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Thanks for the write up, that's really impressive work Dave, I can imagine the sense of satisfaction every time you drive it. I like the syringe hack, the insert fittings and will probably put my DA to work on my headlights over winter having read your method. Looking forward to seeing it in the flesh 👍

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Another week has gone by and the Evora delivered in spades on a 300-mile round trip to Hethel for our MLOC tour of Classic Team Lotus.   The afternoon before the trip I decided on the spur of the mome

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Headlights - mine had no lacquer on them (removed by a previous owner) but a few scratches/swirls.  I know they must be properly protected to resist yellowing etc.  So I set about sanding them by hand

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42 minutes ago, martenr1975 said:

Thanks for the write up, that's really impressive work Dave, I can imagine the sense of satisfaction every time you drive it. I like the syringe hack, the insert fittings and will probably put my DA to work on my headlights over winter having read your method. Looking forward to seeing it in the flesh 👍

Cheers Rich - it really is satisfying, you’re right, knowing that’s it’s had the kind of attention lavished on it that no dealer or specialist would ever do 👍🏻
 

Give me a shout if you want more info on the headlight refurb….🙂

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38 minutes ago, smithpaulg said:

Fantastic thread Dave! Looking forward to a passenger ride in that one!!

Cheers Paul - any time 👍🏻

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58 minutes ago, DeanB said:

Just wonderful Dave. Love your attention to detail. 

Cheers Dean.  Sometimes I wish I was a bit less attentive to detail, believe you me!

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That's incredible work - so many jobs there I had on my "To Do" list for my Evora but never bothered to :D I didn't quite have the space though, while I could fit the Evora in the garage I couldn't get out!

FWIW, I did the Elise to Evora jump and loved it. Such a great car, and so much more usable.

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Thanks for the comments, makes it all the more worthwhile 👍

Had a fabulous drive home on Tuesday evening up the Fosse Way, in the dark, after meeting a mate who is also looking for a tidy Evora NA.  It’s fair to say he was mightily impressed with it, as was I on the drive back, it just gets better and better 🙂

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So having wrapped the sills I decided to have a go at the front splitter.

Boy, that was tricky.   A specialist pro place told me a while ago it would need to be done in 2 pieces - top and underneath - and quoted me £250.  No thanks……I managed it in one piece, using about £5 worth of top quality wrap!   I do now need to empty the swear box though…..

After removing the number plate plinth you can wrap each side separately.   There’s no need to wrap the bit behind the plinth and it’s much easier handling shorter lengths of this stuff…👍🏻

So far the sills and splitter have cost about £15 in vinyl wrap, plus £10 of WrapCut tape.  You just need a heat gun or hairdryer and lots of patience (god knows why I tackled it then…..).  I made a template out of cardboard too, for the top surface - that helped massively.

I may do the mirrors (gloss black paint job on Jag X type mirror caps!) at some stage but I think I’m leaving the roof silver.   I have no plans for black wheels and I think the silver roof works well with the diamond cut wheels.

Big thanks to Dan Luton from Divine Handcraft for the wrap supplier recommendation and to Phil Stone for measuring his Evora Sports Racer for me 👍🏻

 

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