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  1. Motorsport plenums arrived. Excellent work from SMD Racing in Kent. Measurements for fuel rails and the throttle cable bracket to follow.
    6 points
  2. Everything I had been waiting for in the post in the run up the Christmas did eventually arrive by Christmas eve, so I set about refitting the filler neck hoses this afternoon with the new lengths of hose I bought for the job. The old hoses were very stiff, probably through age and I though new hoses would be easier to manipulate and be sure it was suitable for modern fuels. I had to get some slightly thicker marine grade fuel hose to get the correct sizes, "2 and 1" respectively, for the fuel filler neck and large breather/vent hose that runs parallel to it. Fresh hose clips were also fitted. I also finished off the crossover pipes underneath, but this required a minor modification. The spigots for the the cross over pipes on the Axminster tanks are shorter than OE to make the tanks easier to install, which they certainly are. The only problem with this I found was that the hose clamp on the tank end can't be fitted after the grommets are installed; there simply isn't enough pipe poking through the grommet with the shorter spigots for the clamp to grab onto This is the arrangement as it looked before I removed the tanks, note the hose clamp on the left, outboard of the grommet. Before I could fit the pipe I need to enlarge the hole in the large rubber grommet. The pipe isn't perfectly centred on either side (with either the OE or Axminster tanks), not sure if its my car or a standard thing. So first job was to make a paper template to align the enlarged hole correctly. After a couple of iterations with paper I was ready to cut the grommets. And here is the grommet all refitted. Here is a view of the hose clamp now situated inboard of the grommet, rather than outboard as it was before.
    4 points
  3. Beyond those in Lotus circles, it will be interesting to see how this sells outside of China. I just cannot see a Chinese built luxury car being that well received elsewhere, unless they do the usual Chinese industry thing of drastically undercutting the competition to gain market share.
    3 points
  4. I live in a small fishing town on the south coast of Dorset and I've nothing negative at all , it's British, people like that ,it's cool and unusual and quite understated. Kids point and adults try to work out what it is you don't see many (if any) Evoras down my way. I drive courteously ,let people out of junctions etc ,I'll engage with people who ask questions, kids are a great leveller at this .Even the local kids in exhaust noisey cars are interested and will ask questions , I generally don't get buzzed and never respond to kids getting to close to the rear ,overtake I don't care ,I have nothing to prove . It's such a small town and everyone does know everyone. I'm also a biker and ex instructor and have similar conversations with kids on smaller bikes, and again they are generally courteous ,I'll help them answer questions,and ask about taking their test and further training, although I have to admit I do have a prod about wearing the correct kit , track suit bottoms and trainers not being that good when using your body as a brake . I think as you get older of you can advise without being an absolute prick it's a good thing .We've all been there and by the grace of God etc , I absolutely loved doing CBT and advanced riding teaching , if I saved one life I'd be happy. Driving and riding is a state of mind , a skill that you learn , having a nice car is a privilege.
    3 points
  5. Not wanting to generalise but Porsche drivers more money than sense insurance pays out off they go in the replacement car
    2 points
  6. Poor child, must be in shock.
    2 points
  7. Hard to tell if that was the front or the back. They look the same to me. Sorry guys, but this one must take the chocolate hob nob award.
    2 points
  8. Well ....its an off road SUV.
    2 points
  9. There is a linkage between the throttles and also a balance pipe across the plenums. The arrangement will be different with the tubular manifolds and BorgWarner EFR turbos. Andrä managed to get some GT2871s installed by changing the compressor housing orientation and adaption of the wastegate flap on one side. I`ve seen this done on other 918s before.
    2 points
  10. One man's comedy is another mans angst. One man's satire is seen as an affront to something by another. One man's joke is often taken as an offence by another. I guess it's why comedy and comedians come in all different flavours, shapes and sizes
    2 points
  11. Those are connections for the remote damper reservoirs for the Penske 3-way dampers
    2 points
  12. Wondering if this could be a thing in here as most have received theirs, or will be very soon. Would it be a security risk to post the serial number of the cars for the records?..
