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  • Birthday 23/08/1974

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    Matthew
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    1974 Lotus Elite S1
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    Cambridgeshire

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  1. In fairness that doesn’t sound too bad and as you say you will have a new 1975 car, what’s not to like? Best of all we need Lotusbits, SJS, Spyder Eng etc, etc to be around for another 20+ years especially with the advent of the recent interest in the 70’s wedges. If we lose these cottage industry businesses who else is going to support them?
  2. If you paid £3.5k you did very well, look what this recently went for. 10 years ago that would be one tenth of that or unfortunately scrap. From the pictures of yours I would have thought a ‘recommission’ was needed rather than a restoration? Could you not put it in for an MoT and see what it fails on and go from there? I wouldn’t be surprised if you could make change from £20k if you were sensible….very sensible.😂
  3. That is a good shout….watch this space.👍
  4. I suppose the question is do you want a fully restored car that is very precious and could potentially become a garage queen or something that you can use on high days/holidays but you wouldn't mind parking at Tesco while you pop in for some milk and a loaf of bread? Something that is too nice, is just that and part of a cars character are the blemishes of wear and tear, something that has a story, a stone chipped front end that may suggest a cross continental blast from a LeMans Classic run - that sort of thing 🙂 With regards to 'who to trust' I'm sure you have owned other marques of cars and have built up some trust with these mechanics, maybe speak with these, you'd be surprised how many classic car specialists will be willing to have something new to extend their portfolio. Personally I'm currently using a TVR specialist in Norfolk to complete a 'recommissioning'. The main factor being that he knows how I want the car and how the car will be driven - which as above will be for high days/holidays but will also be used for trips to the office, the school run and parking at Tesco (or similar)....I'm just waiting for it to come back which is now likely for September and I can't wait.
  5. Hi All, is there a link to Lotus Cars re: Heritage Certificate? I know of the latest fully boxed presentation for £170.00, however my daughter is looking to buy me a ‘little something’ for my Birthday and I believe the original was c£35/45 and is more in keeping with budgets etc. Can you still get the ‘cheaper’ certificate only? Thanks for reading and any on-line links would be much appreciated.😀
  6. Hi Cameron, I recognised this car from eBay, did you manage to make a cheeky offer before the end date? The restoration will be worthwhile and there’s a nice example on-line for £16k at the moment. These are definitely on the rise and whatever you invest will be money we’ll spent long-term. Children of the 70’s in a fortunate position are certainly looking at these with rose tinted glasses and quite rightly so! Enjoy!😀
  7. Hi guys, I purchased Toyo Proxes CF2, OK not exactly a premium tyre but certainly a nicer tyre (IMHO) than Nankang etc, I’m also using the Proxes on my Alpine GTA and 888’s on the TVR. The CF2’s come in 205x60x14 HR and not VR, but in fairness HR are fine for the performance of the Elite. Hope this helps and lends another option, I’m sure they were c.£60ea too.
  8. Richard - David, thank you for your replies - much appreciated. OK, I have only accessed the passenger side and the radio then seems to hit possibly the heater matrix, I'll try later after work with the drivers side and go from there. Yes, this is original S1 with the radio held in by the two volume/tuning nuts. Now, how easy is it to remove the clock without pulling the dash out!??! 🤣 Thanks again👍
  9. Hi, I hope everyone is well and apologies not to post on here for such a long time! I'm slowly making head way with TWC 21N - Lotus 502 and I've just got around to looking the radio functionality or the lack of it. Do you really have to remove the dashboard to remove the radio?? I really must post some updated pics shortly..... Thanks in advance, Matthew.
  10. Morning, maybe a silly question, but I do need to remove the discs to replace the trunnions on my 74' Elite? I've not tried yet but it does look like body of the trunnion that locates the bolt to the lower arm will clash as you try to unscrew the trunnion from the swivel arm?? As always time is of the essence! Thanks in advance all!
  11. Hi Steve, I removed the headlights to get aid removal of the front bumper (bolt underneath each pod) and two behind the radiator grill. Bumper was removed to gain access to the side light wiring as suspected poor earth, which was the correct diagnoses! You are right these are vacuum operated and as I've only had the car running for a few minutes over the Christmas holidays, I've not looked into this as of yet. Although I've started the recommissioning process, new plugs, new points, new coil, oil, oil filter and cambelt the car hadn't run for circa 4 years. We got it started (eventually) but as the car was in the garage I didn't want to tempt fate for too long, as I've heard of potential fires... p.s Sable brown is looking favourite at the moment....
  12. Thanks all, nice comments. The attachment is already there, and this car along with my fathers own passion put the petrol in my veins. Back in 1979/1980 and your uncle had a Lotus it really felt like celebrity status! Alan lived an eventful life and was a larger than life character, living between Spain & the UK in the 60's, 70's 80's. He purchased the Lotus as the 2nd owner in 1979 and throughout he's unsettled UK/Spain split of lifestyle the Elite was he's daily hack until the early 90's when the car disappeared off the radar, pretty much along with my uncle. He's passing lead to the Elite being unearthed in a 'lock-up' just outside Heathrow.....that's along story cut short! Steve V8, wonderful sentiment with my uncle living on and so true, although I'm in somewhat of a conundrum as my Uncle in has late 70's decided to paint it black and make a JPS Elite! A large JPS sticker was found in the boot to finish the job off! Although I'm fully committed to return the car back to it's sable brown (how I remember with my rose tinted glasses) Im a little torn to keep my uncles dream alive and go down the JPS theme.......?
  13. Morning All, just a quick hello to introduce myself and my late Uncles S1 Elite. This came about by an inheritance and is very much a family member. Lost in a 'lock-up' in Feltham, TWC 21N was finally unearthed last Oct and relocated to Cambridgeshire where the work now begins. A huge sentimental attachment comes part of the package as I remember being wizzed between roundabouts around Heathrow airport in this car when I was five/six years old. The car was registered 4wks after I was born and for the want of a better word phrase, was being made the same time as I was! Uncle Al owned the car for close to 40 years, and although now in my ownership, I intend only to be the keeper as this will be passed down through the family as the recommissioning begins....
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