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Dr H last won the day on October 9

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  1. Musing on a change to suit my age group..

    Funnily enough I've been toying with getting an Aston V8 or an R8 for a few months now! I just love the overall size / look of the Aston then I realised that the R8s were cheaper than I thought. I have no direct experience but apparently the Audi is faster and handles better, it's more of a sports car, whereas the Aston is a GT really. Would have to be a manual for me. Apparently the early Aston sports shift boxes are awful anyway, not sure about the Audi. Interior of the Aston wins hands down for me but Audi will have more gadgets etc. Have a look at the stories of earlier R8s suffering from cracked chassis (at the front), pretty scary and although not guaranteed, there do seem to be enough occurrences for it to be a concern.. Audi do offer chassis strengthening plates to be welded on but have never admitted it's a design fault so any repairs are at the owners cost. A cracked chassis would write the car off as far as an insurance company is concerned. I'd have to drive them to make a proper decision but for me it would be the Aston on balance. Probably a bit more 'useable'.
  2. Exige S1 Restoration (images changed).

    C'mon Jonny you must have an idea - you just don't want to admit it . I'm in a similar situation with the LB build but I've kept a VERY detailed spreadsheet! Having said that, I'm never going to admit what I've spent on it .
  3. Dooie

    That second pic is my old 340R! Where was that taken? Hope Alastair is enjoying it.
  4. Exige S1 Restoration (images changed).

    I'm with you on the dilemma. When you've spent so much time and effort making it perfect, it will only get 'imperfect' as you use it
  5. New car at last S190 Pics updated

  6. Nlc - Lister Bell Stratos Build Thread

    Few weeks I think. 2 if I'm lucky but I'm guessing more like 3 to 4.
  7. Nlc - Lister Bell Stratos Build Thread

    Finally back at LB 2 days short of 2 years and 8 months after I collected the chassis and first lot of parts! A massive thanks to Dave (111rDW on MLOC) for coming all the way from Wolverhampton way, up to mine and then on to LB with his Freelander and trailer to take the car for me. You are a gent sir, and once again Lotus owners show what thoroughly decent people they really are. So now it's a case of getting bits like this stuck on the car: and make it a bit more like one of these
  8. Nlc - Lister Bell Stratos Build Thread

    I could build summat else but not sure my bank account can handle it..... Body is in gel coat, will be coming back to me before it goes for paint. Not decided on an exact colour but will be green. Starting to think red wheels might be better than gold....
  9. Nlc - Lister Bell Stratos Build Thread

    Just finishing off a few things before it goes off on Wed. Now the ITBs have been balanced, the air filter can go back on. I replaced the original one with a slimmer version. First one was too high and would have fouled the body work. More laser cut brackets They are for running the flywheel sensor cable from the base of the gearbox, and round the casing to the top of the box. Bit difficult to show but just loosen off the bolt that connects the bell housing box to the engine, slip it in and tighten it back up. Then push a conduit clip in there and bob's your uncle. Nice neat way of keeping the cable out of the way of the exhaust. And I've added about 5 tonnes of sound deadening mat . I mean I don;t want it sounding like a Lotus now do I Now just 2 wiring connectors to add and a new main ignition relay (should all arrive tomorrow) and it's finally ready to have the body fitted
  10. Nlc - Lister Bell Stratos Build Thread

    The white on my S2 Honda is fine but it's not had any real work don to it since fitting. The LB has had all sorts done and just doesn't like dirt getting on it. Partly it's because the surface is rough, like fine sandpaper and can;t really be wiped or cleaned (when cold).
  11. Such a cool car. First of the proper fast estates. My S2 was really nice to drive. Mind you it had konis, RS2 arbs and less than 40k from new. The build quality really was amazing. Early 90s German stuff was built to last, not built by accountants looking to save money at every opportunity.
  12. Have you still got the RS2? One of my dream cars. I had an S2 Avant years ago as couldn't afford the RS2. Tuned to 280hp, RS2 arbs, big brakes, cup wheels etc. Loved it. Sold it to buy a 340R
  13. Nlc - Lister Bell Stratos Build Thread

    I've just done the exhaust manifolds and link pipe so the coating is up to the point where the cats/silencers are. You can coat the whole lot right to the tailpipes but cost might be prohibitive. If you are going for the white, make sure you do all your engine work first and then get it coated. Mines suffered already from lots of landmarks, oil and other stuff. Not looking great now......
  14. Nlc - Lister Bell Stratos Build Thread

    Daniel from CP spent another day in the garage today. Made a few small mods to the loom. Fitted the new TPSs from Variohm - we needed ones that put out higher voltages as the originals weren't putting out enough to get the DBW to work with the ECU. Got the DBW throttle working and used it to control the idle. Balanced the ITBs using a flow meter. syncrometer thingy. Car ran really well, engine really smooth but all of a sudden started to run super rich. Looked like it was burning oil as lots of blue(ish) smoke. Removed the wideband an put in a standalone wideband and meter. Was perfect and then all of a sudden went form around 1.00 to 0.6ish. Did this a few times, worked out it was when the fan kicked in, or didn't as the case may be. As soon as the ECU triggered the fan the fueling went rich but the fan didn't come on. Once that was remedied all was OK. Got it up to temp and made sure fans kicked in properly. Big puddle of coolant where header tank spat a load out of the over-flowed but otherwise no obvious issues. Just to much in the system I guess. Oh, just went out to the garage and found a big puddle of coolant at the front . Think I found the offending connection. All the aluminium pipes in the coolant system that I had anodized have turned weird on the surface, look like lots of tiny cracks. Dunno what it is but it's annoying! Almost as annoying as the lovely white zircotec manifold going very dirty in large patches. Seems stuff not visible on the surface when cold appears when it heats up. looks bloody awful but does seem to be going a bit as the car gets hot. The coating works extremely well. You can tell by the heat in the silencers and tailpipe . Guess it will keep the CATS up to temp..... Oh well,all good for the body fit on Wed next week though!
  15. Love

    And there are only 2 seats in the car, where do the other 2 souls sit?

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