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Ventureshield

I have just spent 3 days with a very nice set of artists brushes, touch-up paint & lacquer sorting out the stone chips on my car in anticipation of an imminent application of VentureShield to protect the paintwork.Firstly, paint chips or scratches, in my 36 years of time on this planet cannot be "painted out", "taped over", or any number of names for the numerous services or applications on the market to disguise or repair the damage and have no mistake it is PERMANENT (unless a complete re-spray with adequete professional preparation is undertaken) can disguise. So there is only on way to deal with stone chips and thats not to get them in the first place. How is that possible on a Lotus Elise which is so low to the ground? VentureShield will stop them permanently.VentureShield is a plastic coating which can be applied to the paintwork in sheets to form a barrier between the car body & outside elements. This is not the same stuff which traditionally was applied to Elise rear wheel arches and goes yellow and has an orange peel effect. That is the 3M product that was designed for helicopter blades and not with cars in mind. The film is optically clear and is virtually invisible when applied to the car. It is so clear in fact that it can even be applied to the headlights and indicators.When I saw this product I was amazed at how clear it is when on the car and it also comes with a LIFETIME WARRANTY. I was that impressed that I contacted the company in the UK and became an official Installer of the product with my Elise being the first car I did following the training course.If you would like information about the product contact me on 0845 052 1241

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Battery

DOH! First time I've ever left my lights on, thank £$%^ for jump leads for getting it back up and running in minutes. Pain in the arse to get to the battery to jump it though, managed to break the clip on the leads trying to get it on the battery terminal.

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First Track Day.

I decided to take the plunge and do a track day. This was after watching a couple just to get a feel for it. We decided to go to Llandow to do the one run by Peter from MLOC for a couple of reasons. First because quite a few MLOC ers went ( 13 i think ) and second because it was a small circuit to cut our teeth on. What can i say but bloody fantastic. Well run and a great day out. I managed to spin a couple of times due to over enthusiasm. You would be very unlucky to do any real damage to your car on a track day IMO. This is the way to go i think. You can drive as fast as you like in relative safety. It will not be my last. Thanks to all the old and new faces who made it so much fun A special thanks to Wayne for a session in the S1 Exige. Magnificent.

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S1 111s Mods And Thoughts.

I will list the things here i have done to our little blue bomber and my thoughts on them.1) A service carried out 18/10/2004, yawn.2) New rear tyres fitted Toyo T1R, 225/45/16. 19/10/2004. I could not afford the fronts at the same time so just changed the rears. I have been using them for about 12 months now and im impressed. Reasonable price for a good all round tyre IMO.3) Aluminium indicator stalks fitted, 20/10/2004.4) Aluminium heater controls fitted 20/10/2004.5) Aluminium switch covers fitted 20/10/2004.As you can see, i like a bit of Ali tat but only in moderation.6) Stainless steel filler cap surround fitted, 1/11/2004. The old one was rusty and it offended me. The stainless steel one still looks as good as new.7) New water pressure bottle cap fitted, 1/11/04, the old one had a slight leaak causing a smell of anti freeze in the car.8) Braided brake hoses fitted 3/11/2004, a must for any Elise a lot better pedal feel.9) Replace front anti roll bar drop links 3/11/2004. One of them things that have to be done from time to time.10) Reconditioned steering rack fitted 3/11/2004, as above.11) Front Clam and bonnet resprayed 18/11/2004. Bloody stone chips. It was done at Hallcraft. Top notch job.12) Linished cam cover fitted 13/12/2004. Xmas pressie from Liz. How sad is that :-)13) Metallic blue oil cap fitted 13/12/2004, as above.14) Hurrican air filter fitted 20/1/2005, lovely noise and well worth it.15) Uprated gear linkage kit fitted 5/3/2004, this gives you a lot better notchy feel and its also well worth it.16) Adjustable bottom engine mount fitted 5/3/2005. This is stronger than the Lotus one. I did it in preperation for track days.17) New front tyres fitted Toyo T1R 185/50/15, 4/5/2005. Now got the full set. Still feel they are a good all round tyre.18) C service carried out 4/5/2005. At Horizon, quality as always.19) Quickshifter fitted 8/5/2005. With the gear linkage bushes its now as good as it should have been to start with.20) Fuel filter and new feed pipe fitted. The old one had been over tighten at Hethel during manufacteur and had to be replaced.21) S2 springs and dampers fitted 125/135 2/9/2005, 29000 miles. Far far superior to the Koni. If you have the money, do it. Changes the car a massive amount.22) O/S/F wheel bearing changed 20/9/200523) MOT 29487 miles 20/9/2005.24) Oil changed 4/10/2005, 29900 miles.25) Headlight brackets and top damper mounts shotblasted and replated (07/12/2005 )As an addition to this list, i thought i would start another list of my best mods. With the best first the next best second, etc etc.1) S2 Bilstein dampers and springs.2) Stainless steel brake hoses.3) Hurrican air filter.4) Quickshifter and linkage bushes.

