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Posts posted by Atthelimit

  1. Lotus,

    Lotus Of Trouble Usually Serious

    But seriously, they are a good car, the unusual shape makes it a marmite car, you like it or loathe it but it will always grab attention.

    The chassis is the first place to start if checking one over ( the front turrets rust through) as its expensive and costly to replace, especially if it's an S1 as the chassis is bonded to the body but these cars are few and far between, next up are the Renault engined S2 cars, these have the high buttresses at the rear, engine parts and some gearbox parts are scarce for these so make sure all is sound if you are thinking of one of them. Next is the twin cam cars and the ultimate for many , the twincam special. which has the 5 speed gearbox, nice to have these days as we are so used to 5 or 6 gears in our everyday cars and this makes them a bit more user friendly on today's roads.  Parts for twin-cams readily available but rebuilding a twink is getting expensive. Make sure the water pump is ok and no leaks etc, that's a head off job and not a quick simple fix. Bodywork condition is important, micro blistering of paint is difficult and costly to put right probably more so than accident damage.

    Parts position is generally very good from the well know Lotus specialists and  Europa Engineering is dedicated to all things Europa. If something is no longer available they will have a workaround.

    If you drive one make sure you go for a good lengthy drive, the offset steering wheel and pedals feels very strange compared to most cars so make sure you can get on with it and live with, a 5 minute test drive when all excited is different to a two hour drive when all the excitement has died down.. There are a lot of other toy cars you might consider, early Lotus cars are for enthusiasts who are prepared to tinker and fettle, so be prepared for that, they are not as turn key and forget as some others are but if looked after properly they are  good as anything.   But if you are set on one then the Europa is very underrated and until C19 arrived prices were rising. Right now classic cars are taking a bit of a hit so you might be able to find one at a decent price.

    Hope this brief overview is useful,  I hope you manage to find what you are looking for and if you get one perhaps we will see you at some LDC events.

    Best wishes









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  2. Answers for anyone interested. 1, not an Elan but a Cord, 2, Not an Elise but an MG TF, 3, Not an M100 side light but a McClaren F1, 4, Not an Elan but an Alfa Romeo 105,  5,Yes a Lotus Cortina, 6, Not an M100 Elan but a Corvette, 7, Not a Europa but a Ginetta, 8, Not a Lotus 11 but a  Ford Corvair special, 9, Not an Elan but another Ginetta, 10. not a Lotus 23, it's a Simca!


  3. We have had to cancel Angelsey, the accommodation got cancelled and Jules is on the "at risk" list so she's in for 12 weeks now.  

    MSV have closed their circuits and I guess others might follow soon. LOT refunded entry fee very quickly, top class.

    We'll meet again, don't know where don't know when. (One for the oldies)


  4. Having purchased another car I needed a new fire extinguisher ( I have suffered a Lotus fire before)  and came across these at the NEC classic car show in November. Being the cautious type and sceptical I did not buy there and then but went home to do more research. (Long live Google) Developed for space the technology has been around for a good few years but now has become cost effective and therefore relevant for every day use.

    The Fire safety stick discharges an ozone friendly gas and the one I bought was a 50 second discharge time. A normal dry powder unit 4 - 6 KG takes around 20-25 secs so you get double the time to tackle the fire.It operates for all fires A B C & F (there is no E) and is safe for electrical equipment, this means you can use it anywhere, in the home, car, caravan etc and it leaves little or no residue.

    Its very small and portable and easy to put in the glove box, if the lotus had one and is very lightweight. 

    Here is the link so you can make your own mind up.https://firesafetystick.com

    The one thing I would say is this, all fire extinguishers are only of any use if you can catch the  fire early, when my Esprit caught fire, the extinguisher was in the boot/engine bay and so with the fire well set I did not want to open the boot to retrieve the extinguisher, it would have given loads more oxygen to the fire and would have been very dangerous, I bottled out and had to watch the car burn. If you do have an engine bay fire the thing to do is pop the bonnet and poke the fire extinguisher in without opening fully and let it go to work, only when the flames have died down open the bonnet for better access but be prepared for a new surge of flames. Don't be brave, be safe! 



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  5. I thought I would wait a bit before before voicing an opinion to see if the new badge "bedded in", well in the end I just can't warm to it.

    I don't mind the no serifs part but what makes it look wrong to me is that the Lotus text is on a flat line and is coloured yellow and it is not curved as it was in all the previous round badges. The lack of a halo ring around the outside is the other major issue and I think it looks a bit cheap and nasty compared to the others. 

    Looking at the new trend in badges/logos that Chris showed us, I'm afraid I like all the older versions apart from the Apple and Mini badges.  So for me from the selection of Lotus badges the best one would be the 2010 version. It's full of heritage which I think should count for something with a brand so iconic and successful but at the same time looks modern enough.

    I hope Lotus change their minds on this one, If I were in a position to buy a new Lotus at £100K or so I think I would feel let down by the badge and would have to order an earlier version, lets just hope you wouldn't have to take the clam of to change it!








  6. Hi, I think it unlikely it's just the fluid.  I assume you are talking clutch fluid and not gearbox oil but either way I would have thought all gears would be difficult if the fluids had gone thin/porous.

    But for the price of a clutch or gearbox oil, why not check that route first. You may be lucky  or pick up a gearbox of e/bay or some of the lotus forums if it comes to that it might be cheaper than a gearbox rebuild. I assume this is a Toyota engined S2?