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  1. Don't know if it's already been mentioned but I think it wouldn't take much to change to the generic look of the Esprit, which until the Evija I reckon was the most beautiful Lotus made. Adding the small window behind the door and tinkering with the curves to make them more wedgie and the side scoops could do it.
  2. Much the same...
  3. Popular with motorbike mechanics here especially on the older British ones with split gearbox cases.
  4. A new Esprit, after a break of 16+ years by the time it's released, yes. It's an icon. Wasn't a problem for Bugatti. And it has to have some sort of wedge look.
  5. I thought it was due to a service maintenance issue. Checking and filling oil level on a dry sump needs to be done quickly before too much drains back into the sump. So when this wasn't done properly it'd be overfilled. I also thought there were a number of stuff up's and claims during the warranty period.
  6. What a coincidence. I have a Cressida and just swapped a Ford Courier van diesel motor and gearbox into it.
  7. Interested but for some reason I can't send you a message. Can you do so to me? Thanks.
  8. I reckon that guy was a tyre kicker. When the time comes to sell mine I dread having to deal with that breed. I'm thinking no test drives before an agreed price and refundable deposit. Any ideas how to cull out the dreamers?
  9. Great control cornering on two wheels...
  10. Small non-related point. I've seen a couple of cars with the plastic cover cracked where the bonnet strut attaches to that cover. Flipping the ball joint 180degs so the load is more in line with the stronger side of the cover is something I do as a matter of course.
  11. I'm surprised you need a torque wrench and carpenter's clamps to re-assemble them.
  12. Definitely not to be missed. Great for partners and children too because of all the other attractions besides cars. Just stay away from the art sales. The cheapest item I saw last year was a couple of thousand dollars.
  13. I had the same problem. The bolt is single shear so eventually bends over. I made an extra bracket so it's double shear now. Fair amount of work though removing the door cards etc.
  14. Got into a "spirited" drive on a winding uphill road with Ducati and Honda superbikes behind. I was able to leave them no doubt because of the tightness of the bends. When the road opened up they passed me with the thumbs up signs from both. That was nice.
  15. Try Hychill or whatever its equivalent is in Europe. It's an LPG based mix of gases. Refill with 1/3 weight of R12, bigger molecules and lower pressure so less likely to leak. Works for me here in our hotter aussie climate.
  16. Don't know if this has been posted before but it's good...
  17. No, I'm building a wardrobe at my daughter's place. How did you go with the museum auction and and the auto brunch at St Ives?
  18. How many deaths do pedestrians account for in the stats?
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    Copycat? That's not a copycat, this is:
  20. Hi John, easier said than done. I'd need to get the car up on a hoist to photograph those extra brackets I made. I'l try and get some for you next time I do an oil change.
  21. I don't think reinforcing the connecting bracket will resolve the problem. The rear cradle is what twists. There are only four points, the two rear bobbins and then the brackets bolted to the bulkhead, that resist the torsional twisting forces of the springs and shocks. Think of a shoe box and how much stiffer it becomes with the lid on. The 300 Sport has a massive bracket linking the rear bobbins to the front of the cradle near the bulkhead. The 300 Sport had a lighter, hand laid body, not as thick or strong as the varimold bodies, so Lotus had to restore the strength somehow. What I did several years ago was two things. Firstly I eliminated the bobbins and made alloy plates. The bobbins work in tension and there's not much surface area so eventually they bust out. With upper and lower plates about 50mm square and 6mm thick and several years of use, I've had no more problems. The second thing I did was making additional brackets halfway between the bobbins and the bulkhead. I used square tubing about 400mm long bolted into the inverted "u" channels on each side of the inner body molds. You can feel those channels by running your fingers under the air cleaner and corresponding side next to the exhaust manifold. From the mid-point of the square tubing I welded triangulated brackets that bolt to the engine mount plates on the chassis. That part of the body mold is very strong, being a box to hold the petrol tanks and inner guards. I well remember my delight the first time I drove my car over a rough road how much stiffer it was with the new brackets. A bit of effort but worth it. Only weigh a kilo or two, well hidden and can't be seen without a very close look.
  22. Carlos Ghosn Replaced as Head of Renault, Remains Jailed in Japan Renault has been under pressure to replace him as CEO as the former Renault and Nissan chairman remains in a Japanese jail, accused of financial misdeeds. By CLIFFORD ATIYEH Jan 25, 2019 Getty Images UPDATE, 1/24/19: It's official: Carlos Ghosn has resigned as chairman and CEO of Renault. He will be replaced by Jean-Dominique Senard, currently president of Michelin, as chairman, while former Renault chief operating officer Thierry Bolloré will become CEO, according to a report by French newspaper Le Monde this morning. UPDATE, 1/22/19: Carlos Ghosn is reportedly exiting Renault, according to Automotive News, citing unnamed sources from multiple publications. This means Ghosn would step down from his positions as chairman and CEO. He has already been ousted from chairman positions at Mitsubishi and Nissan. Renault has scheduled an "emergency" board meeting for this Thursday, January 24. We will update as more information is available. Carlos Ghosn is losing both weight and support from the French government as he and now his wife attempt to combat allegations of financial misconduct at Nissan. Ghosn's biggest supporter aside from his lawyer, who last week said there is "no evidence of a crime," is his wife, Carole Ghosn. According to various media reports, she wrote a letter, which has been made public, to Human Rights Watch criticizing the Japanese government for its detainment practices. "For hours each day, the prosecutors interrogate him, browbeat him, lecture him and berate him, outside the presence of his attorneys, in an effort to extract a confession," she said, according to the Japan Times. "No human being should be detained under conditions so harsh that their only plausible purpose is to coerce a confession." Carole claims her husband lost 15 pounds in two weeks from a diet of rice and barley, is only able to shower two to three times a week, was denied medications, and is pressured to sign translated documents without a lawyer present. Interrogations can reportedly last for up to eight hours a day, according to the Financial Times. His family is not allowed to visit and he has been repeatedly denied bail. But this is all common practice under Japan's legal system. Ghosn was arrested on November 19 and may be in jail for several more months until his trial date is set. "We listen properly to claims made by the suspect," Shin Kukimoto said to the FT. "We don't do the kind of interrogation that forces a confession." France on Verge of Removing Ghosn as Renault CEO Meanwhile, France's finance minister, Bruno Le Maire, said on Wednesday that Renault wants to replace Ghosn. The jailed executive is still CEO of Renault, although an interim CEO is currently acting in his place. The French government has held a stake in the automaker since the end of World War II, when it nationalized the company and left founder Louis Renault to die in prison for allegedly working with the Nazis, and currently owns 15 percent. "I have always said that if Carlos Ghosn were to be durably incapacitated, we'd have to move on to something else, and we're there now," said Bruno Le Maire, as reported by the New York Times. Renault released a statement Thursday stating that the company is "actively working to find the best solution for the future governance of the group, with a view to preserving the company's interests and strengthening the Renault-Nissan Alliance." For its part, Nissan is considering removing the position of chairman altogether and not replacing Ghosn, according to Bloomberg. The Reuters Japan news service, citing unnamed sources, reported that Nissan may file suit against Ghosn personally for damages related to his alleged financial improprieties. Ghosn has been charged with making false disclosures about his income on Nissan's corporate financial statements, and the Japanese automaker has made other accusations against Ghosn for misusing company funds. Ghosn maintains his innocence.
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