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  1. LotusRescue are glad we were able to help out with that one Tony. Have you bought the replacement yet.
  2. So. Many of you may have thought LotusRescue has been a bit quiet of late, but no. Been quietly working away in the background on a few projects as well as spending a lot o extra time overseas at my full time job. Yep, got to work to pay for the toys. So 2019 has been a busy kind of year with one thing and another. My club, Club Lotus North East Scotland has again had a bumper year attending shows with the highlight as normal being Glamis. 42 cars on show on the Saturday with about 50% of them changing over for another selection on the Sunday, must admit Wendy does about 99% of the organising now. So for LotusRescue 2020, it's going to be busy. The White S1 will at last be gone. A new project will be starting which a few of you will have seen, the Lotus Ekup. A donor has been sourced for all the parts, colour for the paint job has been decided, replacement seat's purchased and all being well it will be stunning. The fate of the Yellow S1 will have been decided and either being restored or sold on. The Steel Blue Excel of Wendy's will be completed at last and then I will have breathing space for other projects. So 2020. Bring it on as I have a few other surprises for the beginning of the year. Watch this space.
  3. Nice one, and great to see it finished. Well done.
  4. Hi , Jack, sorry for late reply currently down in chelmsfor for a funeral, home on Friday night. Email me directly on [email protected] Cheers John.
  5. Absolutely no problem. It's a cracking good car with great history, rebuilt engine, tried and tested. I would drive it down without a second thought.
  6. Hi. In regards to condition, she is as good as the one listed above and has the leather interior, although would look better with a good polish. She never made her reserve at the Morris Leslie auction. To the best of my knowledge, Alistair, the owner has never listed it on Ebay. And you are correct. The photographs do not do her justice. I might, given time give her a good polish as Alistair is unable due to his injured arm and shoulder, hence the reason she is up for sale. I have just read through the post and noticed a comment where it stated there were only two done in Black so if that's, then this is the second one. Black is her original colour. have a look on for a better description.
  7. As Tom said. I had same issue. Remove the 4 bolts from the prop to the diff, pull the prop forwards in the tunnel, lower engine, insert prop. Job done, but you will have to watch the diff end of the prop doesn't catch on the chassis when pushing the whole thing back. It shouldn't foul on the steering rack, just adjust the angle as you lower the engine.
  8. Allen, PM me with a figure so I can work out if it would be suitable for a future LotusRescue project. Cheers
  9. Is it complete with manifolds, carbs, distributor etc.
  10. You should have left your name etc with the window dressers and asked to have it when they were done. Mmmm, are Debenhams open today.
  11. Yeep thats it. When the rule first came out it had to have had an MOT in the previous year, now, no longer required. Register as historical then claim MOT and tax exempt.
  12. I would use the wiring diagram to track it down but the PO replaced most of the wires under hood with red wire. So glad to hear someone else has this issue, but all the wires at the back of mine are RED. Nightmare.
  13. It wouldn't have been so bad if they had left the original regulation, although it was a bit confusing, it basically meant that a car had to have had an MOT within the the year of reaching 40 to become exempt. That would have prevented the " barn finds " from suddenly making an appearance.
  14. I may be missing the point here, but, haven't all the announcements over the last few months been about increased support for dealers and owners. I am sure at the 70th bash is was strongly emphasised how things were going to progress with better customer support etc. New dealers in the USA will take time to set up. New models wont just fall off the production line. Changes to older models to comply with updated regulations are simply not worth the expense. The big players have had all their marketing in place for years. Lotus under Geely are basically starting from scratch. Just my thoughts.
  15. Real sorry to hear this Mike and Mel. They are a huge part of the family and often the catalyst that holds things together. We lost our last two to the big C. Go chase them rabbits over the Rainbow bridge Georgie. Run pain free. Wendy and John.
  16. At a minimum, I think there should still be a yearly test on the likes of brakes. lights and corrosion as a safety issue. Stupid bloody rule as I know of a few that have come out of the barn to be sold off as good LIGHT restoration projects. My 41 year old Elite will be going for a test.
  17. What a fantastic turnout for drive it day. 150 cars leaving the first meeting point at the sea front in Aberdeen. Several more joined the group on route to the fist stop with a total of 166 on the final leg of the run to Crathes Castle. Well done guys, great run out.
  18. Im am currently selling a Riviera on behalf of an old friend of mine. Listed here on cars for sale. The car is modestly priced at £7,500. Yesterday I had an email from what I can only think is a dealer telling me the car was overpriced and only valued at £5,000. I have yet to see an Excel, never mind a Riviera with low miles, rebuilt engine and interior as per original spec priced at 5k. Yes the car has a couple of stone chips on the front panel and 2 small star crazes on the rear offside wing caused by something that moved in the boot many years ago. But 5k !!!!
  19. Sorry seems little to say. We lost my best mate Sable, a Greyhound one year ago now. Still have to pick up the courage to scatter his ashes as that would feel like he has truly gone. Run free boy. Go chase them rabbit's.
  20. SSssssht you lot. Due to work, not had chance to see any of it yet. So keep mum.
  21. Wow 200 views on the add for the Riviera, and no takers yet. Does no one recognise a bargain on a rare and very original car.
  22. Just done mine and fiddly but can be done in situ.
  23. Just fitted a replacement engine and gearbox to a late Excel. The engine came from a car which was 1 year older. Now with the engine on its mountings I find the gearbox support crossmember does not sit in line with the mounting. The unit is full in place but the mounting is about 2" forward of the crossmember. Checked donor car against the one the unit went into and can see no difference in the crossmember or mounting. Has there been a change. !!!
  24. Hi Dan. It's a nice honest car with good history. I'm only helping the current owner get it advertised, hes well into his 70's and not so good on his feet now, hence the need to sell. I recon for what it is, he has priced it very fairly. Sell the private plate for 400 squid and you have an even cheaper car.
  25. So the Riviera. Had chance to go view it today for the first time in a couple of years and I must say it is still looking good.Probably because its stored in a nice dry, damp free shed along with a host of other vehicles. I explained before why it is now up for sale, but here are the pics I have taken today. On the rear nearside quarter there are two star cracks caused by something moving about in the boot, there is a little bit of damage to the front spoiler on the nearside where it caught a high kerb, on the scuttle panel below the windscreen on the right hand side a bit of paint has peeled off, the paint is otherwise all original, there are minor stone chips on the front valance, the interior is spotless for her age with the original crash pad on the steering wheel to match the interior. The original storage bag for the lift out roof section is still in the boot along with the tool kit etc. The car has had quick wash down to remove storage dust so that I could see the condition of the paint and other than what I have mentioned, it's pretty good and nothing that a good polish wouldn't cure. The engine is obviously in very good condition having been rebuilt just a few years ago by a local specialist race car builder. The car is for sale at a fixed price of £7500 which will include the private registration plate which I checked on various web sites and is valued at £500.00.
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