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  1. I concur. 

    Good question, @AlexM. Things to watch for:

    • original tyres will no longer be satisfactory, because of age, not tread wear. 
    • original radiator has plastic side tanks that can split at an inopportune moment (ask me how I know).

    They are a great choice. Did you find one? 

    warmly,
    David

     

  2. I'm planning to join in the Raglan Run this Sunday, in my 2012 Elise. My passenger seat is currently empty. Anyone interested, try to persuade me to take you? :-)

    My expectations of you:

    • dress warmly, as I'll try to keep the roof off, unless it is looking like or actually raining. A cap helps. 
    • don't make a mess
    • pay for your own lunch 

    What you can expect from me:

    • it's only a 1600, so I don't drive excessively fast, but I do corner briskly when it is safe
    • I like getting to know people, so I might ask questions - answers are up to you
    • no radio or other music - the exhaust note is sufficient

    If anyone else has a seat spare, feel free to offer it in this thread. Speak up if you like a ride. We're keen to allow others to enjoy the fun. 

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    After a pleasant, and at times, exhilarating, drive along twisty country roads, in the company of an eclectic bunch of cars (Viper, Rover 3500, Mustang, Porsche 924, Evora, Elan, MGB...), we met up with many other cars on a suburban park in Auckland - for refreshments and mutual admiration of each others' cars. This young lady is showing great taste already. 

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  4. Hi Mark,

    No, I didn't try them. That looks promising - though I was amazed how quickly the radiator arrived from UK. There was a peace of mind aspect of knowing it would fit exactly, first time. 

    Good suggestion, though. Thanks!

    UPDATE: I didn't need the stainless mounting bracket. The radiator is higher spec, keeps the engine cooler, and looks great when you peer through the front mesh! I'm pleased with it. 

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  5. Things I learned today:

    • Lotus still fit (or did in 2012) a radiator with a plastic end tank to new Elises
    • Plastic end tanks get brittle and break
    • You can't buy a replacement in NZ
    • An all alloy replacement from Elise Parts costs $588 + shipping

    Question: should I worry about reusing the original fan mounting kit (made of mild steel, and thus prone to rusting in salty air), and pay an extra $40 for 316 marine grade stainless steel brackets, nuts, bolts, etc? 

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  6. It looks like I never posted this draft - oh well, just in time for Christmas... here is a preview of my favourite section - a 1.3km stretch of Ridge Road:

     

    It is not a fast road. In fact, because it is so narrow, you have to be quite sedate, in case you meet other traffic (this happened in my video). But there are many tight corners to enjoy. 

    And the corresponding Google map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Q2ULujVDi3lSstuMntJlsQK5_9w&usp=sharing

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  7. 5 hours ago, leone said:

    have you ever tried 98 or 97 octane? these should fit your car. I'm all good with 95

    Indeed. It runs particularly well on 98. But such petrol is not universally available, especially in the South Island (as I found) - and some suppliers add ethanol to boost the octane rating. I'm inclined to avoid them. In Auckland, where I live, it is easy to consistently fill with 98 octane. But these cars weren't made to pootle around in cities - were they? :ermm:

  8. I have a Series 3 Elise 1.6 naturally aspirated. I notice that it doesn't like 95 octane petrol - it causes pinking under load. The manual says to use unleaded of at least 95 octane rating. Ethanol up to 10% is permitted (according to the manual). 

    What petrol do you choose? Are there any you avoid? (Based on what information?)

    I have a trip to the South Island coming up this week, and thought I'd better investigate. 

  9. In mapping out a route for a car run next weekend, here is a preview of my favourite section - a 1.3km stretch of Ridge Road:

     

    It is not a fast road. In fact, because it is so narrow, you have to be quite sedate, in case you meet other traffic (this happened in my video). But there are many tight corners to enjoy. 

    And the corresponding Google map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Q2ULujVDi3lSstuMntJlsQK5_9w&usp=sharing

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  10. 5 minutes ago, Enfield said:

    Excellent, you soon learn to speed up when it is raining ha ha

    And it helps when there is not someone with a video camera nearby. (Or any other convertible that can do the job in seconds, while still seated.) Still, that's a small price to pay for the weight reduction. 

  11. These cars sell themselves. I managed to hire one for a day, about 3 years ago. That got it on the "one day when we have the money" shopping list. 

    Then we discovered that our local dealer was happy to let us try one out for a weekend (well, late Saturday and return it on Monday morning). That was sufficient to get us over the line. You park it in your own garage, show your friends, drive it, let your spouse drive it... totally hooked!

    So, I wonder whether any of the dealers up your way do that sort of thing? I guess they'd have to be convinced that you're a genuine customer. (We had already joined our local Lotus club. And I'm not dodgy at all!)

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