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  • 1997 S1 Elise Bonnet Hinge replacement

    My 1997 S1 bonnet has steadily been getting tougher to open (actually swing open, the catch mechanism is fine), I've undone the three bolts and the remaining section was so lose that it came away in my hand (the rivets had given up). Some WD40 has got the hinge moving again, but only just. Can this part be ordered somewhere? Or can it be stripped and repaired? Or is there a better/newer option of some sort? Very surprised at how heavy the bonnet actually is on this car, I know the Elise S1 needed some mass at the front but still! Any help/info much appreciated. Adam  

    gingerbloke
    gingerbloke
    Technical Talk 13

    Nlc - Lister Bell Stratos Build Thread

    This is the build thread for my Lister Bell Stratos. It will be a long and arduous thread I'm sure!

    I want to build something like this:



    Lister Bell is a small company near Newark that build a Stratos replica kit called the STR. The owner is ex-Ultima and ex Gardner Douglas. http://www.listerbell.com/

    Steel spaceframe chassis:



    GRP body.

    It's a very comprehensive kit:





    Aluminium uprights, double wishbone front suspension, custom exhaust with built in cats, replica 'coffin spoke' alloys, air con and lots of other nicely made bits.

    Although they do a version that will use a Ferrari V8 and a version that takes the Yota V6 (a la Evora / Exige) the most popular choice is the Alfa V6 in either 2.5, 3.0 or 3.2 guise.

    So the main donor in most cases is an Alfa 156, or 166. You need the engine, gearbox, wiring loom, ECU, and some other bits and bobs.

    The secondary donor car is a Fiat X1/9! This is used for door handles, body catches, door catches, steering column and stalks and a few other bits.

    I've placed an order on a chassis which currently has a 12 month waiting list. So in the meantime I purchased this beauty for £450:



    Mainly for this:



    It's got 156k on it and the gear shift is really bad. But no matter as the plan is to have the whole thing rebuilt. The plan is:

    Strip and check all tolerances on engine
    Skim head to raise compression
    New head gaskets etc.
    Bores and pistons checked. New rings or more if needed.
    New big ends and small ends (if needed but apparently they never wear out).
    Cams reprofiled to higher lift
    New cambelts and re-time cams (standard pulleys are adjustable).
    Gas flow the head and clean and lap valves if needed.
    Fit remote oil cooler (prob laminova)
    New water pump, thermostat, air con pump, alternator, etc. etc.
    Ultimately ITBs but might just get the car going first and then do the ITBs as an upgrade.

    Strip and check gearbox, replace any worn pats and install a Quaiffe LSD

    Remove dual mass flywheel and clutch. Fir GTA clutch and solid flywheel. All balanced to the engine.

    And whatever else I see fit to do. With a standard Alfa ECU, gas flowed head, hotter cams and an induction kit it should raise the power form 230 is to 280 or more.

    I'm going to try and get all this done in time for the arrival of the chassis next sept.

    I've also started to buy X1/9 bits and so far have:

    2 pairs of targa roof catches (used as clam catches on the Stratos) - £135 second hand!

    Steering column and control stalks - £35

    Steering column upper and lower cowls - £14

    Now need a lot of other bits

    Once all the bits I need are out of the Alfa I'll be trying to make some bag by selling bits of it. Interior is full leather with heat and electric. Front callipers a 4 pots and worth a bit apparently. Tow bas and electrics must be worth a few quid too.

    The aim is to end up with something like this:



    So watch this space over the next.............................2 years :lol

    I'm sad to say the 340R will be going at some point to help fund this and give some space in the garage. I've had it 9 years and think it's time to move one. It will be a sad day when I decide to let it go though :cry . But I might paint the Startos green in tribute (y)

    Dr H
    Dr H
    General Talk 496

    Considering a return to the fold....

