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  1. What? You mean like this ................ or these ................
  2. Our 'little madam' Charis is quickly growing into being a 'huge madam' - only 6 months old and she's already almost up-shoulders with her older cousin Macha.
  3. As it was my day off and the sun was splitting the pavements, a blast around the countryside was definitely required. What was definitely NOT required was for the clutch pedal to drop to the floor after a few miles, . I managed to nurse it home by keeping gear changes to a minimum and flicking the pedal up with my foot. Looks like the master cylinder which was replaced about 3 years back has failed again, . I've only just put the front end back together after the styling mods, but at least it will all come apart again far easier than it did a few weeks ago. I'm not even going to bother trying to source an OE one. They're still/again on back order from the factory and the last time the only one that could be tracked down anywhere came from a dealer in the U.S. so I might as well go back Stateside and order up the uprated version from Wilwood.
  4. That's what got me pee'd off on Friday too. My purchase of a Supercar parking ticket was cancelled as they had 'oversold' the allocation, then I take a wander through on the day to find loads of spaces, plus about 50% of what was there was hardly a supercar - there were even a couple of vans FPS, . Then to cap it all, I get back to my hotel and arrive in the car park just as one of those quilted-panel Cactus things pulls up opposite with 4 young lads inside. The driver hops out and comes over towards me, only to exclaim back towards his mates "Ach, it's just a crappy Lotus". I responded with one of my withering 'it's just' looks and commented "Says the guy who's just driven up in a Shitron", . He sort of sheepishly half-grinned, then patted the bonnet of his car before walking off. No accounting for taste (or lack of it) I suppose.
  5. @exeterjeep That's the one!
  6. @exeterjeep Can't quite decide whether it should now be badged as a 'McLartus' or a 'Lotaren'.
  7. My 'new look' for 2021. Thankfully after all the grief I went through (and the several threats to set it alight and walk away) battling with all the rusted-solid fixings, I think the final result was worth it.
  8. Thanks @Wake . I did just that a couple of days ago just in case. I was most surprised and impressed that they arrived the next day too. Less impressed that they're made in China, - haven't they done enough already with this pandemic?
  9. NHS Scotland doesn't have an app, . I've received the 'Vaccination Status' letter I requested from them, but it doesn't have a barcode or QR code on it so here's hoping that it's still acceptable proof. I've emailed them asking (gave up on the phone queue after an hour) but so far no response. If I travel the best part of 500 miles to get there only to be turned away at the gate, then @exeterjeep's prediction will be guaranteed!
  10. Drove the Evora today, 16 months (and 1 day) since it was last on the road. I may have cursed it many times these past few weeks when I've been struggling with every nut and bolt underneath being rusted solid, but the first full-throttle, low gear exit from a roundabout had me grinning like my face was about to split and all was forgiven, . A couple of days from now though I may well be posting in the 'Unhappy' thread - my journey today was to leave it at the local indy (Craig Moncrieff) for last year's missed service, this year's belated service, a post lay-up general check-over and of course an MOT. I might not be grinning quite so much when I'm handed the final bill for that lot, .
  11. Entry tickets arrived today but no sign of the Performance Parking pass. Then I discover an email that had slipped in under the radar yesterday telling me that "due to a system error these tickets have been oversold". So they've cancelled that part of the order and are giving me a refund which will not go a long way towards repairing any damage the car receives parked in the main public area. Call me paranoid if you like, but last time I was there I came back to find another car about 6 inches away from my then 2-month old Alfa, so close that I had to get in through the passenger's side then when I pulled mine forward and got out I find that they'd overcome the lack of space by slamming their door into mine and gaining an extra inch or so that way, . I've replied to their email expressing my disappointment but I'm not holding my breath.
  12. How much?!?! As part of my ongoing Evora refurbishment, I've been replacing all the rusted-solid fixings that I can get to with stainless alternatives. Towards the front of the front undertray, there are a couple of small 'rubbing blocks', there to take the initial hit of the likes of a speed-hump rather than scraping the sheet alloy of the undertray itself. They were both looking somewhat 'second-hand' so an order for a couple of replacements seemed like the logical next step. Up comes the relevant page on DeRoure - there they are - £37.80 each, plus P&P and VAT so knocking on 100 quid by the time they're here. For a couple of tiny chunks of machined alloy? Yer 'avin' a larf! . Needless to say the old ones are back on, albeit with nice shiny new stainless bolts and rivnuts, .
