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  1. WBAC will knock around £50 off for any paint chips per panel. Favourite place for them to look is the trailing edge of the doors - have a look and patch up if you can!!
  2. Just the position I worry about leaving my family in. (Lotus complete but Citroen in a zillion bits) You could start with the price of an unrestored (but in need of) vs a fully restored version. The price must be somewhere between those numbers. Take the cost of body, paint and engine off price No 2 and you must be somewhere near, allowing for the time it would take to reassemble the parts. The alternative is to start with price (1), add the purchased parts and add the time to get to this point. My big worry would be being assured of getting ALL the parts. The deal would need to allow you to look through and possible to return if needs be. Its likely the seller would be happy for this as it must be a nightmare for them - you will be doing them a huge favour in a way!
  3. Agree. It's a nice bit of insurance and nest egg! Also any profit is tax free. I wouldn't break it down. You are more likely to use it or sell it if it's not been stripped.
  4. I'd love some of these. Is the group buy order complete or still open?
  5. How about heat - in a wire of your own or hot knife? Please be careful - last time I was removing old rubber/adhesive from the rear quarter, I cut my finger to the bone it was so hard!!
  6. That is very cool. Didn't know this stuff existed! Does it run cold or warm? Where did you install the inverter?
  7. Antibody test has just become available at our hospital. Results though still poorly understood. Also, there are reports from the BMA that members who have had a test / are positive for either antigen or antibody test ARE BEING REFUSED MORTGAGES AND LIFE INSURANCES AND INCOME PROTECTION!!!!! Seems to be for a period of 3 months but even so its a massive kick in the teeth.
  8. Does the frame have to be metal - That looks like a black rubber/plastic U channel would work and protect any bodywork nearby better than metal. The tabs can be just L tabs connected to the grill by a method of your choice - rivets/bolts&washers etc. Particularly if its not visible.
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    Lockdown hair

    My 19 year old is at home from university (and driving me mental) and had lockdown hair. Being a youngster, he can still grow it at speed! Anyway, he asked me if I could cut it. I said yes, I have clippers and I can make it shorter. He then proceeded to say what he wanted Grade 4 at the back, blending to grade 3/2 at the sides. Taper at the back and sides with a gentle transition from back/sides to the top which he wanted trimmed back a little but not too much so he could flop it over his forehead still I referred him to the answer I gave some moments ago......... I can make it shorter!
  10. This is our experience in the north midlands too. We are desperate to return to treating other conditions as we were before lockdown and shift of resources to frontline hospitals. Our local frontline hospitals are not overrun and dont look like they will be, barring a second wave bigger than the first which seems unlikely. Trouble is, we (busiest elective orthopaedic hospital in the UK) sent most of our ventilators/anaesthetic machines to them in preparation, just keeping enough back to treat all the trauma cases they would usually deal with so as to reduce potential pressures. So now, we are 'busy' with trauma, they are not but they are reluctant to take back the work they would usually do. I half understand this but there are now reams of people stuck in their homes fairly incapacitated with musculoskeletal pain. Wont kill them of course but most wont be getting their planned surgery until next year at best. And this is only my experience - plenty of other surgical specialities out their with their hands tied. I recently heard that pathology services were processing just 10% of biopsies (for things like cancer) than they would usually do. This will be from a combination of reasons - unable to do the work, people unable or not wanting to get to their GP or hospital. I think the second death toll wont be the virus, it will be other neglected conditions and that secondary kill wont become apparent until the statisticians start counting the data. It could even turn out that these will be the XS deaths, not the virus at all. Doctors learn very early on to avoid the cure that is worse than the disease. I hope this wont be the case here.
  11. Yes my experience is that the hinge attachment plates to the bonnet are weak and easily damaged. Its a real pain to have to re-glass them back. Good idea to check their integrity before you proceed.
  12. Also, the bolts can be frustratingly short - this might have been a previous owner but I changed mine for longer ones just for this adjustment! Also, those hinges flex quite alot so make sure both are loose before you move it or one will get stressed. Remember there are also shims at the bonnet catches that can change the height of the bonnet cf the height of the wings at the top.
  13. Absolutely - I have an old NSU scooter that started, ran but then stopped and refused to run after 20mins or so of running. The hole in the filler cap was blocked - fuel use created a vacuum that eventually stopped flow until air found its way back in again. Not able to answer the breather pipe or not on an Elite.
  14. Breather pipes on tank ok? A negative pressure in the tank could impede flow. I learned the hard way with my fuel problem - I failed to check each element from the start to the finish.
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    What is the direction as it passes over the UK?
