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Resurrecting an Esprit S3

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Painted...

Series of pics from primed and masked to final lacquer coat on. At last Re-blacking the interior lid section with matt black per original And underlay on the insides here Gradual build up of the base coat Lacquer coats commence: Oops, bit of short term memory loss while refilling the gun means a bit of extra flatting required... So now on to body trim parts, followed by the suspensions bushes and interior work, not to mention the

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Bodywork started!

Current status all of the suspension parts have been sandblasted and epoxy coated ( in progress in pic) [img]http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b573/davidatsource/image.jpg2_zpsekbo7mjn.jpg[/img] ...now are refitted to the car.   Decided to leave existing bushes in place for now to get rolling and able to paint...   Bodywork preparation has also now started in earnest. Gel crack filled and covered with 120g glass cloth/ West epoxy: [img]http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b573/davidats

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Further preparation

Another 4 days spent happily tinkering and removing more bits, a few purchases and even some replacement activity! Picked up a n/s fuel tank, timing belt, tensioner bearing, door handle, alloy cooling pipes and headlight masks from Lotubits on the way up... Both tanks treated with rustbuster fe123 , then brush painted with epoxying mastic for a thick protective coating. Heavy stuff to put on, and the brush marks will NOT flow out, even with heat applied during cure, but I'm happy that the

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Suspension and brakes rejuvenated

Took a while, but all parts grit blasted with 80 mesh Alox from Machine Mart before being sprayed with Rustbuster's FE123 as security against crevice corrosion, then sprayed with their epoxy mastic.   [img]http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b573/davidatsource/image.jpg9_zpss2b2sxoa.jpg[/img]   [img]http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b573/davidatsource/image.jpg7_zps2k3eymgk.jpg[/img]   Sprays on much better than brush application, and coat build is excellent.   [img]http://i1292.ph

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Into the Booth

First week of September had us stripping the wheel arches and doing final bodywork prep ready for base coat when we're happy with the final match: Proof that 235 tyres won't work on the front.. D'OH! Next visit 1st week Oct

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Getting started

Hi All, will try to keep this succinct but descriptive. Any helpful comments/advice welcome at any stage - I'm not that experienced in this sort of thing, but here goes! See this link for the background: [url="http://www.thelotusforums.com/forums/topic/61960-s3-a-long-weight/"]http://www.thelotusforums.com/forums/topic/61960-s3-a-long-weight/[/url] Before Xmas 13, got up to Dad's to look at things. Some in a bit of a state, others not as bad as expected. No so good: Hopefully superfic

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Engine out (or not…)?

Well, since my first post back in December about getting up & running by August, things have changed somewhat: Went on Holiday 1st week of Jan, saw a house, bought it...Sold current Berkshire residence, sold current Berkshire business, and will be living in new house near Bude by Easter if all goes to plan. So, instead of being a mere 3 hours away from the esprit, it'll now be a 7 hour trek....On the plus side, I'll be kind of semi-retired, so should be able to get up there for longer

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Good Clutch News

With the lump now out, first thing was a bit of a clean, from this: [img]http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b573/davidatsource/IMG_0367_zpsa45115e5.jpg[/img] to this: [img]http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b573/davidatsource/IMG_0385_zps8c6a6a39.jpg[/img] Still a way to go, but it's clean enough to work on. with the ancillaries removed, the next task was to take the clutch & 'box off to investigate the situation: This shaft (specifically its bearing) was/may still be a source of

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Suspension off

Well the goals for this session were: 1) to assess the broken exhaust studs in the cylinder head and figure out how to make a jig to drill those out and repairing replace them and then 2) if possible to get the suspension components from all four corners taken off ready to sandblasting and coating with epoxy.   The 40 quid engine stand from eBay worked perfectly with the engine fairly well balanced on the mounting plate,a little bit top-heavy maybe, but it will certainly make the job of dri

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Yup...engine's gotta come out

Slight change to the order of items on the last plan meant we piped up the cooling system first and ran it to test the water pump, proving a fairly significant leak from the shaft. Once again John, thanks for the heads up. Dripping off bolt seen below cambelt: [img]http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b573/davidatsource/IMG_0355_zpsb10253f4.jpg[/img] Unlike the last test, she also sounded like she was running on 2 cyls. The only thing tags was different was that to take the boot floor liner o

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Engine out!

Well it took all day, but the lump is now on the ground.. [url="http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b573/davidatsource/Mobile%20Uploads/trim77AAD2DC-0C18-4A4F-A7C9-83942620938D_zps83568e00.mp4"][img]http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b573/davidatsource/Mobile%20Uploads/th_trim77AAD2DC-0C18-4A4F-A7C9-83942620938D_zps83568e00.jpg[/img][/url] The wonders of time lapse software. Only downloaded this today and chose 5 sec intervals. Might go for 3 next time. Actual lifting of the engine too

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