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  1. Well this is my latest project, it’s a fire damaged 89 spec Excel SA which arrives this week. If it’s to far gone I will take the engine for my S1 and break but if it looks fixable within some kind of sensible budget then on the road it will go! I loved both of my previous SE’s and found them incredibly rewarding to drive, my wife only drives autos so been keeping my eyes out for ages, never expected to buy a damaged one but the colour just attracted me instantly. I will post more photos this week to get everyone’s views, if anyone has the parts PM me 😉 Does anyone recognise it? I would love to get hold of the original keeper to find out what order the car was in and how this disaster occurred. Looks like the usual carb leaks onto the distributor. From the photos it looked like a well cared for example and has the same mushroom interior I had in my old one. Dave
    3 points
  2. I suspect 430 Evora will be THE ONE. It is the most powerful (factory) and easy to identify in the Evora evolution curve. The influencers and journos will be attracted to it - rightly so, I am sure. Likewise GTE but perhaps 430 will fare best. As time goes on, the Sport 410 will also be there. Carbon seats will be a halo feature (standard fit - not sure if any other Evora had them as standard?). Emira can only do good for historic Lotus, cars that have been woefully under-appreciated for far too long. World - welcome to Lotus. Justin
    3 points
  3. I just noticed this ad today on PH that seems excellent value. https://www.pistonheads.com/buy/listing/12026629 Perhaps it is because I have the exact same model that I feel it is underpriced - I guess it could be someone on the forum selling?
    2 points
  4. I found this in Pegwell Bay. Well, dug it up, actually. Along with the remains of the Typhoon that crash landed there.
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  5. I've had a couple of finds in my time. Apart from buying job lots of Jewellery and finding things of value way beyond what i thought, such as a Georg Jensen Ring and Necklace I found last week or a Tiffany Solid Silver pen. When I was 7 my older brother and I lived next door to Kettringham hall. Now we all know its history and being used by American airmen in WW2. we were walking through the woods adjacent to it looking for sticks to use as swords etc and I kicked something hard. We moved aside 30 years of crap to find, wrapped around tree roots a full belt of shiny pointy things all wrapped in what was left of some sort of green cloth.. Now we didn't know anything about them at the time, so spent the next hour digging the whole belt out and proceeded to knock several loose ones, like nails, into the old rotten tree stump using pieces of wood. Getting bored with our game we both pocketed a couple of the shiny pointy things and went home. So, getting home my old man exclaimed a rude word very loudly and took them away from us. About 2 hours later some men in Khaki turned up and took our toys and the whole belt of Shiny objects from us to "Make them Safe". it was a belt of 50 Cal, obviously, that we had been hammering into the tree. 30 years to destabilise them we were lucky we didn't lose a limb! My second story was a couple of years after when we had moved out into the countryside. In the middle of nowhere up a long drive we had full roaming of miles of woods and fields as Mom worked for the local farmer and we helped out. We knew all the best places. At 9 years old I can honestly say I was naive and not at all worldly wise. If we cut across the field we lived in the middle of we came to a hard standing area, normally with hay bales or sugar beet on. it backed onto woods and had a hedge alongside the gate so we often saw cars parked there. Don't know who they were or what they were doing......some may have been rocking! Now one thing I did see was my Grandad and mom smoking and people were often smoking on the parking area. So one day I was walking down to the farm and I remember a City looking fella looking about him and putting something into one of the Hay bales. I waited till he left and put my hand in there to find, disappointingly, 2 packets of cigarettes. Oh well, I suppose I could try one. So I opened the packet to find a big roll of tightly wadded money, counting it, it was about £150. the other one had not as much but about £30. Quite a lot of money in those days. Needless to say I kept the money and scarpered. Now I realise it was likely a dealer dropping off the suppliers share for him to collect. And I never got knee capped! Needless to say I never saw anything like that there again. I just hope dad never reads this cause I never told anyone apart from my best mate. To say we ate a fuck load of sweets for the next few months was an understatement!
    2 points
  6. Don't even think about it or worry about it. Treat it like steel and forget about non existent issues. The bonding technique is probably stronger than the alloy in places so will not come apart like a hot knife through butter.