    1 point
  13. From what I understand from someone who works at a Porsche dealership, the only thing that comes with a Taycan is a courtesy car!
    1 point
  14. Probably something @Bibs could sort? Final Editon registry for all cars? 390, 410,420,250,240
    1 point
  15. That’s what can happen when you park on the pavement. 😀
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  16. I’d want two plus change for that price😖
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  17. Being a Porsche driver for many years I’m deeply wounded 🤨 but then again they are out there 😖😂😂
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  18. Popped up in the EVO archive today. Probably my all time favourite car video, filmed on my favourite road less than an hour from home. I led a LEGS run on this very route a few years ago; what a great day that was 😎 I had a brief chat with Henry at the 60th Anniversary do at Hethel (he was admiring Dave Minters 'oldest Elise on the road', which I was parked next to) and he said it was one of the best drives he'd ever done. And he loves Scotland, for obvious reasons. Enjoy the video. https://www.evo.co.uk/aston-martin/aston-martin-vantage/204423/an-aston-martin-vantage-n430-and-the-old-military-road-evo
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  19. Well I took it to the dealer - and after two attempts by him it started working perfectly... Of course.... So now I wait to see if it is in fact fixed or if the issue returns....
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  20. An interesting piece from here here in Scotland, relevant re COVID, but also, the Scottish Independence question. It appeared in The Scotsman and its author is Brian Monteith, who at points in his life served the Conservative Party in European and Scottish parliaments and is a Brexit supporter (trying to ensure full disclosure here). I was astonished by the statement that "the reports came through that Omicron did indeed lead to 20-70 per cent fewer hospitalisations" and also "All the available evidence had pointed consistently to Omicron being a weaker strain of Covid. The clinician who identified it herself expressed surprise at the alarm it was creating in Britain" You certainly would not think that was a "weaker strain" or led to 20-70% fewer hospitalisations listening to some of the hysteria being whipped up. Why Nicola Sturgeon's irritation, impatience and indifference suggests she knows she is beat - Brian Monteith The First Minister has misread the room and not for the first time. Indeed it is becoming more common – or maybe it is just that over time more and more people are beginning to join the dots differently and are asking themselves if they have been played for mugs in the past? Three examples inform us of Nicola Sturgeon’s shortening fuse and growing aloofness. The first involving attitudes towards mere media hacks doing their jobs of asking questions, the second being the rush to introduce tighter regulations concerning public gatherings after Boxing day, and the third is the lack of care towards the economy. I read of regular criticism on social media of journalists for not asking probing follow-up questions of the First Minister after she has given her justifications for divisive policy decisions or Covid-related restrictions. Such an accusation could not be made of the Scottish Daily Mail’s Michael Blackley when he asked Sturgeon, with respect and politeness, a perfectly reasonable question about her Government providing financial support for Scottish businesses. Individual owners and trade representatives had complained of a likely a collapse in Christmas demand, especially in hospitality, caused – in part – by her own warnings of a “tsunami” of Omicron Covid cases. In response, the First Minister became aggressively acidic, turning milk sour and wine to vinegar as she remonstrated in a morally superior tone that as her administration’s Budget had been announced, where did he propose she now found savings to fund such generosity? Which cuts should she make, in the NHS for instance? Sturgeon’s belligerent tone did not create the impression of a political leader seeking to show compassion for a key community suffering huge economic distress as a result of her choices, however reluctantly they were taken. No, she came over as uncaring, irritated and dismissive – as if to say, “what’s it got to do with me?” rather than “we are doing everything we can to help and hope to be able to find the means to assist genuine cases of hardship”. Then, lo and behold, proof there is a Father Christmas emerged when the First Misanthrope conjured up some £100 million from within existing budgets by taking some (unspecified) “tough” decisions. Was the money stuffed down the back of the sofa or were a number of faux embassies to be closed? The truth has still to be revealed. Still, the lesson of how one might be publicly defenestrated by asking the sort of questions that are normally the everyday stock-in-trade of journalists