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  1. 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
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  2. 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
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  3. 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
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  4. 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
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  5. Here she is - not exactly in one piece
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  6. 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...
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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Have posted a couple of times but thought I ought to make a formal introduction. I've just bought a 2010 Evora NA... slightly frustrating as it was delivered this week while our household is having to self-isolate and I haven't been out in it yet! Will be going for some 'essential' shopping later... Already encountering some of the well known 'niggles', i.e after a whole load of rain this week both drivers and passengers door sills are wet. Fortunately it has a warranty so will be returning shortly to the dealer to get sorted. I hope to do much of the work on it myself and have noticed that El
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  11. Thanks here it is again just to recap, and just cos if I don’t share it with someone I will go insane
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  12. We knew in 1776 that you guys would mess it all up eventually.
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  13. Actual progress... After dropping the car off at Ollies and after what felt like a lifetime (it wasn’t but anything more than a few hours without the car feels a lifetime) the car started coming together… So off to Phoenix and after a few weeks I found this: Things are suddenly looking shiny! Massive improvements so feeling much happier After going through the dampers after they were off the car, in the end decided to get them rebuilt, I had one bump adjustor no longer clicking and you don't do one corner at a time - so the rather costly exercise of rebuilding
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  14. Woohoo !! Have taken apart the crankcase breather hose, airbox and completed CO2 test. Breather hose / airbox filter piccies follow. Underside of Airbox - with guaze filter covered in emulsion Breather pipe: the larger bore end fits to airbox. smaller bore fits to crankcase connector. Upon removal of the hose, water dripped out from a small bend - so that's where the condensation starts to form the emulsion. CO2 test came back Negative for a leak !!!!! Thanks everyone for your input and guidance, just got to find a tool/access to remove the dipstick and
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  15. So escaped Qatar, but only just. Arrived at the airport 4 am to be told I was bumped off the flight as I couldn't prove I was Covid free and the Netherlands would not let me in, even if just being in transit. Two hours later and having to pay last minute flight changes which came to almost 2K. I managed to get a flight to Heathrow then an 8m hour wait and get the last flight of the day back to Aberdeen, finally arriving home just on midnight. Never mind, made and that's the important thing. Three months of hard graft again. Pretty sad when you think that for 2020, I was only home twice in the
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  16. On Monday I was only to happy to help a friend move an Evora that's coming up for sale. He needed to go and collect the Evora, so I offered to drive him with the Esprit and get a good look myself (as well as a short drive). It's an NA with only 22k km on it, looking very good, beautiful interior in red on black and still smelling like new inside. A pleasure to the eye to see it move along the roads in front of me. Of course, when we got back to the Workshop, I couldn't resist having a go myself. Unfortunately, by the time we got back it was already dark and a slight rain was falling on th
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  17. That is a shame, but kinda funny too! Would be ace for driving along a railway line!
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  18. Oooh for what you’ve told her you spent on them. Someone’s in for a bloody bargain
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  19. Just bought this on eBay, £20. Original Sparkmatic SR309F radio/cassette player, boxed and brand new.... Factory option for the Lotus Esprit S3 as per service notes manual.
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  20. 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,
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  21. So from here on in stuff actually gets fixed/improved, so less of a focus on the bad bits, more of a focus on the fun bits With the world being what it is plan had been put on hold like many. What was meant to be a year of less corporate work and more car stuff doing more and more detailing, turned into an all hands to the pump working two jobs at the same time to meet client needs - meaning I had zero time, but I still needed to get this car sorted. At a minimum I needed subframe off, and either replaced with a new coated one, or blasted and recoated Suspension refurbed to shin
    4 points
  22. There was no chance he would ever be a great president or even a great man, or great businessman for that matter. Americans who paid attention to him, especially New Yorkers, have always known this. His move to Florida is largely a response to the legal actions being taken against him in New York, although he'll never admit it. The NY trials and suits are the ones that will catch him out if nothing else does. I mention this because I am originally from NY and Trump's age to boot. He was always a bit of a pariah in his home town, and it's not just because he's a social boor. Everybody
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  23. @C8RKH 100% correct IMHO. They should definitely vaccinate Diane Abbott though because who wants a world without her in it
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  24. You can debate political ideals and beliefs until you are blue in the face. What I try to point out about Trump is not his political ideals or policies. What I try to point out is that POTUS's main responsibility is to be a Leader. A Leader finds well qualified people and gives them a task to do. Those people bring the Leader the information that is needed to make a decision that is not up to them to make. The Leader then listens to this information and makes an informed decision. Now, if the decision is good, the Leader credits those that gave him the information. If the decision is bad, the
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  25. Howdy guys, I have a NA car with a couple mods to the gears and drivetrain: - Evora 4XX gear shifter mechanism (plus new cables and hardware required for that to work) - Evora 4XX lighter flywheel - Evora 4XX clutch All the work was done by the very good people at ES Motorsports, (please give Dave a call and tell him Jay sent you). I got a whole bunch of other work done at the same time so I don't know the cost of getting the individual bits of work done. My thoughts on the gear change My original gear change mechanism would shift fine when bimbling about b
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  26. How about seeing how little mpg you can get -it’s all about that 2nd and 3rd gear acceleration
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  27. From going from a 2010 NA to a 410GTsport I can honestly say my NA gear change was as good as my new 410, the NA was still on its original cables and never once had trouble changing gear, it also had the LR box and I never once thought I wished I had the SR box. My thoughts are there where some cars that came from the factory with the cables not adjusted as they should have been and that cast a shadow on all early NAs which in the real world is not the case. My advice is to get out there and drive a few don’t overthink things and like Barry says the sports pack is a must, luckily most cars com
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  28. Here we go again ... another Kearley project. I’m surprised the discovery channel hasn’t started a show on your projects. Good luck with it chap I’m sure it will turn out ace.
