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  1. Now all finished and fully commissioned ready for John to collect tomorrow. FROM THIS TO THIS THEN THIS Well it was quite an involved repair, it took a bit longer to do with other area's being addressed at the same time . A short test drive and MOT , then off to Northampton Motor Sport to be set up with full GEO and corner balancing .. Then full test drive to confirm everything works as it should something to reflect on ... The new composite roof D
    20 points
  2. Fathers Day. My gifts from my fiancee's daughter included a Spitfire book, an engraved beer tankard and adoption papers
    16 points
  3. Set off without my phone so parked across my drive to go in house to get it .. going back to my car with phone in hand I thought "Wow, what a great looking car I drive .." See Page 1 of this thread for it's first appearance ... ..
    14 points
  4. Thank you gents! It was also a significant day for my other half and I and I'm now engaged
    13 points
  5. Finally made it to Northampton motorsport. I actually managed to get the car to a level where it was very drivable, from a stumbling nuisance through determination. The solution to the stumble was a smaller choke. I wanted to know exactly what was going on in cold hard stats, so I took it along. I am very glad I did. They discovered the throttle needed adjusting. Interestingly the return spring was fouling the throttle arm! This in turn was preventing the throttle from fully opening. A testament to the power this thing puts out I hadn’t picked up on it! We removed the spring and throttle cable holder and bent the spring part away from the arm. Really poor design that this is required to allow full throttle movement. Not enough clearance could result in a stuck throttle! Well it was an easy fix. I was running a 43 idle jet. Very slightly lean in the midrange. We switched to a 45 and now its very slightly rich in the midrange, after a quick retune it is now as near perfect as it can be, it really shifts! I didn’t allow a full power run, as I will never drive anywhere near the limit, but at about 75 per cent throttle it achieved about 180 Bhp. I have done over 1000 miles now and it was a joy to drive the 85 miles after the tune. Well sorted at long last - no more projects for me! I intend to enjoy driving both my cars.
    12 points
  6. I would like to say thankyou to @Djs44 for the opportunity to be involved in the bodywork part of this project , along with patiently waiting several months for a workshop slot . The body shell and most of the parts are now in my work shop.. First I will be making a list of all the parts needed whilst doing the main procedure assessment , along with setting up ready to start .. So this section does not interfere with this particular thread, I will run a separate thread purely on the body repair, correction, and painting process. For those interested this thread will be headed JPS # 044 body restoration.. and will start sometime next week .
    12 points
  7. Hi all Picked up my baby from Dave today, and was treated to a test drive from him to show me what the cars capable of and boy what a test drive she handles like shes on rails absolutely amazing handling if anyone is toying with the idea of going with this set up fo get them you won't regret it, had fantastic 115 mile return trip she did'nt put a foot out of place. Dave your work is phenomenal my Esprit is now the car i never could have imagined having. Many thanks
    12 points
  8. „Houston, Tranquility Base Here. The Eagle has Landed."
    12 points
  9. Really, really good, had a great day and very enjoyable time! Matt's very personable, approachable and the interview was great. We'll be putting it together next week and publishing ASAP. 9 hours driving though there and back, not the best for traffic today!
    11 points
  10. 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.