will not be lost on other scribes. That is the state of public discourse in Sturgeon’s Scotland, going into 2022. Then there was the unnecessary race by the devolved administrations to announce their restrictions to deal with the spread of Omicron. But why? All the available evidence had pointed consistently to Omicron being a weaker strain of Covid. The clinician who identified it herself expressed surprise at the alarm it was creating in Britain. Would it not have made sense to learn more about its likely impact? (I say this without benefit of hindsight as I had argued for a liberal approach from the start). Boris Johnson’s Government, which in the case of its responsibilities means essentially only regulations in England, was still evaluating the data when Sturgeon unveiled new restrictions that took a demolition ball to festive events – but only from Boxing Day. Christmas was saved, but Hogmanay was wrecked. The obvious question was that if Omicron was really so fearfully threatening, why wait? Surely if it is a matter of life and death the semi-lockdown of events should happen immediately? Then there were the obvious inconsistencies of restricting gatherings at – primarily – football matches to no more than 500 spectators, but allowing 100 people standing in pubs or 200 seated. It only takes half-a-dozen hostelries for the numbers of people rubbing-up inside a pub to become higher than what could be in an open-air stadium. The unconfirmed “problem” was simply displacing the same people to a potentially worse location. Likewise, spectators might just gather indoor in houses to watch the footy on TV in a way they would not have before. Any Scots visiting friends or relatives in England for Christmas could go to a football match there, but not in Scotland – and some will. What advantage was being gained? A number of football teams asked another unwelcome question; why not immediately bring forward the Scottish winter closure for the Premier League, which would also allow punters to attend the smaller clubs who rarely break 500 through the turnstiles? My question is did the SNP Government not think to speak to the football authorities to explore what might be done to help clubs to retain revenues in the future rather than lose them never to be recovered? Then the reports came through that Omicron did indeed lead to 20-70 per cent fewer hospitalisations and the First Minister is left looking to have over-reacted without thought for the economic damage being done – and without necessarily helping the NHS. It’s as if the SNP leadership doesn’t understand business or simple economics. And maybe they don’t? Finance secretary Kate Forbes is proposing SNP austerity for local government by making cuts of £370 million, as claimed by Cosla, that must inevitably lead to higher council taxes, which in turn will mean less disposable income circulating in the economy that might keep private businesses afloat. All while the Budget provided by Westminster is the largest known at Holyrood.
    1 point
  21. Hi, are you looking for the dished ones or the 40/25mm diameter washers? I think I have a bag of these that I've bought years ago for my restoration, I can take a look once I know what are you looking for Giorgio PS found the source of the parts where you can buy new if you are still looking.
    1 point
  22. More sad that her husband didn't stick around (from the limited info in your post) and support her and THEIR boys. Scrote! Yes, sad it was COVID, but then I guess it could have been influenza, pneumonia or anyone of 10 or 20 other things that could have been the culprit. The key question is was the carer fully vaccinated and boosted? Overpriced and usually over cooked. Forget the chains and support your locally owned businesses instead. Real people. Employing real people. Locally. Have to agree. No point whinging about it AFTER the event. If you don't want to take the risk, and you know you can't avoid entitled people, then stay away, and stay safe.
    1 point
  23. We did the annual panto visit today. Despite clear signage and verbal requests from the staff, the two big entitled families spread across the centre of the front row did not wear any masks. I made our family shift up a couple of seats to put some social distance between us.
    1 point
  24. My son build his first PC today - I have tried a couple of times in the past, but I ended up putting it together. For this one, we have been talking about the specification since September - after he came out with some parts he wanted. There are still a couple of things that he wants to upgrade, but that will have to wait a few months - especially as he can now play some games he couldn't do before as one of the major upgrades was a new graphics card.
    1 point
  25. Now we have a preliminary plan. So, if you want to take a look at the presentation please send me a pm with your e-mail address. We also have a Roadbook with hotels and detailed maps. But that will only be shared with those that decide to join.