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  29. Hi, Joined a while back. Had a 111R and a S2 Sprint previously. Had a little foray elsewhere with an '89 911 and a Caterham Roadsport 150. All fun but missed the Lotus and have been hankering after one for some time. Finally found a nice 350 so thought I'd drop back in and say hello. Planning to daily it. Be interesting to see how usable it it compared to the S2 models. Have a soft top too. Looking forward to Summer!
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  30. I don’t know, a perfectly good garage and the poor Lotus is left to shiver in the snow. I should report you to Lotus social services.
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  31. Hi there My 410 has the 475kit from hangar 111 with there trackday rear silencer full exhaust system heat coated from zircotec since year September and im loving it. When i spoke to komo tec before getting the kit they where very helpful on the phone. They have done many 475kits some cars with a lot of track miles on them with no problems. They where saying 475 is a reliable number any more power like the other gentleman was saying you will start to push it limits. To be honest i was going do i write up after getting my car back from hangar 111 with my 475kit but iv been so tie
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  32. So today as it seems to be quite popular and as I've now tried several products. I thought I'd try to produce a more comprehensive upgrade guide to changing the dipped beam headlight bulbs in the V6. I have now tried, including the OEM solution, four different types. The OEM bulb is a sylvania bulb which is a brand quite popular in America and is of a decent quality but the bulb that is fitted as standard isn't particularly powerful and output quite a conventional halogen yellowish light. Sylvania do produce more powerful conventional halogen bulbs with a brighter and more white outp
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  33. Looks and feels the muts
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  34. (Paris, France – 14 January 2021) As part of the Alpine Business Unit development, Groupe Renault and Group Lotus have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to study a number of areas of cooperation, including the joint development of an EV sportscar. The Alpine and Lotus teams will conduct a comprehensive feasibility study for the joint engineering, design and development of an EV sportscar by leveraging the resources, expertise and facilities of the respective entities in both France and the UK. Alpine and Lotus will also explore the development of a joint services offer combi
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  35. In attempting to clear up a post in the wrong section I accidently merged the Brexit (Euro question) and COVID (Coronavirus) Topics. Currently, with a little help, trying to separate them again so please be patient as every single post needs to be individually read and separated. Now, in my defence: 1. It's not like they were the 2 biggest posts or anything...... 2. It's not my fault Bibs gave someone who is a dribbling incompetent with technology, a position of trust...... 3. I was just trying to help, honest guv! Normal service on these 2 posts to be resumed in 5.....
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  36. There aren't many cars which are fun when you're using them as transport and not enjoying their main benefits. Have another go when the weather is better, you'll enjoy it much more if you can lean on it a bit
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  37. So started with the 4x4 look and then up up and away
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  38. I'd have just left the bodies there. The birds are always looking for food this time of year. Yup. I know. I'm totally heartless.
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  39. Over the top, mate. Left-ish American politicians are rather conservative by other nations' standards. There may be some overreach if the progressives somehow establish sway however Marxism has no hope of taking hold anywhere, it is neither viable nor popular. Now what's your take on the taxpayer funded, astronomical "defense" budget, a perennial gravytrain for the invested wealthy?
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  40. Funny you mention that @tomcattom. There’s no shortage of shitbox tvrs with grafted on outriggers that are rotten to the core. This one..... well. It has brand new chassis, newly built 4.6L TVR spec engine, new seats, new carpets and a whopping pile of boxes with apparently all parts present. Paintwork is nice and bright - let’s see just how it goes.
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  41. The way deaths are reported changed in August so that article is partly, no longer valid. I asked my daughter about this subject as a COVID doctor and senior A&E doctor. I was pointed towards this little quote: "A COVID-19 death is defined for surveillance purposes as a death resulting from a clinically compatible illness in a scientifically confirmed COVID-19 case, unless there is a clear alternative cause of death that cannot be related to COVID-19 disease (e.g. trauma)." I would therefore think that your person being run over would be covered by Trauma? The 2020 fig
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  42. The government also set up some nightingale hospitals. They are all empty. Also highly unlikely they could even staff them. it’s not about being a denier - it’s about questioning the facts. It’s not like politicians have a track record of misrepresentation. There are many reasons why even a very small increase in dead bodies will cause storage problems. There is little or no extra capacity in this part of the process - just like the crammed full ITU (4-6beds normally) wards. Follow the rules yes - but don’t blindly believe and question the validity of what you are being told.
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  43. Whipped the cam covers off this morning. For bolts that are supposed to be done to 9Nm, they felt a hell of a lot tighter than they should be. Valve clearances have all been measured as follows. There are a couple outside limits (too little clearance) and a few that are close to the limits. Valve Exhaust (Spec: 0.25 - 0.31mm) Inlet (Spec: 0.13 - 0.18mm) 1 0.27 0.10 2 0.30 0.14 3 0.29 0.11 4
    3 points


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