Bye, bye, baby….

Well its been a while since I’ve posted on here and much has happened, Herman has joined the fleet and, sadly, Poo has now left…

Poo managed a measly 700 miles between MOT’s in the last year, living under her cover in storage just wasn’t a fitting tribute to the car that had brought so much joy to me and my Daughters. So, with a heavy heart, it was time to send her to a new home – somewhere she would be loved and looked after.

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The MOT history says it all…. In my defence there are a lot of vehicles in the fleet and only so many hours in a day. Plus I have the inconvenience of a job to go to in order to maintain them all…

A new MOT was the first step and she flew though that, as normal, with just an advisory on headlights, so I bought some new ones and fitted them. The usual issue with fitting new lights in an Elise is that the mounting brackets tend to fall off when you try. Poo, though, was playing nicely and they headlights were changed without issue.

 

This was followed with a damned good clean and voila,

Poo was ready to hit the classifieds. I’ve tried ebay before and there’s nothing more than a barrage of idiot questions, including but not limited to, will you take a shoe in part exchange, what’s you buy it now price (needs to be under a tenner), what colour is the blue Elise etc…

 

So, I tried SELOC, the lotus club website and within a couple of days a nice man from Holland emailed (whilst having a schmoke and a pancake no doubt) with some reasonable questions which were duly answered and an offer came back. I decided to take the offer and we arranged to meet at the Ferry port in Newcastle – which was oddly fitting as it was the ferry port in Belfast where I bought her originally.

The money was already in my bank, so handover was an easy enough affair and off went Poo to the wild blue yonder.

In summary, I’d had poo for around 7 years, done around 10,000 miles and sold her for £2K more than I bought her for. If only all cars were like that.

Bye, bye Poo, we had a great time together….

 

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The life of Poo

Poo came about because of a trip to the Nurburgring in 2009, it was to be my daughters first trip to this hallowed place. I had intended to do the trip in the Westfield as I had done previously, the Westfield though is basic in the extreme with no weather protection at all. My friend Felix was coming too, in hios Elise.

As with all things, planning something is a piece of cake but as time rolled onward I had second thoughts about the Westfield. Finally the second thoughts became a decision, I needed a more practical car for the young one. Only problem was I’d left it a bit late, were were booked on a ferry in a little over two weeks time…

I’d always liked the Elise, my friend Felix already had one and I decided that’s what I needed, but quickly. Time to hit the classifieds…

We managed to find the right car, beautiful she was (and is) too and bought her on the spot. I’ve never looked back….

Back to the trip, loaded up with stuff (well as much as you can get in a couple of Elises (including helmets for all) and off for the overnight ferry to Zeebrugge

 

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Poo has been a model of reliability ever since, passed every MOT, never broken down and still has the same head gasket as she did when I bought her ( a known K series issue). I’ve changed a water pump and a thermostat over the 6 years (to date) I’ve had her, had the front end resprayed to take away the stone chips.

In 2013 Sophy and I did a whirlwind European road trip covering 2000 miles, taking in 10 countries, in 5 days. We did route Napoleon, the Monaco Grand Prix circuit, Italian cost road, Swiss mountain passes,  the Black Forrest run, Nurburgring (again) Holland and home via a few of the smaller countries (like Luxembourg and Lichtenstein). Once again poo was flawless and was running better than ever when we made it back to Blighty.

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This was the perfect road trip, lots of fast driving, glorious weather and the best company, Sophy and I are taking about doing Norway, the long way round, next time….

 

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We’ve spoken of selling Poo now Lady Marilyn is here, but she’s just a part of the family – there’s no real need to sell her so she keeps her place in the fleet…

 

 

A Tale of two Clippies

 

Been an odd week really. Went for a run in the Lotus with my youngest daughter (for her birthday) on Friday, I’m fond of telling people how reliable the Lotus is and that is never any bother. Hmmm it seems that Poo, for that is her name, decided it was time to teach me a lesson in speaking too soon…

The run was good fun, off to Whitby for fish and Chips, roof down, light rain turning heavy..

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Then down the coast road to Scarborough. Some way along We caught up to a low loader hauling an Articulated Dump Truck ( I used to design those), it struggled on a hill and I had to nip into first gear, except first gear had decided to take a holiday… First gear, being the sociable type, decided to take 3rd and 5th for a bit of company, leaving me with fourth and a possible second – if I dare risk it… Truth be told I didn’t risk it and came home the 70 or so miles in fourth…

A great day was had not spoilt in the least my the misbehaving gearbox, but as Saturday dawned I decided it was time to take a look and see what the problem was…

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As the undertray had to come off I got a gallon of Mobil 1 and a new filter as Poo was due her annual change anyway. It didn’t take long to find the problem, on of the gear selection cables had lost its retaining clip. Poo was smiling on me though as the offending clip was still lying on the inside of the undertray. Piece of cake to slide it back on and I took the opportunity of adding a couple of cable ties to stop it happening again.

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I also had a quick bleed of the clutch as it felt a little spongy and all back together.

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