    1 point
  26. Hi Guys You may be interested in this, which i have just posted in the Esprit Chat Forum page. Lotus Esprit Turbo S3 HC Turbo Charger Wastegate Sticking Problem and Its Once & For All Fix Ever had this problem. After period of not using the car all seems fine when it starts up, idles and rev’s fine with no load on the engine. But take it for a drive and all is not well. If you apply anything other than light throttle the boost rises rapidly/exceeds the normal max/the boost limiter kicks in chopping the ignition and due to over fuelling/excessive boost the engine back fires with a very loud bang and a sudden/harsh loss of power/acceleration. The same fix can be applied to all versions of the Garrett/Ham Standard wastegate. The attached details the problem and the once and for all fix. Turbo Charger Wastegate Sticking Problem and Its Once And For All Fix.pdf
    1 point
  27. Due to the Christmas overload the postal service has been a bit overwhelmed around here and its caused a delay in a couple of parcels of bits I need for the Esprit, so while I've been waiting I've done a couple of minor restoration jobs. Both filler necks were showing signs of corrosion around the part exposed to the elements. I don't want to wait for the longer than normal turnaround right now to get them plated, so I've cleaned off the worst of the rust and given them a couple of coats of satin black chassis paint in the affected areas. Before After The foil on the inside face of the LH engine bay side panel was just flaking off in my hand, so I peeled it all off, wire brushed it to remove the worst of the glue residue and then applied some 0.3mm Thermal Velocity material stuff like I used on the underside of the frunk floor and the boot floor. The before doesn't look too bad... After I do have enough material to do the other side too, but given the fun and games I had applying to stuff to this one, I'm considering not doing that one right now; its in nowhere near as rough condition as this one was. With some time off for Christmas I'm hoping to crack on with getting the car back on the road, in between childcare duties of course
    1 point
  28. Just a quick message to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy, safe 2022!! 🙂 🙂 Dean
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  29. Keen to see your car come together. Must be very exciting!! Thanks for sharing your journey, I have been watching all your videos. Big Fan.😄
    1 point
  30. Rear cross-member re-designed and fabricated using 40mm x3mm tube. This is to provide clearance for the gearbox and greater strength in the rear.
    1 point
  31. I got the engine mounts, bolts and buffer washers as a kit from PNM, although interestingly when I went to find them on their site just now they don't appear to be listed anymore. As I understand it the two mounts are identical visually aside from the pink/blue coloured markings which denotes the mount's shore hardness. The left one being stiffer than the right. My old mounts were so badly deteriorated that they came out in pieces so I couldn't do a visual comparison before fitting the replacements, so I have to take it on trust that I have been supplied the correct parts and I've had no reason to suspect otherwise since they've been fitted.
    1 point
  32. The inlet/injector manifolds are bolted to the cylinder heads with the aide of an alignment plate. The plenum(s) are then bolted to the injector manifold.
    1 point
  33. Just want to say thank you to everyone that helped, can is back to running like a dream and getting used
    1 point
  34. Another small job ready for plumbing. Burp tube from the chargecooler radiator back to the header tank. Will have an in-line reducer.
