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    Andy Reid
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    LOTUS ESPRIT S3 n/a, Jag XJS 4.0 AUTO, Range Rover Vogue and wife has a mini countryman
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  1. Hi Fabain (and all) Here's a link to a film talking through the rack mechanism. All stimulus for you, Fabain. Not instruction! password = SKIRACK Andy
  2. Hi Fabian. Haven't got any photos of the fixing plates. Sorry. If you look at the photo above, the foam board template I created is visible. The rough sketch is here. Essentially a long rectangle with material taken out along it's length to cut down on as much weight as possible. With a distance of 470mm between the inner walls of the bottom two cradles. They line up with the rear light cluster. I did this simply by eye off a photo of the car from the web. The thickness of the polycarb was 10mm which I took, again, from a light cluster wall. I wanted the rack to someone look 'at one' with the dimensions. The weight thing is a bit of a red herring. on there own, the plates probably don't add up to much. However, with both top racks and bottom cradles fitted, the additional weight is quite noticeable and it's extremely heavy to lift when you add four skis! My struts are new (Vauxhall Corsa). They won't keep the tailgate with skis up in position, but I'm confident stronger gas struts will. Not sure about the strain on the strut mounting, but if you're holding open the tailgate, the pressure is somewhat lifted... Usefully, you can open the tailgate fully when the skis are on, as the angles allow full movement. I think even with your longer skis too. The weight however is huge and I wouldn't want my fingers over the edge when that thing comes down! Regarding fixing, I went for rubber as it's 'simple, then add lightness'. Looking at all images I could of the car and the prop ski mounts from the film, all I see is people have literally screwed the skis in place at both top and bottom. the shot I attach even has what seems electrical tape for the final fix! Hardly practical. I experimented with a host of fixings, but settled on the rubber as it stretches around the skis, holds them down, prevents them 'chattering' around in a locking mechanism, are easy to replace and can be tucked under the skis. It also allows for different shape skis to be fitted too. let me take some photos tomorrow and post up. I'll see if I've a film of an old fixing experiment too. If too big to post i'll put on vimeo and share the link.
  3. Loving the look of the car, Fabian. A controversial alternative to the fibreglass ski racks are these I made up in ploy carbonate and stainless steel. skis held in place with rubber tree ties... Racks drilled into car and held in place by bolting onto a large steel plate running along the underside of the top and bottom of the tailgate. As tailgate shrinks when bolts are tightened, tube spacers are in place along the bolts to keep that gap a uniform size. fotos show finished rear cradle and first fit to the my S3. see you on the slopes...
  4. Hi Henry, Good to see you on the chat. Yes, that's the plan. My Brother-in-Law and I are lifetime skiiers and ticking off all the resorts. His father's favourite place was Cortina, so the trip planned is to honour that as he passed away last year. I was in 'shipmycar' mode and had lost hope car trains existed. what' the weblink and i'll take a look? Any skiiers reading this will know of the debauchery in the early 90's "Snow Train" from Calais to Bourg... Sorry to now turn this excellent rebuild story into a snow report. snow tyres - check. Heater. yes. Any suggestions on how to boost the power from that thing in the bonnet? Although I've seen heaters that run off cig sockets. @Fabain - the offer to drive over and talk racks still exists. For some reason I though you were in Surrey. I'm utterly inspired by the rebuild and to think they did this each time they made an Esprit...
  5. Ha ha - good point. It'll fail to start on a Jan morning in the alps and steam up, stall or spin off a hairpin. BUT any car looks much cooler with skis on it, and the Lotus does it the best We're off to Cortina in Jan/Feb 2020. Just need a final tweak to the racks than then (expensively) freight her down to GVA where we'll pick her up from a more reliable and relaxing plane journey. on the drive back I don't care...
  6. Hi Fabian. Ski Racks. Polycarbonate. It's super strong, cuts well, glues well, you can put threads into it and it holds a lustre paint finish. I've a set for my S3. I've a bunch of photos and drawings to send you as stimulus (will need an email) but for you and other Lotus owning skiiers (a niche group) who are interested then a full story is on my Instagram feed 'LotusAndy5' check it out. Lovely Max (who some will know from Max500) tells me the original was a balsa wood prop and the skis were never attached securely. Remember if this is going to work, you might need to tailor the way your skis are actually fixed to the racks. I've drilled holes into my tailgate and support the racks using a backplate and spacers in the tailgate cavity... Happy to discuss at length and drive over in person. (Shots below from production and prior to fixing in place, hence the gaps created came from the weight of the skis and the surface finish was mid sanding). Andy
  7. Hi. Great information. Thank you. I'm going for an open end at the lower racks (I call them cradles). This will allow draining of snow and rain etc. AND if longer skis need to be fitted and/or skis have those additional shock-absorber thingies on them that prevent the clamp securing down properly, i've got the ability to move the ski along back and forth to find a secure fit. I think a metal bracket within the rack will work well. It's all going to be offering up and 'seeing' what works best for you and your design. exciting stuff... so c'mon, what did you get in the gift shop?
