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  1. If the incinerator floats your boat then the suspiciously-similar (but differently-finished) Severnside energy recovery centre on the near side of Bristol might too... Severnside Energy Recovery Centre - WikiWaste
  2. First time I've glimpsed under an S1... there's a *lot* on that car that doesn't look the same as my X180, never mind 90s and 00s cars. I'm wondering how many parts in common there are between first and last!
  3. Not sure how others feel about it but I also took the Dremel to my radius arm shims while that bush was off. Copying the later V8 style allows them to be swapped out if needed for geo setups without removing the bush again.
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    Le Mans 2021

    I was also booked into last year's (and then this year's) Classic but I gather it's now 2022, either the first or second weekend of July again. Fingers crossed we'll get there eventually eh?
  5. Hey guys... tail between legs here, I'm feeling glum and stuck with this job tonight. The hub nut and six bearing bolts are all off and the driveshaft moves freely in and out but I've failed to budge the hub+bearing from the carrier despite no fixings remaining. Partly it just feels like a bad day. Three decades of corrosion I guess... any tips for budging this with the carrier still on the car? Is the slide hammer alternative suggested in the workshop manual safe and effective this many years down the line? Is it worth trying to use something as a drift on the rear of the bearing or would the drive shaft have to come out first? I can give the penetrant a few more days while I do something else, but otherwise I'm just feeling sad... I've already done all the bushes so have nothing more to gain from taking the carrier off 😢 I'm going to have a beer now and just hope one of you can save my day... TIA
  6. Cheers @2GOOD, great connections! Between our alternating lockdowns it might be a while til my eyes spot your Exige around too... I only moved to Blaenau Gwent this summer but I think this is the second time already that I've heard about the South Wales WhatsApp group. I'll PM you my number, thank you 👍
  7. Waiting at the lights just now. I was setting up the Satnav so we could go pick up a wardrobe in my partner's Qashqai, so I very nearly missed you, but she asked me what cars we were driving past and I looked up to my surprise to a glimpse a red Esprit (maybe an S4 or GT3, didn't spot a wing) preceded by a yellow late-model Elise or Exige - must be someone known to here?! My Esprit is parked only a few streets away from where I saw you, but in yesterday's torrential rain I didn't have as much fun as you all must be having today! Head-turning pair, wish I'd been looking out the window to begin with 😅
  8. Fixed link for anyone else struggling with this one... either @pete or his computer may have been on the blink 😄 1983 LOTUS ESPRIT TURBO
  9. I haven't measured my garage door frame but I suspect it's the same - the 1989+ Citroen mirrors are awfully tight. That said, I've found it easy to live with as long as you've space outside to line the car up before entering the garage - visibility down the sides of the car is good if you're going straight, you can see the rear arches easily. The bigger deal is escaping the car once you're inside... hopefully your garage is a lot wider than 82 inches and doesn't have pillars near where you'd get in and out, I've been in garages where you can't!
  10. I think that's where we were, I'm still learning my way around here! Gorgeous machine, very purposeful and clean. Cool plate too. Made me ache for getting my Esprit back on its rear wheels - it's only been three weeks but I was missing it hard after seeing you in perfect driving conditions!
  11. Good point @sailorbob - on reflection this was a tip I'd picked up on the ARB thread, and wasn't unanimous there either. I'll revise what I'm doing for the lowers, thank you, and re-inspect these. Got the nightmare of extracting the lower studs from the hub carriers to deal with first, no hammers no hammers 🔨🚫
  12. I don't know if this will make someone shudder (tell me if I'm being a plonker) or whether I've stumbled across something useful for a change... but I've put in a couple of polybushes tonight using a 35mm-28mm copper reducer, just a few quid from the eBay plumbing dept. Dremelled at the midpoint, those are internal diameters on a reducer but 28mm is still smaller than needed. No damage to the tool or bushes so far, and didn't feel like I was using too much force through the ratchet, with a bit of washing-up liquid for good measure.
  13. Good morning Jay, thank you! Yes, you're not far away, I look forward to crossing paths. I think WhatsApp groups are invitation-only, I've not found a way to search for them? I'll keep an eye out for any mention though. I've a fairly high-miler X180 Carb Turbo in the garage that's been with me nearly ten years now. It does have some S4 parts on it but no doubt Ken will spot plenty that aren't! Haven't joined LDC yet but I met Rob (Sport 350, Cardiff maybe?) a few years back at Castle Combe and someone else from the club let me join their stand so I know they're a friendly bunch. I've a lot of new roads to explore here too... have you any stand-out recommendations?
