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    John Walsh
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    Mid way between Ekup project, S3 Esprit Turbo, 3 x Excels and 2 Elites, With a few in between..
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    Scotland, now working in Qatar.

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  1. Update on our Belfast trip. Little Dutton delivered safe and sound and as luck would have it, the S4 we had to collect was right next door on the same industrial estate. 1,563 mile round trip from home to Lisburn, Belfast and back again in 34 hrs. Very tiring run all taken in stride with the ever faithful VW Amarok and the shuttle trailer. We did have a slight hick up the way home with an overheating brake on the trailer which was resolved. No thanks to the RAC (pricks) but we got home. More on that later. 2nd trip followed shortly after to deliver another car just over the borders, then on down to deepest Englandshire to collect another project. Anyone looking for a tidy Eclat light restoration project. Give me a shout. Then we got a bit busy with the following which involved a very hectic week. 1/ We have just purchased a proper, full blown recovery truck which will be fitted with an extra low beaver tail specifically designed for low slung Lotus cars. 2/ Just found and made a deal on a ready made ultra low all alloy beaver tail leaf to fit the recovery truck. And at a bloody good price. And local. What was parked on the drive behind the truck leaf at the sellers house. A very, very tidy late model Elite 503. Sensible offer made and being seriously considered. Bit of light restoration followed by a for sale if I get it. 3/ Also found a cracking good 3ton winch with full remote control and in perfect working order, again at cracking good price. And local 4/ And found a very slightly neglected but with huge history file and reasonably low mileage, an Elan M100 and purchased at a sensible price for further restoration and future sale. 5/ The tremendous Mrs Wendy Walsh is keeping busy doing PA and research. Bless her. Redundant/Retired. Busiest I've been in years. This 7 day week lark is a laugh.
  2. Happy today. Oh yes. Big Whammy week for LotusRescue 1/ Progress being made. We have just purchased a proper, full blown recovery truck which will be fitted with an extra low beaver tail specifically designed for low slung Lotus cars. 2/ Just found and made a deal on a ready made ultra low all alloy beaver tail leaf to fit the recovery truck. And at a bloody good price. And local. What was parked on the drive behind the truck leaf at the sellers house. A very, very tidy late model Elite 503. Sensible offer made and being seriously considered. Bit of light restoration followed by a for sale if I get it. 3/ Also found a cracking good 3ton winch with full remote control and in perfect working order, again at cracking good price. And local 4/ Also found a very slightly neglected but with huge history file and reasonably low mileage, an Elan M100 and purchased at a sensible price for further restoration and future sale. 5/ The tremendous Mrs Wendy Walsh is keeping busy doing PA and research. Bless her. Redundant/Retired. Busiest I've been in years. This 7 day week lark is a laugh.
  3. Well. LotusRescue picked up a bargain today. All to be revealed on what made you happy/LotusRescue pages. And no, it's not another car. Unless of course you know of one as a project.
  4. 4 acre plot with a stable for 180k. Cheap as chips. That would be a lot more up this way. That's 12 good sized plots at 90k plus each
  5. I may just be a little while Mr Kearley. I have an engine to remove, an interior to rebuild, brakes to do, suspension to rebuild. All before I start on the fancy lights I put you onto.
  6. Hi, are you looking for 40's or 45's. I have a couple of sets of 40's complete with manifold. Cheers. John.
  7. You may just have a looong wait bud. In fact, I might win the lottery and buy an Emira in the time you are waiting.
  8. How else are you supposed to load them when you cant see out to reverse onto the trailer. You silly, silly man. The slings through the windows doesn't mark the paint if you put an old bit of carpet in to protect it.
  9. After a long drawn out project this rather nice Esprit SE is finally away back to her owner. Several historical issues repaired and a few electrical gremlins that were thrown in all done at last. Whole project was thrown up in the air due to Covid and me being stuck overseas for months at a time. But done and dusted now. Thanks to Barry Kearely and Sparky for their assistance and advice on the electrical nightmare. I HATE ELECTRONICS. Now to crack on with the next couple which is complete the rebuild of an Excel SE, couple Elite's Type 75, 504 and 501 and of course the most important one of all will finally get looked at, my S3 turbo. That is of course after I deliver my little Dutton which is off to a new owner in Belfast which times in perfectly, as I have another S4 to collect from the same area to bring home for restoration. Looks like the rest of the year is going to be a bit bit busy. Its maybe a blessing that I was made redundant last week after Qatar, QP having decided to change their retirement age for folks working in our industry. Up you, QP. I'm happy, and so is Mrs W as I am now home every night/week/year.
  10. What made me happy today. Finally getting to the end of a long protracted rebuild on an SE which had loads of historical faults. I wont o into detail, but previous professional garages had made several bodged jobs to get his car running. The worst being welding 17mm of a bolt onto the slave clutch cylinder to try and get more life out of the clutch, or just to get it too work. This resulted in causing further damage to other components. All this just started as Covid hit which meant major delays as I was stuck overseas for months at a time. Anyway. LotusRescue has completed the work and she is going home to her owner tomorrow if all goes well. Wash, polish and clean up first. Me a happy bunny as I get my ramp back. The owner a happy bunny as he gets his car back with a functional clutch for the 1st time since he purchased the car. And I can move on to the next project which also means restoration work on own my S3 turbo gets a step closer.
  11. Fit Like.t

     

    Your the man for a strange issue on an SE. Starts and idles fine at between 750 and 1,000 RPM. Try increase revs gets to about 1750 and starts to hunt then missfire. Tried Esprit Scan and no faults recorder. It did have TPS issue which we replaced, set at correct values. But still the same. HELP.

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    2. johnpwalsh

      johnpwalsh

      Will pull it and check it thoroughly today.

       

    3. johnpwalsh

      johnpwalsh

      Found the bugger at last. Bloody flywheel sensor. I thought it HAD to be something near where I had been working. o back tracked and pulled the sensor plug and had another look at ti and thought to myself, one wire's not as far in as the other. Small screwdriver and pushed it further into the plug, tried starter and throttle and away she went. It must have been getting just enough volts to start, but not enough to accept load.

      Thanks for your help bud, much appreciated your suggestions.

      TLF must be the best forum for assistance in all things Lotus, and more.

      Happy bunny now, I can get the bloody thing off my ramp and get back to LotusRescue serious work. My S3 turbo restoration.

      Thanks again

    4. Sparky

      Sparky

      No worries mate!  I always go with what was last touched!

  12. Thats a nice looking old barn with cladding. Oh, the cars nice as well.
  13. Bit late to the party on this one but when doing the same refresh as above, I found a PO had fitted the wrong nut on the abutment (it should be a slim nut ) which threw all the settings out when I measured the 12.5mm. I still had an issue with the clutch, so worked back from slave to hose to master to pedal and found the cotter pin was so badly worn going through the pedal that when pressed it would lock up about half way down
  14. There is hope, because they are not better than a wife at tracking down and spotting those "man purchases" - a new part for your Lotus. A small little tool. A piece of trim..... Having a HUGE problem hiding the above. Spare room full of box's of Esprit S3 parts. LotusRescue bank account seems to have a strange unexplainable reduction in it's balance over the last few months. All transactions seem to be referenced S3 Resto. I really need to have a word with the bank and see what it is.
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