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Yesterday we had lot of fun with Elite, driving from Dortmund to southern Denmark where my father in law lives. Motorways here were much fun, hopping lanes, taking over slow traffic and dodging very f

This is where we started with empty street. Now I'm finally here with my Elite:     Traveling through Finland car lost power just once. I was overtaking a truck in a motorway, quite steady cruisi

I could start a new section called 'epic Lotus road trips'?

Don't lose that rear badge, or damage it mate. They are impossible to get hold of. I recently sold a new one.....well, you don't want to know what I sold it for, even I was astounded. It sold for nearly half as much as my fathers James Bond Coat, with Authenticity and signed by MJK.

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Don't lose that rear badge, or damage it mate. They are impossible to get hold of. I recently sold a new one.....well, you don't want to know what I sold it for, even I was astounded. It sold for nearly half as much as my fathers James Bond Coat, with Authenticity and signed by MJK.

Isn't the rear badge available from sj sportscars?

Mika, your confidence is clearly building since you have all the boot space full now. What a great trip your on

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:unworthy:  lome, what great travel!! Go ahead!!

 

The first time I drove my Eclat some electrical issues were related to some bad earth/grounds here and there... seems Lumenition ignition needs a minimun amount of electric juice to work properly!

 

Good luck and have a nice trip  :thumbsup:

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Suggest you replace your fuel line with some good-quality rubber stuff, that pipe you have is prone to kinking, as you've found out, and also to cracking, where the resulting fire would warm-up all your beer.

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Brilliant Mika and well done. My wife and I have had some epic trips in old cars and never knowing how they will end is some of the fun but your seems to be going really well. And once again it shows just how much support you get from all these guys across Europe on TLF and I am sure if you have any problems on your last stretch the offer of a free beer will have them all running to help.Unfortunately where I am I am not able to get the photographs but I am sure they will be good to see once I get home. All the best for what remains of an epic journey and please, please keep us up to date on the cars and your future time together.

 

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Seconds on replacing the fuel line.  I pulled mine and replaced it with steel and rubber.  When I took the line out some of it just cracked in half.

 

Also, if you got rid of the brake shoes there would be room for another liter or two of German beer (or German mustard which is equally good)

 

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How is this trip not a segment on top gear?  I would rather see this than another test of a one off Lambo.

 

Safe travels!

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^^ Indeed. Which makes me think that Mika should get the 2015 TLF award for the Trip of the year.

 

@ Moderators, Seriously, I think it would be a good idea to collect/encourage threads about trips of our Lotus cars in the forum and make a poll to decide who did the best trip each year (preferably the older cars but also the newer).

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- Today I drove to the airport 300km/200miles and tried to sell my old car, VW Passat -90, before getting to airport.

 

So... you were thinking on use the Lotus as a daily car?? Before the trip??

 

A "non turning back" attitude, maybe?

 

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:thumbsup: Great work, epic trip :D

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One hero, maybe the biggest, must be Mel from MPH Autocentre, Lydney, who sold me this car. Very modest person who sold me a better car than was to be expected by the eBay ad. Especially that I've heard bad stories about buying cars from UK, warnings not to trust dealers there. But it's probably near big cities where dubious car dealers operate? And Lydney was a nice small town far from cities. For example one could have read the emissions in the ad that it almost failed. But in the test report CO 0,30% (limit <= 4,5%) and HC 561 PPM (limit <= 1200 PPM) so passed with wide margin. 

 

What I'm going to do next with the car? First I need to make sure it passes the registration inspection which is like MOT inspection. I would like to do full restoration but I have some other projects and children too, so it's not going to happen quickly. During this summer I would like to check it mechanically, steering, suspension etc, so that it'll be a good to drive. Also heating would be nice, for the engine and for passengers...

 

We have some historic car meetings here and I think it would be nice to present this genuine eBay find there before the restoration. It's possible to register car as a historic car and get lower taxes, but they are quite strict with originality and quality of restoration so I must find out if what is required for that. I don't want to make it look like a new because it's an old car and I think it should look like it has had some history.

 

And one of the first things is to document the car. I'm going to take many photos, maybe put up a website for this project. My garage is very small, just for keeping the car safe from weather, so I'll try to find some place to work with the car.

 

I was going to have this as my only car, but not as a daily car since I don't drive daily, not even every week. I was even considering installing a tow bar to help my wife with gardening (like they used to have in the toy car: http://www.chezbois.com/photogallery/photo_large/1929b.JPG). There is one "minor" setback though. When I'm driving in a comfortable seat position, there is no leg room at all behind my seat! See photo below. Notice also that "neck support" is an "upper back support" and not very comfortable as such. :) I must evaluate if I can use this as a family car after all... We'll see about that too.

 

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Also notice I'm wearing a so called ice fishing suit while driving, as there is really no heating. :)

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