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    John Walsh
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    Mid way between Ekup project 2 x Excels an ELITE. With a few in between..
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    Lotus Ekup !!!.
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    Scotland, now working in Qatar.

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  1. She maybe knows the old man couldn't hack it these days and it's just bravado on his part and she's trying to be kind. ;).
  2. Aircon. Yep, window auto drop down switch which will require further charges for installation and commissioning.
  3. Unhappy. Yes. Just been ordered back to work on Doha after having a couple of weeks off following on from a 12 week trip. Worst part is that I am in the middle of doing an Esprit SE clutch change along with a few other service items and upgrades for a fellow owner. Now the car has to sit and wait for possibly up to 10 weeks before I can get back to it. In fairness, the owner is not worried about the delay as it was always understood that me being called away was always a possibility. Just a pity I hadn't managed to squeeze out another couple of days and it all would have been done. Frustrating as hell. But then the job pays for our toys and in the current climate we have be thankful of employment where thousands of others are less fortunate. Stay safe guys.
  4. You can, with a bit of practice get away with a simple flow meter, but I find the 4 set manometer far better. In fact I use both, the flow meter for a quick check, but the manometer if i'm doing a full tune up. Time and patience is the secret on this one.
  5. This is a good one to follow. Just remember, before you start the float level is critical to prevent over fuellng and possible fire. The float levels are dictated by the weight of the float in your carbs. Most are 10G but there are variations, so check both the fuel level in the fuel chamber before you start and the float gap with the needle open.
  6. Yep, got a good one on the PC, but sadly I was called back to work and it's at home. There is a good one available on the net and if I can find it I will forward to you and post a link on here.
  7. So the virus has turned LotusRescue into a busy little workshop. One very nice Esprit SE in for a refresh including a clutch change. An S1 Elan M100, one owner with only 26k miles on her coming in for a full service and check over as its been in storage for years. It's a possible new purchase for a newbie Lotus owner. Some of you may remember another Esprit SE I found about 5 years ago now up in the highlands, well the owner has now decided to restore her and wants me to do the overhaul. That's going to be a big job as last time I saw it she was in a bit of a state, but at least it will be another saved. My Ekup project gets pushed back again, as does Wendy's Excel. On the down side, in the last few days my replacement tow motor, the VW Amarok has broken a front spring and now suffered a cracked windscreen. Grrrr. Ah well, that's how it goes.
  8. Yes, thats what I thought. Same colour as the V8 I found a couple of years ago. Renault has a similar colour but a bit brighter which I am thinking of using.
  9. What colour code is she. Thinking of using it on my Ekup.
  10. I find the wet approach is always best. Get it nice, wet and slippery and it will go in, I mean on every time.
  11. Wonder if thats the one that races at Knockhill.
  12. Yes. 1600 cross flow with 4 branch and type 9 gearbox.
  13. Hi Trevor. 12 weeks offshore Doha was a long haul and certainly put paid to loads of plans for this year. However, now i'm back home I have been cracking on with a few projects. December of last year I found a little Dutton Phaeton in a storage container less than 10 miles form my home. Made a deal for it thinking something to play with this summer while I work on Ekup and Wendy's excel as i'st still not finished. Anyway got a phone call just this Saturday past to say the Dutton had been released and ready for collection. And before any comments on me divorcing from Lotus, nope, just a summer toy worth saving. But once again, time is against me and I think the little Dutton will be sold on due to lack of time for it. The 504 Elite is all but complete, the 501 is much the same. As mentioned Wendy's Excel is almost there except for electrical problems which hate. Then the biggie will start, the Ekup. Anyone fancy a nice little Dutton in very good condition, tax and MOT exempt as of next year. The new tow motor. VW Amarok which last week has replaced my ever trustworthy Volvo XC. I needed more towing capacity. And the little Dutton. Watch this space for updates.
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    Probably a good few of you read the article in last weeks press about an abandoned mansion with a Bentley and several other cars left in the buildings and outside on the drive. I have just been speaking with a family friend of the owners who tells me since the article was published, the house has been burgled and trashed three times in one night. The owner and his wife have been absent for a good while for personal reasons. No, not abandoned.Now the cars have to be removed and the house sealed up to prevent further damage. He tells me that it's hardly worth it as the place is wrecked and most of anything of any value has been stolen. The Excel which was one of the cars had the windscreen smashed and now the interior is partially wrecked. What a shame as very low mileage all original car. The car is being advertised for sale to any enthusiast willing to take it on and restore it. The car has not been started, but I have given him some pointers about what to do first. The engine does turn over freely. Any interest from you guys give me a shout and I will get back in touch. The cars have now been moved to safe storage.
  15. Hi guys, been very quiet of late, but still here. So, after the long ongoing saga of the Esprit I was restoring has at last gone, I can now concentrate on my own cars which presently is. Lotus Excel x 4. Esprit x 1. Lotus Elite 504 x 2. and of course the Ekup. The donor is already home so I can now start the strip down and prepare the Ekup for a nice paint job and a rebuild. The plan was to start it at the beginning of the year but something called a virus kind of put paid to that by having me stuck overseas for 12 bloody weeks. So, job one is clean up the engine bay and have it painted in the chosen colour prior to fitting out. Strip all the suspension and brakes so they can be rebuilt. Have a fuel tank designed and built to sit in the back.. Once that lots done she will go back to the paint shop for the shell to be painted prior to fitting out the interior. I recon a years worth of work (virus dependant) and she should be ready. The finished item is going to be a bit strange for a Lotus and will certainly be a Marmite car, but hey ho, it's saving two from certain death at a breakers, so I think it's justifiable. I am sure a few people will be a bit surprised when they see the final finish as it will not only be a one off Lotus, if it will all works out properly, it will have something on it that would be least expected for sure. Time allowing I will see if I can do a video update of works as it commences. That is with the exemption of the last bit as that's being kept out of site until her public unveiling. :). An of course we are still working away on the LotusRescue concept in helping out with other projects etc. Prior to this bloody virus, we managed to have a car sold to Australia, One to Germany and one off the Durham. So 6 happy people. And of course, always more projects on the go in the background.
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