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  1. Popped to whitstable for a walk, fish and chips and came back to my car to find another Evora parked in front of mine
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  2. Part 16 Home stretch .. Well all good things come to an end and it was time to draw a line under this one , The chassis was shot blasted and re- galvanized to give it fresh new look along with decades of future rust protection. Before After Needless to say , other than dimensional check and reaming out the mount points, plus tapping a few threads , that was as far as I went with the chassis on this restoration ... At this point is was passed back to @RichardJGC for him to do the assembly work .. On return, I dropped in the engine and B
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  3. Hi all, I've been neglecting TLF for too long but I've been back to work on the Esprit and from now on, it's Lotus all the way until I get my first drive
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  4. Now there is a brilliant idea. I have been having some texts with a member on here who has lost someone last week to this. My bet is Chris Whitty is probably more qualified than anyone to tell us what to do, so do you know what I am going to follow his advice, not the ones who get their information from the internet. wearing masks is not that difficult is it, if it saves one person out of 60 million then great I will wear one
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  5. Well 4 years in on my 400 and 20k miles. Fancied a change but is a difficult one to replace, so after the big service at Oakmere, I have treated it to a detail and ceramic coating
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  6. After lots of messing about with bracket moving due to receiving a S1 rear bumper from SJ and the fact federal cars have a reinforced section grafted in for impacts preventing normal fixing access it is fitted. I am awaiting the third bracket from Steve which is marked along with edges which will need final shaping to match the body lines. Finally I will fit the number plate lights. I spent a couple hours shaping the rear valance and setting the exhaust but pretty happy now with the result then off to the body shop for final paint. Nearly in ROW spec now with just the front springs to
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  7. I presume the advert was never ended and just keeps getting refreshed. It seems like it's a very old advert. I just managed to attach some photos. As you will see safe and sound in my garage....
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  8. A huge thank you to my good friend @CHANGES for taking this one on. Every aspect of the restoration carried out has far exceeded what I thought possible. It is true...this car is my pride and joy, owned for 29 ish years, so want it to be as good as it can be as I only intend doing it the once! The original shut-lines were particularly bad in areas on this one (even allowing for what’s normal), so when i found out this could be corrected then I was more than happy to let Dave work his magic, and then some! The journey so far has been fantastic and I have learned a lot about p
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  9. nearly there just needs a wax now. I won’t pretend this has been exciting or fun. The bonnet is actually uniform it’s a trick of light that makes one bit look dull. Got a yellow GT3 coming down next
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  10. Just received my Christmas present to myself - absolutely love them If anyone’s interested, Dave Clark at Dave Clark Designs is your man!
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  11. I have always been a Ginetta fan and finally found a car which turned out to be a part of Ginetta resurgence History following the liquidation in the late 1980's. In the 90's I wrote to the factory and got the brochure, price list and the build manual which I still have. I was always taken with the car in the brochure picture. The G27 GRS plate was the factory display plate. I rejoined the Ginetta Owners Club and this car was sort of hidden on the website for sale. The car has been written up in the main stream motoring media and the Kit Car mags multiple times. Once in 1993 and revisi
    9 points
  12. Just to say hi and thanks to Barry following the purchase of my Evora, picked up yesterday along with the snow! Out today and fitted the winter tyres that came with the car, much more responsive than the Clio V6 that i owned a few years back. Not the best photo with this rubbish weather, but also some of my previous cars...
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  13. I have finally reached the end of the journey with these cars. Its now only a matter of maintenance and tuning. I am now doing major building work on my house! When covid is over and we can travel I will be traveling to Cortina to finally draw a line under my Lotus journey. My issues started when I was 10 years old and the Spy Who Loved Me came out at the cinema! I can finally put this to rest having built two Bond cars, when I only really aspired to the S1. I shall enjoy driving them when we are allowed. The good news for you all is my wife assures me as soon as I cop it she will be sellin
    9 points
  14. Hi Guys, here as promised first category of Bodywork. The 350 Sport have had two big accident by pre owners long time ago. The result is a very light trackday car with road legal registration like the F40
    9 points
  15. A couple of the pre production Essex cars at Le-mans where one blew its engine during testing. Rare to see them both together like. Dave
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  16. Wheels now fitted. OEMs might end up being sold but not yet.
