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  1. Well, sad to say thats my car. She's now been sold to an enthuisiast in Belgium to add to his Lotus collection. For what its worth I tried Pistonheads, & got a pretty poor quality response eg 'Will you take
  2. Many years ago I was given a new company car - Saab 9000 Carlsson. (It replaced a Sierra 4x4). Had it for 4 years. Lovely, incredible acceleration, totally wild & unpredictable handling but all in all a nice car. At 98,000 miles, and well out of warranty the differential exploded. With little argument, Saab replaced it for free. That was impressive. A sad loss. Maybe it can come good again when the world starts up again.
  3. Mechanic who hepled with my rear wheel bearing said he'd never seen so many bust springs before. Worst ones apparently are 7 series BMW's because the broken spring then shreds the tyre ..... Bit worrying when even new fiesta's & Peugeot 207 etc. break them regularly.
  4. Fair point there Buddsy, although I reckon the difference in ride height between the series is down to US & EEC regulations. Must admit our roads are so badly potholed at the moment flinging lotti around just aint possible, going down the Sedbergh road into Kendal for the Sunday papers a bit like going on a military assault course. Still, just an idea to while away the winter nights ......
  5. Putting an S2 front bumper onto an S3 was discussed a little while ago - mooted quite feasible with little or no change. There might be a bit of a gap between the bumper & the mid line strip - you could add a bit which would lead inevitably to the even bigger job of replacing the lot - but it would 'lighten' the front a bit. There was an S2 front bumper for sale somewhere for around
  6. Can't find any pics - I think they're on another memory stick somewhere - but my D3 was excellent in the dry snow we had in December, even up up 6 - 8 '' deep with 2' drifts (you just bash through). Wet snow - completely rubbish. Just the laws of physics I guess. Same applies to more general off road stuff, rock, dry(ish) mud fine, wet grass, slimy mud, rubbish. Best car for wet snow / mud was my Citroen Dyane of 1973 vintage. Tall skinny tyres, low weight, little power just like An SI/II/III. Must admit I thoroughly enjoyed my D2 of a few years ago, not the best ride on-road though by modern standards. The D3 is a tremendous road car, although a bit pricey & smart to bash through bushes, scuff against rocks etc. Mighty fine at towing a 3.5 ton boat though (as was the D2). Next car will probably have to be a Citroen C1 sadly. PS had no snow at all of any note since Christmas, up here in the lakes. Shame.
  7. Well, I took the upright off the car & took it to a local machine shop along with the new bearing & cone washer. They destroyed the old bearing & also the big stub axle knut they had to use so much pressure. Making a bed on the press the biggest difficulty. The new one went in ok apparently. I just refitted the upright, got it all torqued up properly & all fine now. Cost me
  8. Just popped one into the rear n/s, bought from SJ, made in France stamped on the side I think. Reckon that nut (the 200 ft lb one) comes from a Triumph 1300 ?
  9. My kind of guy - I'll fly with you anytime ! Thanks all, we'll see how it goes on for a bit
  10. Lotti's had a rest for the past month or so having a nice new rear wheel bearing fitted (rear n/s - full of water & a bit rusty / noisy) but all has been put back together & properly torqued tight. Time to fire her up. Jump in, key in, all looks good, hey, hang on, no tikky tikky, carbs are bound to need priming, whats up ? Jump out, grovel underneath & fiddle with fuel pump wires, check fuses, no joy. Not a bad connection then. Recall Tiger days (twin SU pumps) & give pump a good bashing with fist. Ouch, bits of skin everywhere. (next stage would have been a bashing with a hammer ....) Hurray, lots of tikky tikky, jump back in, fires up, no probs. Clearly internal contacts are dirty / on the way out. New pump needed ? any ideas when ? Never had this before, although she's usually driven at least once a week. Presumably a reasonably easy job to put a new pump in, although I haven't read the bit in the manual yet, it all seems pretty accessible, just need to get the tanks empty. Anyone had similar ?
  11. Nice tale, envious of your alpine trip. I can echo your comments re comfort on long trips, I did 600 miles in one day last year whth no aches pains or other discomfort other than an excess of exhilaration. Oh yes, and slightly ringing ears. Hope to do MSA Euro Classic this year, Santander to Paris / Cherbourg. Thanks for posting on this dismal damp & dark day.......
  12. Well, I vote to keep the sunroof .....Cos I've got one, although it does blend in pretty well with dark blue. A godsend when its sunny so 10/10 for practicality. If I had
  13. About 12 years ago I fixed the one on my Stag after taking it off & taking it to pieces I remember it being a very simple job. Unfortunately I can't remember what that was ! The hardest bit was certainly removing & re-installing - even worse on the Esprit. Incidentally mine does the same - motor whirrs away, nothing happening. Its such a beast to remove & listening to the radio does not go hand in hand with Esprit driving so it will stay as it is ...
  14. Cool car Mark, so thats your garage full this cold & frosty weather then !
  15. Interesting car the SM, I had a newish CX athena back in 1981, amazing design detail and one of my favourite all time cars. I think one actually won the Athens Rally or something back then. (or was that an SM ?). Dear Santa, I would like for Christmas :- a) Ferrari Daytona (any colour) or (because I'm not greedy or spoilt) b ) Ferrari 275GTB4 (a 2valve would do though ) Failing that a new set of front engine mounts for Lotti please
  16. I had the same dilemma a few months back in anticipation of the MSA Classic run. Eventually persuaded by our local tyre bod (big on rallying & knows his stuff) I fitted Pirelli P7's rated to 150 mph (225 on the rear though, couldn't get 235). They look ok, the transformation in handling & grip over my 20 year old NCT's was unbelievable. Thrashing around MIRA & Silverstone proved wise choice, the grip & balance being, well, quite frankly, eyeball wrenching neck twisting amazing. Pretty good in the wet too (ie they grip, unlike the old NCT's). The tyre bod was actually a bit shocked when he worked out the age of the tyres (via a code somewhere), 5 - 6 years is the max then the compounds go off.
  17. Hmm, thats a fair old work list, might be prudent to look at the back end too - get all the links freed off & make sure the bushes are intact. Old cars eh, can't beat 'em.
  18. Well, I want lotti to sound a bit better, especially at idle. Common topic I know but I've got the SJ SS 4 to 1 manifold, a central silencer box & an SS box from Christopher Neil of Cheshire 1991 vintage. (according to the PO stack of invoices). No leaks, all gas tight but just sounds flat & fluffy at the lower revs. Any suggestions for a better 'box for my S3 na ?
  19. Ha ha nice program - I think they missed a few bits out though, still good result. Off to Gibraltar ? crikey, they won't see over the kerbs !
  20. Well, back in the 70's I think it was a chap called Neil Williams - ace aerobat - had a wing break on a Zlin or similar stunt plane. The wing didn't seperate entirely, so after recovering from a bit of a spin he flew inverted (with the wing stuck back in place) back to the airfield then did a quick flip over to do a belly flop landing. Not a scratch. Sadly he died flying a Spanish airforce Heinkel Condor (WW2 London bombing infame) back to the UK, hit the Pyrenees in bad weather.
  21. tonyp


    -4 C here last night, light snow falling. Yup, thats global warming for you ....
  22. I just got 3 L's of TAF-X direct from Castrol. 2 days delivery fine for me, all via t'internet. Got a parcel at brekky time, should have seen the despair on the wife's face as I proudly opened up & got 3 bottles of finest next to me shreddies. No local suppliers have TAF-X or the other euro red stuff that Harry Martens swears by. To my surprise, and in agreement with other contributors, I'd swear the gearshift is slicker ......
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