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  1. That looks like a stunning riviera, well shot. Is it black on black?
  2. I've used Spit n Polish in Tonbridge to restore a set of Wolfrace and am very happy with their result. Diamond cutting is great but someone recently told me that being a raw metal, it needs to be buffer polished in order to achieve a high temperature on the surface of the alloy which helps seal the metal giving better results in terms of mirror shine, longetivity and helping to withhold pressure, as alloys have a tendency to breath more than steel wheels, particularly when old.
  3. Cool. That's a funky colour. What is it? Is that a factory option or was it done at some later stage? Lovely looking éclat. These cars always look better in my opinion when mixed with other classics of the period at shows.
  4. The elite looks beautiful. Glad to see that special éclat doing the rounds. Looks great in the motoring setting.
  5. S2 éclat looks stunning in its final form. Red suits it well. I'm sure thy would have built a lot more were it not for the re-engineered chassis of the new excel. Pity the factory didn't just stick these bodies onto the new chassis but I guess that would be considered a rectification. I'm hanging onto my car for as long as I can.......
  6. Hello Dan There is a tool called an induction heater. This looks like a soldering iron with a ring attachment to the end. You simply place the suitably sized ring end around the plug and allow the heat to expand the outside which should free the plug. These tools are used by professionals and are effective but the downside is that they are expensive. The old fashioned way of welding a bolt to the old plug is an excellent way without having to go another way professionals use, which is to drill into it and insert a counter rotating bolt to be able to get a grip on it. I have had excellent results freeing up things like this in the past by the use of a small Dremel cutting disc. It's time consuming, but if you manage to get a nice cut through the plug, some heat, WD40 and a large screwdriver might work. Whatever you do, keep the mindset 'persistency pays'. I have great admiration for what you're doing.
  7. Thanks Mike. I find when photographing these cars, that they have to be pictured in an environment, which is effectively putting them into context. Most of us are hooked onto them because when we were walking to school back in the day, we were mesmerised by the cutting edge look which contrasted with the other bulkier, standard looking vehicles of the day. Today I find that look still works. A picture of a tired looking car next to a lockup does these cars no justice and we have all seen too many pictures of wrecks and relics. The tide has to turn and it's people like us that make it happen.
  8. This is an excellent investment. Put that grand and a bit on a bookshelve and come back after 10 years and that bag of sand won't look the same. However put that beautiful car under a sheet in the corner of your workshop and take that cover off after ten years and (all going well as history shows, I hope and pray), you will have a grin on your face a foot long. It should make sense. I don't understand why more people are not smashing their piggy banks to go out and grab a bargain. Come on LOTUS enthusiasts.
  9. My éclat 2.2 riviera. Photo taken in North London about 7 years ago.
  10. Despite the origami styling, the esprit with the exception of the windscreen and rear glass screen has curves on every other piece of glass and every panel. It has to have curves because the design has to flow otherwise it would look like it is made of hardboard. I believe I took the pic with a GoPro camera which has a wide angle lense. The funny thing about capturing images with most cameras is that they are not an exact duplication of the image as seen by the eye. If you want a demonstration of this, look at something like a car via a camera viewfinder and then look at the same view with the naked eye. The nose of the esprit actually has quite a curve to it and in this case, this has been accentuated by the camera lens. Hope that explains it.
  11. Love it...... I am always amazed as to how the elites are still so relatively undervalued today despite how much publicity they got back in the day considering the small numbers made.
  12. That is the cockpit dome light. It appears to have two forward facing spots as found on the elite/éclat which shone onto non illuminated Lucas switchgear. I am assuming that this lighting was removed on early esprit Turbos which would make it more than an inch but maybe an Essex owner can shed more light on it (forgive the pun).
  13. Maybe but they were marketed for cars. We are going back to a technotronic era when everyone was turned on by fitting flashing LED's with knobs and square buttons and nonsense equalisers as aftermarket enhancements. They did look cool though.....
  14. Many thanks for the pics . You have a lovely car. The overhead panel is a stereo equaliser inspired by Jetranger helicopter overhead panels. I figure Chapman being a pilot thought it complemented the exotic styling. Lotus put them in the first Essex turbos and I guess this one found its way into this car. It was made back in the day by Panasonic and sold as an aftermarket system. Someone told me that in order to make them fit, Lotus had to cut something like an inch or so from the rear end. If you are lucky enough to find one of these stereos these days, they are not cheap.
  15. Any chance you could post a pic of your elite please Daniel.
  16. Some stuff I hadn't seen before there, always nice. These cars always look better from back in the day. Thanks for that.
  17. That car looks so crisp on the road. Classic cars always look better when you see them like this rather than lined up at a show.
  18. Yes, good spot. I guess you're always looking outside the box.
  19. Hello Mark. That's the way it works. Sadly my éclat riviera has a broken exhaust manifold. I plan to restore the chassis and suspension components properly before I put it back on the road and that will be a body off job.
  20. Hi Ant The two post lifts are by a company called CJ Autos and cost about £1,800 and I am very happy with them. If you are shopping around, you'll find that most of this stuff these days comes from China however as far as I am aware UK standards for this product are met. My lifts have a 3 ton rating but they will never see that. Apart from the hydraulics, they have a fail safe mechanical lock every few inches which has to be released when releasing pressure and lowering. The company are at the Birmingham NEC classic Car Show every November and they are usually on display. Being two post they have the advantage of taking up less space. They are excellent for working on our cars because they allow unobstructed access to virtually every part underneath the car. However they take time to raise a car so if you are using the car regularly, a four post roll on would be a better option in that respect. The two posts are also ideal for separating the body from the chassis. They work on having four adjustable telescopic arms with adjustable rubber pads on a screw which you can locate at various points under the car and then apply pressure to raise the car. Ideally you would pick it up from the chassis however my eclat has pads on the chassis at the front and just forward of the wheel arches on the edge at the rear which I understand is a point that can sustain the load. It is important that the arms are long enough to reach the points you want. I have to say this as many people might read this; 'Exercise extreme caution when working with car lifts'. Lift slightly and make sure that the car is resting well and does not budge before raising to full height. The other 'car movers' as they are called are also by CJ Autos. From what you tell me, the ones I have on this car would not work with your floor as I made the mistake of not getting the heavy duty ones that take more weight. The difference is in the wheels. The wheels on mine are small and metal. You need bigger wheels with a bigger rating as there are only four. I think they had 1 ton and 2 ton spec and mine are 1 ton. These work but take a bit of muscle so I might get bigger wheels for it if I need to use it again in the future. They are good for spraying cars or for allowing access to work on things like brakes. If you are looking at moving a car around a large garage, the individual wheel dollies that go on each tyre are normally easier. If space is tight and you are putting a car up close to a wall, go this set up but make sure the wheels can take the weight. I'm in London and space is critical. I hope that information helps and I'm sorry for taking up writing space in a picture thread but I have included one picture. Roddy
  21. Well, it has to be said, Jenson were the Guinea pig prototype company for Lotus. I'm hoping this ones had a sprinkling of engineers magic dust.......I have a good feeling about it.
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