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Hal

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  1. Thanks SJ - not exactly new, more frustrated! The scissor doors are my least preferred option, but I want to see the detail to assure myself they are not really an option. Scissor doors, contrary to some opinion are not just for looks. Lamborghini recognised the issue with wide doors in tight spaces and engineered scissor doors. Others followed with Koenisigegg making the ultimate solution. However to be successful, they must be designed as part of the car at the outset so that it is only necessary to horizontally open the door enough to clear the lock mechanism and let the counter balance raise the door vertically. This cannot be done with the Evora imo. As I see it, the door has to open horizontally to about the first indent before it can lift. If this is the case, it defeats the object as I can enter the car with the door on the first indent. Therefore I conclude that the conversion for the Evora is only for looks. But I would like to see/discuss before I throw the idea out in fairness to the hinge manufacturer! I actually can sort this out if I had remote raise/lower windows! It is really the window glass in the up position that hinders things! But Lotus chose to buy the basic alarm from Cobra that does not have the window option module. I am in talks with Cobra about adding the module, which is possible, but they are concerned that the management control unit might need a tweek, and of course Lotus are being their typical obnoxious selves and will not talk to Cobra on anything outside standard. So a bit snookered there! (If I had a RHD drive car, it would be easy - open the door a few inches, shove in the key and lower the window! Not so easy on LHD! So, chatting to my dealer today, we are going with plan C, which is to take the windows off the ignition circuit and make the drivers window always live. Dealer is not too happy though as it potentially means an unsupervised child could hang out the window and wind it up at the same time...we have overcome this with having just the 'down' position of the switch live (an idea pinched from the Lotus Elan all those years ago!) I would still like to talk with anyone who has scissor hinges fitted to an early Evora...🙂
  2. Looking for some help here please - does anyone have, or know anyone who has fitted scissor doors to a pre 400 Evora? If so, please may we talk or at least will you give me comments on ease of entry/exit in a confined space, and in particular, the distance of the door opening horizontally before it swings vertically? Also the 'size' of the gap at the front of the sill when the door is fully up? I have had a spate of instances recently where people have parked close enough to me that it is difficult to get into the car and I am fed up driving around car parks looking for an 'outside' facing space! There will be lots of negative comments on chav looks, weight and Chapman turning over in his grave, all of which I already accept in my quest to overcome the high sill issue in the earlier cars..🙂
  3. To close this one down, the front clamshell was removed and all the pipes and connections checked. Three connections were not tight - loose enough to let enough gas out each year to warrant the top ups the car has had. O rings were replaced and tightened. Remaining pipes and xonnections were ok (the dealer said that there in fact two more connections in the middle of the car but are nasty to get to and requires serious dismantling of the mid section of the car, so these were left but with a note if leakage continues to have a look) The dye did not reveal any porous pipes (apparantly some of the Elise models are bad for this)
  4. Good point! I will get the detail and post it after collecting the car (more issues there as their workshop is now closed for two weeks due to a covid attack...!)
  5. Three weeks on, the car is still at the dealer but now with both front and rear clamshells off and the system pressurised with a tracer that shows up in UV light (I think this is what he said). So far he has found three leaks and possibly a porous hose... Maybe explains why the aircon ceases to work regularly every second year. Next week he plans to run it and put the clams back on. The porous hose worries me. Surely Lotus must insist on high quality hoses at design? [OK, scrub this question..] The dealer tells me that some of the Elise models have porous pipes throughout the car...Is there no end to the lack of quality control at Hethel?
  6. Thanks Russ - I confess to not looking for past threads on the subject.. I have passed the car to a dealer now to find, once and for all, why my aircon fails every two years. They say it is not the compressor and now doing leak tests. I am not saying this is a good excuse to lay on the hours, but they are calling me with expensive updates! On Friday they said it is only the condenser to look at that requires a clam removal. I was not too sure about this thinking like you, it is accessible from underneath. However I am trawling through google where there are a few mentions 'that it would be easier' to take off the clam as well. I guess that as I have started by trusting the job to 'an expert' I have to go along with their procedures! Just hope they find something!
  7. Where is the aircon condenser located? Is it necessary to remove the front clamshell? (sorry - should have added that I do not have the car with me at the moment to check this out myself. I need to examine the whole unit and connections for a possible leak)
  8. If you have a trimmer nearby, then I suggest you take the car to them and see what thy say. Generally trimmers do not like taking cars to bits, so they would - I think - welcome a chance to cover panels as you drip feed them. I have just taken out the interior trim and seats (350S) to change my seat belts to red (- I know, but we are in lockdown here, so anything to relieve the boredom...) and it is not difficult. If you got stuck with any single panel, I am sure there are enough here to answer the question... Dashboard is a bit more difficult, but doable.
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