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  1. Dave Excell - I am OK with a 30-40% deposit. Could someone confirm its acceptable and whats happening with it?. Dont want to send money without sending to the correct people.
  2. Dont know what you mean by 4 spot but if you want 4 pot front calipers I have a pair off the front of my V8 I am not using.
  3. I left my booser jab booking for a couple of hours and ended up travelling 16 miles instead of the original 8 miles as the nearest was fully booked. I will prbably be in and out in a couple of minutes with a total travel time of about an hour and a quater. Still always wanted to visit Butlins at Minehead.
  4. Any future COVID restriction permitting. Yes it would be good to meet up again.
  5. While Motorcycle racing in the 60s one guy arrved in the Brands Hatch paddock with a similar Daimler but with the back stripped out to carry his racing Norton on one side, and a workbench on the other. A very practical alternatine to the standard Ford Transit.
  6. As I approach 76 I woudnt go for onof the above. Present everyday car is a Skoda Octavia VRS. Anything slower would drive me nuts.
  7. Angus Mrshall had a batch of elite, eclat, excel door window frames made. I expect ther are still some left. Not sure how to contact him. try lotusexcel.net
  8. Speak for yourself. I wouldnt ever change my Esprit V8 for a 4 pot. 800 miles on european autoroutes isn't pleasant.
  9. Just as a note. My Excel has iron liner and its been running with the SE Mahle pistons for a number of years at around 220hp and it is still running as good as new.
  10. For aerodinamics see in link https://www.lotuscars.com/en-GB/this-was-the-week-for-the-new-lotus-olympic-track-bike/
  11. That looks like Alesford. Uused to cycle through it on theway to my first job in Chatham Royal Dockyard
  12. Have a good day Bibs. All the best for the future.
  13. Nice to see your car again Leigh. A long time has passed since that trip to Monaco. I hope COVID wont effect the historic in 2022.
  14. Certainly not. Cancer is something no one can predict. But you can do things that aggravate its onset. Smoking cigarettes at 40 a day wont help.
  15. I have just retired at 75 and don't regret it. I have worked with people on the electricity supply industry take early retirement on a full 50% final salary pension and laugh at me. I am sad to say most have sat on their backsides and done nothing at all but go to the pub watch telly and sleep. Most are now dead from either heart attacks or cancer. What ever the choice just keep active, keep the brain working, (my brother in law suffers from Alzheimer's and he is still in his sixties). The choice is yours and yours only, just make the most of life while you can.
  16. The Toyota W58 has/is used in many competition cars and conversions and will take the 350bhp OK. I have talked to many people to make sure. To be honest it looks a lot more robust than the Renault UN1 it had in the Esprit. The car is to be used as a GT car traveling through Europe and wont be subjected to 7000rpm dropping the clutch getaways. Again the diff is more than adequate being Toyota but will have to be changed anyway for the gearing. Which means the driveshafts will also change. The conversion has been thought through as best as possible. Brakes are already changed to 320mm discs and 6 pot calipers. The main reason for the conversion is, apart from being a one off, is the fact that it is going to be more economical than the 2.2 Excel. On a trip from England to Italy via Monaco my Excel did 22mpg. My esprit V8 on the same trip a couple of years later did 34mpg. Weight of the two vehicles is about the same as is aerodynamics.
  17. The turbos will stay, I will fabricate new manifolds in stainless to ensure they fit. I have tried a block and it looks as if there is room. I will need a few weeks of fiddling under the car and probably a few wasted stainless tubes. it took 2 attempts to make the gearbox adapter plate and a scrapped alloy plate (£60.00 down the drain). First looks put the turbo outlets too close to the body. I think I have the gearing problem solved by changing the diff. I will list all mods as I go.
  18. As of a couple of weeks ago I decided to stop working and retire. At 75 I thought it was about time. I have now started the long awaited mods to my Excel. I have now made an adapter plate that mates the Toyota W58 (Excel) gearbox to the lotus 918 V8engine. it will use the twin plate AP clutch with the friction plates made to take the Toyota spline. i will keep the topic updated as I go. Picture below
  19. Thanks guys. I wasn't aware of a better grade set of cam belts. They will be on my shopping list from now on. Forum is great to spread knowledge. By the way I retire on Friday at 75. 10 years later than expected,and I have already started manufacturing an adapter plate to connect the V8 bell housing to the W58 Excel gearbox. By the end of this year both my Lotuses will be Lotus V8 powered!
  20. Cant hlep agreeing with Kimders on this. I have worked in the Nuclear industry for close on 50 years and am looking to retirig before I reach my 76th birthday. To get the power needed for all those green 'all electric' homes as well as charging millions of electric vehicles nuclear is the only option for GB. has any one thought of what battery pack is needed to power a 40 ton electric HGV. Dont get me wrong, I have driven electric vehicles and the perform extremely well, but the 'greeniies' havent thought things through properly yet. A store for used batteries? yes the obvious place Sellafield.
  21. Try Mike Taylor at http://www.lotusbits.com
  22. As point 3. Yes its a bad design. You always get leaks over the exhaust. I swapped mine for the later carriers/covers which eliminates the problem.
  23. dave excell

    Pilots

    I dont know if its the same Catalina but this is shots of my son Steve Excell, and his friend (the pilot) Matt Dearden. Matt is one of the owners. I hope to have a flight some day.
  24. Hope to see you and Kim again next year. Have a good one
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