  16. Well well well. I'm sorry I havnt read all 1768 posts but I'm sure you are all correct!! Working in a specialist hospital in the northwest has given us challenges. I came back from leave mid march to all of this and then promptly caught the virus (no test but for gods sake, what else could it have been?) Off for a week but took a month to be anywhere normal. And thats a mild case. I have colleagues who were really sick. All of our elective work has stopped and we are doing the trauma for the local hospitals to give them some breathing space. learning how to fix hips, femurs and forearms after 5 years of not doing so a small challenge but fun actually. Hoping we might return to some sense of normality soon but how remains a problem. We are trying to modify our theatre breathing apparatus to include a 99.9% filter atm. Even if we succeed, it wont be CE marked etc etc so... whats the point? Satisfying ourselves I guess. I love the thursday clapping thing but I feel the thanks should go to the traditionally un-thanked - those who actually keep the country going yet aren't in obviously key-jobs. They have to continue to work yet seem forgotten. Farmers, shop workers, cleaners, transport, etc etc. My claps are for you. I'm hoping all of our friends on here remain well and I look forward to better times. Si
  17. So, it seems no tours this year. Shame. I've been away for a while, what with Covid -19 etc etc but hoping everyone is OK. Looking back today on these posts, I can't believe we did this! My son got to university and was hugely enjoying his fresher year until Sheffield shut and he got sent home. Terrible end to any first year. But looking forward to second now. The Esprit is on SORN at the moment - too much going on to get things sorted after the Trip but am now starting to work through the issues. These are Coolant leaking - bottom pipes to heater - not the replaced water pump in the end! Terrible headlights - think it may be the contacts in the switch rather than loose wires in the front compartment. I'd love to change to relays and have a dedicated feed for the lights but the 'lectrics are beyond me. Did the window relay mod but dont know how to do the lights one........(?) Taken the binnacle off and replacing all the incandescents for LEDs in the hope of a visible speedo in the dark and less strain. We'll see perhaps. Exhaust - seems OK but there must be a blow somewhere when things get hot.prob leave for now. Basic A service also due. hoping to be ready for the summer, hoping lockdown eases accordingly. Si
  18. Happy late Christmas Day everyone! Hope everyone had a nice lunch and are suitably sleepy now, contemplating bored games, stooped over low tables - reach for that gaviscon!!
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    Welcome too! I'm also in Shropshire and wonder of I've seen you out but that seems unlikely!!! Its a cool fine day in Shropshire this morning. The run to Lake Vyrnwy / Bala is brilliant in the morning - V few cars over the Berwyns Simon
  20. Thats great - you look very happy! Nice lookin car. Lets have some more details. You could head over to the introductions section to really fill us in on your story, post more pictures etc! Welcome to the best forum on the net!
  21. Ah, yes - they are also curving up towards the camera - I guess they were laid out on a slope. Bizarre effect though!
  22. It just looks amazing!! Perfect indeed. (I know you wont think its perfection - your eye will only be drawn to the imperfections you can see but trust me, to everyone else's eyes its perfect!) Very jealous indeed. However, please put me out of my misery - the post you made on October 29th, you have a picture including the window frames. Why does the top frame have strange curly bits to it when it clearly cant have?? Is it an optical illusion or have I lost my mind?? Si
  23. Now, I tend to vote Tory but this guy is a complete rotter!! He seems to live in the 18th century! Still, as Barry says, stuff their manifestos. This election is about democracy and respecting the will of the people. If Labour also said they would pursue a Brexit, then there would be a game on!!!!
  24. Hi Huw, My body off journey was due to accident damage and needing front end work so it was shipped to Lotusbits for repair. The tub is fairly flat underneath so a set of trestles level with the jacking points would work fine. Really needs storing indoors though if thats possible. Do you have plenty of space? Dont forget fuel tanks out before the body removal too! I have an engine crane you are welcome to borrow plus an engine stand too. Easy to damage front end unless you plan the lifting points well. It didnt matter too much in my case of course! Also have a shop press which is useful for bearings & bushings Be prepared to replace/recore the radiator and replace oil cooler - those unions can be so tight as to destroy the cooler during removal. Fortunately, replacement cooler and pipes are not too dear. Take your time and enjoy it. When you get near the end of disconnections/removals, I'd be happy to pop over so we can go through anything that might have been missed and plan the lift. Always looking for an excuse to take out the Esprit!! Si
  25. Hi Huw, I'm in Oswestry and took the body off my 1986 S3 a few years ago. I dont get alot of free time but when you actually lift, you will need at least 4 people and preferably an engine hoist (to deal with the ridiculously heavy front end) You have lots to disconnect before that and if the '88 is anything like mine, will have to think carefully about the brake lines - had to cut mine as they go through body to front compartment but as I was going to replace them anyway, no big deal. Taking the doors and rear hatch off will make a big difference to the weight too. Essentially, a body off opens you to the world of a full restoration as things get so much easier once its done. Simon
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