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  1. Say "Hi" to the newest member of our little family, an 8-week-old Utonagan girl that we've named Charis after the Greek goddess of charm and beauty. Already tipping the scales at 8.2kg, she's a big girl and is going to end up a VERY big girl, I'm sure. Our existing Utonagan girl, Macha - now 3, is viewing her with suspicion and I think just wants her to shut up and go away as Charis is regularly demonstrating that she has a pair of lungs and a voice to match her rapidly growing stature. The neighbours must think that there is a mass-murder taking place, . WARNING: The following
    9 points
  2. Added some carbon bits to the 410......430 cup SSC side pods, komo tec side skirts, carbon rear skirts, carbon mirror overlays and genuine lotus 430 cup rear carbon diffuser(hard to see in pic). Still waiting for my 430 cup carbon wing to arrive.
    9 points
  3. IT RUNS!!!! Chucked five litres of fuel in it and initially it wouldn't start. Was a bit slow off the mark to realise the fuel inertia switch needed resetting. Once it did start I quickly got up to about 4.5bar on the oil pressure gauge at idle, so I think that's sound. Next problem to solve is that after about a minute of running the idle got really lumpy and then it stalled on me 🤔
    8 points
  4. I think it's safe to say that on average, each topic on the forum gets around 10 replies*!! *I've absolutely not been waiting weeks for this moment!
    7 points
  5. As of a couple of weeks ago I decided to stop working and retire. At 75 I thought it was about time. I have now started the long awaited mods to my Excel. I have now made an adapter plate that mates the Toyota W58 (Excel) gearbox to the lotus 918 V8engine. it will use the twin plate AP clutch with the friction plates made to take the Toyota spline. i will keep the topic updated as I go. Picture below
    6 points
  6. It’s been a while but I was lucky enough recently to head up to Hethel (under strict social distancing regs of course!) to view and assist with some new #forthedrivers products that will soon be available to everyone. The construction work is still under way but there’s been a huge transformation on the site and a HUGE amount of investment, the work looks almost complete. With a skeleton of the usual staff around as you can imagine there was still a buzz and lots going on. We met with ASO and had a preview of a number of initiatives that are in development to make owning a Lotus better s
    6 points
  7. I was browsing the ads yesterday evening (nothing on the telly, had already put in my time in the garden and in the workshop, what else is a man to do?) and came across an auction with 21min left for something that has been on my list for a long time. In fact, I had gone to see a similar car last Saturday and had liked it a lot, but was in serious doubt because of a few issues that turned up during the testdrive. The highest bid was ridiculously low, not even half of the bottom estimate. So I quickly made an account and put in a bid. Only to be informed the reserve was not met. I didn't want t
    6 points
  8. This little lady became a family member, . A few more pics here for those interested : https://www.thelotusforums.com/forums/topic/74382-if-you-love-your-dogs/?do=findComment&comment=924367
    5 points
  9. Just to help out 1. Never overcharge a system as overcharging is easey done if not weighing the refrigerant in and going by pressures and temperatures as this has many variables .Ambient temperature ,engine speed ,internal fan speed, ,evaporator/condenser cleanliness. Always weigh the charge in and being slightly overcharged is worse than slightly undercharged as overcharging can cause liquid refrigerant to return to the compressor and we all know you cannot compress a liquid. 2 .Always try and engage the compressor at engine tick over otherwise your stressing the magnetic clut
    5 points
  10. It's now starting to get sexy
    5 points
  11. I have two sides to my view on this @Kimbers. Partly down to the NHS being a BIG MACHINE! I agree, that front line care workers (not just NHS Nurses) need a decent pay rise. After all, we all want to be looked after by staff who feel good about their roles, place in society and are rewarded sufficiently that they can enjoy life and their time off, so can be fresh for their work. If it was me, these staff would be 5% pa for the next 3 years guaranteed. No strings attached. ALL of them, whether at top or bottom of their grade. I would include ancillary staff in this. So porters, cleaners (
    5 points
  12. Just a shameless share of my surprise birthday cake made by my partners best friend
    5 points
  13. I've never liked the multi-part 400 rear spoiler. The original S1 was far nicer in my humble opinion. The later carbon ducktail pure sex (but then we all like different things!) The front of the 400 I was not a fan of when it first came out. However, I think it looks good now and has grown on me but it always looks better in the flesh than in pictures. Having had an S1 the interior was superb, it really was a special place to be. However, having had a 4xx for 3 years I can confirm the build quality did move on with the 4xx interior despite what some S1 owners would have you bel