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  17. I've had my 2011 S since it was 6 months old, having had a supercharged Elise and an Elan before that. I argued it was a suitable family car when my second daughter arrived. It's served as dad taxi from when they were in forward facing car seats aged 6 and 10. I tested a Launch Edition with a rear facing car seat in the front and that was fine. There are some that will fit in the back too. My wife and I are both 5'8" and I drive with the seat on the front click, so plenty of room behind and my older one was a tall 16 year old before she moved to the front. Younger one still loves being i
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  18. Part 15 To get a Naked Bottom , '' in the pink'' Part 2.. There are a lot of totally naff jobs that have to be done in a restoration, some have their own rewards in the finish or function which help balance out the effort that goes into it .. But scraping the old seal off the bottom of a car takes the biscuit ... Excuse the pun but its a real bummer of a job ... So there you have it , something I don't like doing . !!! With jobs like this, they have to be done , so just do them... Many years ago I used the YTS students.. The one job i did not mind delegating.. It did no
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  19. With the previous areas completed , there was just the door handle mod to complete on the drivers door .. Starting with a painted original , we remove and fit a template to work from, which outlines the new handle. Next we grind down the thickness of the panel so the new handle can fit flush . This recess will also provide the lip for the for the new handle to locate into .. The original square shape is profiled at the same time to mirror the internal section of the new handle . Once completed the mask can be removed and the new handle fitted.. A small amount
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  20. Hi folks, I registered here 5 years ago and have only been a quiet reader until now. That will change from today. I come from motorsport and have over 30 years of experience. From 1995-2013 I drove a Sunbeam Lotus in the german hillclimb championship. Looking for a new challenge, I decided on a Lotus Esprit V8 in 2015. I really wanted a V8 mid-engine, turbocharged car to ignite the final stage in hill climbs. First of all, I rebuilt a Sport 350 as a test car. This still has a road approval and serves as a T-Car to adjust the chassis, brakes, engine and transmission. The power is between 500-7
    8 points
  21. There's been a fair amount of progress over the last couple of months as there's been little elese to do tbh The heater box has been removed and refurbed. Fans were freed off and I fitted a Mk1 Granada heater matrix. This wasn't a straight swap, but it went in with a bit of 'wittling' and cost £40 instead of £200. It now has gears too via a shortened / modified BMW E36 linkage. The manifolds are now fully welded and reinstalled too. I'm plodding along with the electrics and have installed an additional fuse box in the engine bay for the pop up headlights, electric seat,
    8 points
  22. Here she is - not exactly in one piece
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  23. So today I took delivery of an exciting new parts for my car. Jon Seal from Lotus Hardtops delivered my new carbon fibre roof with v weave pattern carbon fibre. Removing the original roof and fitting the new one was relatively straightforward however you need to be aware that you will need some specific not normal tools. You will need to get yourself some security torx bits for your driver as there are four bolts which are of this type. Jon's roof comes with all the necessary brackets and hardware for you to fit in the kit all the hardware is of a very high standard black anodized st
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  24. And again a Giugiaro Lotus Esprit is featured in a new movie. It started its career in the famous bond movie, the last time I saw one was starring next to Scarlet Johansson in 2017 Ghost in the Shell , a futuristic Manga movie and today I watched a 2020 Sci Fi movie about AI called " Archive". It has a minor rol but still strange they keep popping up in Sci Fi even at an age of over 40 year now. The car used must be a Esprit S2 ( it has 4 bolt Speedlines and ears) but it has a full Turbo body kit. 1000 × 662
    8 points
  25. unfortunately I know 3 people personally that have died of Covid and at the moment 3 people my age that have got it and one is seriously in trouble. It isn't hard is it, follow the government advice and get the vaccine as soon as you can.
