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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/Eclat/Excel parts and cars for sale" group that is worth keeping an eye on.
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Thanks RBG - I'm a (silent so far) member of all of the ones you've just mentioned (can't find the lotus excel tourers one actually but perhaps I've missed it).

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This forum has a search button and very extensive, everything you are likely to know is here and you will get sensible advice. Facebook answers just disappear eventually. I threw off the facebook pages because some of the advice was questionable and I got fed up of people asking questions where the answer was easily found but they couldnt be bothered to look for it. But, each to thier own, it does suit other people. To say that we have so few surviving cars the number of forums/ groups is surprising but I suppose thats because we love our cars.
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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 Matty). Anything deeper than that, questions that someone else might benefit from the answers to another day, restoration updates, hints, tips and discoveries, all much better here on the forum.
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Oi_Oi_Savaloy wrote:
Wed Nov 24, 2021 12:16
Thanks RBG - I'm a (silent so far) member of all of the ones you've just mentioned (can't find the lotus excel tourers one actually but perhaps I've missed it).
This should work ... https://www.facebook.com/groups/174212968044126

Or search fb for The Lotus Grand Tourers

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Hi Oi I payed £550 for a front end respray but most of my Lacquer peel was on the front and a small amount on the roof.
When I got the car back I was more than pleased I knew where he had sprayed to and had blown in on the doors but could not find it and he had done all the decals which I had left in the car & sprayed the wing mirrors to boot.. :D
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Thanks everyone for their kind replies and thoughts - truth be told I don't particularly use FB alot but many people do - this forum is clearly where the wealth of knowledge and experience resides. I have to say I'm keen to get stuck in....but there's a certain amount of trepidation too.....!

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Pah trepidation! What's the worst that can happen - your whole car ends up in thousands of bits all of which need something done to them :D . Then it's a case of one thing at a time.....

Oh yes, fiberglass itch is a real thing.

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Ha ha ha! Yes - I shudder at the thought....! And the other thought that as I take something out of the car (the dash or seats immediately spring to mind) it uncovers something I hadn't bargained for. 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. I'm not even bothered about the paint work - it'll all either come off as I drive it or....not. As long as she's (sort of) weather proof but reliable, I'm going to drive her. I'd like to use xmas to get her shipshape and then I'm up to Gloucester/stroud and Chichester early Jan 2022 - that's the first business trip I'm aiming for.

I've just found out that my local MOT test centre was the same place that the current owner (I've not technically bought it yet although I've shaken hands and sent him 10% of the purchase price) took it to too. Which is great as I know that the centre will understand the car and Lotus foibles one hopes......I'm not looking for an easy MOT - I'm just looking for someone that gets the car and understands it etc etc.

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Oi_Oi_Savaloy wrote:
Thu Nov 25, 2021 17:20
......I'm not looking for an easy MOT - I'm just looking for someone that gets the car and understands it etc etc.
That's why my MOT'er is 125 miles away. Its a lovely drive out and the Hydrocarbons are sorted by the time I get there :)

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Oi_Oi_Savaloy wrote:
Thu Nov 25, 2021 17:20
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, but you can always do that as you go along. The only time my car has been laid up for any length of time was when I was rebuilding the engine (fortunately I then lived within cycling distance of my work), at all other times it has been my main, and usually only, car.
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