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  1. Most expensive secondhand Lotus? Lotus Carlton
  2. Turned mine off ages ago, won't be going back to on. Also never affected the MOT, but then the place I go they don't use the machine as my car is low, they just take it down the road and test it (I think they are doing a Ferris bueller!) This is the method I used to turn it off. ABS switch off
  3. Totally replaced my wiper arm as it had been repaired a few times. I used one from a Peugeot 107, Citroen C1 and Toyota Aygo as it has a control arm set up. It's not a straight swap over, it does need to be modified, the main arm needs making shorter, the control arm has the end cut off and I used a ball socket from Amazon that cost £3 each. Amazon ball joint I had to make the arm go from flat bar to round, but that was easily done with the welder and belt sander shaping the transition. I also needed to make a new base plate to move the control arm position to stop the sweep going off the end of the screen, but I do now have a 26" blade instead of a 24". Luckily the main arm all I had to do to that was shorten it and cut some from the bottom of the spline pillar so it would fit on the Lotus wiper spline. The control arm was where most of the work was. It also uses one of the new style blades with a the spring metal and it's smooth and not so noisy. I bought two from the scrapyard if this one ever breaks. The picture below shows the old original modified wiper arm, the bought one and the other bought one modified, minus the new base plate. Another good arm to consider is on the Toyota Yaris, I think it comes handed as well, so correct sweep for UK.
  4. I like most felt it was just a rehash of the old format, nothing new, jet fighters, Reliant Robins, all been done before and done way better and funnier with Clarkson and Co. Also when CE is giving his verdict while driving the cars I got the feeling this is just a scripted piece by one of the many writers. With Clarkson and Co you knew it was from them, their thoughts and feelings. MLB was good and with time could really hone his role on the show. Star in a car was no better being a rally cross, should have left it as it was, perhaps got an even cheaper car, say Tata Nano or something. Personally as a motoring show I wish they would have a more serious section like it used to be years ago, not completely as that would be to boring, but some factual stuff. Also a classic car section would be nice as I did enjoy Quentin and Kidd on the Classic Car Show. If they are going to do obscure stuff do it like the buying cars at action and entering rallyes like CHM did, racing cars against planes, jet skis, hovercraft, snowboarder, paraglider, toboggan is old hat.
  5. Spotted today on the A11 heading south near Attleborough around 11.45 am. Could have been the same white Esprit I spotted last week on the 17th May around 6-7 pm at Bracondale in Norwich, near the football ground. Anyone on here?
  6. I use an old duplex short timing chain brazed to a 1/2" drive socket that I made in 1983 when I first entered the motor trade. It destroys the filter, but I've always replaced them if taking off. The chain has never failed where others have.
  7. Tyres have been ordered, fitting Thursday, Exhaust being finished off on Friday, back to normal by weekend. Have got to get some new front discs though.
  8. Yes it was just a blown tyre, nothing else wrong. I got the feeling on the way home everyone would be looking at the Lotus on the truck thinking, typical Lotus always breaking down, when in fact it was just a tyre blown and nothing to do with the car mechanics. Sorry to disappoint, it is as been mentioned a GT3, I just like the late V8 look, although not going as far as to add arch extensions, this is it for external modifications. I might remove the rear spoiler as well.
  9. I'd just like to say that if I had made it, it looked a fantastic day, but today was not meant to be. Luckily breaking down just next to the services on the A11/A505 flyover was helpful. The wife and I got collected a few hours later, finally getting home around 2 pm, so a lovely days weather spent doing nothing but hanging around. I had a small taste what was on display as I was parked up waiting with all the Pistonheads attendees. Don't even know if I can make next year, as I plan to take car off the road to do major restoration. To get something positive from the day I did get my car ready for the rear exhaust conversion, which is happening this Friday. I fitted the rear V8 lower valance, just needs exhaust trims now.
  10. I was measuring from my house, door to door. We didn't leave Thickthorn until 8.20 am, although I got within ten minutes of the event, I was around for a while to know there was a big queue some time later as I was talking with the Pistonheads display group meeting at the McDonalds where I was waiting for my recovery truck!
  11. It's a little further at 67 miles, according to Google earth it's 1 hr 14 minutes. Doubt we will leave dead on eight anyway and meeting some on the way. Also if you're been before it does get hectic getting in, so much so that cars sometimes burst into flames! Yes that happened one year.
