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  1. 4 minutes ago, gregs24 said:

    the death rates that spike this data most is in the higher age categories - now without wishing to seem cold and I’m sure I’ll be accused of being callous   - those are groups whom are all actually expected to die.

    I suppose I am in this bracket. I do find the statement offensive even if not ment to be. Thanks.

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  2. 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.





  3. 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.  

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  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

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  7. 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.

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