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  1. I too think that the covers are now being fitted by the factory. Ask the supplying dealer to confirm?
  2. Sorry to read of your troubles OP, the 2ZZ is generally very reliable so you've been unlucky There is this on SELOC, not cheap and not in the UK but advertised as low mileage so might be of interest? https://classifieds.seloc.org/ads/exige-elise-engine-toyota-2zz-ge-1-8l-6-speed-gearbox-clutch/
  3. duncx

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    Value of the full set according to someone who should know (he sells second hand Lotus parts as a business) is around £900 to £1100, depending on condition. For that sort of money they have to be straight, a few marks in the paint are ok but no bends or dinks! Good luck with the sale, you can advertise them on here FIRST of course but another (arguably bigger!) market is on the classifieds of SELOC which is also free for members.
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    I agree, victory wheels, very well regarded and sought after! I don't know the value of a second hand set but I know a man who does, I'll ask him his opinion and let you know
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    Hmm, drumming my fingers on the desk here...…...PHOTOS PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  6. WHAT? No way have you built that out of bits and bobs and a bit of plastic - I thought you were building these models using some sort of fancy kits! Have you ever considered a job with Blue Peter? Amazing work that Phil, I'm well impressed 👍
  7. that's not such a daft question. We have two cats which both took a very close interest in the underfloor adventure playground and more than once went walkabouts under the house. I checked very carefully indeed before nailing down the last boards
  8. It's taken a while but Phase 2 is now complete, we have a shiny new kitchen floor (reclaimed maple) and all fully insulated underneath. Decorating and new kitchen cupboards next!
  9. June has wanted an eye-level grill for ages........sorted!
  10. Moving on to Phase 2 of my kitchen project, quick photo just for you DaveB
  11. I've got plenty to keep me busy
  12. Nice morning here in the Peak District, get yourself over this way and enjoy
  13. Hi Mark, we've already 'spoken' on TLF but welcome to MLOC Your car sounds really interesting, I'm intrigued to know how well a supercharged K series will go - could well be a great combination of tractibility and power and all with a very nice sound. Keep an eye out in 'events' for local runs and get yourself signed up for Lotus in the Peak when we release the tickets (soon!). Cheers
  14. You should come back from the Dark Side Scott, I miss seeing our Cups lined up after a good run out
  15. Welcome! I'm going to disagree with quite a few of the answers you already have Don't get hung up on the open shifter, the old style closed shifter is excellent on the Elise and having had both I actually prefer the closed one. It would be a different story if you were buying a V6 Exige - on THAT car the open shifter is a huge advantage. Remember that on the Elise Cup, with the closed shifter you also get the much more extreme aero which to my eyes looks fantastic, although not to everyone's taste! For my use (Elise) aircon is a complete waste of money and is in fact a liability in terms of weight and reliability. The system weighs around 15kg (from memory) and is renowned for developing expensive problems. The Elise doesn't get hot in the cabin at all, different story for the Exige V6 which certainly does get very toasty! 220 Vs 250 - the big advantage (for me) of the 250 Cup is the extra 500rpm on the rev limit when compared to the 220. However, the 220 engine can be aftermarket tuned to about 260bhp, the 250 engine is stuck at 250 because AFAIK nobody has yet cracked the ECU. V6 Vs Elise - both great cars, the V6 is more expensive to run in every way, particularly on track where it guzzles fuel and is a lot heavier on brakes and tyres. Having said that it's also quite a bit faster ON THE STRAIGHTS. not so sure in the twisties! The Elise is like a scalpel, the V6 Exige is like a bloody great sword I can't comment on your V6 Vs Elise dilemma, you really need to drive them both, I've had two V6 Exiges and I went back to a 250 Cup because I much prefer the way it handles on a twisty road. If I was looking for an Elise I would go for a used and bog standard 220 (best value) or a 250Cup (just best) Good luck!
  16. Hi Lisa, difficult one this because the cost of a paint job is a 'how long is a piece of string' type question. You can look around and get a cheap job that might be perfectly ok or might only last a few months before problems begin to reappear. A 'guaranteed' job from someone who really knows what they are doing (painting fibreglass is not the same as painting metal) will almost certainly not be cheap. Depending on the amount of work needed, think in terms of thousands rather than hundreds As previously mentioned, S1 cars needing a bit of work (and priced accordingly) will always find a willing buyer - you can advertise on here for free and to reach a wider audience you can join SELOC and advertise on there for free too. In your position (and if I decided to sell) I would try this approach first, if your price is reasonable (no need to give it away!) you could have a hassle free sale in a couple of weeks. However, what you should really do is keep it and come on some runs/events, the paintwork doesn't matter Good luck
  17. Welcome to both of you lucky new owners - two fantastic cars Do you fancy a run out?......... https://www.midlandslotus.co.uk/forum/topic/67636-peaks-run-sunday-15th-start-730-am/
  18. Good stuff Charlie, it's clear that you really love that car Sadly, I can't even take the [Censored] about you running out of fuel .... Good weekend that was
  19. duncx

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    No, don't think this until you've driven all types on offer! Some people (not me) really don't like the 111R at all - it's not a particularly torquey engine, it's a real screamer but doesn't come properly 'alive' until you hit 6200rpm (or 5700rpm with lowering chip fitted) and then it really goes If you like drama and playing with the gearbox it's a great car, if you prefer a more relaxing experience then it's probably not for you and a 111S might be better
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    Dean is right, your link is to a 134bhp 1.8 Toyota engine car - don't confuse this with the earlier 1.8 Rover engine cars or the 189/190bhp 1.8 Toyota engine cars! The 'S' as mentioned above is no firecracker but it is a very nice car for normal road use. Reasonably torquey, totally reliable 1.8 engine (no cambelt) and 5-speed box, facelift interior with a better dashboard layout and overall a much improved build quality. In this price range you could also look for .... An earlier 111S (Rover) for less weight and more character. or a 111R (Toyota) for a screaming engine and 6 speed box. (I doubt you could find a supercharged car for £20K) I much prefer the 111R but others will strongly disagree
  21. Pm sent, although you already have my number from your test ride!
  22. Can't help on how to get into the boot (I bet there's a trick!) but if you can't sort it quickly I can lend you a spare roof for a while - I'm near the village of Eyam. Hope you get it sorted
  23. I think you like that car don't you Charlie?
  24. The 250 Cup is very similar to the 220, I doubt you would notice much difference unless you got them both onto a track and were moving at sufficient speed to get the aero working on the Cup. However, love it or hate it the body kit on the Cup makes it look very different.
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