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  1. It`s been a long journey, but the engine is running !!!! The engine revs so quickly with the lower mass. video-1660561458.mp4 video-1660561515.mp4 video-1660561545.mp4 Pretty happy right now.
    14 points
  2. I was originally planning to have some stone chips on the bonnet and front wings sorted out, but one thing led to another and I eventually decided to have the entire car resprayed and the sills and front splitter painted in the Sports Racer look. I also had a new front grill installed, but not after throughly coating it with a few applications of PlastiDip, hopefully that will help to protect it from the elements in the winter. Thanks to the guys at Option 1 Sports Cars in Bromsgrove who did an absolutely fantastic job! It probably hasn't looked this good since it left the factory... https://www.option1sportscars.co.uk I just need to have the PPF reapplied once the paint has properly hardened in a couple of weeks along with the rear badges (or more likely decals as I think they're easier to keep clean). And a new front numberplate... I've lost interest in the Emira, particularly in view of the latest economic forecasts, so I think the Evora is a longer term keeper now. Depending on what happens over the next few months, I may think about adding a more focussed open top 'weekend' car at some point, possibly a V6 Exige, but I always fancied an Atom...
    12 points
  3. 12 points
  4. just followed a mini into diss this morning and the driver threw a lit fag butt out of his window still smoldering, i thought i saw his name on a loaf of bread later then realised it said "thick cut"
    10 points
  5. Yes, Ian said he will be happy to take up all the slack, what a guy. And at 60% below my special low rates too! I'll post his mobile number and full address in due course...
    10 points
  6. 9 points
  7. V8 versus V8... One of my pics (nicely positioned by Emma Woodcock) from her Alternative Cars magazine road-test "shoot out" between my V8 and a TVR Cerb. Mag is out now on news stands and worth a look!
    8 points
  8. Ash from K3 Mobile Valeting Services carried out a wash and brush up on my Elite today with amazing results. The only trouble is I won’t want to drive now it in case it gets dirty😄
    8 points
  9. Been busy on the S1, suspension now built up although I do have play in a wheel bearing which I suspect is the driveshaft as it push into the bearing with relative ease. I’ll investigate this over the winter when I’m doing the interior work as priority is getting it running and into my garage before the real inclement weather hits. New domestic stainless exhaust fitted to allow the valance to fit correctly. The carbs are now in and brakes bled along with the clutch, getting close now with just some commissioning of the electrics to do next. Carbs set up on my rig and now installed I still need to connect the throttle and choke, fit the coil and mark the flywheel TDC position then it’s just the usual of priming the oil, checking for spark then giving it a go. It’s not run for years so it will be nice to pump some life into the old girl. 🙂
    7 points
  10. Slight delay due to supporting my friend Andrä Schrörs at the Osnabrück hillclimb last weekend. He placed 5th overall and 2nd in class, which was a brillant result. The radiator pack and oil coolers are now installed. Just need to check all connections and add fluids
    7 points
  11. Well some progress but no start: - car back-up on stands for 1st start - Coolant filled and with the help of the EWP, system bled without starting of engine. There is no thermostat, so the pump can circulate the coolant and move the air up to the bleed points Gear oil, PAS fluid and engine oil filled. EWP was showing a low battery, so purchased a new battery and charged overnight. Noticed a very small drip from the front chassis coolant pipe connection. Overnight it amounted to very little, but still enough to warrant action. Not so easy to get to but now tightened and dry. When removing B3 fuse and plugs for running-up the oil pressure, the new battery is showing low (crazy coincidence), so will be going back for a replacement. Everything else is ready to proceed but need a good battery to spin the engine on the starter.
    6 points
  12. My Dad worked for British Gas from 1967 to retirement in the early 1990s. He was a director of research, and when you smell gas, that is down to my dad. I'm sure he did other stuff in the 20+ years he was there, but this is the one always quoted in my family. I remember he got quite a few shares when the company was privatised, but he got rid of them soon after as he was disgusted in the direction the company moved fairly quickly after privatisation. I remember him telling me that when in public ownership the aim of the company was to invest on behalf of Britain as regards to exploration. storage and ensure that there were long term gas supplies so as to restrict extraction to just that required by the nation, whereas after privatisation, the company's goal was to extract as much gas as possible and to sell it on to maximise profits. I would much rather the company took the position that my Dad outlined rather than the make as much money for the shareholders as possible.
