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  1. Belated happy birthday chaps, Sorry I've been a bit lax on the forum front, and everything else to be honest. Had a bit of a covid drama here (just turned out to be a reaction to the jab, good excuse for the old man to quarantine himself in his campervan though, I think it was just an excuse to use it even if it was just in the driveway) and a sick dog all absolutely fine now. Its snowing here, not enough to worry the jeep. No Lotus action here but good to see others working on theirs.
  2. Anyone else getting a sense of dejavu with the news. Haven't we been here before but with better weather.
  3. Xmas wishes to all in the Hampshire massive. Hopefully see a few of you next year.
  4. The Home brew beer exploded but only after you drank it !!!
  5. Home brew cider, nice 👌. Had a go once, undrinkable but the best paint stripper known to man, a friend had greater success. Can I have your Elite if you go blind 😆
  6. That sounds like a good bit design/thinking. Let us know how you get on.
  7. I guess you've probably come across Longstone tyres, if not have a look at the link above. Probably not the cheapest but they do know there tyres when it comes to classics.
  8. Had a look at the nanchang site,they do look like proper tyres to me, apparently been going 60yrs. Looks like a Taiwanese, Yokohama. I like the info on pressure and camber settings. On the subject of lights, probably worth checking condition of reflectors and alignment against a wall or similar. Mine were a nightmare when I got the car (one wobbled). New 2nd hand units and proper alignment and I find them fine now, biggest issue I find is that you're usually below the headlight height of other cars. You could always just shut your eyes 👀 I think most drivers seem to drive withou
  9. The Elise is on SORN for the winter, not to mention the mud. Also, I am currently having to supposedly self isolate due to family member going into hospital(not covid related) Never heard of Nanchang, they sound cheap. Learned my lesson with cheap tyres on the back of my 205gti, kept spinning the thing. Maybe A summertime Christmas BBQ.??? (post vaccine of course). Sounds like a typically British thing todo, especially if its raining. Have a nice christmass all, Tony.
  10. Hi all, Just thought I'd say how is everyone doing? Seems to have been very quiet on here is everyone well? Finally got Internet sorted, turned out to be the router dying. Long live the new router. Amazing how reliant we become on this tech. Not done anything Lotus related other than look at it and dream of the finer weather. Jeeps running great though (even passed MOT and Emmisions OK), just need to figure out why it wants to keep turning left, its almost as if its desperate to go off roading. Anyway its something to do and its so nice grovelling around on wet gravel in the co
  11. I didn't make it either (well I did but couldn't download the app or stay online for more than about 10mins at a time) gave a couple of goes but computer said No. Internet seems to be working again now after it going completely for a few days (funny how it miraculously seems to stabilise after you contact them even though they apparently can't see anything wrong, not the 1st time) On the plus side I got me jeep alternator back together with its new bearings in,doesn't grumble anymore. Amazing it still worked to be honest, half a bucket of mud and rust fell out during stripping.
  12. I've never zoomed before so I'm looking forward to giving it a go. HGF is indeed Head Gasket Failure. No emulsion in the oil but it just kept spitting its coolant out and a fair bit of brown gunge, the teller was the radiator stank of fuel/combustion it was probably lacking power but its a bit hard to tell. Upon removal the hg was definitely FUBAR!!!. Anyway, 40 notes for a gasket kit not bad, the engines back together now but just tidying a few bits/sheared bolts etc while the manifold and tubes are out the way. Poor Lotus has been sat outside for a couple of days in the damp
  13. How was your Zoom? Sorry I missed it Ive been a bit pre occupied dealing with HGF, not on elise I might add but on jeep. Serves me right for servicing it, probably been blowing for months.
  14. Sorry chaps, going to be a lightweight and miss the xmas meal. A table of random women? Buffets have obviously changed. I've heard of a desert trolly, would that be a dolly trolly?
  15. Steve Sounds like you have a good plan. I am really jealous of your roads, were I live is rural and although there are lots of nice drives the condition of our roads is pretty SH1T. Its great to hear that there's enthusiasm for these little cars outside of our small country. Let us know how it goes, if you need any help/info there are some really friendly and knowledgeable guys on this forum who are always happy to help another sufferer of the Lotus syndrome. Tony
  16. Hi Steve, happy I could help. I don't know if you tinker yourself but if you do, get someone to have a listen from outside as you drive past. This is what I did, you may find that it is just one end or a particular wheel. The bits are cheap and its really easy to work on so its worth doing yourself if you can. I do find I have to unbolt the rear calipers (at the sliders) to remove the pads, I think this may be contrary to the manual and is probably due to the extra thickness of the sticky pads. I had also never seen a white S1 until mine (although its a few different shades), I kno
  17. Hello Steve, Welcome to my world. I have a 97 Elise S1, also had horrendous brake squeal when I got it. It gets really annoying but it does warn other road users and can be used to great effect at scaring cyclists. However, I have spent a bit of time working on my car over the few years I have had her, you can check out some pics in my TLF garage. I have tried pretty much everything at some time. And at times have completely eliminated the squeal but it does occasionaly return only as a much quieter sort of scraping noise which is bearable, I do also have 1 disc which has slight gr
  18. Great to see everyone on Tues, loved Paul's "Tank" just the job for this weather.
  19. Hi chaps, love to come if there's space for one more (although technically I should only count as a half). Are we limited to 6 ? by the way there is also the white horse in Stockbridge (by the roundabout)
  20. Feel for you and your family following the loss of pickle, its really tough but it sounds as if you made the right decision. All the best for the future.
  21. Who could not want him?. Fully agree, rescues all the way. Have had some challenges with mistreated dogs but plenty of patience, understanding and biscuits gets through most problems and ultimately very rewarding.
  22. I really feel for you, been through this a few times and it never gets easier. 19 is a great age and she's clearly well loved. I've only had vet intervention but being with them to comfort them at the end was important to me and if the dogs in pain at all you really have no choice. As you can imagine it is extremely unpleasant emotionally but it seemed completely painless (other than the injection), I think they sedated Max first so just fell asleep while I stroked him and he looked quite peacefull (he was a young dog with untreatable cancer and was in a bit of discomfort). Dogs are r
  23. I know photos can flatter but i Love that, I have a real soft spot for Lancia. Only problem is with the salt on the roads it was probably dissolving as you watched.
  24. Now that is what I call a Brave restoration. It would have been handy when this happened to our village. If only it was every year.
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