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    Esprit '98 GT3, Evora N/A Launch Edition.
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    Esprit- ram air intake, twin centre exit exhausts and dump valve. Evora- upgraded flywheel and BOE
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    East Horsley, Surrey

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  1. Ok Bibs, I hear you ! thanks
  2. Thanks Lotusman33 for the info. I shall get, in contact and get hold of a cert.
  3. Hey all - is anyone keeping a database anywhere for this Registry ( eg Google open spreadsheet )? I am particularly wanting to bottom out whether or not there are any other GT3 ( or other variant) in ‘Deep Purple’ out there. Bibs once told me that he knew of one other, but we never really concluded the conversation. Or is there a contact data base at Lotus that I could reference ? Any ideas or info. welcome.
  4. Looks like I am alone on this post folks. Anyhow , for the benefit of the Forum, my update is that I approached two well known specialist lotus garages about the gear shift shaft seals and neither had encountered the job before so were unable to advise. This also perhaps indicates that it is a relatively rare Requirement. A lot of Googling later I finally figured that it is possible to pull the spline with the gearbox in situ ( access obviously a challenge until the stock air filter stuff is removed, but fortunately I have an aftermarket cold air intake fitted which makes this, and a lot of other jobs so much easier). From there it is relatively straightforward to replace the two seals. However, some further research and head scratching has led me to strongly suspect that the leak culprit is the gearbox oil breather, which may not be functioning properly. This can lead to seal leakage under high load and temp. Including the leakage that some have experienced from the strange plastic plug that seals a sensor housing on the Aisin box which Toyota use but Lotus do not utilise on the Evora. So here is a general query - if anyone is reading this stuff - is it possible to remove and replace the breather plug assembly ( A132F6252S part 35 on the parts list.?.)
  5. Has anyone changed the oil seal ? I just traced an oil leak to the Boot at the top of the transmission where the vertical gear change selector shaft emerges from the gearbox. looking at the parts diagram I am thinking it Is the seal A132F6143S which may be passing oil. Question - how to remove and replace . Does the selector shaft need to come out and if not then how can the seal be removed over the Selector armature , as it looks like the shaft and armature are a single welded piece ?
  6. Just took delivery of a pair of Miguel's fantastic marine grade stainless mudguard brackets, having disassembled the wheel arch of my recently purchased launch edition Evora in order to 'get at' the sealed light unit (another story !). There was only 'archaelogical' evidence of a bracket having been there at some point ! Only a few slices of rust stuck to the mudflap. I got intouch with Miguel, ordered and got delivery within 24 hours - plus a really interesting 'Lotus chat' on the phone. Being a long-time Lotus fan and owner of a couple of Esprits, I am so dissappointed to find the amount of untreated mild steel brackets - and also clearly unprotected interfaces between metals promoting galvanic corrosion - on the Evora. That and the sun damage-prone facia is just not what you would expect to find on any reputable vehicle construction. Well done Miguel for creating these brackets - which will outlast the car itself I am sure.
  7. Been several times - both to corporate days and also independently to open track days. All very well run and the facilities are better than at most tracks. Also purpose built tracks means plenty of safe run- off rather than nasty concrete/ tyre/Armco barriers . Good luck and enjoy.
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  9. Bibs - Elise S1. theelanman - Evora j141 -Evora S ROJ - Exige V6 Club Racer bingoking - Evora GTE #8 The Pits - Dry Sump Turbo Esprit Sparky - Esprit GT3 & clipboard Sizona - expect Evora GTE #16 ChrisJ - '82 Turbo Esprit Choppa '86 Esprit S3 (no clipboard, but I'll bring a pen) Royal - '95 Esprit S4S Peapod - Exige S2 UNLUCKY FOR SOME! SnoBoardr & Dexter - Evora S Mayesprit - M100S2 Elan Pig - '95 Esprit S4 (Maybe) Hi Viz I expect x 2 (One for Wilf) Experienced finger pointing device and do as I ask face - No you cant park in the concours with your mate !! Dave Eds. Yellow E.... Kevin E -Elise S2 Red Alex L - Red 2-Eleven DaveC72 - Evora S Bazza - Dry Sump Turbo Esprit Paul-lotusesprit1 Lotus Esprit SE JAWS - Evora Rupert - Elise DanChantler - Evora Steamdriven -'98 Esprit GT3 'the purple one'
  10. I must add to the long list of thanks and praise for the excellent day - well done Bibs and all who contributed. Really bad luck with the weather - it was a pity that it curtailed some of the engine bay peeping and nattering, but seeing the long line-up made it all worth it, even in the rain. (I live nearby and the following day was actually sunny and warm apart from a very brief bout of rain at about 4 PM - very frustrating) Very impressed with MBW hospitality - let's hope they can have us back next year, and perhaps allow a few more spaces, as this was evidently a popular event. Thanks again all.
  11. Happy to add my name to the list - particularly if there may be a need to make up the numbers. never done a concours before. Deep Purple GT3 fairly rare......and I only live around the corner Ian p
  12. Just got mine back from a new windscreen fit at National Windscreens in Aldershot. It took a while to get the glass and trim sourced and sorted, but the guys did great job in the workshop today with the fit. They took plenty of care and pride in the result. Perhaps I am just a grumpy pessimist but I am surprised these days when I experience good service and workmanship ! If anyone needs an Esprit windscreen fitted then I'd recommend these guys.
  13. I am up for it on the Sunday Saturday: 1. Bibs - Evora S IPS 2. Chipp - Elise S2 T49 3. Mattthesparks - Stevens Carb Turbo 4.dodge1979 - esprit s4 5.Changes. Esprit SE. modified 6. robcarter - Evora S Sunday: 1. Bibs - Evora S IPS 2. Hopo - S3 Esprit Turbo (hopefully) 3. Dodge1979 - esprit s4 4.Changes , Esprit SE modified. 5. robcarter - Evora S 6. Trevsked - ? 7. Ian P - Esprit GT3
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