    Well its been 9 years since I sold my last Elise SC and 17 years since I had my first S1 Elise, cant quite believe its been that long. I've been through M BMW's. AMG Mercs and all manner of other stuff since then.  Looking back now, cars have been getting dumbed down and heavier and heavier. Nothing seems to quite give the same sense of engagement as fizzing a lightweight small car around, even though some of the cars I've had have been massively quick compared to the lotus's I had, you're never as much part of the driving as you'd like.  I watched that episode of Car SOS where they restored that white Elise S1, which despite the tragic end to the episode reminded me of my own S1 from back in the day and how much fun it was to own and tinker with.  Secondly, I live about 800 yards from Paul Matty who have what looks to be a mint 135R in the window, and it got me thinking again about having one in my garage. I see that time has been very kind indeed to prices, in fact all of the 5 Lotus cars I had between 2002 and 2010, they would all be worth considerably more today (not considering inflation) than the price I got for them when I sold, particularly sport 160's and S1.  I tried to look up some of my old cars to see if they were still around, but most of them seem to have been exported! I'm trundling around in a V8 Mustang at the moment which is a big wallowy cruiser, and an event in its own right in a totally different way to a Lotus, if you can look past tyre and fuel costs its a great daily, cheap to own/tax/service for what it is and loads of room (I dont have kids).   I'm currently torn between getting rid of the Mustang and getting an Exige 350 and a cheap runabout for car park/shopping duties, or keeping the Mustang and getting a cheaper Elise SC of some form (if I could find one, they don't seem too common).  I like the idea of having an Elise as well as a decent daily driver, but I don't know whether I'd want a bit more power these days and having a shed daily would make it more likely that I'd want to take out the Exige if I went that route. (I had a Focus RS and Exige S2 together back in the day which lead to me not driving the Exige very much at all as the Focus was such a giggle). Either way, I'm lucky enough that its a nice problem to have.... I remember joining MLOC when it was a Yahoo group mailing list (remember those?), back in the days of the old British cars BBS. Hi to anyone that remembers me from those days, although I suspect the membership might well be quite different these days. So for those of you that have driven both an Exige sport 350 and an Elise sport 220, I'd be interested in your thoughts on how much quicker the Exige is in the real world. I need to go and drive the cars myself obviously and see how the game has moved on and if a current Elise sport 220 is much better than the 2008 SC I had or if Im better off looking for an older car.

    JohnnyM
    JohnnyM
    General Talk 15

    Flat battery need BL switch and recharge Odessy Batt

    Hi   I just went to the car S1 Exige and the battery is dead flat found the brake lights are on all the time. So I have two questions for the massive. Which other cars have the same brake light switch so I can get one from a motor factor. The other is what is the best way to recharge an Odessy Battery with only 2.8 volts. My trickle charger will not work with anything less than 4 v. Thanks PC

    collieek
    collieek
    Technical Talk 2

    LOTUS ELISE IS CROWNED “ICON OF ICONS” AT AUTOCAR AWARDS 2019

    Elise named overall winner out of 17 automotive icons including Porsche 911, Land Rover, Ford Mustang, Mini and VW Beetle Elise took more than a quarter of the total vote from tens of thousands of Autocar readers around the world The Lotus Elise has been awarded the prestigious Readers' Champion award at the Autocar Awards 2019. In a recent poll, Autocar readers were invited to vote for their favourite icon from a list of 17 cars that are still in production and using the same name since launch. Each of the selected icons were championed by a different member of the Autocar editorial team. Receiving the award were Lotus Cars’ Design Director, Russell Carr and Head of Concepts Richard Rackham. Russell Carr said: “The Elise as a concept demonstrated the purity of Lotus design perfectly. As a design, it has developed and evolved over the years, but the essence of the Elise has always remained and that is one of the reasons why it has become such an icon. And of course, I greatly appreciate the support from the Autocar readership who clearly recognise this iconic status.” Richard Rackham, previously the Vehicle Architect behind the Elise, added: “The Elise was a revolution, as not only did it demonstrate the benefits of lightweight to an industry that insisted on higher power and the increased mass that goes with it, but it also pioneered the use of extruded and bonded aluminium technology which is now so ubiquitous in global small volume vehicle manufacture.” Mark Tisshaw, Editor of Autocar, said: “Displaying the appetite for pure driving machinery we’ve always been certain they had, our loyal readers have decided by an overwhelming margin that the Lotus Elise is this year’s 2019 Autocar Awards Readers’ Champion. Readers chose the Elise for its unwavering emphasis on driving factors: fine steering, handling and brakes made more effective by its compactness and light weight. For the record, we at Autocar enthusiastically applaud the decision.” The bonded and extruded aluminium chassis technology that Lotus introduced first to the industry continues to evolve and improve. Future Lotus cars will incorporate this and new lightweight technologies, further strengthening Lotus’ position as a leader in agile, high performance and lightweight sports cars. The Elise was not the only Lotus to have been included in the voting process, with the Lotus Seven as another of the 17 icons.
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    Mark H
    Mark H
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