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  1. From memory I had a pile of the twenty or so front components in a box - I took them down to Poole to drop so that I could be nosey, and they dropped them off ten days later and the cost was less than £100.
  2. Gentlemen, Are you really sure that powder coating suspension components is a good idea? The risk is that if a small stone hits and microscopically penetrates the coating, then moisture will creep in. The consequence of that is that the corrosion will occur beneath the powder coating, an an insidious way where it can be neither seen nor cured. Worse is the fact that the ensuing corrosion will simply creep along and spread under the coating. The outcome of this is really quite frightening when an apparently perfect component suddenly fails . The alternative approac
  3. A further update: I've just received a Four Seasons 33403 for my 1997 GT3, and as expected it fits perfectly. I bought mine from Topspeed Automotive ( who from what I can gather are a U.S. based parts distributor with a UK outlet. Unfortunately inflation and a weak Pound means that the price delivered to UK is now £36.95. The part is here if anyone needs it:
  4. Updated version with partially threaded mounting studs and fillets around internal right angle corners:
  5. You were right: learning a new CAD package is v. hard work! However, I'm pleased with the result. Just need to talk to a 3D printing house in the morning... Have now found a print bureau in Portsmouth who have an on-line quoting system that suggests £10 or so (presumably plus VAT) per unit, plus a small set up fee.
  6. You're right there's some work involved. I'm waiting on a quote for the scanning and reverse engineering into a CAD file. Alternatively, I keep threatening to learn how to use a CAD package properly, so this might be the ideal opportunity to simply draw the casing shape from scratch. There are many of the intricacies of the Caerbont casing that do not seem relevant to our gauges, so they could be omitted, whilst taking the opportunity to slightly thicken the plastic case. Then of course I'd have the ideal excuse to buy a 3D printer... 😉 On reflection, I could also up
  7. Thanks for the confirmation. I agree with the issue of originality of the front of the gauges, but am less concerned about the casing since it can't be seen with the gauges in situ. Hence my desire to reverse engineer the shape and then increase the thickness of the casings to add strength.
  8. Yes, they are the Caerbont instruments, whose co-located sister company, Speedy Cables, can apparently repair them, but there are three disadvantages to this: The company's name is a bit of a misnomer in the sense that my and many others' experience with them is that they are anything but speedy. Second is that I'm told that they charge upwards of £50 to repair each gauge, and third is the fact that I would still have delicate plastic casings.
  9. Funnily enough that was my wife's suggestion - to replace plastic with metal - and I considered it, and also discussed it with an instrument repairer. Unfortunately we concluded that the way each of the terminals is brought out of the back of the gauge - using a threaded stud - would mean that there would be a lot of re-work necessary to make insulating pillars for each stud. I therefore discounted the idea for the time being. At one point I also considered buying cheap Chinese gauges from AliEpress and cannibalising them just for their casings...
  10. Thanks Colin, but if you search this forum, other Lotus groups, and indeed any number of TVR forums (fora?) you'll see that it's a commonly mentioned problem. I think that it's exacerbated by over-tightening of the knurled nuts that hold the mounting clamp. I've tried glue but would prefer something more permanent....
  11. I've just realised that despite being a member for almost a decade, my car isn't on the list: 1997 GT3 in Calypso Red VIN: SCC082920VHA42141 now residing in Hampshire
  12. Whilst concluding my conversion to LED lighting on Sunday I got a nasty shock when I removed the instrument binnacle cover and found that all five of my minor gauges are exhibiting some degree of cracking. The water temperature and fuel gauges being the worst; having cracks around more than 300 degrees of their circumference. All this on a car that has done 20,000 miles hence has spent most of its life away from extremes of temperature. The cost of replacement is obscene: £450 for five gauges, and I’m still awaiting ‘Speedy’ Cables’ quote for repair, but it
  13. Just to resurrect and update this thread. On my GT3 I have replaced my brake/tail light bulbs with LEDs but found, as others have done, that with the ignition on, as soon as the side lights are switched on, the ABS illuminates its warning light. (It’s a ‘97 GT3 so has the Delco ABS system) I concur that this is because of the inner workings of the LED ‘dual’ bulb which is, in fact, only one, and that it effectively back feeds the ABS Controller through the bulb sense wire. My instinct was to overcome this by simply adding diode in the feed to each brake light, such that power fr
  14. Steve, Thank you so much for your help. Cheers Richard
  15. I am in the process of possibly the slowest Esprit rebuild in history, but the end is in sight, and I’m chasing fiddly odds and ends. With that in mind, does anyone please know, or happen to have a photograph of the fixings that are used on the rear radius arms (trailing arms) to locate the handbrake cable, the speed sensor cables and the rigid brake pipe. From memory there were a mixture of plastic and metal clips, but I can’t find them in the remaining parts tubs, nor in the parts catalogue, they’re not listed on SJ Sportscars’ web-site, and Googling hasn’t yielded a picture of an
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