    6 points
  13. Mother in Law is an anagram for Hitler Woman... coincidence? I think not! 😁
    6 points
  14. That is your car @TomE. When they've finished with it they'll zero the mileage, give it a wash then stick it on a flat bed. 👍 In the meantime enjoy the pictures
    6 points
  15. Great run out this morning in the beautiful Peak District with MLOC what more could a Lotus enthusiast want?
    5 points
  16. I've postponed loads of work to accommodate cataract surgery yesterday, only to have it cancelled on the day and rescheduled for a month away, so that causes huge tactical issues for me. I've barely had a chance to relax since retirement from BA over 5 years ago, and looking after Esprits has progressively become a chore rather than the hobby that was (long ago) intended. I barely get time for a social life, almost never drive my GT3, and I can't remember the last meet I had time to attend. And my eyesight is bloody awful at the moment! So, the time has come. No more new work. Given current variables in my personal life it will be difficult, but I will do my best over the coming months to clear the backlog - after the eyesight is sorted. Thereafter I will be highly resistant to anything that gets in the way of my leisure activities. Next year, at last, I will have time to perform a long-overdue programme of work on my GT3. Honest, I ain't joking!
    5 points
  17. Happened to be reading the original Autocar RT of the Esprit (15 Jan 77) and it has comments about Lotus that are as valid now as they were then, which perhaps put some perspective around any delays facing Emira customers: “The Esprit is a giant stride towards the Porsche/Ferrari/Maserati market and it oh-so-nearly makes it as a worthy competitor to such marques. That it does not do is really a question of development… The Elite improved greatly in the first year of production and we must hope that this will be repeated with the Esprit, which could become a very desirable cut-price rival in this very special market.” (excuse for gratuitous pic of S1s on the Emira channel...!)
    5 points
  18. I'll echo whats already been said. I think you know the answer. The Elise is more concentrated fun, the Evora more of a GT/all rounder. You'd rather be in the Evora on the way to the hills then you'd rather be in an Elise when you get there. I ran an S1 Elise for 5 years/20k miles as a second car, then an Evora NA Sports Racer for 20k miles as my only car, and now I have an Elise S3 1.6 for the weekends. I've also driven a couple of hundred miles in an Exige 410. My take is: Elise S1 - purest, most intense and lovable of them all. I'd have one now if they came with air-con (sorry purists) and if I didn't think it would try and kill me one day. Evora - awesome car, massive sense of occasion which didn't diminish with use. Just lovely to be in, its the one to take to the Alps. But I didn't often get up at dawn to hit the Dales roads in it. It's just a bit too refined and too much of a GT to have a second car/weekend car (for me). Elise S3 - like the Elise S1, but with a roof that works, ABS and ESP and air-con. I've done 500 miles in a day in it and it's fine but you wouldn't choose it for a long trip unless the destination was worth it. However it's such a rush driving it on B roads. Just last night I went out for a 3 hour evening drive just for the hell of it. Being able to take the roof off adds a whole dimension that's missing in the Evora. The 1.6 is just enough but the old K-series actually suits the car better. I've not driven a 220. Exige V6 - a mini-supercar with all that entails. Controversial opinion - it's the one I wouldn't buy myself! It's not the refined all-rounder that the Evora is and it's not as agile as the Elise. The power, looks and noise are amazing but the controls are heavy, visibility is terrible and its just too much hard work to be a proper drivers car. I was happy to step back into my little 1.6.
    5 points
  19. Some progress made: engine and box are now stripped, some problems identified. - the selector fork for 1st and 2nd seems oddly worn, the fingers no longer grip the synchroniser which explains why I couldn't select 1st. For 2nd the fork pushes on the gear on the ring, just enough to engage. - broken piston ring on cilinder 4, which had the lowest compression. Big ends seem fine (but will be replaced of course), the cilinders show very little scoring so a light hone should suffice. Standard size rings should do I think. Or I could go for one size up as they will be gapped as necessary anyway. Anything else I should check while I'm in there? I'm not convinced the loss of power and eventual failure to start can be explained by low compression on one cilinder and lowish on other one, but there's not much I can try now... A few shots of the removal my mate send me, suprisingly easy with the crane on the forklift: And the engine in pieces on the stand: Next step is ordering all the parts (that will only hurt my wallet a bit) and cleaning everything (not looking forward to that...) and hopefully in a few weeks I can start reassembly.
