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  1. I think flying back with work... @Lotusfab his turbo would look AHMAZING in the snow...
  2. so, it snowed in Berks... as close as I can get to the Alps for now...
  3. Hilarious Thread. thanks guys. The very smart, talented and experienced MAX500 is having a good look at her next week and a thorough going over. I might get one of the toll gate things as no matter what card I've presented before, the machines always spit them out. I think there's a chap hidden in the bushes with an override button... Probably aiming for Flaine... Samoens, Les Carroz etc. The Grand Massif is close once in the Alps, I know my way around as been there a few times. But i'll keep you all posted. One thing at a time...
  4. hello all. thank you @benja-p @Kevin Wheeler @Bazza 907 @peteyg @Choppa @slewthy @jerzybondov and @skiing... all sound advice, insights and perspectives. I appreciate the comments. Nuggets such as a mat to kneel on are gold. Good point. Spare dissy cap and service kit ordered too. That's a good one. I've added your suggestions to my 'kit list' as a result (will publish when I set off). Before then I want to do a fully packed trial run for a few miles one weekend coming (a little sad perhaps, but worth exploring how much I can actually wedge in all the nooks and crannies and what I need to have at hand and what can be stuffed away). Car went through MOT today. Passed. No advisories and sounds and performs in good shape. She'll be out each week to keep the cobwebs off and blow away the rain that we all seem to be having. And yes, the skis are 'experimental' pairs! those K2's are nearly 2.20m and probably 25+ yrs old. For those interested, I'm on a new pair of Rossignols and a faithful pair of Salomon crossmax. RE: Passenger, I might share the drive with my mate, but he's a snowboarder so we'd have to sit in silence for the trip or talk politics and religion. Failing that I'll look into the gizmo for the tolls... Although I like the idea of getting out of the car slowly, walking around to the booth, paying in coins and nodding at our French cousins as they sit behind me and wait. Thanks again and I'll pop up a phot when she's fully loaded.
  5. Hello all. Thanks for swinging by my post here. With COVID in the Spring preventing me travelling in March 2020, I'm now using lockdown to sort the well over due trip to the Alps in 2021. How middle class... That said, folk here know the importance of life's indulgencies and joys. We're here for a good time and I'm badly wanting one! I've been wanting to take the Esprit to the Alps for a couple of seasons and now I've made the ski racks. I'm good to go 100%. But I'd like your advice. I've a 1984 S3. I am thinking of either car transporting her to Geneva Airport where I'd pick her up and take on to the mountains and then drive back. OR Gently drive down from Calais, listening to podcasts on the radio. I wasn't planning a huge back road european tour, just straight down in the most direct line I can as I've done a few times before (albeit in comfier 4x4's). I'm NOT putting in the spare wheel as I've four brand new tyres and reconditioned wheels. the positives out weight the risks. The space saved allows for luggage, emergency fuel, and a tool kit; which is where I need your help What tools would you advise? what could go wrong on motorway stress or this jounrey and what prep could I do to the engine. I'm okay with cars, but not a detailed mechanic. I reckon i'll sit at around 65/70 with the skis and stop every couple of hours for fuel and coffee. Is there anything else I ought to be thinking about? Thanks all. Image below. Andy
  6. Hi Fabian, Been away from this chat for a while and now catching up. EXCELLENT work on the ski racks - you've smashed it. A working ski rack (as why would you want a non working one?) AND one that looks on point to the replica you're going for. At first, impossible - like manufacturing an actual Harry Potter working wand or a Delorian that can take us back to 1955 (or 1985!). but you've done it. Those moon boots Roger Moore is seen in would be so hard to drive a Lotus in. They are all foam. Something that made me chuckle would be where x4 ski poles @ 120cm would live? They might just stretch across the engine bay cavity, or get stuck in the bonnet somewhere... something to think or, or it's more equipment to dodge in the cabin on the drive down to the Alps... Well done again on the ski racks. Super work. Awesome. Andy
