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In my opinion, if we have the opportunity to have them both - lower and upper mould - we should take them both. Or is it impossible e.g. to transport the upper (inner) mould in the lower (outer) mould? Vacumized baking is always better than just laminating, esp. for such an important part as the body :whistle:...stiffness a.s.o.

Bibs, would you be so nice, and summarize the plan till now:

- Where are the moulds heading to?

- Who is going to store them how and for how long?

- Is it possible to work with them while stored (inside, and not packed with other stuff)?

- What are the expected costs for the trip (and back)?

- What is the deadline for moving the moulds (either for Lotus or us)?

I hope, that others will donate too, when the questions from above are solved, and the moulds can be used (at least for personal pleasure/rebuilts) without bypassing Lotus´ rules...

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It's not a pretty sight but we've had an expert in these things check them out and the inner (important) surfaces are in good condition. First pic is the bonding jig for joining the 2 halves, last are

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To re-iterate previous enquiries...what moulds ARE these? The original photo of them showed X180...is that all that is on offer, or is it the moulds for the whole Esprit range? And what about the oddsn...bumpers, doors, sills, spoilers? It would be great to have the whole set.... In any event, once there's a plan, I'll throw some money at it, too.

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I would make a donation also, Figure in the 200 pounds range. Just let me know when.

Of note, if the tooling gelcoat is black as opposed to the orange tooling gelcoat. it can be stored outdoors. Orange tooling gelcoat can also be stored outdoors but is not as durable for changing in environments.

I agree with Mat, if both pieces are available best to get both parts of the mold. Vacuum infusion is not as difficult as many put it out to be. Remember I work with this during repair of the piece of equipment I work on around the globe.

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Have an student friend sitting next to me on the other computer here in the company -his father owns an transport company. The comment on the thing was -"those guys should think about the carriage loads -that's the importand factor on transport calculations in bussines".

..so on what we are talking about in tonnes already ? The molds are layed in steel constructions I would guess ..and even without the aditionally vacuum systems and mahinery this will be an seroius wheight to carry !? upper-body shell (without inner sleve) is *x* by *y *square meter long?? the height is ? lower-body shell (without inner sleve) is which dimension/wheigt ? The mashinery (the mentioned 'cutting rigs..) is ...?

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More of that talk Christopher and they'll end up at your house!

99% these are on there way to Mike's in France. We're doing very well on donations, if anyone is contributing, please do so via paypal asap (sorry Tony, it's much less complicated that card payments!) - [email protected]

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Holger, if you use an truck above the 12.5t limit it will cost road-taxes (Maut) across Germany and on some mayor Transit-roads in Europe as well... . So it would be good to know how much stuff is to carry all the way around in reality.

even if your load does not mean that you reach the 12.5t limit ..but simply the dimensions need an whider transport volume than those 7.5t trucks can offer it will point you in the next truck-size

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@ Günter: That´s true!

@ Bibs: Could you please sum up the facts until now. And send me the coordinates for a donation. Thank you!

I think, the french connection here is quite strong and Mike has lots of indoor-space (I´ve seen it - awsome garage!). So I´m fine with Mike´s place as storage room. In future I think, we have to put up a calendar to manage all the visits in France :cheers:!

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Holger

Donations can be made via PAYPAL to email address - [email protected]

see bibs post no 57 above

thanks

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Donations can be made via PAYPAL to email address - [email protected]

Hi Cliff :welcome:

I've sent a contribution via PayPal. I agree the issue needs a higher profile to make people aware of it - can you change the title since we now have space, need transport funds it appears :)

Dan

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Thanks guys - I too think it's important that these parts are saved from the skip hence the work we're putting into it.

All donations so far gratefully received. Any more are currently still welcome. :)

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Just a stupid sugestion as Ive missed this thread but couldnt you relocated them to Ashwel thorpe or Hethel....Rent a barn space of a local farmer cause there are a few around this area?

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Count me in if you need a hand the the bodies to lift them etc,

I also have an old Cherokee Jeep I use for off roading in Kent which recently did a sterling job of transport a Porsche 911 Turbo up to Sunderland and back if thats of any need? dont have a trailer but have the Vehicle.

Let me know.

Thanks

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Excellent response folks, some very generous donations and we've enough for now so thank you to all those who have dipped into their pockets.

I'm planning on heading up to Lotus on Friday to scope the job we've set ourselves up for and will update after that :)

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Good opportunity for them to do what?

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