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    Tony F
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    Elise S1 ,Suzuki Samurai ,Mk1 Leon fr150+
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    Nr Andover, Hants, UK

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  1. Hi @chabli getting an elise is one of the best decisions I ever made, I'm sure you won't regret it. (Even with everything I've spent I've still probably doubled my investment) 100k shouldn't necessarily be a problem in itself, especially if many are smooth road/motorway miles. However, with any old car it's really down to condition. I got my s1 at about 47k and it was a project/dog with many issues. It should obviously sound OK and drive well but the most important thing IMHO is the condition of the chassis (apart from damage to the underneath) the area of most concern and needs checking is at the front were the top wishbone front bush mounts. This is very thin and can corrode around the bobbins. If you turn the steering you can have a good look with a torch to see if its clean, if not give a little clean to check the surface for corrosion. (rusty bobbins are also not good). These are very simple cars with little to go wrong. Salted roads are really unfriendly to the aluminium and some Elises are tucked away in heated garages whilst others can be daily drivers so the condition of them can vary immensely. Best of luck
  2. You only need to do it again and she's been to the moon !!! Curiously, October 1997 is about a month before my elise was born (probably being built when you bought yours)
  3. I am sure it's of very little interest to others but my misfire seems all fixed. I ordered a new set of leads after the pub. Turned up yesterday, all fitted and she purrs like a kitten once more (no idea where the bits of plastic off the cracked old ones have gone). Just some buggered rivnuts and clips to deal with and she'll be back on the road again after more than a month, hopefully. I ordered some nice weather, should be arriving soon. Enjoy it while you can. 😎
  4. Good to see a few of you last night, good little pub. Hope all got home safely. Google Satisfied my curiosity about the sticker on the side of Jim Clarks car Border Reivers Racing team
  5. Hi all, Cautionary tale Thought it might be @Kevin Wheeler when I saw the headline. Hopefully see a few of you on the tuesday.
  6. How did you know what I had planned?
  7. Just heard, Nitron have finally completed my shock rebuild. Great Birthday present. Excited to get the elise off the wooden blocks and back on the road after a long wait, and with a load of stuff fixed can't wait to see what she's like.
  8. The whole thing, lifting body design. I think might have been used for development of space shuttle aero.
  9. Anyone doing the Thruxton hendy thing tomorrow?
  10. Hi Pete, what a bugger. Impossible to diagnose online but a few questions I might ask are:- have you checked air flow / carb balance hot and cold to see if you can see a change (I assume you have a carb balancing thingy - airflow meter). Drivability issue does sound like maybe 1 cylinder could be raising the revs, air leak could be the cause but I won't get into the whole o‐ring thing. I suppose worth checking cables, levers, springs if its all been apart. Surely you have a return spring which closes the butterflies. Does idle speed adjustment alter the butterfly stop or bypass?. Is the butterfly positioned exactly on the spindle? Can catch if not just right (but can't see that changing with temp. Did rebuild a pair with the old man, can't remember anything about it other than they looked very sexy when finished never got to find out if they worked. Mentioned your issue to him he said he'll rebuild em for you, seriously though if we can offer any help just let me know and best of luck, I'm just off out to enjoy my efi car.
  11. Have you tried moto-lita near Thruxton they did an excellent job on the elan wheel a very long time ago.
  12. Not necessarily suggesting it but you can get leather dye on ebay and a spray sealer. Used it to great effect on a few seats now. I have sanded leather seats it feels very weird setting about leather with the wet and dry.
  13. So gutted to miss it but as suspected leon wasn't ready. Turned out VW sent the wrong oil feed pipe so they had all the bits in ready to do the job, just the wrong bits. If any one fancies another pint this month I'd be up for it (unless something else turns up/goes wrong, almost at the point of expecting it). I assume being upside down was during racing and not in the pub afterwards.
  14. @KennyN I am a bit lost for words and must be careful not to vent my splene too much but F*****ING hell is this what progress looks like. I know its all corporations and big money these days with grand global ideas about brands but surely they can't be dumb enough to dish out crap and expect you to swallow it just because of some glossy marketing and bland statements on quality. Perhaps its too easy nowadays to loose sight of what's really important and that is people and their own lived experiences. I get the issues, it's a brand new production line with new techniques, facilities, equipment and most importantly staff. It takes a lot of time, effort and attention to get it "perfect" but that is what they need to do If they wish to achieve their own goals. Because this is all totally foreseeable, maybe those at the top of the tree have let the whole side down by not having risk mitigation plans in place for this eventuality. None of which is any help now It sounds like what should have been a fantastic experience has left a distinctly bad taste. Rant over, hopefully there aren't too many in your situation but I do wonder? I feel I should write, commiserations, or sorry for your loss, or something similar as it just sounds like a tragic tale of woe. I must admit it does make me feel abit better about my old bangers (leon's got new whizzy turbo today much better than screechy old one - only cost the value of the car!!!) and Elise brake lights found not working night before MOT but passed with flying colours. Beer and sympathetic ear on standby.
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