  8. Fabian, Welcome back. Looks like you had an awesome trip and well worth the investment in going to collect all that info on the car. Ski racks: so from your photos and comments, I see the design like for like would look cool from a distance but up close reveal an unreliable/impractical way of securely holding the skis for travel. As suspected; but good to confirm. I see from the photos that the 'centre fin' in the top bracket doesn't touch the clamp. I'm also confused by the black metal bar that bends over the skis at the rear of the tailgate... maybe the racks were tested and went round the first bend at Hethel with skis only to have them fly off and hence a hidden black strap for security... ? who knows. With different ski profiles now (think your classic race profile and 'fat boy off piste' ski) such a design won't be practical. interesting to see the width is 200mm. Our prototype is 250mm. whats the length? can you confirm from 'front of tailgate top to back'? and how high does that rack and angle? once i've got these i can get cutting. I'll then share the drawings proper as stimulus for you and other readers. I'm going for 'skis secure first/aesthetics later' design... what did you buy in the gift shop?
  9. Enjoy the visit, Fabian. check your batteries and memory so you come back with all your need. sketch pad. and uplift the polite and hapless Englishman. the museum will got for that.... I understand you're a relative of Roger Moore too eh?
  10. Hi Fabian, Have an amazing trip. I think your investment in time, money and energy to go out and explore is inspirational. Make sure you enjoy the rest of the collection too. There must be a whole heap of kit there to enjoy and 'exit through the gift shop' also for a bond poster etc. It would be a shame for you to book in and then race through the exhibition to focus on the FYEO care and miss out on the other stuff... remember, this is your trip and not a mission for us. That said (ahem #clearsthroat)... ski racks. yours will be different as the skis were thinner in the 70's as we've all discussed. what will really help me (and perhaps other people as they build their racks) are 5 key measurements. can you confirm these measurements if possible: A. I've got the base of the bracket, by eye as 290mm. basically from back of tailgate to the hinge. B. the angle of the back of the bracket - i've worked as 65degrees (or 25 off from vertical). C. the height of the bracket i'm working to - 105mm the 'ski line' (where the ski sits on a shelf in the bracket) is 40mm up from the bottom D and E are the measurements from the CENTRE LINE of the brackets relative to a point on the car body. I lined this up before with part of the light clusters until it 'looked right'. Again, I'm an S3 n/a , and there might be the odd change in certain dimensions but not sure. The reason I only need the centre line measurements is my top bracket and base cradle are wider to accommodate today's modern ski's. I've allowed 90mm +3mm for each, so it's quite wide... which means my proportions will have to be different that the FYEO set. if i've got the centres, I can work the rest. Also, from your description of assembly, mine will be a bit like 'IKEA' slot together fabrication celebrating the construction of it and making the assembly part of the design. As readers will know, the MDF models looked really smart. Now we've the engineering CAD files ready to go, Fabain's final input will be invaluable. The poly carbonate is then off to get jet water cut. I will post the finals on here when done. IF possible, can you lift the talgate and work out the positions and fixing system they got it on the car. Max500 swears the original was balsa wood and just glued in place... Thanks again Fabian for being cool about me hijacking attention on your post to get into the rack discussion. I have a feeling they'll be a handful of brave souls who want to do this. I'm off skiing this Wednesday but will check-in online to see the photos as thy arrive. have a GREAT trip. Andy
  11. Hello all. Fabain, I'm looking forward to hearing about the visit. If work allows I might be in Florida end of Feb, but it's a long shot in the hands of others... . Max500 tells me that he put his hands on the original FYEO car back in the day and the ski racks were made of balsa wood and sprayed. Remember. It's a prop from nearly 30years ago. Not a functioning rack. For those still taking stimulus from creative endeavours, we're now on the CAD files. My cousin and I are cutting out bandsaw cut prototypes following templates made on a CAD package. Offering up the rack to the car and seeing how it looks. As a final decision I'm screwing these racks into the body. as long as the holes line up, they can be plugged neatly in the summer/not in use with plastic threaded fittings (like a number plate holder for example) or simple rubber plugs. It's may car after all.... didn't like the thought of taking a bend at 50mph to see x2 sets of skis, racks from suction pumps ripping off the paint and end in the verge or worse, someone else. So drilling and screwing is. final material is 12mm polycarbonate and then a bespoke ordered aerosol can of matching paint. should be good mid Jan...
