25 x 5 stainless. Pete
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  33. I took my 400 to a Cars & Coffee and when I was pulling at at the end of the event a guy yelled from the crowd "its just a Toyota". Even at an event celebrating cars people hate for no reason.
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  34. Also, did he actually provide any proof for all his claims, or are we just supposed to take his word for it as the trustworthy individual he clearly is?
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  35. Justin, we went in early September and were very lucky with the weather. We had originally planned on early June but had to postpone due to Covid. You need to book accommodation early to get the best places although you can get lucky like we did in staying places like Duns Castle on the way up. I think Sept was a good time to go and we didn't see any midges. Appreciate that the Elan can get damp inside but I think the Esprit is probably too wide a car for the very narrow lanes/blind bends on the NC500 and on many occasions I thanked myself for bringing the Esprit. Motorhome/slugs are an issue on the trip - they are supposed to pull over and let you through after several passing places but don't. I suspect whatever time you go you'll be plagued by them. Getting up early or driving later in the day seemed a good idea on the days we did it.
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  36. Hendy's is 9am to 1pm...
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  37. I thought 'Bibs' was a computer algorithm - he/she/they actually exist? Esprit is a honey to drive - easy on fast A roads, S3 munches the miles too. Justin
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  38. Those 'fresh from the garage cars' aren't worth paying more for unless you are going to put it in a collection in my opinion. You instantly worry about putting miles on it for risk of ruining it's USP. Better to buy a high miler and enjoy it all the time.
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  39. Thanks very much Bibs. You won’t remember but I met you very briefly in the hotel the night before the 70th. I was with Dave Pink and Clemo 👍
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  40. Ok so my install hasn't gone particularly as smoothly as I'd like (certainly taken longer) however none of that so far has been the fault of the actual shifter. When I've stripped out the car I've discovered that my OE shifter cables are decidedly second hand with the outer plastic having cracked. I've subsequently spent a number of days researching cable thinking that there must be a cheaper solution to the After market versions. However whilst I could get a set of cables made up for c£100+vat it would be on me to make sure they are right. So I caved in and went the tried and tested route. Cables arrived today and after an hour or so they are now in the car. Just need to fit the R clips. Worth saying that I'm glad I'd brought a tiny spanner set for adjusting the soft top cables as the 5.5mm spanner was needed for the handbrake switch. I can select Reverse, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and probably 5th and 6th (but harder to test those inside the garage). I need now to fine tune the throw, and cross gate (decide how much shorter I want them to be) and set the lever neutral position so it slips into 3rd/4th naturally. First impressions are that everything is nice and smooth, however because of the tighter tolerances the shifter is made to and the fact it doesn't flex adjustment is probably more critical vs the OEM shifter. I've no doubt that once adjusted to my preferences it will be great. Will be having a fettle over the next few nights but I think I'll put the seats back in first to make it more comfortable.
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  41. I had a similar choice last year when I did the NC500 (S3 Esprit, S1 Elise or M100) and I chose to take the Elan. It was the absolute right choice given the roads up there.
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  42. She’s still looking fantastic and what an interesting M100 it was. Nice choice with the Esprit, the S3 is so well balanced you will love it! Dave
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  43. Yes. If Lotus Techcentre was used during a service anytime post 2013/4. ‘Update ECU software?’ etc etc
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  44. London to Kettering was indeed successfully completed last Sunday, although the car got very slightly rained on while parked up there for the day (and I forgot to take photos by the water!). So combined with the 200 mile return journey needed a wash, which I quickly did at lunchtime today as it was so nice outside, and just popped to the garage to fill it up ready for the next adventure. It did 30mpg by my calculation so very happy with that, and definitely more economical than taking the main car, so man maths wins... Hopefully taking it out tomorrow for two visits in London and Kent, which makes it a very enjoyable day out of the office. Looking forward to the North Weald meet in a few weeks too, let's hope the better weather stays around for that.
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  45. Thanks Chris Have done just that,all looking good
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  46. Got to say I’m very much looking forward to UPS delivering this in a couple of days time (hopefully but frankly who knows with brexit how long it will actually take). It’s been great talking with Manuel over the last couple of months on the RHD version. He’s genuinely one of the nicest blokes I’ve dealt with.
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