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  8. Looks like a great resto project! Not too much damage. I love the SA version - I'm even converting my Elite to use the same gearbox! Definitely too good to break. Pete
    2 points
  9. Look what our local Bobby’s have as a toy…. Can’t wait to see this cruising the local roads, sounds awesome! Dave
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  10. I have nearly finished the rotisserie and I tried it out this afternoon. Unlike my e-type which didn't need a full length frame this has all the weight at the bottom of the car so it's quite difficult to rotate it with one person. It is also too big to rotate inside my garage as it hits the garage door openers - first world problems. I have quite a nice tan from all the welding I've been doing and I'm told it should sound like bacon and eggs frying when you're welding but if you'd ever tasted my cooking you'd understand why my welding is so bad! So here it is upside down... I plan on fitting a length of box section between the two trolleys to stabilise it but this was just a trial rotation. The problem with this car is that it's so wide, so even though it appears to be very high (and it is) when it's on its side the side almost touches the horizontal legs of the trolley. If I want to work on the underside then I'm going to have to pull it out of the garage, turn it and then put it back in again. I won't be able to work in the garage with it on its side as I could when I had my e-type but the e-type was only 1.2m wide whereas the Esprit is nearly 2m... I've mounted the frame at 8 points where the body mounts to the chassis and it seems fine, there were no horrible creaking and cracking noises when I rotated it. I think that the only time I will want it on its side will be when I'm stripping the paint and that will be best done outside, so I don't see the height being a major problem. Most of the work I need to do will require the shell inverted so it will at least be at a reasonable height for my poor old back... I've drilled a hole in the outer tube and welded a nut on it and I was planning on using a bolt to lock it at any angle but it isn't going to work I don't think, so I will drill a number of holes in the inner tube and then just stick a bar in it to hold it at the desired position. There's a fair bit of bodywork to do on this car so this will make my life a lot easier as I'm getting a bit long in the tooth to be crawling around on the floor
    2 points
  11. Usual time and place; Thaymar ice cream parlor near Retford at 9.30 - 10am, chat Lotus/cars, coffee & bacon butties
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  12. Just a quick hello, Recently purchased a naturally aspirated 1987 Lotus Esprit HC and have already sourced some info through the forums so figured I'd join. Car overall is smick and had been restored by the owner a few years ago. Gosh does it turn some heads!That being said, in typical Lotus form I have already encountered some issues. Nothing that couldn't be quickly resolved through some forum digging though!
    1 point
  13. Looks stunning! Welcome to TLF and congrats on the new car
    1 point
  14. Very interesting screenshot from the A New Dawn documentary. Looks like an M139 in testing in an Evora test mule. The positioning and exhaust design are particularly interesting. See this cutaway model for reference - looks like Lotus are using a close-coupled catalytic just after the turbo hot side exit, similar to the A45.
    1 point
  15. Well, the "recharged" battery turned out to be as effective as a meringue crowbar...off to Euro car parts for a replacement (Bosch S4 023) and upon fitting that, it started straight away (the good news) and off to the MOT... Now the bad news. So...the rear brakes have seized and the exhaust box is full of holes . (There`s a reason why I posted my car in this thread !)
    1 point
  16. Thanks, @Escape Ik ben van Limburg. 😃 The scale model in my avatar is from FKM. 😉
    1 point
  17. I had determined that this car has been side swiped at some point and the front mounting point for the chassis has cracked. So when I rotated it today I noticed that it was stressing the mounting point in the body and was in danger of pulling the bobbin through the body... So I'm going to have to find a way to repair this before I invert the body for any length of time. It's not in any danger of collapsing and falling on me as it still has another 3 fixing points down that side of the body but it needs sorting sooner rather than later. There are a couple of fixing points in the footwells which I have currently not used so I may utilise those instead of the two forward most fixings which would then allow me to work on it whilst upside down... Then when I've fixed the mount I can re-attach at those 2 forward points. I love it when a plan comes together
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  18. They were the root cause of the poor running which lead to the car being left in that garden for years, they are the worst ones I’ve seen and full of sludge and rust which makes a loud thump when turned in various directions. Other than a sheared seat belt bolt they weren’t too bad to remove, I did remove the quarter windows but that was just to make turning them easier and not needed. I’m considering fitting a HC engine as my old car and not interested in selling now I’ve committed to actually restore it, I will see though but have the perfect donor 😉 I need to assess the damage as if it can be fixed without a second mortgage I will otherwise it’s going to lotus heaven 🙄 The engine looks okay and low miles so shouldn’t need too much other than new gaskets, flywheel, clutch, spigot bearing, oil pump housing, water pump etc. Obviously I will check the compression, bearings, valve clearances. Dave
    1 point
  19. Why just a good thing for the GT430 and not Evora's in question? I do think the Emira will get people looking and actually, to be serious, I think the +2 Evora will see a surge in interest as a result, more so than the more focused Evora's.
