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  1. .........removing the rust from, then repainting, the mesh grilles. Talk about losing the will to live, . Worth it in the end though, as they now look a million times better than they did this morning and with the show season just about to kick off, I wouldn't want to give the Porker fan-boys anything to slag. By saturating a cloth in plastic trim restorer solution and attaching it to the end of a long flexible rod which was inserted from the engine bay, I even managed to get the ducts behind the 'shoulder' scoops restored back to pretty much as-new condition. I've now rewarde
  2. Can't see the facility on here to set up a reminder for the DVSA to download the bloomin' details to the DVLA once the MOT has been done, .
  3. The same for me - the claim would be effectively around £100. Take into account the time spent submitting it and it's just too much hassle, which is probably exactly what they want you to think.
  4. Similar. My good lady and I, along with the dogs, went up to the north west of Scotland in our SAAB to stay with her relatives for the New Year. On the way back home, we had an "Oh shit, I'm 200 miles from home and you're telling me the car's MOT expired in August and the tax ran out a couple of days ago, officer?" moments. The car's MOT was indeed due back in mid-August but I'd had it tested (passed with a 2 minor advisories) a couple of weeks prior to the due date and the tax was on automatic renewal via direct debit so to be honest, I hadn't even bothered to check it was all OK as ever
  5. So sorry to hear your news, Mike - cancer is such a cruel and indiscriminate disease. Hoping your heartbreak eases as you remember all those good years you had together. Run free, Georgie.
  6. Yes, I can see the similarity in the markings. Shadow was a Utonagan, so had a lot of Malamute and German Shepherd in his genes, and was a big lad at 27" high at the shoulders and 54kg in weight. Today has been more than a little difficult. I collected his ashes an hour or so ago and he's home for now. Our next trip to his favourite beach, which had already been planned for this Saturday, is not now going to be the happy, madcap affair it would normally have been, .
  7. At 1.50 this morning, after a high-speed cross-country dash to the nearest out-of-hours veterinary surgery proved to be to no avail, my best buddy in the world (my partner Jennifer aside that is) Shadow, passed away in my arms. After an evening's walk through the woods investigating all the marvellous scent trails deposited by the local wildlife, he tucked into his supper with his usual enthusiasm then settled down beside me on the settee for some 'daddy time'. A couple of hours later we headed for the bedroom, but halfway there he suddenly collapsed, in obvious distress. The vet dis
  8. @ricvx Here are a few of you 'in action' at Knockhill
  9. Having never seen a McLaren Senna before, I then get an overload of 2 different ones in the space of 10 days. Not a thing of beauty, but there's no denying that it gets the job done!
  10. At a multi-club breakfast meet yesterday, I give you "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" - with the latter closest to the camera of course, . In the 'My rear wing is bigger than yours' contest, the winner is.................. OK, OK - the Supra has it, but mine is much prettier! For 8½ years old, and 70k miles (112k km) on the clock, she (oops, am I allowed to say that?) still scrubs-up quite well I think.
  11. 1 & 2 Ian Corse + 1 - Breakfast and Car Collection 3 & 4 Andrew Laing + 1- Breakfast and Car Collection 5 & 6 Allan Matheson + 1- Breakfast and Car Collection 7 Brian King - Breakfast & Car Collection 8 & 9 Archie Buchanan +1 - Breakfast and Car Collection 10 Jim Selkirk - Breakfast & Car Collection 11 David Boyd - Breakfast & Car Collection
  12. A bit late showing this as you already know it, but confirmation of the loads of extra wheel space you get in the large vehicle wagons.
  13. With about 4mm of tread remaining and a 4000 mile round trip to Spain planned, last September I swapped out the 19" rear P Zeros for a pair of PS4S's but kept the Pirellis on the front as they still had 6mm+ on them. The Michelins are certainly quieter and when pushing on a bit, they do seem 'stickier' with the front end showing a slight tendency towards understeer. As I don't always drive like I stole it, this didn't bother me so I was happy to live with this compromised set-up for the time being. A few weeks back, I decided that it was time to change the fronts (they've still got a
  14. About 6.15pm on Wednesday night (10th April), heading towards Lanark on the A73 about 1 mile north of the Abington junction (#13) of the A74M. Lotus 7 A73.WMV
  15. Unless I'm working that night, I'm intending to make an observational visit at some point during the proceedings.
  16. At least it'll be quicker to get it dried out now with the improved ventilation.
  17. At a checkpoint for this weekend's 'Flying Scotsman' vintage rally, I give you 'Little & Large' - only 102 years between the 2 designs.
  18. You need to ask? If you don't, you'll only live to regret it.
  19. Big shout out to @EuropaSman , who having spotted my 'disaster' above, PM'd me to offer a genuine OE gaiter at a bargain-basement price with first class postage included, . Not only that but there was also a gaiter for the gear lever in the pack, and they both have an inset Oyster stripe so will look even better than the all-black ones currently in my car - every cloud and all that! All I have to do now is work out how to fit the bloomin' things without destroying the surrounding metal trim, . Looking at the exploded diagram in DeRoure, it would appear to be held in with simple spr
  20. That other one being this one - nicely run-in by Lotus themselves, .
  21. Recently, the handbrake had been becoming harder and harder to apply, with the car still creeping unless you yanked the lever all the way up. Some of you may have seen the photo I posted the other day in the "What made you unhappy" thread of what eventually happened - if not, here it is again anyway. I had a look on here and found the 'how to' thread. Armed with this wealth of information and buoyed with confidence, I set about the task but in the end I couldn't get any improvement, had to concede defeat and take the car to the 'doctor'. It turned out that one of the rear cable
  22. Finally, only 6 months after collecting it at Hethel from @a7esk, I got some free time coinciding with a couple of hours of reasonable weather and so got the Radium CAI fitted to the Evora. A bit of a phaff getting the old air box out - Lotus must start with it and then build the rest of the car around it - but it seems to have been a worthwhile exercise. I've only managed a quick run down around the village so far but already I'm aware of the throttle response being noticeably crisper. All I've got to do now is retrieve the jubilee clip that was securing the hot air vent pipe to the
  23. I think the Evora's handbrake may be in need of some adjustment - whadya reckon?
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