    4 points
  20. Another white one… not freshly painted like @Jovver’s but shiny new wheels and a nice new seat retrim
    4 points
  21. Yup. And the effort nearly killed him and his head, so he immediately retired. Just another rich privileged kid in my book.
    4 points
  22. So, 1 week after finding the PPF on the front of my car had several bubbles or blisters on it from having brake fluid splattered on it, I thought I should give an update. The following day, I carefully washed the front of the car to try and get rid of the last of the brake fluid. Every day since, the film has looked better with the blisters getting smaller so it seems the film has been slowly healing itself. Today things were looking way better, so I set to with the wife’s hairdryer to gently warm the film and miraculously, the blisters and marks have all completely disappeared.👌 I’m mightily relieved! All hail self healing PPF. 😃
    4 points
  23. I made a video - about my car. It's on YouTube.
    4 points
  24. I think he's covering up either an attempt to appease neighbours who've had enough of various Lotus cars being there, OR, he secretly wants to spend a lot more time with his Mother In Law.
    4 points
  25. Edging closer... Transmission oil cooler plumbing and oil cooler bypass for the establishment of oil pressure and initial start-up.
    4 points
  26. Wordle 418 2/6 ⬛⬛🟩🟩🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩
    4 points
  27. It certainly was. Organised by the "other" Lotus Forum site and wonderful fun. I can confirm that we saw no Emira's on the Island, and none of the locals we met (Lotus Owners) were on the list for one, though I am sure that will change.
    4 points
  28. I've just spoken to Customer Care to assess my options following yesterday's email. I asked about delivery having been advised that my car would enter production in October, I was told that I could expect a November delivery, if everything runs to schedule (still hedging their bets!). I asked whether postponing delivery to March would be an option and the response was they cannot guarantee a March delivery, postponing could result in the car being delivered this time next year. So, November it is, it had better be nothing short of perfect on arrival following this buying experience!
    4 points
  29. I hate to think whats happening to Non-Priority customers?
    4 points
  30. But my paltry £600 on electricity, 1000L of fuel oil and 3 tonnes of wood, some of which is scavenged every time I walk the dog 3 times a day, seems small change compared to some. No under floor heating (got a pair of slippers), no air con (windows open), no swimming pool (got a small lochan up the road) and no hot tub (I have a hot bath when I need one) Lots of insulation and lots of cost cutting devices ie LED's instead of halogens, solar lights and 3 hamster's running on the wheel in 8 hour shifts to power a single deep freeze...... I even recycle my own farts and have a turbine installed in the bog so everytime I flush..... I even have an automatic cut off switch to stop the Missus overcharging her sex toys. Short of recycling my bog paper, what more can I do? 😉
    4 points
  31. Thanks for all your help. Eventually came down to the inevitable conclusion it was an intermittently faulty electronic ignition. Swapped it over and hey presto ...lots of spark again. Had to remove the carbs this time to get access so have ordered a few parts whilst its off the car to give it the once over until next time.
    4 points
  32. Just back from an 'Italian job' themed group driving trip down to Turin. The first photo is at the top of the Colle del Nivolet, exactly where the bus balances on the edge at the end of the film. The tunnel photo is the one where the Miura meets the Mafia at the start of the film.
    4 points
  33. Sharing a couple of photos from my recent road trip. Wet lap was a bit more nerve wracking than normal. The car felt good really good, and got so much attention throughout the trip which is really saying something when you can’t throw a stick without hitting a 911 GT3 (or a GT2) or lots of other machinery costing 3 or 4 times as much.
