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  1. Pete

    From what I understand, it's a known weakness.

    Geoff at Esprit Engineering spotted that mine is the same (clicky)

    As Stu says on that thread, there's a fixit guide on LEW (clicky), although Geoff didn't recommend using a steel plate in case it rusts in the future.

    Annoying, but no big deal, apparently - especially for someone with no fear of fibreglassing. I've yet to tackle mine. Maybe a job for the winter...


  2. Stu

    Drive it.

    No - seriously. I had all sorts of irritating rattles and squeaks in mine when I got it (it had previously languished at Paul Matty's for 18 months), but after a few hundred miles of driving they all sort of went away.

    I tightened up the sunroof (until now I can hardly open it), I put silicone grease on all the rubber seals, I lubricated everything - but no medicine worked better than a good dose of road.



  3. Chandra

    In this instance, it was sheer clumsiness.

    I fluffed a double de-clutch from 3rd to 2nd, and there was a nasty "GRRR" noise. After that, I couldn't engage 2nd without more nasty noises: the synchro didn't work at all. Funnily enough, a week or so later, it just sorted itself out, and the synchro worked perfectly again. Spooky.

    So I consulted Geoff. His verdict was that I'd snapped a tooth off 2nd gear, and it had got stuck inside the synchro hub (hence the nasty noises when trying to engage). Then the tooth dropped out of the hub, and everything was fine - only with a few less driving surfaces.

    Despite the magnets in the gearbox case, I was a bit worried that tooth debris would be wandering around the gearbox case, looking for trouble. So I decided to get it fixed. The clutch needed doing anyway, you see.

    The moral of the story is that you should go easy with your gear changes. And if you lose a synchro for a while - but then get it back, you've probably lost a tooth. Even if you don't get it repaired immediately, I'd suggest you drain the gearbox oil, then maybe you can retrieve the big bits.


  4. I've just collected my beloved from Esprit Engineering in Salisbury - and I'm absolutely delighted with the work that Geoff has done.

    I had asked him to split the gearbox and investigate a suspected missing tooth on 2nd gear. It turned out to be:


    4 missing teeth. Oops.

    Anyway. Whilst he was in there, he cleaned and inspected all the bearings, replaced the seals and O ring, fixed an oil leak, completely overhauled the translator and fitted a new clutch. He's cleaned the gearbox case until it gleams, and also replaced the boot floor fixings with brand new stainless steel ones.

    And what a difference! The gear change feels like a rifle bolt, rather than the previous "rummaging in a rubber bag" feeling. And the clutch is - well, not light as a feather, but significantly better. Not a trace of judder, either.

    For all of that, Geoff charged me

  5. Hi Pat. Welcome to the Forum.

    It looks pretty decent from the piccies. I'm sure you could get it looking top notch in no time. And it's WAY too beautiful for a trackday car.

    Nice Capri, by the way...!


  6. Need some advice, please.

    My S4's at Esprit Engineering for some gearbox repairs. Whilst taking out the boot floor, Geoff noticed that one of the body-to-chassis mountings under the boot floor has "failed". I presume that means that the rubber portion has disintegrated, because Geoff said that the body is now pretty much resting on top of the gearbox casing - which is not A Good Thing.

    So is it a great trauma to replace these things? I understand that they're glassed in to the body, so presumably I'll need to grind out the old one, prop up the body, laminate a new one in, etc, etc.

    Has anyone done one of these before? I'd appreciate any words of wisdom.



  7. Hey Darren

    Good to hear that you're well. Still not sure about those wheels, though. Very bling.

    That bit of the door mirror doesn't have its own Lotus part number - I know, cos I've been looking for some meself.

    Here's the diagram:


    And the parts list:


    The TVR Griffith has the same mirrors (clicky), but I can't see those collars. It looks like they may be part of the frame - but as the frames are

  8. Well done Mark! Top congratulations!

    I've been following your resto thread avidly - and it's GREAT to hear that Otis is running. It must be such an adrenalin rush to get to this point.

    What did your fianc

  9. The journey to Nick Whales today was like a trailer for "Waterworld".

    Passing through Ross, the Wye has burst its banks, and all the riverside pubs were completely inundated. And the Severn at Tewkesbury was absolutely everywhere: field after field had become a lake. It's the worst I've seen it. Ever.

    They seemed to have cleared up the landslides on the M50, but there were still trails of gravel and mud, where the water had run across the road.

    It's horrific out there. Lots of people's houses are going to stink of floodwater/sewage for a long time to come. Poor b*stards.


  10. A brilliant day. Thanks very much to Graham and David and everyone who organised it. And Nick Whale's staff - they couldn't have been friendlier.

    It was fun to have a peek underneath everyone's cars as they were hoisted onto the ramp. Mind you, I could have done without the revelation that my turbo's got an oil leak.... :P

    Look forward to seeing you all at the next event.



  11. Paul

    Looks absolutely gorgeous. I bet you're dead chuffed with that.

    Bromsgrove Auto Trimmers. eh? That'll be near to my spiritual home then (Paul Matty's).

    But talking of interiors: In my S4, there's a strip of black leather just below the windscreen (it's called the "Trim Cover, Screen Landing" in the parts book) that has dried out, shrunk and peeled back from the lower edge of the screen. It looks really tatty.

    I'd love to get it fixed, but I'm told that you have to take the windscreen out to replace it. In fact I wouldn't be surprised if the dash had to come out too.

    Did you have to replace that bit on your Turbo, or was it okay? I imagine it only peels if you leave the car out in the sun for too long.


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