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Forum: Garage Majal   02-02-2018, 03:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,290
Posted By lighterthanair
Hangar Door Raised and Pegged into Position

Today, we managed to assemble the massive door, bolted and welded with a reinforcing truss. It was also raised into position.

As I mentioned earlier, this door is easily strong enough to lift a...
Forum: Garage Majal   01-31-2018, 02:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,290
Posted By lighterthanair
Walls Up, Roof, Installing Hangar Door

We are now making a lot more progress...

The walls/roof are up, and the electrical has been run for the lighting (more about that later). Today we are erecting the door frame, putting up the...
Forum: Garage Majal   01-17-2018, 04:34 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,290
Posted By lighterthanair
Update and Progress

Well, the steel is finally up, as per the photo, and the apron has been poured. The concrete 28-day tests are showing a fairly consistent 3800 psi, which will improve with time.

The crew that...
Forum: Garage Majal   11-12-2017, 04:21 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,290
Posted By lighterthanair
Rizzydee, I guess the problem is that I won't be...

Rizzydee, I guess the problem is that I won't be welding/cutting in just one confined area alone. The kind of restoration I am planning would mean that I'll be on a welding table, but also all...
Forum: Track and Technique   11-10-2017, 03:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,168
Posted By lighterthanair
47 F is ridiculously low. Really, you are...

47 F is ridiculously low.

Really, you are only getting maybe 15 F over ambient. You need around 180-220 F (real time measurement).

If you are set on the track day, you can still do it, but...
Forum: Suspension (including wheels, tires, brakes)   11-10-2017, 01:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,245
Posted By lighterthanair
Just FYI, on my street Elise, the bf gets changed...

Just FYI, on my street Elise, the bf gets changed annually. On my race car, it was changed far more often. We used two brands, Motul 600 and the synthetic Castrol product (I think it was SRF). Both...
Forum: Garage Majal   11-10-2017, 01:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,290
Posted By lighterthanair
glb, I recall you making that suggestion awhile...

glb, I recall you making that suggestion awhile back, and I shamelessly stole it.

The only thing is that I have to modify it because of the height of the hangar and the interference of the Big...
Forum: Garage Majal   11-10-2017, 12:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,290
Posted By lighterthanair
Progress, of a Sort

My builder is a little ahead of me on his adjacent hangar, and the image below is after the first day of the erection of the structure. I knew these things went up fairly quickly, but this crew is...
Forum: Garage Majal   11-10-2017, 11:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,290
Posted By lighterthanair
I looked at this, and it just won't work given...

I looked at this, and it just won't work given what I'm likely to be doing in there. I have to keep in mind that these structures do not have fire suppression systems, so I'm going to be purchasing...
Forum: Garage Majal   11-10-2017, 11:39 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,290
Posted By lighterthanair
Xtinct, the psi of the concrete is around 4000,...

Xtinct, the psi of the concrete is around 4000, which will be fine for a 2-post. But I'll be watching the anchors being installed with great care. I've already spoken to the builder about going to...
Forum: Garage Majal   11-08-2017, 04:16 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,290
Posted By lighterthanair
Wink You are certainly right about regret for not...

You are certainly right about regret for not going bigger! I've got a 3-car but with 5 cars, that's a simple math problem. And family members keep wanting to populate it with needless stuff, which...
Forum: Garage Majal   11-08-2017, 01:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,290
Posted By lighterthanair
Thanks, but all I've done so far is a boatload of...

Thanks, but all I've done so far is a boatload of research. I'll keep posting updates with pics if there's any interest.

S.
Forum: Garage Majal   11-08-2017, 01:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,290
Posted By lighterthanair
Wink Flooring Research and Options

One of the first decisions to be made will be the flooring type for the main floor (there will be a mezzanine over the back 20 feet, which I'll detail later.

Since there will be welding and plasma...
Forum: Garage Majal   11-08-2017, 12:35 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,290
Posted By lighterthanair
New Build

Everyone,

After spending 30 years overseas, I've finally back in the US for good, just retired, and eager to build a dedicated garage. My Elise has been garaged, but it's just too cramped to work...
Forum: Texas Region   11-08-2017, 11:24 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 600
Posted By lighterthanair
Dallas Area Service Center for Lotus

To all DFW/North Texas Lotus Owners:

Park Place has finally gotten off high center and opened a service facility for their brands, which include Lotus. The service center is located at 2425 West...
Forum: Texas Region   07-05-2017, 11:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 673
Posted By lighterthanair
I have both a Lotus and an XKR, so this move hits...

I have both a Lotus and an XKR, so this move hits twice as hard. However, I asked their service manager about this, and both Jaguar and Lotus will be served out of the new Grapevine facility. They...
Forum: Other   07-05-2017, 11:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 484
Posted By lighterthanair
WERM, don't drive to Hethel. Take the first...

WERM, don't drive to Hethel. Take the first train with an open return. If you have not yet been to the factory, that is certainly worth doing (I've been twice now and there is a good bit to see). ...
Forum: Parts For Sale   07-05-2017, 10:57 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 496
Posted By lighterthanair
I'm in this for my 2005 Elise. Can you tell me...

I'm in this for my 2005 Elise. Can you tell me who manufactured this pan? I am in the north Texas area.
Forum: Lotus Evora   03-23-2017, 04:52 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,886
Posted By lighterthanair
Exactly. I replace the fluid at least once per...

Exactly. I replace the fluid at least once per year and have never had an issue (on a non-tracked car, that is).

Stephen.
Forum: General Discussion (Lotus related)   03-23-2017, 04:35 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,538
Posted By lighterthanair
Wink Great idea, as long as you don't want to learn...

Great idea, as long as you don't want to learn proper race car setup (since karts operate differently than road/race cars) or aero. But for the money, you can't beat karting to learn controlled...
Forum: General Discussion (Lotus related)   03-23-2017, 04:27 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,538
Posted By lighterthanair
You said, in the context of purchasing a road...

You said, in the context of purchasing a road car, that you did not want to do a lot of upgrades. That pretty much excludes most cars which, if done properly for the track, require tires/wheels,...
Forum: Lotus Elise   02-13-2016, 01:45 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,383
Posted By lighterthanair
I'm a sprightly 5'8", but my brother-in-law is...

I'm a sprightly 5'8", but my brother-in-law is 6'6"/235 lbs. We've done the 'Ring twice in an Exige, and he takes care of my Elise while I'm out of the country. Granted, getting in and out is a...
Forum: Lotus Elise   02-13-2016, 01:32 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,396
Posted By lighterthanair
An honest man. Even better, an honest racing...

An honest man. Even better, an honest racing driver. I always thought my cool-down laps were to be timed for formulating excuses for my mechanics back in the pits.
Forum: New Member Introductions   12-28-2015, 07:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 548
Posted By lighterthanair
Welcome, Rabbit. You will enjoy this forum. ...

Welcome, Rabbit. You will enjoy this forum.

Stephen.
Forum: Lotus Elise   12-27-2015, 05:24 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,627
Posted By lighterthanair
I agree that the front plate detracts from the...

I agree that the front plate detracts from the vehicle. I also have never been nabbed in Texas. But it's such a silly law, with a large fine, that I've considered one of the pop-up solutions...
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