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by rbgosling
Fri Nov 26, 2021 09:01
Forum: General
Topic: New member - new owner
Replies: 25
Views: 596

Re: New member - new owner

All I want to do is drive it. Do the absolute minimum to ensure it's reliable and as pleasant a place to sit in as possible but then to simply drive it as much as I can. Good for you! That is very much my philosophy. Although, after a while, you do start to feel the urge to make it better and nicer...
by rbgosling
Wed Nov 24, 2021 14:23
Forum: General
Topic: New member - new owner
Replies: 25
Views: 596

Re: New member - new owner

Yeah, FB is ephemeral. So it's fine for ephemeral stuff like scenic photos of your car out on a trip, or proclaiming your glee at acquiring another MOT, or offering stuff for sale or wanting to know where to buy something (except the answer to that is almost always LotusBits / SJ Sportscars / Paul M...
by rbgosling
Wed Nov 24, 2021 10:50
Forum: General
Topic: New member - new owner
Replies: 25
Views: 596

Re: New member - new owner

On Facebook it's got a bit complex, with three different groups for general chitchat, including one which used to be allied to this forum but is no longer. For my sins I'm a member of all of them, but the Lotus Grand Tourers is the group that is now allied to this forum. There's also a "Lotus Elite/...
by rbgosling
Tue Nov 23, 2021 12:49
Forum: General
Topic: New member - new owner
Replies: 25
Views: 596

Re: New member - new owner

Choosing a painter is a minefield! I had mine painted this summer - for exactly the same scope (exterior respray in the original colour, no under-bonnet, fix some minor chips and bumper damage) I was quoted £1,800 - £8,500. Clearly not happy with either extreme, the cheap one was bound to skimp on t...
by rbgosling
Thu Nov 18, 2021 09:10
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: Windscreen replacement
Replies: 2
Views: 140

Re: Windscreen replacement

It's a bonded windscreen, which I believe is always a professional job. The windscreen is an integral part of the structure and stiffness of the bodyshell, so it's important that it's done right. Not like the olden days, when it was held in with a rubber strip you could install with some washing up ...
by rbgosling
Tue Nov 16, 2021 16:59
Forum: General
Topic: are prices on the up?......(see this on ebay)
Replies: 6
Views: 270

Re: are prices on the up?......(see this on ebay)

Just because he's asking £12k doesn't mean that's what anyone is going to pay! It's the sale price that counts.
by rbgosling
Tue Nov 16, 2021 16:57
Forum: Spotted/New Owners
Topic: Gold Elite S1 503
Replies: 12
Views: 570

Re: Gold Elite S1 503

Welcome Andrew, good to see an NEC meeting translate into a new member here!
by rbgosling
Wed Nov 03, 2021 16:57
Forum: For Sale
Topic: One for the very brave, or possible parts car.
Replies: 1
Views: 378

Re: One for the very brave, or possible parts car.

Seller seems a bit of a grumpy sod, but at least they are not being stupid about the price!
by rbgosling
Mon Nov 01, 2021 15:27
Forum: General
Topic: EXCEL 89SE Kerb Weight measurements
Replies: 18
Views: 817

Re: EXCEL 89SE Kerb Weight measurements

Your 1158kg is only slightly above the 1135kg quoted on Wikipedia, which in turn was taken from a 1986 Motor Sport Magazine article, which no doubt got the figure from the Lotus press pack at the time. The extra is probably your 1/8 tank of fuel!
by rbgosling
Mon Nov 01, 2021 14:38
Forum: Events, Meetings and a "Run Out"
Topic: NEC Classic Motor Show 2021
Replies: 22
Views: 1538

Re: NEC Classic Motor Show 2021

I notice there is a pillar in the stand - this can be a positive as it give you a chance to put a banner up where it can be seen around the hall. Looking forward to working next to you guys again on the Club Lotus stand https://am3pap002files.storage.live.com/y4mj48dDFL7yWYQgC2FtKSo1zYjx27OBoDgRNzv...
by rbgosling
Wed Oct 27, 2021 19:53
Forum: General
Topic: excel newbie
Replies: 32
Views: 2393

Re: excel newbie

My Excel got 17-21 before I rebuilt the engine. Now it gets 25-32. If you’re getting 12 in the Esprit you’re either driving like a nutter (which would be understandable!), or something ain’t right.
by rbgosling
Fri Oct 22, 2021 08:23
Forum: General
Topic: Excel Front Brakes
Replies: 10
Views: 1090

Re: Excel Front Brakes

I suspect these days there's a lot of counterfeit goods out there. Just because it says Bosch on the box, it could still be a cheaply-made knock-off. Must be a nightmare for brands who are trying to maintain their reputation. That said, there are brands selling crappy goods and relying on the "brand...
by rbgosling
Mon Oct 11, 2021 14:42
Forum: Electrics and Electronics
Topic: I'm leaking voltage
Replies: 4
Views: 1114

Re: I'm leaking voltage

Circuit diagram of the relevant page: https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/AM-JKLVyADvaXB54mThJomSfpIkytMbjn1wTnU1WHg2j7CLiSY298wiK-Z5HBrT5UnfW2i8VEX9J87bL82lZps-eroBlqb5jSCceO88clXWw8OMNZc6tsuY0W_d-oVkCEpgkPLc0preP7eLawDmRYFEsO4ys=w1207-h878-no?authuser=0 IHC = Instrument Harness Connector RHC = Ri...
by rbgosling
Mon Oct 11, 2021 14:35
Forum: Electrics and Electronics
Topic: I'm leaking voltage
Replies: 4
Views: 1114

I'm leaking voltage

Good afternoon all!! I usually try to believe that our car electrics are pretty straightforward, and any fault should be diagnosable with a logical, methodical approach and careful reading of the circuit diagrams. But I have an issue that doesn't make sense... For some time now I've had gauge readin...
by rbgosling
Wed Oct 06, 2021 11:47
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: moving on
Replies: 7
Views: 528

Re: moving on

Don't know if you've had seats out before, but for some inexplicable reason the factory used conventional hex-head bolts which are a bugger to try and stop turning with the nut - particularly if the nut is well rusted to them, which of course it will be. One or two I could only remove by angle grind...