    1 point
  20. First post (I think), though I've had my account for a few years! I initially ignored my dealer's invitation to put down an early deposit thinking it wouldn't be of much interest to me, but saw a YouTube video in my feed the following morning and like many was smitten straight away, so put a deposit down that morning. Hopefully I've not pushed myself too far down the list! 27 April 21: Lotus company update and Emira name announced 27 April 21 - TomE - UK - V6 manual 28 April 21 - JamesDG - UK - V6 manual 30 April 21 - Pugwash - UK V6 manual 7 May 21 - Mark030358 - Undecided 15 May 21 - JCR - Undecided 17 May 21 - DarrylV8 - Undecided 20 May 21 - Evotion - V6 Manual 20 May 21 - Evotion - i4 22 May 21 - KennyN - V6 Manual 4 June 21 - DJW - undecided 23 June 21 - KJD - V6 manual 25 Jun 21 - scotty435 - V6 manual 28 June 21 - DaveC72 - i4 6 July 21: Emira reveal at Hethel 6 July 21 - Duncs - V6, but cost dependent. 7 July 21 - Lockey - i4 7 July 21 - freefall_junkie - V6 manual UK 7 July 21 - glen8 - i4 7 July 21 - Al_C - I4 7 July 21 - Neilread - I4 7 July 21 - Philnotts - V6 Manual 7 or 8 July 21 - JJ - Cost dependant 7 July 21 - marclurr - UK - V6 Manual 8 July 21: Goodwood Festival of Speed Day 1 (Thursday) 8 July 21, 09:39 - mctaff - UK - V6 manual 8 July 21 - MJON - i4 8 July 21 - Wake - i4 (V6 cost dependant) 8 July 21 - Johnhoward - V6 Auto 8 July 21 - JimH - i4 9 July 21: Goodwood Festival of Speed Day 2 (Friday) 9 July 21 - Beady - I4 (probably) 9 July 21 (8am) - Beancounter - probably i4, but maybe v6 manual 10 July 21: Goodwood Festival of Speed Day 3 (Saturday) 10 July 21 - Washy - undecided 10 July 21 - Al - completely undecided. 11 July 21: Goodwood Festival of Speed Day 4 (Sunday) 12 July 21: post Goodwood Festival of Speed 12 July 21 - emstan - V6
    1 point
  21. Thanks knew that it just stopped working. then it worked again when I tested after a drive and now no luck. going to get the CDL module replaced
    1 point
  22. Hello, you do know that you have to double press the unlock button for the passenger side? They don't both open at the same time. Just in case you hadn't realised and the time it did work was an accidental double press.
    1 point
  23. @gurneyeagle500 - get yourself into a GT for test drive. The last of the analogue, hand made ICE Lotus cars. The Evora is a superbly capable car. Took mine out last night for a wee spin. Stopped at a petrol station and an old guy comes wondering over and says "my, what a beautiful car do you have there...." We spoke for about 10 minutes as he wanted to know about the all aluminium chassis, the V6, the super charger and the rolls of carbon fibre on the car. When the Emira finally hits the road the Evora will still be a beautiful car. Will still look superb. I know a lot of people are looking to chop in early, but not me, as my Evora gives me what I want - performance. looks. AND exclusivity and by the looks of it the Emira will lose on that last point as everyone will see them every where lol....
    1 point
  24. Geoff Crammond's REVS, This Is Where It All Started For Me, Back In 1984! Hi all, So showing my age a little here but my love of Sim Racing began way back in 1984 on my BBC Micro with Geoff Crammond’s Rev’s, a F3 simulator that originally only came with one track, Silverstone, it was incredibly hard but was totally groundbreaking as it was arguably the world’s first motorsport simulator, later Geoff went on to steal many more hours of my life with his F1 Simulators, Grand Prix 1-4, again truly astonishing for their time. I came across this brilliant video last night on YouTube so thought it was worth sharing for anyone who also loved Rev’s but also as an educational piece to show where our Sim Racing love started. Plus you can also play it online on the below link – http://bbcmicro.co.uk//jsbeeb/play.php?autoboot&disc=http://bbcmicro.co.uk//gameimg/discs/267/Disc015-Revs.ssd&noseek Cheers, Paul.
    1 point
  25. Well done, Dave! Those tanks are ghastly indeed. Cheers
    1 point
  26. ^^^^This^^^^. They have already stated that they are going to go straight from ICE to EVs.
