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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
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    The deep purple one
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. Matt - sounds like a horror story; i will need to watch out when mine gets done by National Windscreens. Are the trims for your model the same as mine (98 GT3) do you know ? And how come Auto Windscreens couln't fit them ? If they are the same for mine then I'd be interested.
  16. Thanks for your reply. The same may apply to my car - looks like I will need to do a bit more research. Hopefully someone that has been through this learning curve before me (and with a 98 or later car) will jump in here and offer some advice. I find it hard to believe that trims are so hard to get for a 98 car as windscreen damage is going to happen.... (the windcsreen had to be made at pilkingtons - but the trims have proved to be very difficult to get)
  17. Thanks all - I have now stripped-out the carpet and underlay on the drivers side and conducted several trials with hose pipe (now that veolia have at last allowed us to use our hoses again in Surrey). My latest theory is that the source of footwell water is probably from the door seals which commonly let-in a small amount of water, and also water unavoidably drips inside the car when opening and shutting the door in heavy rain. I think it is simply a matter that the water then has nowhere to go (except ofcourse for evaporation) and if it is allowed to get into the foam layer that sits beneath the vinyl underlay layer (due for example to a cut or tear in the vinyl) then it simply soaks-up and stays there. I am replacing my damaged foam-backed vinyl underlay and carpet and hope that this will sort the problem (in addition to trying to avoid taking her out in the rain of course - do you think summer will start anytime soon ?)
  18. My GT3 (98) windscreen recently cracked and replacement is being fitted by National Windscreens under insurance (excess £75). They have sourced the glass but I am being told that they cannot get hold of the 'corner clips' trims ? (obolete apparently). Does anyone know how to get hold of them ? Can they be recovered from the existing windscreen and re-fit ?
  19. Yes it has to be a watering can - what with this ridiculous hose pipe ban ! I guess I will have to try that - just wondered if anyone had encountered this before; the next question will be how to patch the leak !
  20. thanks for this - I also thought it might be seat bolts because i had driven through some heavy ground water, but i am certain that rain is finding its way in whilst the car is stationary (I collected a few drops in a tray I had put into the footwell) - but i cannot figure out how and I cannot feel anything 'wet' above the footwell.
  21. After standing overnight in one of our usual incessant downpours recently, I found footwell carpet soaked (driver side). Any ideas where this is most likely to be getting -in ?
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