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  1. Bread's in the wrong place if you want it toasted on the journey home.
  2. Another 3 hrs in the garage tweaking the ECU, not on a RR this time but connected to OZ over the Interweb - where my mapping guy is currently living and can't travel! The new linkages on the ITBs were all sorted before hand and I'd balance them to make sure they were all matched and opening / closing properly. Daniel did his stuff. We altered the linkages and adjusted the amount the ITBs were open at idle as they were drawing too much air and the ignition was retarding loads to try and get idle / lambda target. He then he went about re-writing and testing the PID control for the throttle. Car now starts with much less cranking and sits at a nice idle. Coming off throttle from higher revs needed some more tweaking but he got that sorted and it settles down really nicely back to idle again. Twin lambdas working well but are needing to trim a few % to keep things on track. This could be a very slight imbalance in the throttles but it's the same each bank so maybe not. Need to now do a few cold starts over the next few days and report back on any issues. If all OK then another session needed to deal with fast idle and making sure settings are all OK. So all good, well almost all good..... There is still an issue with the throttle linkages and opening. At about 90% (maybe a bit less) they seem to hit a stiff spot and this is throwing the DBW control out. This means we've had to use the physical stop to stop the throttle getting to this spot. No idea what's causing it but stripping everything down would mean we'd have to reset everything again! So for now we've left it to stop just short of full throttle. Will have to sort it out at a later date on an RR. Never try to develop your own ITB setup, it costs loads and is a PITA!
  3. New door cards. Slightly different from the previous ones as they are for use with glass windows, the others were for plastic windows. I need to somehow work out how to drill holes in the right place to match the holes in the doors from the previous door cards! Never one to miss the opp for an 'upgrade' I also collected...... New centre tunnel and trigger hand brake. Rather than being the same height from the gear stick back it raises up a lot. Acts as an armrest and I have plans to put some sort of 'cubby hole' in there and a cover of some sort. Once I've made the mods it will go for trim with the door cards and...... My new foot well divider! Same as the old one but now with a footrest cut out. Previous one was aluminum like the centre tunnel but this is GRP. Nice stainless footrest too. Works really well as before there was hardly any space between the divider and the clutch pedal. Something to do over the weekend!
  4. Quick update. ITB linkage now all sorted and everything seems to work OK. Balanced the ITBs again. Interior bits are finally ready! Pick them up on Tuesday, the I pre-fit, make the mods need to make and send them back for trimming. Then it's just the engine to sort. I've managed to book some time with Daniel (Calibrated Performance) to sort out the ITBs and finalise the PID control. He'll be connecting to the car over the web from Oz and sorting it remotely. Booked for 3rd Sept. Then I am really on the home run! However IVA test's are currently very limited. 6 classes of vehicles with priority given to class 1 down to 6. Guess were kit cars are Some progress on the dash. Fitted for hopefully the final time. Had a right nightmare with he connections on the dials, as I changed the connectors to try and make them neater, even though I won't see them. I also decided to modify the dash itself to fill in a large gap above the steering column shroud. Can sort of see the piece I had to insert here All sorted, new vinyl wrap added which is a bit lighter than the last covering. Looks like this from the driver's seat I've got a clear view of the speedo, rev counter, oil pressure gauge and water temp gauge which are the important ones! The other aren't obscured as much as it seems in this pic and they are volts, oil temp and fuel. Look quite cool when the lights are on Also re-painted the steering column shroud with the SEMs stuff recommend on SELOC for refurbing interior plastics. Really is top notch stuff. Really doesn't look 40 years old anymore!
  5. Nice! Looks like mine.....but that one's finished...... Any idea who it belonged to?
  6. A bit more progress. Finally got the new ITB arms etc fitted. Put the air horns on (without the airbox) to balance them Ran the engine and got it all nicely balanced. Came to tighten up the lock nuts on the rods between each lever and one of the threads in the aluminium bearing holders is buggered and it just pulls out....... 2 steps forward and one step back. Mind you the car started after sitting for months and didn't shit itself
  7. Would probably help you if you had insomnia Bis! ๐Ÿ˜ How are you? Keeping well I hope?
  8. Did a bit more.... Roof scoop. Tried 2 different types of mesh. As supplied: or one with smaller gaps Preferred the As supplied as it matches the rest of the car, but didn't like the fact you could 'see' inside it and the roof colour showing through. So black vinyl fitted to roof. Finished the heater controls Think it looks pretty good. Also has an internal LED light connected to the sidelight feed so the graphics have a dim back light at night Once fitted there was a bit of fore/aft movement on that part of the dash so I made a bracket that attaches an aluminium piece attached to the chassis. Now solid as a rock. I mentioned I'd resurrected an idea I'd have before but dismissed. Cables for the rear clam catches are so 1970s. Electric release is much more modern. Bracket Fit the catch Renault Megane central locking actuator. Much smaller than the ones I've used on my doors. The reason I'd discounted fitting actuators to the rear was the size of them, they wouldn't really fit. But much research turned up these. To be honest I'd put these in the doors now if I was doing them, much neater. Actuator fitted and attached to catch Fitted to car: Need to wire it all up in the car but have tested them and work well View on YouTube website Bought this button to use as the release: But this one does......thanks to Dan ( https://divinehandcraft.co.uk/pages/the-lotus-store) for doing me the stickers for this. ๐Ÿ˜ New ITB arms made: Test fitted an all good. So rest are now being made up. Once fitted and setup Daniel (Calibrated Performance) will connect to the car over the web from Oz and make the necessary adjustments. Still a way to go but getting closer....
