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Sorry for not saying much recently. I've spent 4 ½ of the last 6 weeks in the USA (mostly for work) – I've not been around much.
So here's my latest news. I try to give my Esprit S4 a run every week at least. In theory, it's my "daily drive" but I don't drive daily – I bike to work on a good old-fashioned push bike. Really old-fashioned – one from 1982.
I ran the Esprit about 8 days ago, spent the week in the States, and then took it for a short drive today to get some petrol, amongst other things. I'm quite sure that as of today, something is wrong with the clutch. There's only pressure in the last inch or so of travel, but the clutch seems to work fine. It releases fine, and it grips fine. Something is obviously wrong. I had a look in the reservoir, and there's no fluid in the cylinder. Oh dear. Now I know there's an issue with the brake accumulator, since the brake pump runs every other application of the brakes rather than every four or more, so now the accelerator is the only pedal that working properly. But one out of three is OK, right?
Annoyingly, there are lots of stories of people who have burned their Esprits to a crisp by running them without a working clutch. I'm hoping that I'll be able to get it to Gerald at GST in Newmarket by filling it with clutch fluid before I leave and crossing my fingers. Oh, and stopping and refilling if I lose clutch travel.
So all is well in Tim's Esprit world. Have old Lotus, have niggles. Ah well. Still love it to bits. Who wouldn't?
Hope you are all doing better!
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Doesn't seem to be an introduction section so seeing as joined today thought I'd say hello
I've booked on the MLOC day at Hethel on the 20th June and secondly we are looking at the option of the LITP day need to check dates.
I've got an Elise S that I've had for just over 10 weeks. In that time 3 trackdays, 1 training session at Millbrook and 5000 miles later I think I am geting used to the car now
I've had many many many cars over the years, have been around the Lotus factory a few times back in the day when the VX220 was on the production line and although fancied an Elise, never went as far as a test drive until February this year that was, and well here we are and realising that I've been missing out on a great driving experience for so many years and so now hopefully many more to come.
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Hello all. Long time lurker etc.
Just got my 2002 S2 back following an ECU replacement and it's been pointed out to me that the soft top is no longer fitting properly at the front. Rather than the cable sitting firmly into the groove next to the windscreen, it's balancing on the top. Short term it still seems to be keeping the rain out but obviously long term I need to do something about it.
I doubt it's the front cable itself that's the issue as I replaced it last year, and changing the angles/length doesn't seem to make any difference. Could it be that the material itself has shrunk/misshapen over time - has anyone else suffered this problem? And, if so, is there any solution other than replacing the top (which in itself seems to be an issue as I can't find any longtail soft tops online)?
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I've taken the bold decision to have the Evora's wheels professionally refinished in silver. Should get the car back next Friday so will post up photos then.
The brief was to get as close as possible to the finish on the Evora GTE wheels, so, fingers crossed, they'll come out looking very much like this....
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