Hey Simon !!!
Thank you for taking the time to respond and for the great idea !! I used to be able to sit down and come up with alternative plans for situations very easily but it seems especially of late that the idea well is dry. I do love the S1 as it is and hate to change it but it came up at a price I could afford as opposed to a later turbo and it seemed to be my one chance a Lotus so I went for it. It is reportedly in great condition with the exception of the interior which has some tears etc. mostly due to the fact that it was a California and then Gulf Coast car which sat in heat and of course it effected the interior The previous owner, a collector car dealer, took care of a great deal of the mechanicals that fail due to sitting instead of driving. In fact he spent about $8,000 replacing dried out seals and brakes 2 years ago. It is supposed to be delivered any day but of course with this snow, ( I currently live in North East Ohio), it will probably be delayed again. Any way a friend of mine pointed out to me that I am rushing into decisions instead of thinking them through and causing myself time consuming problems which is what I am trying to avoid. So I am going to pursue the possibility of a swap just as you suggest. Sure would be a lot easier and then I would have owned 2 Lotus's in my life instead of 0 or 1 and i could appreciate each one for it's own personality. So I am going to locate and contact the local club. There is a dealer in the Cleveland, Ohio area and I am sure I can get their info from him. Thank you again Simon ! I have always found that I meet the best people in car circles. They are the most REAL people I have encountered over the years. Be well.
Hi Wayne !!
Thanks for the support and understanding ! I really am not sure yet which way to go but I know this car will have a great deal more than 8,000 miles on it as soon as the weather clear up. Right now we have over 2 feet of snow. My sons grew up into gear heads but then what choice did they have! HA HA!! One has raced for Subaru and the youngest who has been licensed less than 2 years drives a modified Miata and is beginning to do rallies. I am hoping they will join me in my return to racing after all these years and it looks like they will. I am hoping to participate in my first return in about 4 months. Luckily so far I have no problems that will effect my ability to race or would endanger any one else plus I am focusing on timed competitions so I will have little or no close interaction with other cars so although I do not for see any problems I do not want to endanger any one else and could not forgive myself if I did. There are also many events in Mexico that I qualify for and are run about the same way. So here is to life and going FAST in a Lotus !!!
Thanks again and be well.
Hi Jim !!
Thank you for the welcome !! Located in North East Ohio which means I am buried in snow right now !! Not great for driving a Lotus in. It is scheduled to be delivered from previous owner any day and with the new snow storm I now have a problem of where to off load it as my street which is normally very wide has been only partially plowed due to the large quantity of snow. So the poor thing may come out of the truck a few blocks away and have to be driven on snow for the first time in it's life to my house. Once the weather clears up she is going to get a whole lot of miles put on her !! I m not sure what modifications I will do if any but the folks here on the forum sure have been helpful and very kind. Who knows maybe I will get to drive it to Florida ! Thank you again, take care and be well.
Hi Bibs !
Thank you for the welcome ! No, wish I was in Texas though I sure could use the warm weather right now as I am buried in snow. Actually I am in the north east section of Ohio where I live about 2 miles from the town I grew up in which is ironically Kent, Ohio !! I have a friend who moved to Calgary Canada about 25 years ago from England who is sure that I am secretly English because almost all of my play things, cars and motorcycles, have always been Brit. In fact we meet when he purchased my '55 MG TF. I sure could not ask for a more friendly and helpful group of people than I have meet on the forum here. Again, thanks !
Hi Mat !!
Thank you for taking the time to write me ! Your absolutely right. You and several others have pointed out I am not considering the project as a whole which is something I do not normally do so I need to slow down a bit on these modifications. Simon has suggested I might want to pursue a trade and that is a very viable idea also. I do really love the wrenching but I love the driving. So I guess one thing I have to decide is which I want to do more. The last thing I want to do is create more problems than a 30 year old car that haas not been driven much will have already. I would prefer to make it more bullet proof than anything. So I must give this a great deal of very serious consideration before I do anything. One thing I know for sure though, there is nothing like going fast in a Lotus !!! Thank you for the heads up and please fel free to contact me with other thoughts any time. Be well and enjoy !
Hi John !!
Thank you for the support and understanding. Your absolutely right I intend on driving this Lotus until one of us wears out !! As to the cancer, well this is the second time in my life they have told me I had only a short time to live. Right now I am 7 months beyond their predicted expiration date and still kicking. A good friend commented that I was "too much of a crusty old ^*^%& to die so easily". I certainly hope he is right as I really do not have time for it. All I know is that if the grim reaper comes looking for me he will have to chase me down so he better have a faster car ! HA HA ! Good luck with yours and thanks again. Be well.
Hello again simon !
Thank you for your first note and for this one !! Your first note got me thinking about all the possibilities so I am giving it careful consideration now as to which way to go. I still like the idea of a turbo modification as long as I do not create more problems than it is worth. Thank you very very much for letting me know about your turbo and let me give it some VERY serious consideration. Although I do not have a great deal of knowledge about turbos my oldest son who has raced for Subaru does and I will be relying on him for the technical aspect of this. It just amazes me the kind of HP you can develop this way. Right now the car has DelLorto 45's, would these work or do I need the ones you mentioned ? I just hope that with the terrible weather we have right now with about 2 feet of snow on the ground that they are able to deliver my car which is supposed to occur in the next few days. Let me get back to you Simon, and thank you again for your help and kindness.