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  27. We did a charity run for an animal shelter today and 2 friends came along with there Esprits:
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  29. Sunset at bovi sands 😁 Hms Portland ! Who needs TV ??
    1 point
  30. I took a number of pics at the show...and sent them to Andy G at Lotus some years ago as well.
    1 point
  31. Not surprised the dry sump sold quickly, it was a lovely looking car and only appreciating in value. Congrats on the quick sale, I always say good cars sell themselves. Dave
    1 point
  32. Petrol tanks drained, well actually nothing came out of either until I poked a screwdriver through the hole after removing the banjo bolt as completely blocked with rust, what came out absolutely stank and was brown liquid. One thing for certain is the fuel pump will need replacing if that’s been going through it! As can be seen they were well past their life cycle so tip here we come! One had been repaired before, god knows what this is and I have no intention of excavation work 😁 At least I know what lagoon blue looks like now 👍🏻 I have started the mass degreasing work of the chassis and components which will take some time before it’s prepped well enough to paint…TBC Dave
    1 point
  33. I've got a YUASA 075 SILVER in my 82 Esprit. From Halfords £110, Amazon < £70. Mine came from Halfords, but as a replacement for a YUASA BLACK with a lifetime guarantee that didn't last a lifetime I had to buy one of these for the "modern" post connector
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  34. I wouldn't pay extra for a 'classic' battery. Instead measure the available depth, width, and height, and note the orientation of the terminals. Then look up the dimensions on a battery supplier site (I use Interstate Batteries, below, in the USA) and find the equivalent size and CCA rating that you desire. (The more CCA, the better, of course) I don't know if the UK has their own size or group designations. But, I do know that most varieties of G-car place its battery in that smallish well in the boot floor. That is why I didn't just tell you which battery size I use in our 1988 Stevens. https://www.interstatebatteries.com/ I found this UK site that shows the dimensions of your present battery. Apparently, the LP075 is equivalent. https://www.tayna.co.uk/car-batteries/lucas/lc075/
    1 point
  35. Thank you for the reply Kimbers! I am seriously considering an Evora Gt instead of waiting for the Emira. Cheers!
    1 point
  36. I got my 2021 Evora GT today, my first Lotus! Essex Blue:
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  37. Not mine but i know the car well as i do the Mot every year. The car has been owned for over thirty years and is only 2 owners from new.
    1 point
  38. Get the car in the garage! Now get us out to play! Happy pups in if the nag more than the wife 😬 Dave
    1 point
  39. Our 'little madam' Charis is quickly growing into being a 'huge madam' - only 6 months old and she's already almost up-shoulders with her older cousin Macha.
    1 point
  40. Welcome. Are you a fan of the Lotus 47 Snorkel car?
    1 point
  41. I saw a comment on another forum that asked if his booster seat was part of the 350 sale
    1 point
  42. My father and I went out on the Medway marshes when I was a mere stripling with some people from Duxford air museum hunting crashed 2nd world war aircraft parts. After a while I got a bit bored and wandered off looking on my own, amazingly I found something, a 2nd world war 4.5 inch (or such like) live shell. Impressed with my find I lugged it back to the group an showed them my prize. Unfortunately the bomb disposal chap was less than impressed with a young lad grinning from ear to ear holding a lightly fizzing live explosive shell in his arms. The shell was quickly stripped of it's detonator thingy and I was told in no uncertain terms I could not keep it, it was rapidly returned to the gloopy Medway mud. I was not impressed. On the way back someone tripped over something only to find it was the undercarriage from a Messerschmitt BF 109 - some people have all the luck. I also was not allowed on any more jaunts with the group - most unfair.
    1 point
  43. Great colour. With the carbs, cooling and ignition sorted she's ready to use. Trust it and enjoy. Tony
    1 point
  44. Lovely looking car - great colour combo! Pete
    1 point
  45. Here's my Elite on the 'Alpine' section at Millbrook, fantastic when you get to know it.
    1 point
  46. That's grim, feel for you. While it's not any consolation, it's a very rare occurrence usually to Lotus cars.
    1 point
  47. All alloy tanks have been commissioned and ready to install.
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  48. I think it’s colour dependant to an extent. in my chrome orange S2 Exige the attention was constant. In my black S3 350 the attention is much less.... which I prefer. When I park or fill up with petrol I tend to be left alone. I do notice younger women who are impressed with expensive cars always double take and smile.... until they see a 40 something average guy driving and then look a tad disappointed 😂😂
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