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  1. I used 2-pack satin black, the same black as everywhere else on the car
  3. The postman came today with 3 parcels. Can you guess what's inside... answers on a postcard... Okay, time's up I can't wait forever! This is a heater for the mongrel and you have no idea how difficult these are to find. It needs a motor but they're nothing special and there are plenty on eBay... It has the fan and matrix although I haven't tested the matrix as yet. The one in my white car was fine so fingers crossed... Of course it has to mount somewhere and that's an ABS moulding with a separate rain shield cover both of which are long gone. So this is the next best thing, a fibreglass copy which will actually be a lot stronger than the original... The rain shield mounts in the front to cover the motor... Unfortunately you can't get any of this from SJ or any of the other usual suspects. But you can get a pair of sills from SJ and the mongrel had Turbo ones fitted at some point. So these are the correct ones... It was also missing the handbrake panel inside the sill so I've bought one of those as well... It wasn't worth the aggravation to make one. So that's basically it as far as I can tell for all the missing bits that just can't be bought from one of the suppliers. The only other things I will continue to hunt for are a piece of clear drop door glass for the passenger LH side and the correct wing mirror (which is different to the one on my white car). I did also buy a stainless steel repro gearstick as the one that's in there is off a later car and has an M8 thread. The spare gear knob I have is an early M7 thread which is correct for this car... It's almost too good to put into the mongrel. So, how much of the kid's inheritance have I wasted so far I hear you cry... Total so far £18,082.54 If you want to know exactly how much this stuff has cost then my spreadsheet of costs can be found here... Just hope my wife doesn't see this.
  4. I believe Mike sold an S2 to @NeilWood04 but could be wrong?
  5. I presume you've tried the obvious ? Is this the one you need... I sent you a message.
  6. If you have any S1/S2 door glass you're willing to sell please send me a PM
  7. A long shot I know but does anybody have a clear passenger side door drop glass or a clear driver's side door fixed quarter light glass? The mongrel has a mishmash of clear and Sundym in both doors and I would like to put it back to either clear (ideally) or Sundym.
  8. This is hardly worthy of an update but I thought I'd give a plug to the locksmith who made a pair of keys for the mongrel with just the barrel to go by. He charged me £23.50 to make the keys and that included the return postage which I thought was very reasonable for a week turnaround. So if you have any lock requirements I would highly recommend...
  9. At the risk of teaching my Grandmother to suck eggs you do know those wheel studs just push in? They are no longer available and I had to pay a million pounds to get 4 NOS ones a while back when I buggered one of mine.
  10. Make sure you can get a pair of frames with the glass before you go modifying anything as they're pretty difficult to find.
  11. According to SJ it changed at chassis number 601G
  12. If it's the wrong size/shape and looks wrong then it's probably off a different car?
  13. The S2 glass is bonded in and has the plastic frame over the top of it and I'm pretty sure it's a different size. SJ sell different glass for the S2 as compared to the S1.
  14. I could be wrong but I think the S2 rear quarter glass is a different size to the S1 early ones in the frame?
  15. I own an S1 and as well all know they get bloody hot as there is no ventilation for the engine bay as such. The S2 had 'ears' fitted behind the rear quarterlight windows to help cool the engine bay but some people prefer the purity of the S1 design and I'm afraid I'm one of those. I follow Iain Tyrrells video series on YouTube and I was interested to see the underside of the chassis for a Lamborghini Miura they were restoring. There are a pair of air scoops in the middle towards the engine bay which I believe are there to route cool air into the engine bay but they're not visible normally unless you get down on your hands and knees. So I'm now wondering if this would be a worthwhile modification to the S1 chassis and how effective it would be. You can see the scoops here if you fast forward to 16:50. What I know about this sort of stuff you could write on the back of a stamp so if anybody with more knowledge than me can chime in I'd be interested to hear what you think...
  16. I think you're right, what makes you think this one has/had?
  17. My white car is a never ending quest to improve things. I have been trying to put it back to how it left the factory and I think it's one of the most complete cars out there and I'm not sure what more I can realistically do to it. With that JPS fetching nearly £60k at the weekend I'm sorely tempted to put it into one of their upcoming auctions but as always there are a few jobs that need doing first. This was it at the weekend in its natural habitat i.e. up on axle stands hahaha With the mongrel waiting patiently in the next garage...
  18. I have been busy making a mess with fibreglass. The mongrel was missing the front and rear valance panels but luckily I have moulds for both of those panels that I made for my white car about 10 years ago when you couldn't buy them from SJ as you can now. So rather than buy them I have started making them. I have learnt my lesson making fibreglass parts and that is to not make them full thickness but rather to make them as thin as you can because they come out of the mould a lot more easily that way. Then once you've got them out you can strengthen them up as much as you want. Here is the rear valance panel destined for the mongrel's arse... And here is the front spoiler with the correct mouth opening for a relatively early car which has the two part radiator housing/front spoiler... I will now thicken them both up with more layers of matting and then cut off all the excess. You can see this rear valance is the early type as the aperture for the exhaust tailpipe has a sharp angle to it, I'll get my Anorak... Then the other day this arrived in the post from the land of original pod wing mirrors and centre ashtrays... I have splashed the cash and ordered a pair of sills from SJ as the mongrel had Turbo sills and I don't have a mould to make those! They're on an 8 week lead time which is fine for me as this is going to be a long job. I'm going to concentrate on the bodywork to start with and get it to the stage where I've repaired all the damage and bodges and might even put it into primer. At that point I will have to make the decision of whether I finish the restoration or pass it on to somebody else to finish. Most people who are not familiar with the Esprit would be happy tackling the oily bits but would potentially be put off by the bodywork, particularly when it's had bits hacked off it. I'm not sure yet whether I want a big bundle of cash tied up in it as I'm retiring in the summer and whilst it gives me something to do it's easy to sink a pile of cash into these things only to have it sat there used once in a blue moon, first world problems eh? Total so far £17,420.00
  19. I should add that the final bill included a number of spares like new steering rack and column, plus springs and various other odds and sods. It wasn't just a geometry and carb setup as they corrected a number of things I'd missed.
  20. That's exactly what I did after I finished restoring mine - I had it trailered from Bedford to Exeter and back for Steve at SJ Sportscars to just go through it and double check everything and set it up in terms of running and geometry... £2k later I got it back
  21. If you own an oven and a freezer you are already equipped to do the job
  22. That's £500 more than I paid for the whole car
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