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New Owner Experience

PostPost by: AlistairF » Thu Jun 23, 2022 9:05 pm

Hi everyone,

Tomorrow marks my first week of ownership of a lovely +2S, VRH314H.

Collecting on the hottest day of the year for a 110 mile drive from Evesham to mid-Lincolnshire was a great test which the car passed with flying colours and a good opportunity to get to know it much better.

I admit it felt very odd on my test drive which I concluded was all about the offset driver controls. I jumped out of an Evora into the +2 and of course their pedal offsets are the opposite. The wide sill of the Evora sets your feet off to the left and the Y chassis of the Elan is to the right. All very Lotus DNA and in each case it is not much at all, but the difference between the two is quite marked and felt very strange. 110 miles later and I just don't notice it.

I arrived home rather hot (me, not the car) and my dogs jumped in immediately and have taken a real liking to the car: clearly the +2 nomenclature is for furry friends! Another 100 miles followed of visiting friends and doing demo runs. My grandchildren think it's really cool.

An oil service and taking some slack up on the front wheel bearings has been the first set of tasks completed and I now notice my garage smells of fuel. No leaks can be seen, so searching the learned pages of this forum has me planning a weekend hunt for the fuel tank breathers to see what might be happening there.

I am making a list of minor jobs for the winter and until then I plan to simply enjoy the car and learn!

Cheers

Alistair
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PostPost by: jono » Fri Jun 24, 2022 9:16 am

Great to hear of my old car - ironically I sold it to buy an Evora and then sold the Evora to take on another Plus 2 restoration (and a S2 111S for blasts)!

I did the Club Lotus closed circuit breather mod when I built your car and it never had any 'fuel smells' - there is however a small 9mm copper breather vent which you see under one of the rear wheel arches so you're probably just smelling what is vented normally, probably worse on a hot day due to expansion?

Enjoy the car, it still holds very fond memories for me.
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PostPost by: jono » Fri Jun 24, 2022 9:23 am

your breather arrangement
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PostPost by: miked » Fri Jun 24, 2022 10:23 am

Congratulations on your purchase. Very nice car restored to a very nice standard by Jon. Some photos of us on the NC500 run in 2017.
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PostPost by: AlistairF » Fri Jun 24, 2022 10:29 am

Thanks Jono, That is really helpful and the breather arrangements look spot on so maybe you are right it may be expansion. I shall re-look for leaks and check the copper breather pipe to be sure.
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PostPost by: AlistairF » Fri Jun 24, 2022 10:33 am

Thanks Mike,
It is a great car and you must have had a blast on the NC500. Pre pandemic I was up there every year as my brother lives on the route in Durness, so I generally too the West coast route or explored the more direct single track roads. The diminutive size and supple suspension must be perfect for those roads, just avoid the sheep and camper vans!
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PostPost by: miked » Fri Jun 24, 2022 8:38 pm

Yes Alistair,

You are not wrong. Going over Apple Cross behind a camper van. We met some of these big brown beasts with the big horns. Angus? Scary as you round a bend.
Yeah some fab roads to hold the throttle on with some power driving through some long bends, feeling the grip.
Was a great trip. Me, Jon and four of his friends. 3 motorbikes and 1 sidecar out fit. Special job. That could go.
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PostPost by: DJW » Fri Jun 24, 2022 9:54 pm

Great to hear the car being enjoyed as it should be :D
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PostPost by: The Veg » Sun Jun 26, 2022 7:58 pm

Congrats Alistair and welcome! Beautiful car and beautiful pups- and they clearly have excellent taste!
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