  14. This week I've moved to the Ebbw Vale area, so consider me an addition to this group if you'll tolerate my wrong-side-of-the-border accent! I know there are others in the area, I was admiring a beautiful little white Elan at the Llangynidr show only last summer but didn't find the owner. Hopefully there'll be time left this summer for motoring meets and adventures, looking forward to meeting some new faces and cherished wheels.
  15. I think you're referring to the reverse inhibitor - it *should* hit a curved aluminium plate to prevent you selecting reverse without lifting the ring underneath the gear knob. It wears away to nothing though, and the plate wears too. In my experience you can loosen and adjust the position of the plate to get more life out of it, but the plastic (nylon?) knuckle won't be serviceable. SJ Sportcars sent me a replacement for mine a few years back, they're not expensive.
  16. Using real car designs in video games requires licencing deals, and car manufacturers have a history of reluctance. It's a shame - for me the polished Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge and Jaguar XJ220 games of the early nineties really captured my imagination at a young age. Apparently the onset of simulated damage (and with Grand Theft Auto, crime) in games really upset a lot of manufacturers. Grand Theft Auto continues to use only made-up, fantasy car designs even today. They often combine elements from real designs to look realistic, but are never real-world models or brands, so it seems unlikely players would come away with much interest. Racing simulations tend to attract an exciting range of licensed real-world cars nowadays, but tend to a more grown-up audience. It seems the Nissan Skyline and Toyota Supra experienced a resurgence after a strong presence in the hit Playstation series of Gran Turismo games in the noughties, but with a wide modern selection to choose from, classic cars aren't strongly featured in many titles.
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    I watched something 22.12 - 22.14 low under the moon, West to East in the Bristol skies looking SW. Unmissable, very bright and fast - but as far as I've read, that means it was the ISS rather than the Dragon... I clearly have no idea what I'm doing! Beautiful clear night for whatever it was.
  18. I was out locally in the Esprit for the first proper time in months today, and what do you know, another Lotus spotted? Thank you for the wave! Your Elise looked gorgeous in white, perfect in this sunshine.
  19. Thankfully a section of the deck was easily removable to get at it - I contemplated a strip down but as it was finished by then that wasn't looking fun! Esprit jigsaw... I'm be up for sourcing one of those as my next lockdown pastime, but I think I owe my better half a jigsaw of cupcakes or penguins first 😐
  20. Six evenings of assembly and I finally got it together at the weekend. Had a little trouble with the rear wing, but just turned out to be a control arm I'd fitted the wrong side of its stop. About as much room for access to fix it as in my Esprit for real! Amazing detail, especially given you can see so little of it once it's together. Got it packed up today - the manual shows what goes in which bags and boxes, and the layout of the boxes in the case so the next person can have the same experience. Many thanks @Dan E (and @Sparky for a decent stab at orderly disassembly) - it's made short work of over a week of my lockdown and been enlightening to boot. I easily owe you a pint each at the next get-together! @delands I'll book a courier to collect it from me tomorrow and PM you the tracking info. Cheers all 🍻
  21. This safely reached me today, cheers @Sparky @Dan E it's a weighty box!! 🧱🧱 I expect I'll need a week or two rather than matching Sparky's intense approach, but @delands if you want to PM me your address I'll let you know when I'm ready to send it your way. Keeps me from mucking up the Esprit for a bit!
  22. @Sparky that's odd, I sent you a PM last week, thought it strange not to hear back and I can't see anything in my messages! I'll try again, you should hear from me within a few mins... (Edit: Done, and actually showing in my PMs this time. I must have messed it up before, sorry!)
  23. What a result, I love the details like the proper little dash in there! Thank you - I'll PM him shortly. And of course, I'll courier it forwards, or even deliver it myself in the Esprit if the next address is vaguely nearby and the world's a safer place in time!
  24. This looks like no Lego set I've built before... if this idea does take off @Dan E I'd love to be on this list, that's a very generous idea. I'm case it helps anyone, Parcel Force are a useful courier during lockdown for things like this if you don't have a printer at home. Like most couriers they'll collect from your door, saving you a virus-spreading trip out, but unlike the others, they'll bring their own labels. And I'm three for three on parcels I've sent out the last few weeks, unlike TNT who returned the one I did with them. Either way, I look forward to more progress pics, this looks epic!
  25. I finally did a mirror update on my '88, couldn't find an exact wiring answer but with the aid of a Stevens wiring diagram, a multimeter and some good old trial and error: - Blue and yellow are a splice of the same earth on the car, connect to white on the CX mirrors - Green on the car to brown on the mirror - White on the car to black on the mirror If you get brown and black on the mirror the wrong way round horizontal and vertical are swapped but it still works. Left-right is reversed compared to the older (Ford?) mirrors, but this seems best sorted at the switch if you want to tackle it, I haven't yet. Up/down work the same. I hope that helps anyone else considering it!
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