  9. Rolled it out into the sun to try and get some heat into the paint! It's quite green...... Back end back on.... Will be back out again tomorrow sitting and getting hot! Hopefully it will harden the paint. Managed to knock anther bit off yesterday......
  10. Time for an update that's not much of an update.... I made (well I instructed and my BiL modeled it up) a 3d printed roof vent thingy turned out well, vents fit spot on. Just needs covering. I made a heat shield for the AC compressor which sits just below the exhaust manifold Have decided to actuate the rear canopy using solenoids and this switch: Have removed the screen printed graphics and Dan Luton (TitaniumDan on SELOC) is on the case to knock up a decal that looks more like a Stratos The new arms for the ITBs have been laser cut and are with the guy who developed the current linkages. Once we can get together (who know when that will be) - we can bolt it all back together and hopefully the DBW control will be sorted. Apart form this I've not been doing much, well apart from dealing with a couple of issues that have cause me some real pain.... First issue was the alignment of the front canopy. I noticed that the gap between the canopy and the front 'scuttle' was quite big on my car, was at LB a couple of months back and noticed there gaps were much smaller. I pointed this out and was told that the canopy pivot points must be in the wrong place . Moving the pivots isn't too big a job but it has knock on effects. There are plates on the main body that have location pins for the canopy. The left is a rubber stop and the right is a 'quik latch' type fastener where the black bit fits in a hole in the canopy. When you move the clam pivot points then these no longer line up centrally..... This meant having to drill the plates off (they are riveted on) and have new ones cut, so I could re-drill the holes, have them powder coated and then refit the rivnuts. As well as being annoying and costing money it took ages with the current situation as many places not working much if at all. Got them all sorted in the end and now lines up. The other (and much bigger issue) is the paint on the car. It's been painted for a year now and sat in the garage being worked on it's inevitable that it might get a few knocks. I've had a few issues, including the burnt section on the rear previously discussed on here earlier. I have a local, friendly and very good smart repairer and a tin of the original paint used to paint the car. So he's sorted these issues out for me. He was here again today to do more and its the 5th time he's been now. It's now beyond a joke..... He's never come across paint like it. It marks incredibility easily and seems to be super soft I had the front canopy off the car to move the pivots. It was off the car for about 2 weeks. It was placed on the floor of the garage on it's 'nose' on lots fabric and pieces of foam to protect it. And was leaned up against the wall. It has a large plastic petrol can behind it (again covered in layers of fabric - microfibre cloths) just touching the front of the canopy to help keep it just off the wall. When I finally lifted it back onto the car, both areas that had been against the fabric had imprints in the paint. If you wet sand it with 2500 or 3000 grit to get these marks out, the paint flats great and all the marks go but when you polish it up with a DA or Rotary and a polishing compound you are left with a very flat glossy surface with really obvious deep lines in it that seem to have been put in by the sandpaper. There are randomly spaced and can be anywhere or sometimes nowhere. Had a small mark on the roof, sanded 2500 then 3000 (both wet sanding), all marks gone. Polished up and got a very high gloss but had noticeable long scratches in it. Used new clean sandpaper and new pads on the polisher so no contamination there. Kept polishing with different compounds (very very carefully) and have pretty much just about got them out but it's taken a lot of passes. I don't want to do anymore as I fear polishing all the paint off.... Had the issue with one of the pop up lamp pods. Wet sanded it and got a nice flat matt finish. Polished it up with a 2 inch pad on a rotary and compound. Nice slow speed to stop overheating. All going well, finish coming up nice and shiny and then I felt the pad grab. Stopped and found green paint on the pad, checked the lamp pod and there were 2 patches that had literally pulled off the surface. Then other parts of the paint seem to chip at the drop of a hat, like the paint is very brittle. You only have to lightly knock it and you can chip a lump off easily. Dropped a small M5 bolt on the door sill the other day and it chipped a lump off. Last repairs made today but the lamp pod paint seems to have reacted and the lacquer has wrinkled slightly. The guy painting it is pulling his hair out. He can't understand what's going on. We've decided to leave it to cure for a week and he'll come back to try and flat / polish it out. If not it'll need stripping back and trying again. We've had to draw a line under it now. Removed all the black bits off the back and polished the rest of the car. Looks quite good without the spoiler! No idea what to do with the paint in the long term. Almost convinced myself that at some point in the future it will need to be re-done Next steps are to finish fitting the interior (still need the door cards.), fit the windows, get the ITBs sorted and bolt the doors and rest of the bodywork back on. All IVA centers still closed so no rush...... Oh and I think I need to re-do my wheels in Lambo Imola Bronze matt paint - I love the colour . Would look awesome against the green....
  11. Dr H

    Found a Lotus Quiz

    Same here 14/17.
  12. FU4 was know as 'whislting Death' by the Japanese. Duxford's very own.... Awesome thing but if I had to choose this is the one for me. I love a good 'Jug'
  13. We're starting to work our way through a stack of model kits we have never got round to building. Completed a 1/48 Spitfire and a 1/72 Hawk. Still have a 1/72 Lancaster, 1/48 GE Lightning, 1/48 SEPECAT Jaguar and a 1/32 Bf 109. Oh and a Stratos WRC car....... My 13 year old son is taking charge so they are a bit 'rustic' ๐Ÿคจ but good to see him getting into doing them. Unearthed an airbrush and compressor I forgot I'd bought years ago so learning to use that.
  14. Arse! I put something in my reply about not being able to see the canopy, then thought that was far too geeky so removed it before i posted.....I should've known better ๐Ÿ˜‰
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