  12. This is finally solved. It's nice to get to the end of a discussion and have 'the answer'. A recap - engine running roughly, a bit of misfire and lack of power. Just hadn't he usual oomph at pick up. Ran okay at speed, but getting there was an issue. Taking the lead off no.2 whilst running (using the nylon pliers!) no change to engine. plug was fowled. checks: compression test - all good cylinder leak - 99% (all good) spark on other plugs - yup HT leads okay (as above) - all good fuel - got that checked jets in carb for muck - all clear lifted cover of progression holes.... ....saw that the butterfly of 2 was not matching the position on 1. somehow that shaft had twisted (it's a mystery). looking down into the six holes i've got in the Delortto carb, I could see the brass top of the butterlfy brushing against the first 2 holes, but as that butterfly moved over (as throttle cable pulled), it was easy to see how no1 and no2 were doing so out of step. Thus no.2 wasn't getting enough fuel to ignite. hence lack of power and overtime the fowling of the plug. occasionally firing, occasionally not depending on throttle demand. it also explains why I could twist the air bi-pass screw nearly all the way out and nothing happen to the reading on the synchrometer. 10mins of twisting and checking with pliers and I've got 4 carbs, all reading the same on the sychrometer, fuel levels all set right and the pick up is smashing. thanks all.
  13. Hello Fabian (and hello all). Spent last night in a secret location making V2.0 MDF ski racks AND solving the issue of how to fix the skis don in the rack without them leaping off at your first bend. Here is a shot from the rear when we offered up the racks. one challenge is working out the distance between the cradles at the rear and the top. Any actual figures out there anyone? For now it's the middle of the 'inside ski' lines up with the inside of the rear light cluster. I could only fit one pair of skis in the boot en-route to the workshop one passer by mentioned he loved the Giugiaro design along with all his other work - well cultured passer by indeed! Today I put up both V1.0 and V2.0 racks to 'see' how it all looked. I'd be grateful for comments about the size and shape of the top bracket. I think I've nailed the rear 'cradle' as we call it. At one point four people were on this last night. the weight of the skis is causing the top of the bracket to lean back and not sit flush with the tailgate, so look past that. Does it 'look right' is my question and then I can cut and rehsape for the V3.0. below is an over shot to give you a sense of proportion. V1.0 is closest to my neighbours wall and V2.0 is what we cut last night. Many of you will be shocked that I rest mdf on my paint work, but my car lives on the driveway as no garage at my house. it's got all sorts of scratches. ignore the spirit level at the rear of the car. Again, that's keeping the cradle in place for the photo. I've noticed already the effect in aesthetics of the modern shorter ski. These are at least 300mm shorter than Mr Bond's. And if you pause the documentary FYEO, you'll see how proud those skis sit on the car... so I THINK that might have to be reflected in the shape of the rack. the mdf is 12mm. I could go to 10mm. Anything less I think will look flimsy. consider the thickness of that 'ear' next to the petrol cap, and the thickness of the petrol cap and lamp cluster on the rear; all factors that help the eye judge proportion. And so to the manufacture. We stuck CAD drawings on the MDF and cut by hand. Next time i'll be programmed straight into the machine. Precision. the locking mechanism is this: a 'stealth bomber' shape sits on top of the skis. It has foam on the underside (like your skis aren't going to get scratched in a queue...). the hole you see toward the nose lines up with a thread in the centre 'fin' of the rack below. A screw thread pushes the top piece onto the skis to stop them moving about. Finally to note, the sides of the 'bomber' have pegs that line up with square holes in the rack. The bomber then drops into position and locks in place most satisfactorily. Currently working out how to lock that bomber piece down differently to allow for different shape skis. then of course how to attach to the tailgate. Going with suction cups so far. There is enough cavity space within the cradle and top bracket to house suction cups. I total x8 places where they can live - that's a lot of surface sticking. V3.0 will yield answers. so in summary: Bond's skis were longer and thinner. if it's a FYEO replica, you can build a rack to fit those skis alone. the skis for Bond were a prop and I'm satisfied they were stuck down with tape, leather, glue and probably screwed into place. Or the mechanism was 'show only ' and had a locking pin, but didn't like mini roundabouts or alpine bends... this is a ski rack for a blue S3. it NEEDS to hold the skis for the long trip to the alps and then work practically for daily commute out and about in resort. I don't really want to screw into a tailgate - hence a strong temporary fix is needed. shorter skis affect the proportions and aesthetics. comments welcome. what an evening it was! Andy
  14. A ski rack update for you. Matt's moulds arrived the other day - thanks Matt. I'll be taking measurements off these and seeing if there is a halfway point between those sizes and the ones I made by eye. Next Thursday i'm in the firm making some prototypes. I'll raise the topic of "if we kept these CAD drawings and machine codes on file, they could be made to order, right..." and see how it goes. now, how many of you want some and who's got a tailgate I can have?
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