    4 points
  34. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=pfbid028r5JkH7tB9pgtw2v4GiVV5d9CRQzo8QN5eAGh7mKgywcKh711MXJ4HoNaLVrSAZjl&id=1028239264
    3 points
  35. We have nowhere to store it Barry. In 2013 Energy Minister Fallon decided to close down the Rough Gas Storage field as the Government wanted to save £750m over ten years in maintenance costs. So £75m a year. Seems peanuts when you look at how much is now being paid to consumers to help with their bills. Just another example of short term political intervention to hurt everyone. Same with the drought, do you know that the last public water supply reservoir was built 31 years ago. Since then the population has gone from 54m to 65m. So is the problem ALL down to climate change, or just frankly totally shite short term politic decision making.
    3 points
  36. Had to have the car valued for divorce this week. Sadly it would seem the mot expired in May 🤪 Took it to be tested this morning. Handbrake needed adjustment - and one oil cooler Union was weeping that needed nipping up. MOT passed. All set for another year of motoring. Just need to sort some new rubber now.
    3 points
  37. Probably the same list I had in my teens. And of course it includes the Esprit, naturally. https://www.goodwood.com/grr/road/news/2022/8/the-best-road-cars-of-the-1970s/?utm_source=The Goodwood Estate Company Ltd&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=13401476_MS - PAS - Friday newsletter - 12%2F08%2F2022&utm_content=The eight best road cars of the 1970s BUTTON&person_id=100521507&dm_i=1QLU,7Z8N8,W7UZF7,WMEUE,1
    3 points
  38. Speaking very highly? I said I'd like to send her into orbit.
    3 points
  39. Absolutely and the Givt uses similar tactics itself. "We are warning public sector workers we have to limit pay rises to 3% because of inflation. Oh we understand your issues, here's 5%. Workers think they have won a small battle and the Govt, which knew it should be giving 7-10% secretly grins behind its hands....... and MP's get another 11%.
    3 points
  40. Wordle 419 2/6 🟨🟨🟨⬛⬛ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩
    3 points
  41. Ha, you think we are pissed off now.. Wait until we see the usual YouTubers (Harry, Schmee, etc) magically get one before us all.
    3 points
  42. Lovely pic but now I just see this as a wind up.
    3 points
  43. Another couple of photos taken by Ash from K3 yesterday while working on my car.
    3 points
  44. Well its been a couple of busy months at home base, even more so with the show season back in full swing. This year to date, two of our club members (Club Lotus North East Scotland of which I am the founder) have prizes, the 1st an most prestigious went to Stephen White in his immaculate S3 Turbo Esprit. Stephen just went and one best in class for an un restored car. Now to give some idea. That was at what is probably the biggest classic car show in Scotland with over 2,000 exhibits, so that is a great accolade for the club, Stephen and the car . The 2nd was to George McKenzie for best in class at a more local event with his restored Elan 130+2. Another stunning car. Also had a nice notice via a popular Lotus page on FB from the chap who purchased the Yellow Elan M100 turbo from me a couple of months ago. Guessing you remember the one I had so much hassle with trying to get the emissions down. Well Dan continues to further improve the car and is loving it. Great to hear. That car's garage mate, the Blue Elan M100 N/A is now also sold and heading off to the other side of the world in a couple of weeks time, all the way to down under, Brisbane, Australia of all places. This will be the 2nd car we have sent down under. Must have a bit of an international flair on the go as the Ausi one just about to go, another Excel about ready to leave for Paris, ( that's the 3rd car to France) a Riviera went off to Germany and an S4 half way being ready to go back to Belfast. Current projects. S1 Esprit. S3 N/A. S4 Turbo. Eclat/Excl. Excel Celebration. Elan 130+2 from Norfolk of all places. Early Eclat which is believed to be one of only 4 in original gel coat Orange. S3 Turbo, oh and Excel Ekup which will get done at some point. Retired, what's that.
    3 points
  45. Had a few minutes to spare over lunch so I went out and started the car and for the second day in row it did so without stalling, so its certainly looking promising. I didn't have time to let it get up to temperature to test the pressures on a warm start, but I'm hoping to try that tomorrow.
    3 points
  46. Colin Chapmans Esprit S2 was exhibited at the first episode of Düsseldorf´s (my hometown) "Classic Days" event. A cozy mini-Goodwood... The car will also be present at the upcoming Oldtimer Grand Prix at the Nürburgring (where also a german Lotus Meeting will be held right in front of the main tribune).
    3 points
  47. Lotus in the Peaks Chatsworth House Sunday 10th July.
    3 points
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