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  1. 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...
  2. 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 cra
  3. 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
  4. 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 mig
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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...
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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...
  11. 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 su
  12. 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...
  13. 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
  14. 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 i
  15. 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
  16. 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?
  17. 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
  18. 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 a
  19. 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
  20. 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 t
  21. 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?
  22. Further ski rack stimulus. Hi all. Thanks Henry for your idea about strapping the skis and racks down using a strap and ratchet going around the tailgate. You're right that there is indeed a good set of gaps around the rear of the car that could be utilised. Another idea is having both racks screwed/bolted/glued and part of a large platform that is held on to the car using suction cups... sketch not to scale, but you get the idea. the racks are fixed to a rig, the rig is sucked onto the car. one of the rules we're all following is the racks have to go to the car. but they could g
  23. thinking outside the box... if a second tailgate were made up (from MDF/Fibreglass/Alu etc.) which had the ski racks affixed, then you could drive sans rack in the summer and switch the tailgate over in the winter. If there's enough of us all wanting to do ski racks and tailgates, then how hard is it to source the mould and make a batch of tailgates for us?
  24. Thanks to Matt, i'll be experimenting with the original moulds. Fabian, that's a good spot about the pin mechanism. Now you've mentioned it, I can see it in a few of the shots of the car on the web. My sketches are below. I think no.1 is close to you thoughts. I was working out a cam/ratchet design so you turn a handle to tighten down the skis onto the rack and then they'll lock tight. I think rubber (or the underside of a mouse mat) stuck to the surfaces will protect the ski edges (important) and prevent any unnecessary scratching. I'm probably going for a 'plate and push
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