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paulwendling last won the day on December 30 2009

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    paul wendling
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    1985 TE

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  1. Geez, It's not my style or taste.... that being said, that car is already one of Lotus's most ugly cars to see in real life..... Can't blame him for trying to polish a "****" :0 Ok let the flames begin Paul
  2. If you pause the movie, you see that the roof is just A and B pillars, no center transverse break until the rear bulkhead. Sooo..... I wonder if this is how Lotus got away with the low roofline single piece windshield and roof glass to not be in violation of the DOT safety requirements of hitting the head on the roof front in a crash like the current (old Esprit) which lived with the DOT waiver for the last few years on this.... never thought that our Stevens Esprits would now be regarded as the "Old" version Hmm, Now I need to update my Esprits styling cues to resemble the new Esprit Paul 85 TE 94 S4
  3. Also, I'd like to see what he did to bring the hK (HP) to 400 horses.... with only 980 kg, the 0 to 60 should be somewhere in the low 3', must controll envy ............
  4. WOW! On the thread, go to page 2 and 3.... there are tons more pictures there, I especially like the one showing the underside (beautifully clean) showing the 3 pneumatic pistons which lifts the car off the ground to quick change the tyres. Also, neat to see the frame and sheeting that replaced the wood bulkhead. Paul
  5. Hey there, I've always gotten great thumbs ups with these wheels. I just wish that I was able to find more for sale..... I dread the day that I get a bad curb damage or other and can't find a replacement. I do know, after looking at cars, that the F-40 used almost identical wheels, and there was a factory custom Aston Martin from the 90's that used these wheels on a limited edition model, sorry don't remember the model name. If anyone has any info on how to reach speedline(if they are still making this wheel, or have old stock) that would be great! I also love the way that they disguised the 5 lugs behind a false knockoff center lug so cleverly that the local Goodyear tire store actually couldnt get the tires off once, called me up to say they were at a loss and I had to give them the secret to getting the wheels off. Paul 94S4 85TE
  6. I like the idea of a clear cover.... I will see just how much work it would be to do. If it's feasible, I will take a high speed shutter movie, and let's see what's happening in there! Paul
  7. I've been just wondering as I look at my plenum box over my carbs....... how can the air from the chargecooler(or turbo) possibly balance pressure to all four air inlet horns? It comes in a small rectangular inlet right between #2 and #3 cylinders, and there must be a whole lot of turbulence getting to the 2 farther air horns. I wonder if there is a lean/rich imbalance going on...... How many of you all have had burned cylinders/ valves, etc, and which cylinders were they? If enough replies, I will make a graph, and let's see if there is any anectdotal data that can make some light on the question. Just to start things off, I have had (in my first engine) a burned piston(hole burned right through the top) in #4 piston, and also 2 burned valves, both in #1 piston. Just by looking at the flow dynamics, as best I can guess, it looks like #1 and #4 might be lean, and more power from #2 and #3.... also, another indicator might be burned head gaskets..... Any data from your records? All this is leading to that I might be thinking about how to re-design the air distribution from the turbo to the air horns on the carbs..... Improve engine potential power without getting detonation on one or two cylinders, while the other two cylinders are still below threshold. Paul 94S4 85TE
  8. Hi All, I am looking through the Esprits on Ebay, and I'm noticing that the AUTOCHECK Scores all seem to be bad......Even when there is no problems found the score is bad.....Why do they ruin the chances of a seller to sell at a good price with low scores that don't reflect the condition of the car??? Case in point, a 89 Esprit on EBAY item number 380261402856. It gives a score of 64 but then in the score details section, there are NO problems at all........ If I were this seller, and the unjustified low score caused people to not buy my car, I would be so livid that I'd be tempted to take action against the scoring company..... It seems to have no rhyme or reason as a 3 year older Esprit (Ebay item 280552460331) WITH a reported damage/accident in the AutoCheck Score got a higher score of 66.......... Now I know that us, in the Esprit community can look past those scores to see the cars for what they are, but shutting out all the potential buyers who come to blindly rely on the score as a filtering tool smacks of arbitrary un-justice........ So, in the interests of all of us who for whatever reason might need to sell our loved Esprits, I wrote to the company this following: "To whom it may concern. I'm interested in buying this Lotus Esprit on EBAY, item number 380261402856 I'm concerned about the failing score of 64, but owner insists that there is no problem. In your report viewable on ebay, there are no issues found, so why is there such a bad score? I'm concerned that there is some hidden problem. Please tell me what it is that you found that gives it such an unacceptable score. Thanks, Paul Wendling 951 206 9156" Let's see if I get a reply......... Oh, and by the way, on their website, in small print, it says that it is a division of Experian... that figures, the company that consistently is being sued for unrealistic scoring risk factoring....... Do any of you folks have any stories about this problem?
