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    Richard Norman
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    Lotus Elite 502, 1974
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    Only factory approved..really ! IF these were done when new the Elite would have sold way more cars. List of mods is in my photo section. check it out and tell me what you like.
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    United States, Seattle

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  1. Jimmy smoked'em with Fords purpose built injected, 4 valve, gear timing with 11 gears and Chapman's beautiful Indy racer. Jimmy skipped the Monaco GP to race the 500 with this Lotus 38 Indy racer and what a beauty Colin and Ford put together that year including using the Wood brothers as their pit crew from American stock car fame. I remember the day. Jimmy really only lost the lead to pit and gas up. Not even close! Jimmy and Lotus also won the world F1 title again that year as Jimmy was unbeatable in his Lotus 33. Them were the days !!! great picture, cheers, Richard
  2. yeah well, I didn't make the rule and you just can't stop people from doing what they do even if they are breaking the law. Many just don't care one bit. Too much booze. Years ago, I visited a gal in BC just across the boarder from Washington state where I live, and the cops would, on a regular basis, put up a road block and check each driver to see if he had been drinking. This of course was done late in the evenings and nearly always on the weekends when more drunks are out driving. I am sure it was effective at stopping people from drinking and driving but it would not stop all of them. A problem which more than likely will never get totally fixed until you have your car drive you home all by itself which they are building right now.
  3. Hey Ivan, Unfortunately I had my bumpers made years ago and I have not kept in contact with the guy who pulled my parts. But his name is Jerry Foley and he lived in Tacoma, Washington. Not sure if he is even still alive but you could do a search and maybe find him. Also inquiring with other Lotus clubs that are not in your area is a place I would try as well. If you have an old part, nearly any fiberglass man could make a mold for you and pull some parts and if you go that route, find others who will help cover the cost of the molds and hook him up with Lotus clubs in your area so others may want these Eur spec parts. Cheers, Richard
  4. Hey Ivan, The Fed version of the second gen Elite had the most ugly bumpers and really did nothing except make it a foot longer. The black rubberized cover went south quickly so I discarded mine and I found replacements. I bought my front and rear bumpers ..(Eur spec ) and the front air damn from a local fiberglass man who had molds to pull parts. This guy also had other Lotus molds to pull parts from. Probably your best bet is to join the local Lotus Club and inquire there for similar parts. I always found this to be a most excellent decision when buying a car like a Lotus. Most shops don't even know how to work on them so you have to either do it yourself or use the clubs for a good shop. atb, Richard
  5. I know of a young 17 yr old gal who had just got her driving license, and while making a U-turn on a local 2 lane, 50 mph highway, while texting, pulled out in front of a full sized pick-up. To this day she is still in a coma. What a sad way to end ones life. Texting while driving , here in the US, is six times more likely to cause a car accident than drunk driving and there are over 10,000 deaths a year here because of alcohol related deaths while driving. Here you get 3 drunk while driving tickets and you go to prison. We all want to live in perfection or in our minds. We see things like they should be and not how they are. Laws are meant to be broken by some peoples mentality. I was visiting my daughter in Orange county, California. We went to Lego-Land which is just an very large,, amusement park (grand kids in tow) and on the way home going north, at 8:30 pm, with 5 lanes to pick from (70 mph limit) , we were in the far right being passed by nearly everyone in sight and not just by a small amount of speed difference. I looked over at my daughters speedometer and she was doing 84 mph! Now I lived in San Diego for few years and for a short while, I sold Fords at the local dealership in PB. I sold a new truck to a San Diego policeman and I asked why I never see any radar traps on the freeways down here in California. He said while we have a guy pulled over for doing 80, 400 guys go by doing 90 mph so we spend out time on other things. And if you ever saw a cop car on the freeway during rush hour, forget it... as the road is simply plugged with traffic going almost no where. So IMHO, laws aren't the answer. but education and making it more difficult to get your drivers license would be a good start. It should be more difficult to get ones driving license than it takes to pull out your prize from a Crackerjacks box as anyone can get one. Expose young people going through drivers training to the results from doing stupid things while driving. I mean, for instance, take them to the prisons to see the drunks who killed another person while drunk. Expose them to people in hospitals whose lives are now nearly ruined by texting and drinking. First hand knowledge is always better for burning important things in your mind. Sorry to have gone on so long here but this subject touches nearly everyone and I have a number of similar very sad stories. just one man's opinion on the matter, Richard
  6. What I have learned in many years on the road, is that 80 % of the people should be ridding the bus. They are mentally, mostly absent driving their car and are on auto. I call it route 350. Their bodies are present but their minds are on some other important matter and they really aren't paying attention. We had an accident, a while back, on a major two lane ( each side ) divided freeway, 70 mph limit. This happened on a long, very steep grade up hill stretch, maybe a good 5 miles and straight as an arrow so one can easily see for miles. A gasoline double tanker was loaded and only able to make about 25-30 mph going up this hill and a full sized van ( same size as a full size pickup ) hit him in the rear starting the gas truck on fire, killing the van driver. So hot it burned for two days as the state police closed the road and just let it burn itself out. Now this happened on a sunny day with nearly no traffic. I can imagine some ways this could be explained like a heart attack just at the wrong moment but this guy was doing 55 mph and had plenty of time to see and move over to pass this tanker. This is easily explained by my route 350 scenario. His mind was so consumed by something he couldn't even watch where he was going. And these are the conditions we have to drive our Lotus's in, can you believe it? LOL atb, Richard
  7. Looks good for me near Seattle which is very nice as this is also Lotus country.
  8. Welcome Colin, to the Lotus Forums. Must be quite a feeling building in you till, your car is delivered. Of course we will need pictures once you have it. cheers, Richard
  9. Welcome Glides, to the Lotus forums. Nice to see such a sleek looking Elite, definitely a great looker in black ! These cars were designed from the start for a V8, and it is fairly common modification to install one, especially here in the US. IMHO, it makes the Elite a much nicer car with the much needed increase in power, making it a great GT for road tripping. cheers, Richard
  10. Welcome No 7. Glad to have you on board here at the Lotus Forum. Spend some time (last couple years ) near Nez Perce and I have a few friends in Boise. You definitely have the Lotus fuel running in your veins. atb, Richard
  11. Hey Oz and welcome to the Lotus Forum and good to see another US Lotus guy. Lived in San Diego, just south of La Jolla, for a few years so love your constant sunny, warm, dry, summer weather. What you need is the doc (on here somewhere) that shows all of the inter-changeable parts and what actually was used, many times, when these cars were new. atb, Richard
  12. Elite 4.9