    11 points
  11. did a small drive this evening, here some pictures, (the Netherlands)
    11 points
  12. https://www.thelotusforums.com/latest-news/lotus-cars-news/all-new-lotus-emira-pre-production-commences-following-100million-investment-in-uk-facilities/
    11 points
  13. I see a lot of McLarens and similar priced cars on the road, from listening to conversations with owners at track meets etc it seems that a lot of these are purchased on the never-never. People put down c. £25k deposit, then sign up to £1.3 -2k per month on HP/PCP and keep the car for say 1-2 years. They then swap it in for something new and similar and repeat the cycle (so another £25-30k and another 12-24 months at £1.3-2k per month) and so it goes. They never actually "own" the car and are effectively paying the depreciation charge (I assume the vast majority of these owners have the ability to net off the VAT through their business accounts). It seems a lot of these cars are bought that way and it is why many of them end up with 3, 4 or even 5 owners in 4, 5 or 6 years. Think about it, a £180k McLaren car will have around £36k of VAT in the price, so £144k net. Minus the deposit of say £25k and £15k of annual payments. That gives you a balance of what £90-95k after 2 years and these cars are priced for around £105-110k on the forecourt. Sounds about right. So for around £2.5k per month you can have a brand new £180k supercar, with full warranty etc, every 2 years. Personally, a finance agreement like that would keep me awake at night. Scary stuff. But for a lot of buyers, £700 per month plus on a car finance deal seems to be the norm. Nuts. So, finance deals is what gives access to the "brand". Celebrity helps to establish the brand (wonder how much it cost Audi for Tom Hardy for the latest etron GT adverts?). The Evora did not sell not because it was not a great looking car. Not because it was too cheap or too expensive. Not because it was not a superb drivers car. It did not sell in numbers purely because nobody knew a thing about it. They did not know it existed. The vast majority of people, even now, 12 years from its launch simply still do not know what an Evora is. End of. The marketing was non existent almost, crap and therefore ineffective. We can try to say it wasn't, but the reality is in the sales numbers. The brand awareness was nowhere. Journo's loved it, but they were the only ones who drove it, along with diehard brand loyalists who had eagerly awaited its launch and jumped into their 2nd, 3rd, 4th or more Lotus of their ownership lifetime. So for the Emira to be a success it needs to: 1. Be marketed so people understand what it is. How it goes. Why it is special 2. Be supported by a vastly improved dealer network (need more dealers and in some cases much better dealers - we all know the truly great dealers and the ones to avoid) 3. Be available with a comprehensive warranty (if Ferrari can offer 7 years, why can't Lotus offer 5?) and an attractive set of finance options to suit all (large or small deposits, large or small monthly payments etc) 4. It needs to be better than a Cayman. Not as good as. But better. It needs, from a price and performance perspective to smash the Cayman out of the park from a driving, build quality and looks (the latter should not be hard let's face it as the Cayman is no "looker") perspective. Every journo, "influencer" (god I hate that term) etc who drives it needs to be comparing it to the Cayman and proclaiming the Cayman is dead! 5. Lotus needs to make itself "cool" to the masses. It can be done. McLaren did it in what 12 years from nothing as a "road" car brand. But it did through launching with the MP4 a car that quite literally rewrote the rule book on cool, performance, etc. literally the bosses of Porsche, Audi, Ferrari and Aston Martin must have been shitting themselves when the pure performance of that thing became clear. Who cared about the issues with build quality back then? No one, the clamour to have a McLaren was unabated from launch for the first 2 years. We'll get a good idea in a few weeks at Goodwood as to whether the car looks, goes and performs as it needs to to be a winner. But without fixes to the dealer networks, finance, warranty etc then will it really fly, or just be a glimmer of what it could have been, like the Evora?
    11 points
  14. SET UP and PLANNING.. Here we are at the start of the body restoration on JPS # 044 .. There is evidence it has had previous repair work, with a half rear quarter section put in .. Unfortunately this has not been done that well and is very easy to see.. As we have said in previous threads , any impact repair on GRP has to be explored with consideration of how far the gel crack will travel .. The usual stress points along with the direct connected area will all crack .. In the case of # 044 this consideration was not taken into account and some time after the repair all the gel crack has exposed itself .. I am sure the person who did the original repair was not aware this would happen, but as you will see from the photo's it is quite severe. These cracks stop in a straight line exactly where the new section was butted up to .. I have marked the worst area's , but to be fair they are not that difficult to spot . Stress cracks are very apparent in the seams of the 'B' and 'A' posts , both sides , but more prominent on the N/S .. The shell has also flexed on the o/s rear quarter with gel crack spreading all down that panel aswell . We also have flex area's in the front compartment that will need addressing, It also appears to have impact damage on the front that has not yet been repaired , but has split the front seam and caused extensive gel crack to the front panel . Both headlamp pods have seen better days and will need some creative reconstruction. The only other main area to cover at this point is the roof.. It has been fitted with after market sunroof , which the customer wants removing and putting back to original .. There is also some gel crack in the usual spots. I will cover all the other points as I go through the main shell , section by section . The panels will addressed later in the thread.... First job is to get that smashed screen and the old sunroof out .. Let the fun begin..
