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  2. ...and likely to remain that way, I think. It has been a blast, but I've finally realised that I am not the snake hipped thirty-something I once was. Time, then, to stop putting a strain on the suspension, and to call time on my lotus ownership of twenty years. Started with a sublime Excel SE, two Esprit S3's and an S1 Elise. I watched my S3 get loaded onto a trailer this morning, and disappear around the bend. The strangest feeling, realising that I spent the first 30 years of my life working to get one, the next twenty maintaining and looking after it, and now to see all that work and ambition disappear. Empty nest syndrome? Without being all pathetic, it occurs to me that, like children, we are only custodians these cars, not owners. I like to think that in 18 years of owning my S3, I've kept it roadworthy, and it acquitted itself quite well by not throwing a hissy fit getting on the trailer. Time for the new owner to take it to a level I don't have the time to do....however, this isn't an end to my petrolhead tendency, my Saab is now headed for 300+ horses as a result of the sale Who knows, a cheeky M100 might end up in my life before long.... Best, Rich
  3. Buddsy, Congratulations. How long ago was it that you bought those machined inlets to the pub? Rich
  4. In 1994, I got my S3. One month later, the passenger side tank let go (ruined my drive - not sure what I was more upset about). Strattons isolated that tank, and since then I have run on one tank. I have a pair of steel replacement tanks that I have carted around with me since 1995 (I think they were the last ones from the factory) and every year I look at the car, and think, right, I'll get those tanks changed. Every year for the last 20 years I have thought that, and every year I have bottled it. Why? Because I helped a mate do his in 1996 and frankly, it is one of the most hellish jobs ever, requiring Gollum style fingers and wrists, more dexterity than a ballet dancer and more patience than I - or my mate - possess. We took the engine out after 2 days of cussing and speculating [*]. Handy really, as we noticed that the water pump was leaking.... You might get one done with the engine in-situ - but getting the other one done is like climbing Everest in flip-flops. //R [*] We formulated this - that the Esprit assembly instructions went along the lines of "first, take a heater core, and two petrol tanks...."
  5. Geir, it'd be the same in the UK. After the initial shock of finding the car with broken glass and without a steering wheel, I did contemplate a few things like that. Mostly electric shocks or a taser of some description, but also one of those devices that shopkeepers use for deterring teenagers from congregating. Thinking through the idea of a 'sonic attack' (Hawkwind, anybody?), isn't there a supposed to be a subsonic weapon, or am I thinking of that Kate Bush song? Mind you, if there was, that'd be one way of shaking loose those hitherto unmovable bolts we all come across. A subsonic screwdriver....hmmm. The car is back, MoT'd, insured and taxed, with new glass, and what looks like a new door surround.
  6. At the end of last year, two thieving be-hooded ragbags tried to steal the Esprit. They failed, thankfully (I leave the battery disconnected) but their ingress left me with a bent driver's door frame, and broken door glass. That wasn't the whole story though. Once inside, they attempted the old 'wrench-the-wheel-to-break-the-steering-lock' trick and instead of the steering lock breaking like it might on your average 80's Ford, the steering wheel parted company with the column [*]. They actually managed to shear the splines off the top of the column! I'm not sure what this says about those components, but... It comes back tomorrow, new steering column, new door frame/glass and a new master cylinder. [*] This is the bit that I would have sold my firstborn to have seen
  7. @Graham, My apathy isn't directed at the working hours of the people in the classroom - I do know how hard they work from the same (often bitter, in my case) experience as you, so I'll retract 'teachers' as a generic term if that is OK - it is directed at the layer above them and I hope I was pointing out the irony of those that deny the leave having to pay full price. @Laura, yes - when I was taken out of school, I was given work to do in advance of the trip. I'd have rather gone to school. On the subject of the fines, I found this earlier clicky - I had no idea that it was such a relatively small amount and seems to be levied a lot less than I'd have suspected. //R
  8. Tony, so tempting to start sounding off on another rant....about my favourite subject - teachers (the original one-word oxymoron), so I won't and keep this to the facts. Like all dealings with a school, check what else is going on at the school at the same time as your requested holiday. For example, this year, the majority of sprog #4's 3rd form (I refuse to call it 'year x or y') are on a trip to disneyland paris. Hardly educational, and with 40 of the year on the trip, the remainder of the year aren't exactly going to be following vital curriculum, are they - so that would get a result. Alternatively, JFDI like me and pay the fine they levy on you. A couple of hundred quid balanced against the savings of term-time holidays is a no brainer IMHO.... The only consolation I get from the whole ludicrous situation is that the teaching "profession" (quotes to denote sarcasm) have to pay full whack for their extensive holidays.
  9. Cyclists have brakes and steering, which is more than you can say for the inconsiderate ****s who take neddy out for a meander on public roads. Share and share alike when it comes to roads, and be considerate, but don't share the responsibility with me of having to second-guess and avoid a ton of barely sentient dog food that has no reliable brakes, lighting or steering. Sorry for the thread hijack, but I detest horses on roads. [*] On topic - yes it is too dangerous to cycle on the roads now. Even when you find a cycle lane of a decent width, it is full of dog cr*p and misaligned drain covers. In Derby I was lucky enough to have a cycle path all the way into the city at the bottom of the road and used it a lot. The thing that bugs me is that the police treats us like terrorists with this dim 'speed kills' nonsense (inappropriate use of speed....yes) yet the majority of cyclist deaths on the road seem to be caused by 'inappropriate use of mirrors' by the drivers (and lorry/bus drivers are certainly no better). And PaulC, a visit to Cambridge during term time would make you question whether these places do indeed contain the levels of intelligence alleged. Cambridge - the only place where I use the park and ride a) for my own safety and b) for the sheer entertainment factor....sometimes, it is better than watching 'Jackass' //R [*] Mrs S has named that particular rant 'number 37' in a series of 120, and it invariably leads on to 'number 38' which is the licensing laws applicable to horseboxes, which is almost certainly off topic. Apparently, I'm turning into a grumpy.