  9. Well, I must say, good job, and not being afraid to experiment, even when you don't know the final outcome is very commendable! Since none of us knows what a custom mod will liik like until it's finished, as it exists nowhere else in the world is a gamble, but only those with the imagination and courage to take it to there will have any satisfaction of creating something new... I like the wing, rear defusser, and the matte color. I also happen to like the side exhaust. What would finish off the exhaust is if you put a high temp rated material in an oval downwind of it... like the gt racing cars have.... now, if your exhaust was dual, coming out both sides of the car, that would be awesome. The only thing I would have to see in person is the striping, as it's hard to make up my mind just by a picture.... so many times things that look great in person don't translate well to a still photo. By the way, what is the hood vent for? I too am a fan of vents, but they should have a specific functionality.... I did the same thing to my Esprit, putting in side vents just behind the rear tyres, to go to extra Chargecooler radiators located just above the fuel tanks. In my picture, you can also see that I put ground effects all round the my esprit, and can't walk away from it without walking backwards EVERY time I park I know you will be doing the same thing! And as to the comments, I know what you feel, as I always am getting people saying "Hey! Is that the newest F or L car???" I Love the fact that our Esprits are SO rare, and of a such forward design that they will forever remain timeless and new All the best, Paul Wendling 94S4 85TE
  10. Yes there is definitely a clear coat as mine on my 94S4 is taken to peeling just where the A-pillar meets the bonnet..... It just keeps getting bigger, bigger, bigger........... Paul 94S4 85TE
  11. I also have noticed this phenomenon in both my stock suspensioned 94 S4 and heavily modified/lowered 85 TE suspension. Especially after not driving the cars for several weeks, I get in, and for the first 50 miles or so the ride is very harsh... feel every little pebble and paint lines in the road..... bangs the car harder..... then, after the 50 miles or so, the ride gets smooth..... stays smooth for up to a week or so(if not driven). I tried to figure it out, and I came up with the thought that the shocks are much stiffer than normal suspension cars, and with a very light weight of the chassis, it reacts to the shock oil being sluggish until it has a chance to get "kneaded" and soft. ALso, it could be a combo of enging mounts, bushings, etc all working together. It is definitely something that I have not noticed on any of the other cars I drive, except my Cadillac Allante' which does it a little. All the best, Paul
  12. Here's some pics of my car, and before paint.... You will notice I also sculpted in extra air intakes behind the doors for the intercooler radiators located just over the fuel tanks. (That may not be to everybodies taste) I also put some ground effects straking and splitters under the car. Paul
  13. Be careful when blending body seams "chamfering". I know that there are schools of thought that "modern" cars have an all smooth body...... But if you have ever seen people blend their car's body lines/panel lines, then you knnow that the overall end result is that it Really, Really ends up looking like an upside down plastic "thing". Gordonie did it to his yellow V8 aka"Mello Yello" and having seen the back side, where he blended the panel lines, bumper, etc.... it really ended up looking like a "kit car". If you really want to smooth and blend the car's panels, I suggest that you put a thin black "panel line" between the pieces... It will look so much better. Just my 02c Paul 94S4 85TE
  14. Hi Christopher, Give me a call anytime.... phone is always on (951)206-9156 Paul
  15. I think that Detlef at Lotus Prepared by Claudius has a personal G-car carbed that is there on the power level. One thing to remember, though, is that the G-cars are a Lot lighter than later models so true 300 hp will give any later model Esprit a run for the money. Paul 85TE 94S4
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