    10 points
  15. I'm genuinely sad to see the end of the Evora. It never quite managed to convert it's promise in to the sales needed. and I really think they missed a trick by not offering a Final Edition. As convinced as I am that I will buy an Emira, a run-out Evora model would have been an extremely tempting proposition. What has been fascinating to me with the Evora is just how much everyone who has been in or driven one has fallen in love with it. It generates overwhelmingly positive responses on the road - and I can attest to the fact that it's proven to be largely bomb proof with regular use. If - and it's a mighty big if - the Emira doesn't float my boat, then I will be buying one of the final iterations without hesitation - and I won't be disappointed with that choice. I really do feel that the Evora will be looked back on as something of a benchmark, a special car in Lotus' and Sports Car history.
    10 points
  16. Especially when I got to do this today:- I’ve had a few experiences bought for me in the past but nothing comes near to this. It was from my wife and son for a significant birthday last year but postponed until this year because of the C word. It was just the most perfect day for it too. Not a cloud in the sky and obviously able to see ‘The Hun’ from a way off!😁 The pilot let me take the controls over to the Isle of Wight and then I handed back to him for the several aerobatic manoeuvres. Such delicate controls on the Spitfire. We often hear how the Lotus steering is so delicate, you can think the car round corners and it’s very much like that with the Spitfire. A barely discernible movement on the stick will have the plane’s attitude changing immediately. What a day and the fulfilment of a lifelong ambition for me. I love my family!😁 Oh and the icing on the cake - the pilot owns a Type 25 Elise SC. Good man. 👍 Just want to do it again now 😁
    10 points
  17. Coming home after about 250 miles today. Wonderful car. Met the previous owner today, that was great and thanks for all the tips!
    10 points
  18. Odd one out yesterday at snett with about a dozen exiges!
    10 points
  19. 9 points
  20. Look what I found! Screwdriver anyone?
    9 points
  21. 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.
    9 points
  22. Well it did not leak due to fitting, It was stuck in with no intensions of it ever needing removing.. The leak must have come from the seal to the glass.. Needless to say the sun roof was a real pain to get out , but with patients it eventually came free without damaging the roof .. The smashed screen was a messy job but all done and out of the way .. This is where we start the voyage of discovery . As we saw from the external pics of the repaired quarter , it was looking a bit ' ify '. So before starting to sand off the paint and gel coat , I decide to have a good look inside the section.. To my surprise there was no GRP layers at all .. On closer inspection the joint did not even seem to but up. In addition to that, the but faces were clean . This means the only thing attaching the sections is a thin skin of GRP bridging the outside .. This would explain why the repair was so visible.. Also the the imperfect panel profile .. Upon sanding off the paint , we encountered filler, followed by a thin GRP layer over the joint . Very weak and poor !!!. What we were left with was a 5mm gap between the sections.. I decided to leave a couple of small area's not fully sanded , so the shape could be retained whilst I applied a GRP layer to the inside to re-stabilize it , before starting the next step . The above pic was how it started to appear when removing the surface layer . The one below is how it appeared when all flatted out .. It is difficult to show on a pic how clean that joint was, I did not touch it , that is how it came out .. I think this is a classis example of measure twice cut once . It would seem by how parallel the cut joint is, time was taken to cut neatly , but they got the measurements wrong.. Uhmm .. Some nasty impact GRP crack also came to light on the new section , this will need fully grinding out .. The next area to get started on is the roof .. First job was to sand off all the paint and gel layers in preparation for filling in the sun roof hole .. In the above pic you can just make out the thickness of the panel, which will need recreating across the hole . The first task was to make a profile blank to bridge the hole , This had to fit neatly and slightly curve in both plains. The profile section was supported from the underside , without any vertical pressure, so as not to distort the original form. Once happy with the fit and shape I could start grinding off a large taper area around the hole . This left a razor sharp edge where the new and old section join . A release wax a release agent was carefully applied to the profile so it can be removed when the new roof is formed over it .. When all prepped. the new GRP layers can be applied . I started with 1 layer the same size as the hole, then 4 more each getting progressively bigger to neutralise the taper that was ground in . Finally two full layers were applied .. This now needs to be left for several days to fully cure before i can continue this section .. Next week, I will start to get that quarter panel back as it should be.. '' Uhmm ...loads more itchy scratchy to come ''
    9 points
  23. After over 3 months of waiting, I finally got my car back at the end of May, just in time for a cracking day at Goodwood (having already missed out on a day at Snetterton that I had booked but had to cancel since the car wasn't ready in time). The car was absolutely fantastic and it felt great to finally be back on track, even though I was seriously rusty from lack of driving and very nervous given all the work that had just been completed, especially at a fast track where I had never been before. I have had lots of positive comments on the new look, which I must say that I am incredibly pleased with myself. Pictures included below. What do you think? P.s. You may recognise the (excellent) photographer from this parish...