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The Choice Is Made.

I thought i would start a blog to explain my thoughts, feelings and experiences as a Lotus owner. First things first. Why a Lotus ? Its fair to say Liz ( my long suffering partner ) and i are not in the first flushes of youth We have got to this stage in life and finally scrapped up enough money to buy a sports car but which one ? Im old enough to have grown up watching old gold leaf coloured Lotus Elan sprints dash about ( deep joy ) Ive been smitten ever since. Me being me it had to be a British sports car. So it was TVR or Lotus. We had to drop the TVR idea due to cost, so Lotus it was. Which one ? We did toy with the idea of a real classic but due to us wanting to use it a fair bit we found ourselves the proud owners of an S1 111s in Azure blue. We choose the S1 on looks alone as we feel it is more striking than an S2 but each to his own. Ive also become the proud owner of a 1983 Lotus Eclat Excel but more of that later.

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Touch-up Stick, Key & Carpet

Took the Elise to Peter Smith Sports Cars this morning to get a new key as it had no spare when I had it delivered. The keys come from Lotus with the alarm sender attached so has to be configured to work with the alarm code as they obviously all need to de different. The alarm worked OK first time and after a quick trip to the local key cutters (keys come as blanks) & £1.50 later the key works in all locks & ignition. I can stop worrying everytime I close the boot now.The carpet had come away from the floor or rather the nut & bolt type affair that is stuck to the floor had come away so they stuck it back down with some of that black sticky stuff they seem to stick everything with. Trouble is as it take 24 hours for this stuff to "go off" I got in the car and pulled it up again straight away. I have pushed it back down but I would be surprised if it stays there so I will be looking for another solution soon I think.The touch-up stick matched very well and after a quick test on a couple of stone chips should disguise them very well. Once I have done a few coats on each chip I should be ready to lacquer them and get a VentureShield coating kit applied so I will not need to worry about them again.

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Yoko A048's

Well that was fun, first time in the wet with them last night, just how wet was it! Deffo have to drive more carefully when the roads have standing water as you can feel the car go light through the puddles.Grip in the dry is amazing though, you can full throttle out of the corners and it just grips and grips!

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2nd Hgf?

Driving along towards Bromsgrove and the temp starts rising, was fine a few minutes previously. Got to the A38 island to go towards NW direction and the temp is up to 105, by the time I reach NW its at 125 and flashing so I pull over and abandon it and get a lift home.Just my luck it will be another HGF, will be one every 20k miles at this rate :(It was too dark to diagnose anything, engine revs were low but it was running ok otherwise, the coolant cap/area was hissing but it was just too dark to see if anything was in the oil or coolant. The caps were too hot to take off to check and its pitch black even with a torch. Didnt look like I had lost any coolant but who knows until I can look again.Will see what they think in the morning

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Hard Top For The Winter

I have been thinking about fitting the hard-top to my Elsie for a couple of weeks now but held off as I do love to drive it with the top off but decided that it should go on today.I got the roof a few months ago new from Peter Smith Sports Cars which is where I got the car from initially but would not order one without the hard-top as it was to be used throughout the winter and is my primary car. The roof cost me £800 and came with a new soft-top as well as my S2 is an early version with the long roof and they converted it to the short roof version at the same time. Basically I got the roof for cost so I would buy the car, so saved about £800 as they retail for about £1600.The roof went on easily even though I was doing it alone until I had to deal with the rear bolts and they were a nightmare. The bracket they hold in place catches on the other bracket attached to the roof and the bolts just wouldn't locate for tightening. With a lot of patience and perseverance I finally got them located and tightened up but it made me glad I only have to do it once a year. The lack of room in the Elise makes this type of job difficult as there is not much room to manoeuvre and at 6'1" I don't make it any easier.Was putting the roof on worth it? Oh yes The car looks great with the hard-top on and I took it out for a spin (not literally) to see if there were any annoying squeks to contend with so I could re-fit the roof if necessary but it seems fine so that should be it for the winter. The cabin with the roof on is definitely warmer even without the heater on and I am glad I made the decision to have a hard-top when I bought the car initially.

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Been Shopping!

Just been to Tesco in Ashby driving from Swadlincote.No Lotus sightings today but plenty of people looked at mine. Kids just go crazy when they see an Elise I never cease to amaze myself at just how much shopping I can get in the boot. As long as I pack the shopping in small quantities I have not come unstuck yet

