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    Fred Basset
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    2002 V8, 1991 Excel SE, 2000 Evo VI & 69 MF165
  1. Thanks Ramjet, I did intend to put them up for sale but was after any ideas of how much these were likely to be worth. Regards Fred
  2. Guys, I sold the last of 4 Esprit's this time last year, a beautiful 02 model. I have various parts here but two of possible interest, I hope I'm not breaking any rules but advice on where I should pitch them would be good. The first is a new Nova rear wheel and the second is one of the Race Logic traction control systems we had the group buy for a few years ago. This has the dash display and is complete with all manuals as its never been fitted. It has been back to Race Logic for the modification that Swiss V8 found was necessary to stop the ABS light triggering. Any advice appreciated. Thanks Fred
  3. Well I got pulled over at the factory gates in the Esprit when we all went up there a couple of years ago on one of the Sunday events. Apparentlythey had a report of a car "similar" to mine with a "similar" index number "racing" but I handled that one well and the Officer told me what a nice car I has and shook my hand as he left. I then got pulled the next year when we had another Sunday event at the factory. Fair enough my plates weren't completely legal but not sure it required a U turn across oncoming traffic on a major road and the blues and twos. I do think he was a bit miffed when I was only doing the speed limit. I've always been very calm and polite when I've been stopped and this has generally worked well. About a year ago though I was stopped in my Evo VI in the early hours of the morning in a city centre, this traffic car had followed me for a mile and although I was abiding by the 30mph limit he did not stop the car in front of me that must have gone off at about 50-60. He was incredibly obnoxious and started telling me that I needed to have rectangular plates on the Evo, not square, both front and back. When I pointed out he was incorrect as the car was subject to Single Vehicle Type approval he radioed in and I ended up with 3 officers and two patrol cars. They all then started included an equally obnoxious WPC who shoved a piece of photocopied paper in my hand telling me the "law" - shame it was wrong. I got away from them eventually and confirmed the requirements for vehicles with SVA as opposed to EC Whole Community Approval and rang in and complained. The inspector who rang me said, "Hello Mr xxx, Inspector xxx here at xxx Police Station. When I got your complaint I thought I was going to be ringing you to tell you that you're wrong, but you're not wrong are you...." This left me with a very bad taste, not only were the officers obnoxious, they had no idea of the law they were trying to enfore and had let someone speed through city streets but picked on the "fast" car doing 30. As one of the posts above says, I don't think they expected a 40 year old in a suit to be driving an Evo VI. They did not cover their force in glory and I insisted on knowing how the Inspector was going to make sure I was not going to be stopped again when his officers did not understand the law. I'll still go for the calm and polite route in future but it did not work that day. I did have one funny moment in the Evo a few years ago, I booted it out of a roundabout but saw the blue lights come on in the grill of a Nissan Primera and stopped very quickly. The office clearly did not know what speed I got to as he kept trying to get me to admit it, which I didn't. He then said, well you left us like we were standing still. "Well yes officer" :-) Regards Fred
  4. Hi Nautilus I was also there that day (with the Cambs group) and was amazed when they told us what was under the cover. I remember reading about the car when I was a kid in Motor magazine. Regards Fred
  5. I'm not too amused with Norfolk's plod, had a great day at the factory but got pulled yesterday on the way out of Norwich, copper was going in opposite direction to me, he did a fast U turn on main A road, raced past a number of cars and trucks without his blue lights. Caught me and followed me for half a mile before the blues and two's came on. I've got to put the defects on my vehicle right in 14 days, number plates too small although accepted that they were perfectly legible. I got a lecture on how people have italic fonts and playboy logo's on their numberplates, not sure why as I don't have either but I think he was annoyed that I was not speeding. Last year I got pulled on the way in to the factory because a vehicle similar to mine had been reported speeding (how many Esprits in Norfolk that day). Crime must be really really low in Norfolk if they have time for this. I just bet a Ferrari driver taking his car "home" does not get treated like this! Regards Fred
  6. As always in life with a Lotus don't do as you would in the rest of your life - I occasionally have a code that my car throws that even Lotus can't explain, then its a case of clearing the code... That's not the one I mentioned above, there is a misconception that cutting the battery supply will "always" clear the CEL, it won't with some codes. Regards Fred
  7. I've had one code that would not reset with a battery disconnect, do you have a reader? Regards Fred
  8. Others can probably give more information but my UK V8 has the federal pipes which exit in the centre. These do indeed sound "nicer" than the normal pipes or the sport box which exits either side of the rear valence without being too noisy. I like them. Regards Fred
  9. I'm ashamed to say mine's still not fitted. Still we've finished our house now and no longer living in the caravan so I hope to get around to it soon. I know SwissV8 fitted his and had some problems with ABS, racelogic identified this and worked out a fix. I sent mine off to be modded and got it back in a matter of days. Not much help I know but an update from one of the group buyers! Regards Fred
  10. Mine does it sometimes, my old one did not. I've started to be able to "feel" it as I change out of 4th. I'll try Neal's 6th gear trick next time I drive her. Generally I've slowed down the change but it is hard, I drive the Evo more than the Esprit and that has quite the best gearchange I've ever tried. Regards Gay
  11. Near Yaxley, Peterborough earlier this evening. Anyone on here? Regards Fred
  12. My 02 did not have the S350 code when I got it - does now though and its noticeably quicker. Regards Fred
  13. If its hot I always reduce the pressue by 3-4psi in each wheel, pressure increases with heat so if you put them up they go up much more when you drive on track because they get hotter than on the road. I was first alerted to this by the guy who looks after my Evo, he used to be a mechanic for Dave Brodie in the Run baby run days and after that Tony Pond. Theory is that if the pressure is too high then you end up driving on the centres and have little grip. That said I remember Matthew Becker and Gavan Kershaw's advice when I did a lotus experience day in a V8 GT and SE at Silverstone back in 98. They told me to keep the standard pressure for track work. I don't track the Esprit much as it's too precious to me, the Evo does get used quite a bit and is very easy on its tyres with this pressure drop. Regards Fred
  14. This has been going on for years, my father had a greengrocers shop. Built it up over 30 years, won the greengrocer of the year award for the eastern region one year. Rates kept getting larger and larger, far outstripping the revenue increases in his business. Eventually mum and dad worked 7 days a week 52 weeks a year to pay rates to the local council, in fact they were losing money each year for the last three years. Despite all the evidence the scum bags still expected him to keep paying it for the remaining years on the lease even though he would be well past retirement age. We eventually got that worked out but two things left me very bitter about it, firstly he should have a business to sell on but because of the greedy rent demands it became a loss making business and as such was worthless. Secondly some of the money was used from the rates to lay on free transport for his customers to the local Sainsbury's. These people are shameless and don't care whether the amounts demanded are reasonable, they just want the maximum amount regardless. Where's the petition, I'll sign. Regards Fred No I'd keep that to yourself, especially in the coming months.
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