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  1. 25 minutes ago, Doris the dog said:

    Yikes there’s a fuse box in the boot ?

    There should be, but that might just be an S2.2 addition, I've never rewired an S1.  Someone on here will have better knowledge of the differences.

    Five minutes later... Ignore me, I've just checked the workshop manual, there's no rear fusebox on an S1.  You can breathe again!

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  2. Most of the trim can be found, a quick look on eBay throws up somebody selling a bundle of bits, all of us on here are always helpful when it comes to sourcing parts (probably because everyone on here has a stash of ‘just in case’ parts in the garage) and the usual suppliers will have access to some. The bits you will struggle to replace are the trims that run above and below the windscreen. These are hard to find, and because of their fragility, virtually impossible in good condition. Bottom line is everything is fixable, just depends on how deep your pockets are. 

  3. From memory...everything is easily accessible from inside the car apart from the retractor unit which is hidden in the interior B pillar.  This is a bit awkward because the B pillar trim is part of one big piece that covers the entire side of the rear passenger compartment.  In my experience you don't need to get the entire trim piece out to reach the retractor, just be able to lift it up enough to get a wrench in there - eminently feasible if you don't mind the odd grazed knuckle.  However to move this at all you will have to remove the rear seat - two screws at the bottom, two by the headrest and then it should lift off its clips.  That should give you enough flexibility to squeeze your hand in behind the panel.  Others may disagree and recommend taking the entire interior side panel out but then you're into disconnecting the speakers and the courtesy lights.

  4. Mine used to fit very similarly to that, I just assumed it was another of those Lotus idiosyncrasies.  Like the headlights sitting just below level, and the door lines never quite lining up!  If you look beneath the headlining there's a metal plate attached to the inside of the panel - clearly Lotus were aware of its tendency to bend too...



  5. I would love to see a copy of that 1981 photo if anyone has one to post. I had a conversation with the widow of the first owner of my S2 Elite during my research and was told that when they first fell in love with the car while being wined and dined at Lotus (the purchaser was a long-standing Lotus customer) Colin Chapman, who was their host, told them that it was ‘one of the new JPS promotional cars’.  I always thought this was unlikely to be anything other than salesmanship, it’s black over silver not gold, but you never know.  When I asked Andy at the archives if he knew any more he could only shrug. Either way it would be great to ascertain this apocryphal provenance!

  6. Getting to the point (or at least getting to the point of thinking about) the interior for my S2 which is half black leather/half fabric.  The fabric is a very fine black and silver stripe which I have seen in a couple of other owner's photos but never managed to locate a name or manufacturer online.  Lotus Archive just list it as black/silver cloth.  And I'm hoping to get hold of some at some point in the future.  Does anyone have any information about the fabric?  Or the same in their car and maybe any more clarity from the archive?  Thanks as always.  Dan



  7. My Eclat had very similar symptoms, ran fine on the motorway but then (random) power loss once I was running it a bit slower - but only after the engine had had a good long run fully warmed up.  I tried EVERYTHING - all of the suggestions above and more.  In the end I discovered two tiny splits in the O rings that form part of the mounting between carbs and manifold.  Clearly once the engine had warmed up something was expanding and then the reduced airflow running at lower speeds meant that there was a big vacuum leak generated in the manifold once off the motorway because of different heating/cooling times - hence starving the engine of fuel.  It took me weeks to find this!  Good luck!

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  8. The door’s not shut so I’m not worrying about that. And I thought it was an Elite and Eclat design decision that the headlamps sat slightly below the bonnet line?! Mine always have!

    Anyway that sunshine is about twenty years old now. And the door and pop-ups are of little worry, they’re currently not attached to the car. Nor is the interior. Or the front suspension. Or the engine for that matter...

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    4 hours ago, Jeanvm said:

    Normally the reviera's are fully equipped with leather and air conditioning. 

    My old Riviera had A/C but no PAS from factory so there's no guarantee that that's an indication.  But there should be a 'Riviera' decal on the rear wing rather than the Eclat decal shown.  A call to Andy at the archive will clear it up.

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