  12. There are a few of us who are meeting up and heading from Norwich to Duxford, anyone is welcome to join on route. Leaving Norwich about 8am at Thickthorn Services.
  13. If it's favourite car ever, then it has to be this. The Aston Martin V8 Vantage, or in Volante spec will do as well. I've been lucky enough to have driven one, amazing amount of power in two tons of British muscle car, and still beautiful looking all these years later. first on the lottery list win.
  14. I just cut 1/8" of an inch off the spacer tubes, solved the problem.
  15. Are these switches available with the right seal material? If remembering correctly, they need to have EPDM material so not to degrade with brake fluid. The Hydac switch says FPM seal, but unsure if this includes any internal seal/diaphragm. Seal information
  16. This is good news if it works OK. I've emailed him to ask for cost and delivery to the UK. My switch went some time ago and I have a two switch system at the moment, which does work, but the light goes on as it vibrates easily with so many connectors, so to stop the light showing I have just stuck some tape over it. I've also applied the bypassed with the resistors you can do on the ABS system, giving a better feel pedal. It would be nice to have it all working again.
  17. When knocking off work this evening around 4.45 pm in Thetford. I see a dark blue V8 Esprit, sounded nice as it passed the Fison Way junction on Mundford road heading out of Thetford. Then still on the way home travelling on the A11 and approaching Snetterton, an Evora 400 with trade plates on came flying past. Not quite the bark of the Esprit, but still looked impressive.
  18. I'm adding on their behalf. 12. Paul & Karen Lotus Elise Mk1
  19. Unless the weather is awful again or something is wrong with the car, I hope to make this one this year. Should have my new late V8 exhaust twin outlet and trim on by then. 11. Owen GT3 Esprit.
  20. I've refurbished my translator some years ago and correctly set it up. I also serviced the gear lever when I had it out to do my oil cooler pipe, so all is good with the mechanism, it's just inside the gearbox where there might be worn parts like the baulk rings. Those will get serviced when I have the engine/box out. Going up through the box from second to fifth is no problem, it's just the first to second, sometimes it just can't be found, have sometimes gone into fourth by mistake. I could make one of these gates to see if it improves finding the gear, would require no alteration to my tunnel trim, so might give it a try.
  21. I watched this video with interest. Do people think the H gate can improve gear change? My gear gates are not the best on my Esprit, although it is set up correctly, perhaps down to some worn parts, especially when trying to find second from first, missed that on occasions. Having seen this now I'm wondering if an H gate could improve the change, at least you know where it's suppose to go when going through the box. Has anyone else done a similar conversion? I think I might start to work this out, make a template.
  22. Snap! It's not too bad a job to do to cover the fin. I did mine as it was easier than painting it black, plus I've done all the other trims with carbon look. Hopefully it will be removed this year and the new V8 stainless trim fitted with twin centre exhaust.
  23. The Lotus Esprit makes this list. 10 cars will be worth a fortune in the future
  24. Hi, it was the first time for me going to the Autosport show, plus I was lucky enough to get tickets. I thought the show was good, mixture of everything, trade stalls and exhibitors. It's definitely a young persons show compared to the classic car show I attended in November, especially with all the young ladies in branded spandex suits, none of those ladies at the classic car show. I think the number of halls was easier to get around than the classic show, you really do need two days to see everything at that show. Also I think the food facilities have greatly improved since the venue first opened in 1978, the first time I visited the place, no problem getting served, had lunch in wetherspoons and no more expensive than normal outlet. So pleased to see my dragon on the CTL stand and in a good spot. They informed me it has been very popular with visitors getting photographed a lot, some realising it was an interactive art sculpture, others some what bemused as to why a dragon is done up as a Jim Clark Lotus racing car until CTL explained why. On the trip there I had two extra passengers, Bob Dance and Jeremy from CTL, so the conversation was interesting. Here are some photo's from my visit and a link to the others. Autosport Show 2016
  25. CTL will have a one unique goody on the stand, my IndyGoGo500 dragon is on their stand! So if you want to see IndyGoGo in the flesh here's your chance. Something a bit different for people to see, I will be attending the show on the Friday.
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