    9 points
  24. Super car meet, thought the Evora did not look to shabby against the competition.
    9 points
  25. Made it to the front cover of the latest Absolute Lotus Magazine edition with @jerzybondov's Evora Thanks to @Bibs for the heads up about the opportunity. Hope the article reads well.
    9 points
  26. Castle Combe Manor last weekend.
    9 points
  27. This has been in our family since the early 1990s. I had it for a couple of years 20 years ago. It’s now back at my brother’s after 15 years of tinkering at a workshop, whose proprietor died recently. I think it will be my brother’s next restoration project to finish it.
    8 points
  28. 8 points
  29. Back from ceramic coating, looks like new
    8 points
  30. Confession time! I’ve just bought a manual 718 GT4 in full fat club sport spec with the carbon brakes & 918 buckets. I’ve absolutely no doubts about the overall quality of the GT4 package. However, there was some serious soul searching about buying my very first Porsche after a lifetime of avoiding the marque. But you only live once and their GT cars are brilliant. I fully intend to hang onto my 430 as a long term keeper. It will be interesting to see how the cars directly compare: From both an outright performance and practical everyday enjoyment perspective. I did consider hanging on to see what a sportier ‘cup’ version of the Emira ends up looking like, but patience is not my strong point. Plus the GT4 is a very, very pretty car to look at and the naturally breathing 4L engine just had to be given a long term go. (Don’t think it will be able to match the V6 soundtrack, but it does rev out well). I pick the car up in a couple of weeks and will let you know how it goes from a Lotus loving but ultimately marque agnostic petrolhead perspective.
    8 points
  31. New Inductee into the Sport 410 Group. My first Lotus, but I've been well versed into the ACBC ethos by my friend @jep. Who made my introduction to Lotuses with a 340R no less! Hooked ever since. Safe to say, in the 2-3 weeks that I've been in ownership of this Ultra Violet beauty I can fill an entire page of the "People's Reaction to your Evora" thread by myself, including a little one who dropped his ice cream in shear excitement as it came around the corner at Windsor castle this weekend. I really should have offered to buy him a new one.....next time. The noise..........words cant explain, and the Carbon Buckets are ace once tilted! Safe to say I'm over the moon with the acquisition. Few photos and a tasty departure video clip from the PetrolHeads show. The Noble did ok, the 410 stole the show.. RPReplay_Final1622413648.mov RPReplay_Final1622413648.mov
    8 points
  32. Great to see the Emira is going to be a proper 2 seater - and not a pretend one like @C8RKH has I just hope there’s a decent amount of space in the front @windymiller knows his Evora is big enough - but it’s a comfortable fit in the Esprit - it never ceases to amaze me at how practical the 2 seater lotus are
    8 points
  33. I successfully changed my 1980 Elite's tax status to Historic at my local village Post Office instantly on 1st April this year, and with no fuss. The counter staff lady wrote on the V5C, I signed it, she sent it away and gave me a till receipt showing the car now being taxed from 1/4/21 for 12 months at a cost of £0. She followed the instructions on her computer screen and didn't need to see my insurance or MoT proof, I assume the PO is linked into the DVLA database and wouldn't let her proceed if either was out of date. As soon as I got home I checked the DVLA website which correctly showed the car as being taxed for the next 12 months. Two weeks ago my new V5C came through the post (all details correct) and this week I got a DVLA cheque refund for the two months of unused tax (£45). I would say that the service from the PO and DVLA was excellent all round, Covid or not, perhaps I am very lucky with the competence of my local Post Office counter ladies. I had even driven the Lotus there to record the event for my archive! Leigh
    8 points
  34. 7 points
  35. Waited a fair old while but have finally got my hands on the Exige! Had it a few weeks now, amazing machine, still in awe. Some pictures to do the talking:
