Tickles Lotus Elise S1 111s

Tickles Lotus Elise S1 111s

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Tickle

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188 months

Sunday 12th February 2017
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ds666 said:
Can I ask how you got the side member trims off ? Mine will need sorting when I get it . Do you just tease them off ?
Do you mean the leather pads on the sills? If so yes, just prise them off, not easy though they are very well fixed after being there for the best part of 20 years! Be prepared for the job, it is a bit of a task once you start.

Welcome to Elise ownership too thumbup



Tickle

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4,390 posts

188 months

Saturday 25th March 2017
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The Elise had its first proper run of the year today, great weather and roads. I wasn't sure what to expect as I headed to the mountains, it was quite cold when I set off but it was surprisingly warm.

As always, a few pics.









The car felt great until the journey home a flicker under load appeared on the battery light accompanied with a splutter. It stopped after a while though, not to worry it is going in for a service soon so will get it looked at then. I have a feeling it is something to do with the alternator. scratchchin

Vroom101

809 posts

117 months

Sunday 26th March 2017
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Well, I've just read your thread from the start to the latest installment (it's a quiet day at work, shh... don't tell the boss smile). Fantastic car and love reading about your adventures in it, and the little upgrades you've done. Also, some top photos, too clap

I'd love an Elise one day, but I think I'd go for an S3, probably with the little 1.6 engine. To my eyes the S1 is a little too 'cute' but I can see why you love it, and why they have such a following.

Anyway, thanks for the thread, and keep up the good work thumbup

Tickle

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188 months

Monday 27th March 2017
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Thank you, glad you enjoyed it.

They are great cars, if you can get one you will only be putting your money somewhere until you sell it, you may even make a bit if you get the right one (Note: you may end up spending on upgrades and other stuff though! biggrin)

On days like Saturday, everything about owning a weekend car like this makes sense.

If I went for a S3 it would be the new Sprint SC, in old English white with racing green decals, red seats and gun metal forged wheels… not that I have thought about it much whistle

Vroom101

809 posts

117 months

Monday 27th March 2017
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Tickle said:
Thank you, glad you enjoyed it.

They are great cars, if you can get one you will only be putting your money somewhere until you sell it, you may even make a bit if you get the right one (Note: you may end up spending on upgrades and other stuff though! biggrin)

On days like Saturday, everything about owning a weekend car like this makes sense.

If I went for a S3 it would be the new Sprint SC, in old English white with racing green decals, red seats and gun metal forged wheels… not that I have thought about it much whistle
Ha ha! I too hanker after an S3 Sprint, but I think I'd stay with the little 1.6 - more chance to use more of the performance in the road I reckon.

Your idea of spec sounds good, but I'd go for Sky Blue, black decals but same seats and wheels as you...not that I have thought about it much whistlebiggrin


Edited by Vroom101 on Monday 27th March 13:02

Tickle

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188 months

Thursday 6th April 2017
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'A' Service and a bit of a fettle including; a new alternator (as suspected) and the ITG Maxogen cleaned done. Car felt tight and ran great on the run back from the garage. All set for some weekend runs driving

Tickle

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Saturday 8th April 2017
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An impromptu trip out this morning to the EVO triangle, not my default route, but the EVO is still good on mornings as dry, sunny and empty as this. A clear run back up the B5105 topped the morning off.








Vroom101

809 posts

117 months

Saturday 8th April 2017
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That looks a beautiful part of the country.

TheRocket

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233 months

Saturday 8th April 2017
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Great pics, you so lucky to have those roads on your doorstep, as my kids would say I am 'well jel'

Tickle

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Saturday 8th April 2017
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Vroom101 said:
That looks a beautiful part of the country.
It was stunning as the sun was coming up, I'm lucky to have North Wales so close to me.

Tickle

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Sunday 9th April 2017
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TheRocket said:
Great pics, you so lucky to have those roads on your doorstep, as my kids would say I am 'well jel'
Thanks, I intend to go some other places for a drive but I'm always drawn to Wales. With a few extra days off over Easter I may venture to the Dales to the Ribblehead Viaduct.

Tickle

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Saturday 15th April 2017
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The roads on the way to my usual driving routes will be probably full of caravans this weekend, so I decided to get stuck into a job that I was meant to do over Winter; resealing the headlight covers. I had originally done this when I got the car, albeit a 'quick fix' with some double-sided tape. Over time dust, small flies and water (and resulting water marks) had got in.

I'm not a fan of the butyl tape, purely because of neatness so I decided to try a butyl based sealant. My thinking was that I could get a thin bead against the recess on the clam.



The covers were polished and the body work in in front the light waxed with a bit of colinite.

Hopefully it's something I don't have to do for a while, getting old sealant and adhesive off it a bcensoredrd of a job!






Timbergiant

986 posts

114 months

Saturday 15th April 2017
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That looks fantastic, I was just thinking about them today as I spotted one of the new/current gen ones, the swoopy original ones looked ace but I haven't seen one in ages.

AndrewGP

1,853 posts

146 months

Saturday 15th April 2017
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Looks really good. I'm thinking of getting headlight covers for mine, so can you tell me which butyl based sealant you used? I was going to use the tape but yours looks like a better solution.

Sillyhatday

441 posts

83 months

Saturday 15th April 2017
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This is really a great car. Been following this for a good while. Need to get myself across to the evo triangle this summer, it's a good three hours away for me though.

Tickle

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Saturday 15th April 2017
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AndrewGP said:
Looks really good. I'm thinking of getting headlight covers for mine, so can you tell me which butyl based sealant you used? I was going to use the tape but yours looks like a better solution.
Thanks beer

I used this: http://www.everbuild.co.uk/Roof-Gutter-Sealant

Time will tell if it is better than the tape. It is a neat install solution though.

Tickle

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Saturday 15th April 2017
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Sillyhatday said:
This is really a great car. Been following this for a good while. Need to get myself across to the evo triangle this summer, it's a good three hours away for me though.
Cheers,

North Wales is fantastic, the EVO is good but not the best bit of road. Time of year, day and weather are a big factor to a days drive. Happy to share routes etc though if you are heading over thumbup

mpit

362 posts

154 months

Saturday 15th April 2017
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Stunning car, this makes me regret not going for an S1 redface

AndrewGP

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146 months

Sunday 16th April 2017
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Tickle said:
Thanks beer

I used this: http://www.everbuild.co.uk/Roof-Gutter-Sealant

Time will tell if it is better than the tape. It is a neat install solution though.
Great stuff, many thanks!

Tickle

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Sunday 16th April 2017
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AndrewGP said:
Tickle said:
Thanks beer

I used this: http://www.everbuild.co.uk/Roof-Gutter-Sealant

Time will tell if it is better than the tape. It is a neat install solution though.
Great stuff, many thanks!
This was a comment on the S1 Facebook page under my post of the covers:


You can buy the seal from B&Q for £2.98 with enough for x2 sets of lenses, its Homelux bath seal

I would apply to the lenses rather than the clam as some lenses are not an exact fit, the passenger one is usually slightly off

We have done hundreds over the years, one of the best mods is to paint the rears in body colour the same width of the tape and then remove the horrible black vinyl on the outside - makes them look like floating glass.


A bit of a tip from someone who does Elise bodywork for a living, again prefering the sealant over the tape. Hope this helps.