Question about 2005 Lotus Elan

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Fun Car; from Toyota Ed

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  • Toyota Ed Oct 22, 2008

    You are welcome.

    Bought it 16 years ago, from an ad posted in "Autoweek". It has 30 K miles on it, totally original; no restoration. The picture does properly not show the defective front/rear bumpers, they are some kind of vinyl covered foam, and are very wavy, due to 34 years of UV.

    ...Poor attempt by Lotus at coming up with a "5 mph bumper".

  • Toyota Ed Oct 22, 2008

    Thanks for sharing your history with me. Impressive.

    I have several friend from the services from the 'Nam era. I agree with how you put that "funny things...". Unfortunatly true.

    I am in Pennsylvania.

  • Toyota Ed Oct 23, 2008

    Iraq: I have a former marine who works for me here, Toyota Master Tech, and has 13 years in the marine Reserves. He shipped out to Kuwait in Gulf War 1, and got hurt on day 2, crossing from Kuwait into Iraq. RPG hit. He was in the hospital in Germany for 3 months before he got home, rehab took 9 months, and he stil is not "right"...The injuries have not healed properly (nerve damage), and he is more emotional. Sad. My other kid-tech joined up with the Army Reserves, and he shipped out to Mississippi for Stryker training, he is due to ship to Iraq in January. One of my customers (Brian Sheetz) got a Silver Star in Iraq, defending his Abrams, somebody tossed a grenade into the top hatch...Brian, with no time to react, grabbed the grenade by hand, tossed the live grenade out the top hatch, it went off, he got wounded, but saved the tank & its crew...

    Agreed; you do not know who the enemy is. ...I thought we got RID of all of the ememys in Iraq, now we are fighting "factions"....I just do not understand this govno....

  • Toyota Ed Oct 23, 2008

    I would like to see your input re the new thread that I started, regarding "Quantity vs Quality" of solutions... You seem to be very spot-on, and you comments are most elequoent.

    Thanks in advance.

  • Toyota Ed Nov 21, 2008

    Hey, WV, How are you? I noted that you have some Quake experience...I see that the "Starflight 3" project is looking for coders, perhaps you could visit the site & take a look around, maybe you could lend your skills. They are pretty good people.



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Thanks. Did you luck into this or did you do a restoration?

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    Glenn Rogers Oct 22, 2008

    I did notice the problem with the left front bump stop. I have several friends here in Nevada who restore old cars, one guy usually partners with another to bring back Model As. He also likes to use the Model A engine in antique aircraft of which he has a nice collection too.

    I took my Dad's new Briggs and Stratton engine apart and tried to mount it on my Radio Flyer wagon and rig a centrifugal clutch to it. I had only seen this done. It was about 1958. I got the tar kicked out of me, but eventually my Dad brought me deeper into Amateur Radio to keep me busy. He was a Ham so he could have and keep his pilots license. Eventually friends and I all rebuilt beat up Honda 50s and ran those all over the trails in the woods of New England and gravel pits.

    I ended up a 2-cycle mechanic when I was 17 and was being groomed as a Diesel Mechanic's helper at a large boat yard in New England. My mechanic only spoke Portuguese which made it interesting and he particularly loved explaining things. I joined the US Navy on my 18th rather than be drafted and just about joined the Marines.I was in Cross Country and Track as well as Soccer and Ice Hockey in High School so I had the legs and lungs for what ever branch I went into.

    The Navy got me into Jet Engines, but once I knew how they operated, tore one down and put it back together they weren't interesting any longer. I was encouraged (told) to volunteer for Helicopters. Those machines never grew stale and were always a challenge to diagnose. The Navy offered me a Warrants Commission to stay in but frankly we had all just returned from Vietnam in 1973 and my desire to make a career of it was long gone. War does funny things to people and not at all good.

    I kept repairing my own gear, equipment and cars/motorcycles until I go Rheumatoid Arthritis and ended up with a splint on my right thumb for nine months over it. After that I took my car to a friend who owned a garage and is/was a dirt track mechanic/promoter and sponsor. He said, "What in the H*** are you doing here?" Once I explained he took real good care of my car for me.. a Volvo 240 (ran that into the gound and is now in a hydroelectric plant in China).

    If I could, I'd be rebuilding cars and not computers as a hobby. My business keeps me busy and as you know, you never know what will come through the door next. In my spare time I do this and restore old PCs for charity.

    Thanks for the vote and the photo. BTW, where are yoiu?


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    Glenn Rogers Oct 22, 2008

    PA, I grew up in NJ and matured in Mass. To the many I see who wish they had served in Vietnam I'm always astonished and have to tell them how lucky they are to have never been. This really worries me about our new veterans. In Vietnam you didn't know who or where the enemy was and Iraq it is exactly the same.

  • Glenn Rogers
    Glenn Rogers Oct 23, 2008

    I was a journalist, have written books and plays. And I was an Editor in Chief for five years. Sentence construction is an old but good habit I picked up. Thanks for the comment.

    I have to go service a machine at the Airport. I'll be back later today.


  • Glenn Rogers
    Glenn Rogers Nov 22, 2008

    Thanks for the offer, I'm not familiar with that game and I've pretty much occupied for the short term as it is, but thanks for thinking of me.




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