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    '86 Turbo Esprit, '94 M100 Elan S2
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  1. Always hard to tell from a photo but it looks like Old English White to me (B71).
  2. Further to my post above...which I can't now edit...after a recount, SWLC price was £55.74 delivered. It looks a quality component of exactly the right spec, but clearly not cheap.
  3. I've just replaced my front bonnet strut....twice. I bought one from Steve at SJ Sportscars as listed for the TE on their website. It fitted - as in the ends were correct and a straight forward unbolt the old, bolt on the new. The issues were: The force of the strut was way too much so I had to push hard on the bonnet right behind the bracket to get it to close and it seemed very likely to break the bracket off the bonnet if not treated very carefully. It was also too short a throw so the open bonnet was at an angle rather than vertical when fully open. I was at the SWLC open day a week or so back and telling Phil about it. I had the old one with me and he offered to get one made to the correct (oem) spec based on my old one. I've just received and fitted that and its fantastic. Again straight swap and quality fittings with just the right pressure and throw length. And SWLC now have a few in stock. So very happy...or I was until I got the invoice which made my eyes water a bit. SJs was £41:05 delivered. SWLC was £**.** delivered. I understand SGS do one for the TE for £21:53 delivered, but no idea how close to oem spec that is.
  4. Good to see you enjoyed yourself Mitch. My mate Gary is one of the Volunteers at Haynes so I get to hear when some of the special events are on. As a result I go at least a couple of times a year - as you say a great place for any petrolhead to spend an hour or three. I understand the breakfast club is now ticket only which comes at a cost? I suppose they need to control numbers in a pandemic world...but not quite the same as when we all just used to turn up cos its a sunny morning!
  5. Won't wash I'm afraid Sparky - no more qualifies you than stuffing pencils up your nose. On one Friday night in the dark ages before Sparky I picked up Lionel from a very reputable Lotus specialist having had its annual service. Next day was a Pistonheads drive out through Cheddar Gorge. I arrived to a crowded car park of enthusiasts billowing smoke for exactly the same reason - oil filler cap not in place. Thanks for that...not embarrassing at all and further cemented some of the playground prejudices. Easy to refit the cap of course but I hadn't taken either brake cleaner or blue roll so had to put up with smoking for the rest of the day.
  6. Thanks Gary, brings the story to life to see what you're up against. I've never seen filler used to repair pipework before - clearly an advanced engineering solution. I wonder at people sometimes. Pipework must be prohibitively expensive to warrant spending that much on filler and the labour to make such a botched solution.
  7. I can see just the recent one, and of course all of the ones up to the post I called out. That one post is all still unreachable addresses.
  8. Yep, loud and clear....thanks Sparky
  9. Great write up Gary but the pictures aren't displaying for me (W10 Chrome). They all do in the previous post. Is there a difference? Or are these private to you and Spyros?
  10. Mine's not quite the same but way off linear so I mostly ignore it. I also set the trip each fill but don't usually leave it 360 before the next. The issue for me is that the low fuel light starts flashing on some corners and catching my eye from about an indicated 1/3 full and becomes increasingly frequent as it drops further. Its a distraction I don't need so I generally fill up again relatively soon after despite "plenty" of fuel left. I also find MPG varies significantly depending on what I'm doing. I did 350 miles on Monday - mostly motorway/dual carriageway on a full tank and its showing about 1/4 full at the mo. When I did Castle Combe in May, I needed a refill at about 200 miles.
  11. Yes clearly a problem with the official numbers as ever. I watch the BBC reporting over 100 covid deaths every day all week and then this chart pops up saying its 242 for the weekly avg.
  12. ...Or so that we could get home once you'd taken it apart while you worked out how to put it together again.😜
  13. Its a great story John and, trailer aside, a great result. ...But the pedant in me cant let the name go unchallenged. AFAIK the M100 comes in three forms in the UK: From the first series the N/A (which is what it says on the can) and the SE which was the turbo version. Then the 800 S2s (all turbos) followed in 1994 after a brief hiatus while Bertoli bought the company and found the spare engines. So either an NA or an SE but not both I think. (For completeness there was also the Federal car for North America with many differences and some less significant differences on cars for other markets). (As usual I may just be regurgitating overheard pub experts who know even less than me, so stand ready to be corrected!)
  14. I was shown a huge half page photo of all six in the Torygraph from Wednesday (18) so some skillful marketing to get it featured in a national paper for free! Says they're hoping to make more than £500k from the sale which would suggest a pretty strong avg price.
  15. Would be interested to know more .... hoping the owner might turn up on here.
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