  7. Hi Fabian. DRILL THE HOLES. FIX THE RACKS. DRIVE TO THE ALPS. You'll always regret saying, "Ah, I'm glad I made 95% of the car and then pushed it into a garage under a cloth to occasionally look at" It's your car. you know every inch. It is beautiful and I've seen it close up. It tells a story - but it's not complete. The skis make that car look utterly awesome and even better to drive around in the summer through Britain's leafy south east villages to turn a few heads. Consider how people would admire a fully polished replica batmobile or delorean time machine parked up outside a pub. It's all context. no-one is going to mutter "is it snowing", and if they did... er... this is an issue how? Having drilled holes in my car, I can't wait to get going to the Alps and something I was ready to do in March and then the world stopped... so I'm' itching to get going. So are you. If in the future, you decide to do something else with the car then it comes with or without the racks and it becomes someone else's problem. Carpe Diem! Andy (owner of a S3 that sits in the rain, driven often. I thoroughly enjoy looking at its dents and scratches and took pleasure in drilling 16 holes in the tailgate)
  8. Fabians visit and comments re: the ski racks are very complimentary - seeing him pull up in FYEO was awesome and watching him drive off in it, a sight to behold. You've done an AMAZING job on that Fabian; truly inspiring. All that is left is the ski racks. And you're right to point out there are differences in a prop that looks good from afar (made of balsa, sticky tape and a bit of a gate hinge) vs a working ski rack that holds skis at speed on a vehicle. fix the racks to the car - issue one fix the skis to the racks - issue two Then fuel up and mark a yellow highlighter pen on your Europe map and head off to the alps - see you there.
  9. Hi Fabian, Your racks are looking great. You've got the angles 'just so' too. Awesome. I easily got up to 60mph on M25 with full ski's aplomb and didn't notice anything move. There is a slight vibration at the tips, but not, I think like a leading edge of an aircraft wing for take off Funnily enough I considered testing all this out for you when I read the post last night, but travelling around Berkshire in an Esprit with skis on won't be seen by our local police as "an essential journey" in these times, so best an experiment for the wee small hours or not at all for now... Keep in mind my skis (and those of others) are 165 length on average. Your Olins will be 230? so x4 of those pointing into the sky might well have an effect on noise and vibration. When I drove back on first test I also had a few cable ties pulling the skis together latching one to the other as well as the car. Might be worth doing and you can hide the cable tie along the back of the rack so it's not seen. I give credit to my mate Christian who suggested the tree rubber thingy. I was going to use a whole bunch of locks and poppers but keep it simple and less moving parts to go wrong or snap undone - best way. Fotos show the bolts. they are 6mm diamter. I use a mixture of 70mm in length and 100mm. The heads I chose are allen key style as they match the smaller bolts I used to affix the steel plates at the ends of the cradle. These go through the steel tube. Internal diameter 6mm (just over. something like 6.05). I got them off eBay. easy. The steel plate is 2mm in thickness. Poor Max Hurst had to cut from my template. The rubber bands are 300mm in length. Again, 20mins on eBay and you'll find them. When it comes to positioning the racks onto the car. the holes on the outer skin of the vehicle are 6mm (loved drilling into my pride and joy!). These go through to the underside of the tailgate. Are they at an absolute 90 tangent? probably not. The drill bit went through into the second layer as it was long enough and we did it all by eye. There is enough play for the bolt to go in at a slight angle and still emerge safely on the other side. It was here we realised the tailgate shrinks as you tighten the bolts and of course for a trip to the COOP and back, that's fine, but a long haul trip to the Alps or long term mounting the paint will crack and the body will eventually give out and perhaps part of it, your skis and the racks all fly off at speed. I've yet to totally bolt all this in place in full. Right now it's all mounted loosly on the car but the idea is to 'trap' the steel tubes within the tailgate; creating x4 'collars' per rack (x16 in all) that spread the load. If needed we can spot weld the tubes to the steel plate for 'winter with' and 'summer without' ski rack options. You're essentially creating x4 floating racks in space ( a bit like oil rigs) with the tailgate happening to exist in the space below them. No pressure on the tailgate. We're going for collar lengths 2mm smaller than the tailgate distance to allow for everything to crimp and knit together nicely. Will post some other piccies later. I'm in awe of your engineering here. too much for me with the engine work, but conversations like this are cool. Andy
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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
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