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  1. I'd like to know why they couldn't fit a removeable panel on the underside of the dashboard on the drivers side, so you could actually see under the dash without breaking you back in several places. Also that one single bolt that holds the dash pod cover on, but is directly behind the dashpod air duct tube, the reason my screen wasn't clearing when I first got the car because it's such a bastard to fit, so it was left pointing into the foot well! I've worked on thousands of cars in my career as a automotive technician, and I've yet to find a car that doesn't have something designed by an id
  2. Hi, Well I got my new parts today from SJ sportscars, so fitted the new gear selector cable ends this evening. The boots that fitted over them were fun to fit, but once you found out how then the job wasn't all that bad. The ball that popped off was fixed first which went reasonably easy, but the second one wasn't. Had to attack it with some heat to loosen the rose joint, but that showed it who was boss and started to turn, while holding the main rod with mole grips. refitted everything with new lock nuts and some copper slip grease so hopefully it will be easier to take to bits next time.
  3. Hi, Got the car already with a quick wash over to go to the SELOC meeting. Got about half a mile down the road when my gear lever went all sloppy! D'oh! :crybaby: Managed to get home ok, but selecting gear was a bit pick and mix, 1st and 5th were the difficult ones. When I got home removed the boot panel and discovered the cable end cup on the 1st and 5th gear selection cable had popped off. So at least I've discovered the problem and know it's not too major, just ruined an outing and stops me using it for a few days. Going to order parts tomorrow to sort problem. Also ordering a ne
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    Norfolk Meets

    Hi, SELOC meeting is tomorrow evening (Wednesday), starting about 7pm, so if you don't mind mingling with the Elise and Exige then please attend, it's held at Wreningham at the Bird in Hand pub. I'm going along for the first time to meet my mate with his Elise, so a few 'proper supercars' along will show them what a real Lotus looks like! Owen.
  5. Hi, I have a GT3 and its developed a droning noise since last Sunday. The problem is I can't seem to pin point the location. It's not there all the time, starts after a while driving the car, thought it might be the radiator fans as the car did get warm Sunday, but have dismissed this idea. It does stop when i apply the brakes, so I thought it might be front wheel bearings, sometimes applying brakes corrects the hub so stopping the noise, but again dismissed this idea as the bearing would be noisy when first driving. I've tried the steering from side to side when driving to see if this
  6. Hi Everyone, Thanks for the replies. Doesn't look like I will have a no shortage of contenders for the filming. As for a different style to usual DVD's, I don't really know. I have some car DVD's and one is the Team Lotus one, made by the EV group. I'll try my best to come up with something interesting and different to them. I do have a presenter who is seen on film and does the interviewing. I'm just going to get as many shots as I can and see what I come up with. I already have a good archive of clips, what's great is I have a pro car mount, which is very useful for great shots. Once
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    Norfolk Meets

    Hi Everyone, I'm up for a meet! Just need a good pub where you can park your car, no good if they don't have a car park. I'm going to the SELOC meet next week to meet some of the owners from that forum. Brome, Diss isn't out the way for me, what about another night for the Esprit owners? Or mix it with the seven gang? Nifty, was that the new Cambridge meet some of the SELOC owners from Norwich went to? That was Tuesday evening. Owen
  8. Hi Everyone, I make full length DVD films as a hobby, sort of semi pro as it's part of my skill set being a multimedia designer. Hope to go pro someday! I'm in the process of making a DVD, it's not just someone waving a camcorder about. This first project is on Lotus cars, my car and a couple over from SELOC are attending with an Elise and Exige. Filming is taking place at the end of the month. If this one goes well, I will more than likely be planning another, so I'm thinking of just an Esprit theme for the next one. Just putting feelers out to see who would be interested in taking
  9. [Also posted this info in Stevens Technical, pod vibrations.] Hi, I've been busy today fixing this annoying problem of the headlight pods vibrating. The fix really needs two new arms, but as I haven't got any at the moment I did the best I could. Luckily I'm a hoarder, so I have hundreds of spare parts and selected fixing items to remedy problems such as this. The first thing I did was to remove the whole arm from the lights and motor. Also I had to remove one of the lights, because Lotus in their wisdom decided to fit a captive plate with nuts on, but didn't actually attach it to the l
  10. Hi, I've been busy today fixing this annoying problem of the headlight pods vibrating. The fix really needs two new arms, but as I haven't got any at the moment I did the best I could. Luckily I'm a hoarder, so I have hundreds of spare parts and selected fixing items to remedy problems such as this. The first thing I did was to remove the whole arm from the lights and motor. Also I had to remove one of the lights, because Lotus in their wisdom decided to fit a captive plate with nuts on, but didn't actually attach it to the light pod, so when I came to refit I had to locate the captive nut
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    Excel Spotted

    Hi, Spotted this lovely Lotus Excel in Sainburys Queens Road car park, Norwich, thought it deserved a mention as they are a nice car. If I wanted to own a classic 4 seater sports car this would be on the list of possible models to buy. I didn't take a close look, but from the distance I was viewing it looked a very good example of one. This pictures were taken with my phone, but I was zooming thats why the image is not so clear. These cars must be getting as rare as Esprits now? You don't see many on the road, and the ones you do see seem to have had a harder life than perhaps an Esprit.
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    Norfolk Meets