    1 point
  35. It has been a long time since I updated this post but I have been making progress on a number of areas and so its time to catch up a little. The next few posts will not really be in time order since I made a start on a lot of areas at once but that doesn’t make for a simple write up. Having lifted the body off the chassis I decided to clean it up a bit and give it a bit of a once over. That sounds easy, but ended up involving many hours of scraping oil soaked road dirt off it, then using lots of degreaser and a jet wash. Having got that far I decided that although the chassis is galvanised it would look better painted, so I attacked it with a wire brush and sandpaper. Whilst cleaning up the chassis I ended up removing most of the parts that were bolted onto it. That wasn’t my original plan, but I found it hard not to keep undoing bolts, especially knowing it would make painting the chassis easier. One problem I found was a bit worrying - there were a couple of cracks in the chassis. The differential mounting bracket is a fairly thick lump of metal, and it was cracked on one of the bends. There was also a crack on each of the triangular sections leading out to the front body mount and the ARB mount. This had not been visible at all with the body on so made removing the body suddenly seem very worth while. Talking to a local specialist he asked whether my car had the revised ARB mounting brackets - the fact I didn’t know what he was talking about gave away the answer. It turns out that after the first year or so of manufacture Lotus realised the chassis was prone to cracking due to the forces on the ARB mount, and so released a revised mount that is significantly stronger. My original mounts had one bolt and all the load went from the mount through the fairly thin plate of the triangular section. The new mount extends from the original bolt hole down towards the main cross member, and is much thicker metal. Luckily the mounts are still available new (part number A089C0799J) so I would be able to fit one. I managed to find a mobile welder to come out to me - who turned out to be great. He welded up all 3 cracks for me, and ground down the front plates of the chassis to ensure a good fit of the new ARB mounts. With that remediation work done it was just a case of undoing more bolts, more rubbing down, and then painting the chassis. I chose to start with a good layer of etch primer, as I believe this adheres well to galvanised metal. I then followed this with 2 coats of Epoxy Mastic applied with a roller. I was quite pleased with the roller, both with the finish it leaves and with the ease of application. Having brushed this paint in the past I know it tends to end up uneven and streaky - but not with the roller. Now the chassis is painted I need to start bolting parts back onto it - but Ive found myself getting carried away re-painting these as well.
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  36. Just got an update on the plenum fabrication from SMD Racing - coming along nicely. Matching of the port openings and inlet manifolds still needs to be done. Test fit on arrival and once the clearances are measured, the fuel rails will be fab`d up. Depending on the additional clearance between the plenum and the motorsport rear deck, an additional space might be used to bring up the torque. This set-up will be fitted once the engine is run-in and ready for the Motec update for 8x larger injectors.
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  38. A little cosmetic update arrived in the post today. Should match the seat/piping colour of my car nicely
    1 point
  39. Body and chassis have been "married" together. Wiring and hose maze next.
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  40. It would be great to get a copy. it would inspire me to pull one of my spare heads off the shelf and start measuring it up for the 220 HP 907 engine I want to build for my S1 one day cheers Rohan
    1 point
  41. Hi Rohan, I do have such a spread sheet . It's a little clumsy and I do have intent to make it more robust. I hope to doing this fairly soon and post it for consideration.
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  42. Installed valve Spring height usually refers to the distance between the valve spring seat and the seat at the retainer. It is of interest since it affects the spring preload with valve fully closed and the peak load when fully open. Installed stem height refers to the protrusion of the valve stem tip beyond some known datumn. I use the mating surface at the cam tower to cylinder head. The greater the distance,the smaller the shim . As correctly pointed out it is possible to run out of shim range. I've just had one seat installed and re cut to correct exactly that, reducing stem height by 0.50 mm. The stem tip can be ground but only by a few thou as the thickness of the hardened surface could easily be ruined. To my knowledge the lotus manual does not specify either Installed valve spring height or installed stem height. If any one has these values it would be very interesting to know. Further, given a constant valve stem length, the parameters discussed affect compression ratio as for example a recessed seat or excessively ground seat on the valve itself results in pocketing the valve which increases combustion chamber volume. There are a few choices of cam follower offering reduced pad thickness which offer a solution to the shim range issue. I've seen pad thickness offered in steel long skirt followers of 4.00 , 5.55 and 6.25 mm. These are primarily or usually considered with the use of high lift cams which usually have reduced base circle diameters where otherwise very thick shims would be required. The devil is always in the detail !
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  43. Here they are The car is incredible, even only revving up to 4000.. can't wait for some good weather to get the roof off too.. I hope you enjoy picking yours up next week!
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  44. Fire red is blooming awesome Pics don’t do it justice either beautiful in the flesh
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  45. Well i deserve a beer Its out, i would like to say it only took me 2 hours and was easy. But i would be lying!!!!!!! What a performance, a lot of swearing, and standing back and scratching of the head Thanks for the advice of those of you who offered it. I can only say taking an engine and box out on your own is something i might give a miss next time Well now the real fun starts
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  46. Exhaust manifold and turbo support/stay installed.
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