  13. OK, problem solved - well, sort of. If anybody else has this issue, if you get a large screwdriver in at the rear edge and prise upwards with enough force, the outer 'cover' will eventually separate from the 'framework' part of the panel, giving you access to the latch mechanism. All I've got to do now is work out what to use to glue these 2 bits back together again, oh, and replace the release cable as the little swan neck wire on the end of it, that engages in the latch, has unswaged itself from the cable, .
  14. As the title, the latch for the front access panel has jammed. Is there any way to get into this compartment other than becoming destructive with the surrounding bodywork?
  15. In your search for this guy, if you ever come across his colleague in the Evora production process who decided that using mild steel fixings in all the exposed areas was a good idea, please point him in my direction, . Despite almost 2 entire cans of high-quality penetrating oil being used to soak them beforehand, virtually every bolt in the front clam/bumper/A-panels/undertray assembly either sheared-off or had to be cut out as the 'captive' part had ceased to be captive and the whole lot was just spinning around uselessly, . I've spent days drilling out umpteen knackered blind nuts and replacing them with stainless alternatives which is especially fun on the ones bonded into the clam itself - one slip and the outer surface of the panel has some extra ventilation, .
  16. Finishing my shift at 4 this morning and having to find something to scrape the ice off the windscreen before I could head home, . 1 degree C - you're 'avin' a larf!
  17. Yehey! DRL wiring now runs all the way from the front bumper to the fusebox, thanks to the pointing in the right direction by @PaulCP. Getting the undertray off was, shall we say, challenging. I don't think it's ever been off before so none of the fixings were going to give up without a fight. One (isn't there always that one? ) near the middle, so nicely inaccessible from above, had its captive nut no longer captive but it eventually succumbed to an angle grinder, a cold chisel and a hammer. Once the sheet of alloy was out of the way, there right next to the heater/ventilation fan was a lovely big rubber bung with a major section of the harness going through it towards the centre console and an earthing point conveniently alongside. Short time later, new wiring was threaded in towards the fusebox, ready for the connections and general tidying-up of the install at the weekend, .
  18. @PaulCP Thanks for the clue, Paul. I knew that there had to be a way through somewhere but I've been looking from above. Oh well, undertray off it is then - what's another panel removed when you're already at this stage .................................... .
  19. @Whitey Thanks for the offer - I may well take you up on relieving you of one of your units, . Right now however, I'm struggling to get the old one out. I'm fighting 10+ years of accumulated corrosion - the top mount came away easy but I can't as yet budge the bottom bolt - I'm now using a 5' breaker bar and it's still not budging, . I tried to buy some when they were on the Motorsport Auctions site but they'd sold out of the fronts. I did successfully acquire shocks and springs for the rear - a lot of good they are to me at the moment, . Got to have a couple of hours powernap now before going out on a nightshift so part 2 of the battle will need to wait until tomorrow.
  20. Without giving to much away for now as regards my ongoing 'Project Evora Update', I do need to ask for a bit of help on this bit. I'm intending to fit DRLs as part of my upgrade. Rather than just splicing into a suitable bit of wiring under the front clam, I'd prefer to piggy-back off the relevant fuses in the front footwell fusebox but so far I haven't been able to locate an accessible route for the new wiring through the bulkhead. I had hoped to follow an existing cable but they all seem to follow a convoluted route and then disappear behind other panels rather than simply going straight out through a conveniently positioned hole.
  21. Just as the title. I've found one of my front dampers is leaking slightly, replacements are like rocking horse poo, and Bilstein's lead time for refurbishing my old ones is beyond when I need the car to be mobile. I've been pointed towards a moderately-used full set of dampers for an 'S' - I realise that they are a different rate to those on the 'NA' but would it make a drastic difference to the car's behaviour if I were to fit them?
  22. Might have to give this a miss unfortunately, as any spare time I have will need to be spent on bringing the Evora back from its current state to something approaching factory-fresh normality, .
  23. "Add lightness" the good man said so who am I to argue? It's a bit of a heavy old lump when compared to its smaller siblings, so I thought I'd see what I could do to follow ACBC's vision. However, I think that I may have got a bit carried away and added too much lightness, or at the very least added the wrong lightness. I can't help feeling that any gains I might have from the reduction in mass are far outweighed by the even greater reduction in aerodynamic efficiency, . One thing on the plus side though, it won't half make night-time cross-country blasts a whole lot more exciting, .
  24. If it's any consolation, I too am experiencing 'stabbing' pains in my left knee and I haven't driven the Evora for 14 months, .
  25. Booked for Thursday and Friday. Also in Performance Parking West, so I'll need to get my finger out now and get the Evora back on the road after its 14 month hibernation.
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