    Hi, I live in Lakenham in Norwich, south side of the city, 5 minutes from Trowse by-pass and the A140, 15 minutes from Lotus Cars. I don't mind travelling some distance, but the nearest Club Lotus meet is a 50 mile plus round trip for me, and after a usually crap day at work you sometimes don't feel like that sort of trip, I would have to go straight after work. I was looking for something a bit closer, 30 min journey time to the destination. I'm going to go to the SELOC one next in Norwich, but most are Elise and Exige owners, which ok are nice Lotuses, but I'm old school, has to have a Ch
  13. Hi, I spot a silver Esprit this evening! It could be the same guy some of you have spot in and around Norwich. I was in the Mustard Pot just driving up to the lights from Trowse to bracondale, waiting to turn down into Carrow road. We did acknowledge each other and checked each others cars as we passed. It was silver with dark anthrocite rims. I was on my way to collect my mate, then we went and took loads of photos of my car. He has a digital slr and I've got a Fuji 9600, we wanted to have a go at taking some arty shots! Anyway, did loads of shots, then had to get him home before th
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    Norfolk Meets

    I have joined Club Lotus, mainly because the insurance wanted me to. The information on their website says they have a meeting every month, it's just the otherside of Fakenham and starts about 7.30pm. I was hoping there was something closer to Norwich. Owen
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    Norfolk Meets

    Hi Everyone, Have mentioned this briefly in one of my listings (Newbies, Esprit comes home to Norfolk), but I was wondering if there is a regular meeting of Esprit owners held in the Norfolk area, somewhere in and around Norwich? I know there is one held every month by the SELOC site as my mate helps organise the local meets in this region, but I wondered if there was one just for us esprit nuts? Any info on any meets in the local or surrounding area would be great. Owen
  16. Hi, Hope I've fixed the boot water leak today. Think it was coming in under the tailgate drain tube fixings, so I drilled the rivets out and cleaned the old sealant off and refitted them. The pain was that the tops are glued to the tubes underneath, so I couldn't take them out unless I want to seriously rip them to bits. I cleaned them and applied silicone to them before reseating. I've screwed them this time and added some more screws. I think I will buy some new ones sometime, but hopefully the problem has been cured for now. Cleaned it early this morning and have been driving arround
  17. Hi, Here's some more pics that might interest you. First are ones taken at the 50th Team Lotus celebrations, just one of the many cars parked around in the pits. The next is one of the item I made for my pen friend who worked at Lotus. She liked it so much that she got it photographed and got Colin to sign it. The person name I use to write to was Cindy Curl, I must have wrote to her for about 4-5 years, she worked in the marketing section of the company. If anyone know of this person please PM me any information, she was very young back in 1979, only 21, so she late 40's now.
  18. Hi Everyone, I took my car for a spin last night as it had been sitting for a few days, but it is right what they say about these car. Because it hadn't been used the handbrake light has developed a staying on problem, yeah it's not much, hopefully just a squirt of WD will sort it. It was alright on my journey home and is now going off when the handbrake is released, but it does show these cars need using otherwise problems develop from long periods of no use. Also my anti-lock light came on last night for some of the journey, but has now gone off. Again I'm putting this down to not bei
  19. Hi Dave, On these 'nearly' closed cooling systems the cap on the actual expansion tank allows fluid back in, it's a two way valve cap. When the coolant cools in sucks water back into the system from the overflow expansion tank, so it should in theory not need topping up so much as it's collecting escaped water. Also these tanks stop the sight of seeing puddles of water under your car, and making you wonder if you have a leak from the cooling system. Owen
  20. Hi Dave, Haven't not had a full look at the set up of the cooling system, but with my motoring background I would say your caps are on right, and the tank in the engine bay is the expansion tank. I've just purchased a 97 GT3 (Esprit comes home to Norfolk thread) and I have noticed the tank you refer to, down on the lefthand boot corner. I haven't traced the pipe back, but I think it's just an overflow tank, Jap cars tend to have these a lot, but on them they look like another washer bottle. Instead of the water going to atmosphere it is collected in another bottle, thats why the cap isn't a
  21. Hi Caroline, Welcome to the forum. I'm like yourself, new here, joined only last week, had to wait 30 years to get my Esprit so hang in there, you will get your car one day My mate has Exiges small brother, an Elise. He's over on, dare I say it, SELOC site! You are a rare breed if you like working on cars and using power tools, I worked in the motor trade for seventeen years and only worked with two women on the shop floor in all that time. Welcome again! Owen
  22. Yeah I know it's on wrong, but I haven't worked on that bit of the engine, it was like it when I got the car. I will change it when it needs some work, but I'm not going to break the seal just now. Owen
  23. Hi Everyone, Thanks for all the welcomes to the forum. I'm not new to forums, I use to post a lot on one of the threads on the forum, the big Stat Wars one. Yes I'm a bit of a Star Wars nut as well, and when I have an interest I usually do it passionately! I don't post as much now, but I do still read the thread, also I admin a Star Wars forum I set up, here's a pic for that reason, I did costume appearances! That's me in the Darth Vader costume! And yes that is a Knight Rider replica car, even did the voice! I've sort of hung up my Vadering boots as it is hard work wearing the co
  24. Hi Everyone, Thanks for the compliments regarding my car. I've also joined over on the SELOC forum, but I think most of them are Elise, Exige owners, but its good to chat to fellow Lotus owners, but this forum is perhaps going to suit me more. One question I would like to ask members is, I got the freescan lead with my car, but having a new laptop it's not serial, so I've got to buy an adaptor to USB. I purchased one from Maplins electronic store but it doesn't work, apparently the data rate is too low. I've talked to Dermot O'Hare who has helped and suggested I buy the one from the LEW
  25. Hi Everyone, Just joined the Lotus Esprit Forum now I have a reason. I've owned my Esprit GT3 since last Bank Holiday Monday, and I've loved driving it since owning it. Bought it from a guy who has looked after it resonably well, but since owning it I've fixed a lot of the annoying little problems. This is my first Lotus and I've brought it back home to Norfolk from the Midlands. Although this is my first Lotus I am not unfamiliar to Lotus cars generally. I am a multimedia designer now, but before this career I use to be an automotive engineer for 17 years, and have worked on many pres
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