    Coffee?

    Grew up with coffee the first thing I smelled each morning as my dad had his normal first cup at home before going to work. Me, vast majority of my life, loved the smell didn't like the taste...way too bitter. But then my daughter got me started drinking an espresso, the darker the better, with some liquid stevia sweetener, in various flavors. Couldn't believe how people could drink it black but that is how I enjoy it today. And HOT! . Tea is ok.... just not something that drives me to it all that much. But one of my all time favorite racing drivers, "Teddy tea bagger" Ken Miles. I knew it had to be a great English drink way back the 1960's if K. Miles has to have it. Coffee is just king in the US especially in the Pacific NW. It is also one of the most powerful antioxidants. What better way to start your day in wet cold damp conditions that are now upon us closing in on winter soon. One thing I just learned is that the caffeine, in coffee, has a half life of 8 hours meaning you still have half the caffeine in your body after 8 hours. cheers, Richard ps love coffee ice cream..BEST...Starbucks "Java chip" dangerous substance !!!!
  13. Welcome JT to the Lotus Forum. Nice looking ride you have there. Great color ! atb, Richard
  14. Make sure you check the top of the exhaust pipes for holes as this is where it corrodes first and they are right next to the frame and if so, it won't be long before the rust will damage the thin sheet metal frame. My Elite, with just 28,000 miles on it when I bought it, had holes in the top of the pipe. No real damage had yet occurred on the frame but then mine was only 8 years old when I got it. Nice find and really not all that bad to start restoring your classic Elite. atb, Richard
  15. Most cams I have seen are measured in degrees @ .50 lift Not sure how Lotus does it though. Find and Lotus engine builder who knows is my best advice. atb, Richard
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