    7 points
  36. Black Swann Surrey today
    7 points
  37. I'll be at the factory in two weeks, I'll take my gear...
    7 points
  38. just put a deposit down with B&C. Delivery April 22 ish.
    7 points
  39. Moved on three LotusRescue projects today, all to new enthusiasts.
    7 points
  40. 7 points
  41. The big question @C8RKH would you stick with the red?
    7 points
  42. Another thing that’s been niggling me for years. Considering the S4s cost £52K when it was new, you’d have thought Lotus might have put a bit of carpet up front at the time. Well, at least I did. Unable to put up with it any longer, I made up a pattern and sent it off to Steve Margary. The original Esprit colour carpet is NLA, so wouldn’t quite match the boot, but it’s as close as possible. In any case, you can’t really see the two areas at the same time. Steve did a really nice job on the horizontal bit and vertical bit at the front, Shan and I cut patterns then fitted the spare carpet around the sides, which was not too bad a job. I’m pleased with the result, maybe a couple of areas that I could have done better but without removing half the mechanical bits and bobs, that’s as good as it gets. My thanks to @Steve V8and his boss, Sharon, for another quality job at a great price.
    7 points
  43. 8am this morning to 6:30pm today
    7 points
  44. It is always nice to see the customers so pleased with the outcome .. It is also nice to see them drive it hard to understand what it can do and how it feels .. After demonstrating the cornering and chicane ability , along with the traffic island test that @Sparky has been on, it was great to see John push the right foot down and get his Esprit to sit down and assume the rotational balance on said island test . I have no doubt John will enjoy many hours of fun with this ride quality and handling . Thankyou John for giving me opportunity to work on your Esprit . Dave ( in this case quite a few Changes)
    7 points
  45. Fucktards! We have freedom of speech but you have no right to behave like this or attack other citizens like this. I hope they catch the cowards and slice off their testicles! Then, if they are a guest here, pack their belongings and thrown them on a plane out of here. If citizens of here, then throw them in a cell for a couple of years to reflect on their actions. If their goal was to highlight the plight of Palestinians and gain general support for them, then sadly they have done the opposite.
    7 points
  46. A few pics from a photo shoot at Glenshee Ski Centre Braemar.
    7 points
  47. Another small step with original airbox now fitted, I replaced the evaporator hoses today to make sure any fuel smells don’t develop. Wood and carpets all replaced so next step is final commissioning. Hopefully the rear bumper, cant rails and both spoilers will be back from paint this week so I can get it in a driving state. I’m still having a few electrical issues but discovered a couple relays which were getting very warm so ordered some original Lucas replacements and had a good earth cleaning session today. Looking forward to final detailing then driving it as been a mountain of work so far but light is slowly coming through the trees with an end insight. Dave
    7 points
  48. Hopefully this ones no garage queen either. Currently halfway round the Absolute Lotus Magazine Scottish Tour. Lots of rain, animal excrement & plenty of rough tarmac B roads to catch the splitter on. 😩 That said it has been an epic trip thus far. Who said a 430 can’t pretend to be a rally car?
    7 points


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