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  26. I've had an NA and have a Sport 410. With trepidation I have to disagree with @scotty435that the NA is underpowered. Despite having an extra 135bhp or so in the 410 I do miss the involvement of the NA. The 410 is blindingly fast, but the NA, to me, was more rewarding to drive fast on the road The damping on the NA is simply just wonderful. You can realy feel the car "settling down" and hunkering into the corner and as you apply the throttle on exit it just settles down further and provides more grip. When "on it" in the NA you feel and hear when the car switches its timing/cam and the
    8 points
  27. Happy Christmas fellow wedge owners - or as close as we can manage this year!! Hopefully there will be some meet-ups next year! Winter Solstice today! Spring is on it's way Pete
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  28. Well, I ended up buying the Blue one, the general condition is very good, with a good service history, its recently (2019) had over 3k spent on various things, including a new AC compressor. I had a checklist I took with me. The only thing that isn't working is the passenger window drop and rise, as you open and close the door. The window mechanism works fine though. The gear change is lovely, rifle bolt like, no problems going in to 2nd! Considering the miles, and being white the interior is in great condition. A nice bonus is, that it does have the Janspeed Lotus sports exhaust
    8 points
  29. Unless Russell Carr has forgotten his glasses and decided he doesn't like designing cars any more, I'd say no
    8 points
  30. Hi all First time Lotus owner. Having driven some Elise and Exiges in the past. Just picked up an Evora 410 Sport in black. Absolutely love the car, looked at a few but fell in love with the carbon on the 410 Sport. And before anyone asks - yes I like the carbon seats Looking at joining some Lotus clubs and doing some track days in 21 if COVID allows! I live in Devon so hopefully some Devon&Cornwall owners on here James
    7 points
  31. Hi Guys, after a few inquiries here the second chapter of " Chassiswork " Once LOTUS, always LOTUS Andrae S.
    7 points
  32. I'm guessing this was supposed to be a joint launch, but somebody didn't clarify which 0900 (CET or GMT) they were going with. Hence Renault/Alpine went an hour early, or Lotus went an hour late. Sacre Bleu...
    7 points
  33. Almost missed this major milestone! At 256 pages, this thread is arguably venturing beyond 8-bit. Let's pray FabNet doesn't become self-aware.
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  34. I have not discussed re- flashing my car on this forum but have discussed it at length on the Lotustalk (US) forum. Rather than repeating 15 pages of the chatter you can access there (here it is if you must have it) I'll just post up the end result here. The chart below does not include a print out of the AFRs but they were all quite close enough to the desired stoichiometric standard. What you see is torque in foot pounds (peaks at 350 at the wheels) and calculated horsepower (393) also at the wheels and presented according to the SAE standards. The calculations (assuming a 15%
    7 points
  35. Wishing every one a return to a Covid free 2021. May the Jab be with you! Graeme
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  36. RZ05 in Brushed Dark Black Front: 8x17" ET24 with centre-drop - 8.3kg Rear: 10x18" ET30 non centre-drop - 9.4kg
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  37. I’ve gone for the evora at Aston Sevenoaks was too mice to miss - the colour and spec etc just what I was looking for!
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  39. I reckon a good 25 - 30 years have passed since the big power German saloon car came along (all trumped by our own Lotus Carlton) and yet these and others are still making and selling sports cars. I think we all have our own opinion on what actually constitutes a sports car. We probably consider light weight, driving dynamics and analogue driver involvement, more than big horsepower. I was out the other day in my old Ferrari, when these two boy racers came past me on a dual carriageway. One in an Audi RS3 and the other in a BMW 140. We had just exited a roundabout and they both
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  40. While not that exciting, it's worth mentioning that tires for this car are difficult to find. To make a long, not-so-interesting story less long: I found that prioritytire.com (in the US) carries a lot of off-brand tires, many of which come in stock Elite sizes. It's difficult to decided between a lot of unknown brands, as there just isn't much information available on them. In the end, then, I chose Accelera Phi-R tires. Accelera Phi-R seem to be somewhat popular with the drifting crowd because they are cheap and not awful. OH well, the whole set was $300, shipped; so if I end up replacing
    7 points
  41. When Boris made the announcement he was wearing a herringbone shirt and a fish tie
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  43. Part 14 To get a Naked Bottom , '' in the pink'' .. Before we can start getting the bottom sorted , we need to remove the Chassis .. So first set up the lifting frames. Next locate in position with all fixtures and fittings removed . Then lower the chassis from the shell in one smooth action . Job done . just need to park the shell in the upper position so most of the frames can be removed and we can get down to the dirty work .. As you can see from the above picture some under-body protection had been previously applied which w
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  45. No, the trawlers won’t actually be allowed up the rivers
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