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New Version Of This Site

Will post some preview screenshots up in the coming weeks. The front end will be changing slightly, a more professional look but not losing its current theme.The backend should be much slicker, a lot of it has been rewritten using something called "ajax", if you have used Google Maps then you have used this, basically its a way of interacting with the server on the fly without reloading the page.I.e. in Google maps as you scroll around the maps they keep loading but the actual page doesnt reload. In the forums terms this will introduce things like, create a new private message and start typing somebodys name in, a list will drop down showing you the names that match as you type the characters in, allowing you to find who you want much quicker.Other things such as to make it act much more like a desktop application, to edit a topic title for example you will just hold your mouse button down, very much like you would in Windows and the topic title will turn into an edit box. In the long run I'm sure applications will be based on the web a lot more, this is the very first step in that direction.Another neat feature will be a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor for typing in posts. Instad of having to remember all the codes for making your text red and bold etc, you will simply just select your text and click the bold and red buttons. This will then show the text on screen in bold and red, that way you know what you are seeing on screen is what you will get when you hit the post button, you wont have to worry about typing in the confusing forums codes which many people struggle with. For the techies you can still type the codes in of course :)Should be a good few weeks before its in a good enough shape for it to go live as it takes a lot of time to get up and running on the test machine first. I do it in my spare time which with weddings and house moving is getting a bit limited.

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New Tyres

Yokohama A048's should be fitted today, be good to see what they are like when they are scrubbed in Thank $%&^ for warrantys with the heater unit replacement costing £700! £300 part and the rest labour, I think I would be leaving it and wearing more jumpers otherwise! :cold:New Oil leak on the engine discovered now as well

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First Entry & Introduction To My Blog

Hello and welcome to my BLOG I have not had a blog before and I was not really interested in getting one until a couple of things changed my mind, one externally and one internally driven.Firstly, I kept looking in the MLOC BLOGs following their set-up by Beefcake and I was a little disappointed that no-one else had set one up as I do find the rest of the site interesting and thought members in here would be more inclined to post.Secondly, I have absolutely loads of fun driving my Elise and posting details of my expoits in the main forum would be tedious for everyone else and probably get me banned for spamming about myself so, a BLOG is the perfect answer thanks Beefcake.Hopefully my BLOG will inspire others to post their experiences of Lotus driving as I have tons of fun in mine but it is all on the road, (come on track day members ) and it will ease my conscience for not taking the time to post one earlier .SO! Here is my online diary of the fun i have in the best car I have ever had. ENJOY! B)Carl

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Birmingham Imax/thinktank

If you havnt been already then goto the Birmingham IMAX, the 3D effects are amazing!Watched a few IMAX movies in the last couple of weeks, 3 3D films and a 2D and they are worth every penny The screen massive, all you can see in your vision is the film, totally absorbs you into it Sounds pretty good as well, 12k watts of sound :eek:Some of the films are a bit kid like and some are a bit educational but mostly they rule, Matrix in the past on the IMAX was something else :)Plus if you have kids or are a big kid yourself then you can go round the new Thinktank Birmingham science museum where you can press buttons/control jcb's/perform operations etc. Its a hands on museum, managed to waste a day away there easily :)IMAX link here:http://www.imax.ac/Thinktank link here:http://www.thinktank.ac

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More $£

Add to the pile of done/todo:A serviceO/S/F Wheel bearingNew front discs and padsOil Cooler is leaking at the jointSplit track rod end gaiterHeater dial no longer turns because the plastic unit has come away from the metal inside.Aircon really needs regassing/cleaning soon because its useless now, used to be ok!A048 tyres on backorder.

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Blogging

What to Blog?? Who knows what you lot will use them for, I think a lot of people may use it like the diary here http://www.elises.co.uk/diary/index.htmlI know I found that useful when I was first looking at Elises, infact even before I thought I could ever afford one I used to read it

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Money Pit

The Exige seems like a bottomless money pit at the moment, in the last few months:Caught on fireNew ClutchNew Alternator (Warranty phew)This weekA serviceNew set of tyresI have let it off for now though after last night hooning it down the lanes

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View New Posts

I have no idea why but it took me a year of using this forum to work out the best way to use MLOC to see the latest posts since your last visit.Click on "View new posts" at the top right of the screen.http://www.midlandslotus.co.uk/forum/index...rch&CODE=getnewThis will bring up a list of all posts since your last visit. Once you have finished reading them click on "Mark all posts as read" at the top right of that page and then it will be accurate next time you visit.

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Mloc/seloc Links

If your an avid reader of SELOC you may have noticed that I am now the regional liaison for the Midlands on SELOC. Now listed on here http://www.seloc.org/contacts.phpHopefully this should allow us to work closer with SELOC to bring benefits for all Lotus owners. It makes sense for us to be part of the SELOC regional setup to help other regions get going and to the same level as MLOC by providing our existing knowledge/experience. In return we get more exposure as a region and thus more members.I am looking at the possibility of having shared logins with SELOC but I have a bit more work on the forums that needs to be done before that can be investigated, maybe in a few months if SELOC's setup will allow this.Dont worry we wont be merging with SELOC. I dont think anyone would vote for a merging with SELOC as it works well as "your club" without the politics that can over shadow us otherwise.Better to work with other Lotus clubs for the better of everyone than against them in my opinion. We have no intention of being another SELOC just a regional Midlands group, I think this works well. :)Feel free to add your comments/ideas.

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