  10. As a customer since they opened the Lotus dealership, it is nice to see them getting the credit they deserve. I'll add a +1 to that...... //R
  11. I'm curious about how such a renowned marketing expert can screw up the communications about the F1 involvement and announce [insert figure here] job losses in one week. But then again, I'm with Bill Hicks's rant on 'marketing', and a firm believer that incompetence finds it's own level. //R
  12. Just thinking laterally, and really, no offence intended to Excel owners, but there are some fairly cheap Excel SE's cropping up on ebay. Grab the engine, install and get running in your Esprit, and then sell the remains of the Excel back on ebay as a 'potential V8 conversion' project? Of course, I'm assuming that you have the ability/space/time to do that, but it might be a cost effective way of getting your hands on a HC lump, if that is the way you want to go.... //R
  13. Ah, thanks. Not quite what I'm after, but still very interesting all the same... //R
  14. I can't get this clear in my head, so sorry if it is a dumb question - that distributor retains a rotor arm? So it is in effect a lumenition built into the body of the dissy? Or is there more to it than that - they hint at it on the site. Like fitz, I'm considering something that means no big sparks under carbs.... //R
  15. Richard, You mentioned an immobiliser in an earlier thread. If it is the same as mine, then there may not be anything wrong with your starter motor per se - it could be that the immobiliser has failed. I took mine out in the end [*], more trouble than it was worth. It had separate immobiliser circuits for the fuel pump (theres a clue - can you hear yours when you switch the ignition on?) and the ignition feed to the starter motor. Just a thought....often helps to think laterally when it comes to electrics. //R [*] not difficult, it is easy to find the black box and work out where it has been spliced into the loom and reverse the damage if you can solder.
  16. Marmite - the waste product from the brewing process chucked into a stupid shaped jar. Actually, the Danes should investigate the amount of salt that gets added to the smeggy sludge. Criminal. I seriously doubt that Beechams [*] (or whoever owns the stuff these days) 'add' anything to it, let alone vitamins. And for the record, I utterly detest the stuff - demonic excrement. Foodstuff my a*se.... //R [*] yes, I do have 'previous' with the stuff....hence the somewhat polarised opinion.
  17. Pippa Mann - a local girl from Suffolk - qualified for the Indy 500 this year! So, it has been agreed that this sunday I can start with Monaco, have a late sunday lunch, mow the lawn, and then beer it up for the rest of the evening in front of the TV. Result
  18. Wrong belt maybe - tooth type I mean? Appalling, whatever the cause....
  19. Totally agree with all these sentiments, having been in two cars that have caught fire. Neither one a Lotus Someone on the old Lotus Cars mailing list in the 90's described how he had hooked up a pipework grid on the underside of his S3 Turbo engine cover. This was then connected, under pressure to an extinguisher. In the event of a fire, the pipe would rupture, and the extinguisher would do what it is good at. I'm sure there is a more refined way of doing it now (like a flame detection sensor to fire the extinguisher, perhaps) but it struck a chord with me - maybe because the logistics of opening the boot, unpopping the boot bag and then removing the engine cover are troublesome at the best of times.... So do you tackle an Esprit engine fire from the top or the bottom?
  20. Dom, I reckon it was one of the last because it was built in Jan 81. The S2.2 was produced all through 1980 and early 1981 - the S3 was introduced in april 1981. I think I'm saying that you have something a bit different - possibly the last S2 to leave the factory. It might have been an engineering mule (there are a few of those around to this day). I can't find when the S2 was officially replaced by the S2.2 (I'm quoting from the Robson book) but it was sometime in early 1980. Original sale price of the S2.2 was £15,270 and the original price of the S3 was £13,461. So my question about the original sale price was wondering out loud whether the original owner paid S3 money for an S2 or whether they were given a bit of a discount Not that it matters now, 30 years on, eh?
  21. In that case, you have the last S2 ever produced! I wonder what the original sale price was and how it contrasted with the cheaper S3? Lotus dropped the price of the S3 considerably over the S2 to boost sales...
  22. Can I suggest Iceland? I believe we have just cause...
  23. Dom, Is it an S2.2? Just that Lotus produced and sold the S2.2 all through 1980 (galvanised chassis and 2.2 engine) - 80-odd of the things were produced. They looked like S2's to all intents and purposes, but had the galvanised chassis and 2.2 block. Just interested - it isn't like Mark to miss a detail like that.... And welcome //R PS - Ben, totally concur with your opinion about Essex Blue. Great minds and all that....
  24. I'm sure it isn't a new development - theres a whole section on it in my Honda Accord handbook. Yes, I did actually RTFM....! That said, I am glad that it isn't fitted to mine - I prefer to drive. Kimbers, was it fitted to any UK Accords and did you have any experience with it? //R
  25. Crikey, has it been 4 months since I had this issue? Well, I've been working away from home, thats my excuse. I spent yesterday evening doing a little TLC. I had another go at locating this noise. It isn't exhaust related, but I think I've narrowed it down. When I started her, the noise wasn't there. It started around 2 minutes after that. I ran her up to temperature to check the fans were working ok, and when they kicked in, the noise disappeared. So to replicate that, I put the headlights on full beam with the rear screen de-mister, the internal fans and anything else I could flick - the noise disappeared until I turned them all off. Now I'm no electrician, but that has to be alternator load related, doesn't it? Bearings on their way out perhaps?
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