    5 points
  14. Was once a big SD1 follower and attended many classic events with the SD1 club. Over 10 years I had 6. Favourite and the one I had the longest, was the Twin Plenum Vitesse below. It was also my last before a change of scene was needed, as the SD1 scene was falling away. There were a lot of scrappers still around at that time (2005-2015) but most left now are decent and prices have started to climb as a result. My first Vitesse, I bought for £3000....the same car would be nearer £20k now. My pride and joy at the time....video here and pic below :
    5 points
  15. But I do have some of the finished article and I couldn't be happier... Huge thanks to Joseph Ash Galvanising, Medway. 👍 cheers -Chris
    5 points
  16. Some great pics been released overnight. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-56238018
    5 points
  17. A short update that covered a huge amount of work, all of Saturday pretty much. Some extra work due to the fact that I use the car to store stripped items inside itself due to space limitations and this all needed to be moved around! However, probably the most progress I’ve ever made in one day ever!! Needed to remove the last steering knuckle and was ready to go.... Car is now in further bits, body has been off at least once before this. Chassis is actually so good it would have been ok to just strip the suspension assemblies right back (these are in remarkable
    5 points
  18. Ha. Usual EU bluster. You mean you farted about for months, dillying and dallying over whether to invest in a vaccine or not, let alone the R&D and production facilities. Then someone decided to place an order for a fraction of the vaccines you needed. In parallel, a small insignificant (according to EU) Island nation just got on with it. Invested in the R&D and the production facilities, and committed to 10 times what they needed to secure supply, whilst your leaders scare mongered re the vaccines potential efficacy and created an environment of suspicion. So glad we left y
    4 points
  19. No need to share all of your wildest dreams with us. 😉
    4 points
  20. Split rim wheels I have taken these apart and reassembled them more times than I care to count due to a split in a tyre, changing tyres and changing lips. I have learned a lot and now have a rebuild system that doesn’t leak! I had a vibration at 55 mph through the steering wheel and despite having my wheels balanced it was still there! I decided to get to the bottom of it and took the front wheels to Voodoo motorsport. I would highly recommend them if you don’t wish to get involved with rebuilding the wheels. They found a very slight bend in the lip 1.5 mm. Thats not much on a split rim.
    4 points
  21. After having a few problems with the local peasants who think our fields are for their doggy play activities, even when the bull, cow and calves are in the same field 🙄 I have just ordered this attachment for the tractor 🤪
    4 points
  22. I agree with Colin's posts - I don't see it as a compassion thing and don't think he posted anything about that. Level of pay should be about value we put on the job relative to the value we put on other jobs tempered by the availability/willingness of people to do it. That balance has currently been struck at wherever the payscales currently are. Having a hard year is, IMO, no reason to change a payscale. Reasons to change payscales are difficulties in recruitment/retention, additional demands meaning greater skills required which are harder to attain, and such like (many of which may wel
    4 points
  23. I would rather my tongue was used as a raspy arse cleaner by a herd of wild Australian women on a hen do than have that stuff touch any part of it! The wife loves it. But then I've told her for years she's a flookin' weirdo!
    4 points
  24. Finally started white washing/painting the inside of the dusty bare concrete and breeze block garages today - Only been saying I’ll get round to do it for 10 years. I know I’m going to get more satisfaction out of doing the garage than I have from recently doing the whole of the inside of the house - but that could just be a bloke thing lol. 😁
    4 points
  25. 4 points
  26. Back in 1989, Lotus cars and the local London dealers had a day at Brands Hatch. Apart from driving round the short circuit there were 3 other activities. Looks like the 3 esprits were set up to go out of the pits. The guy by the passenger door of the excel was Brian Atthews London lotus centre. There were some laps by Garry Marshall, who got all 4 tyres smoking in places.
    4 points
  27. @Nathan PitmanSadly no cars will be the same or appeal to those of us who love cars because (at least here in the uk) there will be no more petrol engines in just 9 years time. The EU is similar but they are saying 14-19 years time. If others don't follow suit the UK will struggle I think but thats for another Topic. That being said the next lotus's will I am sure, have at least some Lotus DNA. Living here in Norfolk a couple of miles from the factory, you hear and see things and I totally have high hopes for the future models. The new team in place have just as much passion as those befo
