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  1. This is already a month old photo. And just a every day life photo from a shopping mall parking lot. But I like it how Elite stands next to more ordinary cars like Mondeo or Leon here. Happy new year everybody!
  2. I have two, and I think there should be two of them. The manual says: "Solenoid valves are positioned adjacent to each headlamp operating cylinder."
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  4. I'm running for the Finnish parliament from Pirate Party. We have election on April 19th. Here's my Elite with pirate flags. I might keep the flags even after the elections because I like how they look.
  5. Tocus: If I could have chosen, I would have taken LHD car. But there are not many cars for sale and this was right time and right price. And there are cons and pros. For an exotic car, RHD increases the exotic feeling here in LHD country. In practice there's very little difference if a car is LHD or RHD, when one gets used to it. And an update for the status of the car. It's now registered in Finland and has Finnish registration plates.
  6. Tänne palstalle varmaan saa suomeksikin kirjoitella? Ajattelin laittaa tällaisen moikkaviestin, kun tänään sain vihdoin rekisterikilvet autoon minkä hain vähän aiemmin Englannista. Auton hakemisesta oli juttua tuolla englanninkielisellä puolella: Autoon riitti tosiaan uudet lamput hakea kaupasta ja meni sillä Suomen rekisteriin. Löytyi hintaan 16 euroa (!) kappale sopivat pyöreät lamput lähikaupasta. Vähän pulleammat kuin alkuperäiset, mutta sopivat kuitenkin. Että tällaine
  7. I hope I can see your Austin sometime sometime. My father suggested me that I should have bought a Rolls-Royce, but that doesn't really fit in to my small garage. So I did consider Austin Allegro Vanden Plas for a while. They are so adorable with their Rolls-Royce type front grilles, leather seats with piknic tables etc.
  8. One hero, maybe the biggest, must be Mel from MPH Autocentre, Lydney, who sold me this car. Very modest person who sold me a better car than was to be expected by the eBay ad. Especially that I've heard bad stories about buying cars from UK, warnings not to trust dealers there. But it's probably near big cities where dubious car dealers operate? And Lydney was a nice small town far from cities. For example one could have read the emissions in the ad that it almost failed. But in the test report CO 0,30% (limit <= 4,5%) and HC 561 PPM (limit <= 1200 PPM) so passed with wide margin. W
  9. This is where we started with empty street. Now I'm finally here with my Elite: Traveling through Finland car lost power just once. I was overtaking a truck in a motorway, quite steady cruising speed, maybe 110 km/h. Before the incident 100 km without problems and then suddenly loosing power and engine died. Luckily again there were no other traffic so it was a safe stop. Didn't start right away but after some time it did. And then ran 100 km more without problem again... So it seems the fuel line was only partial solution. But I have now time to study it... I still don't have winte
  10. Have you not seen the recent Patagonia special? James May drove Lotus Esprit and it turned out to be very reliable. Very solid piece of consumer advice for us who consider driving an old car for long distances, as can be seen from my trip with almost no problems. Today I drove through Sweden. I stopped only once to tank some fuel. I've had quite a many fuel stops, since the AA guy told me not to have less than half a tank of gas, so that rust and sediments don't start to move. By the way, I've also added some engine oil, total about 1 liter, in Denmark and now in Sweden. And little bit of
  11. Yesterday we had lot of fun with Elite, driving from Dortmund to southern Denmark where my father in law lives. Motorways here were much fun, hopping lanes, taking over slow traffic and dodging very fast German cars. No problems. I think it might have been the kink in the fuel line all the time that caused problems. I forgot it after visiting Paul, but in Dover and after that I noticed it had gone worse maybe and I straightened it. And since it has now been working without any problems. Or maybe it's just that the car gets better the more you drive. The hose before and after treatment:
  12. I love this car, no trouble yesterday. I was maybe little lazy, went walking and looking places. But when I finally got to motorways, it's just ran without problems. Well, rearview mirror fell off earlier, but I taped it back, because I really need it. The side mirrors are not very good, small, shaky, and keep turning by themselves. But the rearview mirror is actually much better now. It had very frantic vibrations earlier when glued. Very nervous feeling. But now it shakes slower, feels more relaxed. And as it went dark at evening, I noticed the dashboard lights are very dim. Water temperat
  13. Yes, maybe I should check the ignition system. In Denmark I have father in law and his friend is a car technician, so only about 1000 km there... I think I take the coastal route so no Ardennes etc. If someone happens to live near my route and would like a visitor, send sms to +358 41 5357676. It's not really about being hot I think, because trouble started just after few miles driving after resting the night. But who knows. It seems to fix itself automatically. And most of the time she behaves very good. The AA Lotus guy really was epic (often used out of context in Internet, but no
  14. Today Paul took me to the car and the car seemed fine at first. But I got to M3, it stalled again. As earlier, it started again and I drove off the motorway. This time I was a bit worried because there was a loud bang as the engine lost it's power. This time I called ADAC road service, because roads here are so narrow and busy. I was expecting a ride to repair shop, but the AA guy was a former Lotus technician. He gave the engine quick throttle and the engine died. It doesn't always do that and when Paul did this same thing earlier, there wasn't problem. Anyway, the guy blamed the carbs and op
  15. Here are some photos from yesterday. Only outside photos of the car: Everything went fine, but just after leaving Paul's house near Southampton, the car died on M3. It started again, but didn't run well. I managed to get out from the next junction, but then it died again. I managed to start it again and park it safely. Luckily I wasn't far away from Paul's place and he was very kind to come and see what's the problem. In the photos you can see him checking the fuel pump. There was a k
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