    4 points
  28. Out for the first proper run of the year today - what a car!👍😎
    4 points
  29. Some great photos of my car taken by @Malcolm Feth.
    3 points
  30. While I wait for the ECM situation to get sorted out I'm doing some of the little odd-jobs on the car. First up was to clean and straighten the rear wheel heat shield and replace the shock absorber heatshield which was crumbling away. New alongside what's left of the old shock top heat shield. The new one required a little trimming to get it to fit. All back in place after a little panel beating to straighten out the main heat shield. I also fitted the tinted indicator lenses that my wife kindly bought me for my birthday
    3 points
  31. Well I've worked out what the cause of my poor running is, my replacement ECU doesn't work 😞😠 I spent most of a day testing all the wiring to find no faults in that, all the voltages and earths were sound, but I just couldn't get the ECU to talk to Freescan or Espritmon. I finally decided to try the paper clip trick between pins A&B on the ALDL connector to check that it wasn't my diagnostic cable at fault and even that didn't result in the expected CEL light code flashing. I then swapped the ECU out for my original one, which has a faulty QDM on it and low and behold the ALDL connect
    3 points
  32. I always remember driving back down the M4 from a holiday in South Wales many years ago. Suddenly a Nissan Skyline R34 came blasting past at warp speed, tailgated by a Focus RS Mk1, which was clearly punching above its weight. Sure enough a couple of miles later we passed the Focus sat on the hard shoulder with the bonnet up and all sorts of expensive-looking steam and smoke pouring out of the engine bay.
    3 points
  33. It's a job and a career that they have chosen to do, knowing the rewards. Let's not start to get silly over this. Do we respect them? Yes. Do we rely upon them? Yes. Do we appreciate them? Yes. No one is doubting this, not even Colin, so your comment re "show some compassion" is crass in my very humble opinion. As I said before. The NHS is a money pit. It does not need to be a money pit. Sort out the issues. The excess. The efficiency. Then we can afford to pay a better wage. I do believe, as per my earlier post, they deserve more pay for what they do. But that does not mean every
    3 points
  34. I have a brand new boxed RM610, was going to fit it in my JPS but decided to keep it standard. Really should put it on ebay.
    3 points
  35. Not sure I remember the uk armed forces being given this focus by the Labour Party the last time they lied them into battle 🤔
    3 points
  36. The idea of staying in a job for 30 years with job security, incremental rises, pensions, career progression, retirement ages, holiday pay etc is a distant dream for the millions of self employed and low paid workers, who ultimately fund the public sector. Maybe I'm a little bitter cos I'm currently being made redundant, but that's not on the news is it?
    3 points
  37. Some basic engine strip down last night, starter motor off, carbs off, oil into cylinders and checked the engine was free via gently hand cranking. The water system is unusual I think, it circulates I believe all the time through the front radiator and thought it had a thermostat to divert only once it got beyond a certain temperature. I wonder if it just ran so hot the system was directly plumbed to the radiators after a bad episode maybe, but I could be confused and will dig further. I’ll send the carbs off for a rebuild somewhere in the U.K., will probably go for a higher a
    3 points
  38. Hello DJS, I am in a similar position to you as I'm currently restoring number 82! I'm probably a little further forward than you, my body is in primer awaiting top coat, engine is in the machine shop and the chassis is almost finished.
    3 points
  39. My wife found a clinic that got me in a month sooner than my previously scheduled Covid shot. One down as of today !!! (for someone with type 1 diabetes, asthma, triple bypass and waiting for a kidney transplant -that means a lot !!! )
    3 points
  40. Not seen them on an elite, of my elites/eclats the favourite ones I had were this style.
    3 points
  41. After the dip... Thickness testing... (I have to confess I was a little concerned by the finish at this stage but it was explained as an industrial coat) Then, lanishing and another chemical dip to prepare the new zinc surface for the next step... The next step was the powder coating itself, unfortunately I don't have any pictures of that.
    3 points
  42. Found a few more - the éclat sprint looks to have different wheels from those that entered production?
    3 points
  43. I did as you suggested @Chillidoggy. I backed the turbo feed fitting off slightly and I got oil dribble out on cranking; I didn't really doubt that would happen based on the video from yesterday. I then tightened it back up and after several more extended hits of the starter the needle slowly began to move north and into the red. On all the previous attempts yesterday there was quite a bit of space between the top of the needle and the bottom of the red and no visible movement from the needle at all. I think I'm now in the clear to start it. Just need to put the exhaust downpipe bac
    3 points
  44. Thought this was a good review. Not seen this Youtube channel before.
    3 points
  45. Nice pictures.. but don't forget they are meant for driving.. (whenever the lockdown allows)
    3 points
  46. I agree and it was both a plus and a minus for the Evora. It was "better" than both Cayman and 911 depending on your criteria (+2 seats for some , price, performance, handling, depreciation, running costs, rarity). But the motoring press tried to compare against both. The V6 Exige was more obviously not a 911 and if there was a Porsche competitor it was the Cayman, but not if you consider some of the criteria. I'm hoping Lotus have learned more about positioning, marketing, launching, press briefing etc since the Evora. Looking forward not just to the car but how they bring it to mark
    3 points
  47. I can do that - I have the tools and tags, plenty of experience on cows and no pain relief needed or supplied. Very reasonable rates 👨‍🌾💉🐄.
    3 points

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