First, a bit of history: I've owned this car for 20 years now, using her as a daily driver for one anda weekender for four of them, but she has now been stood awaiting a re-spray for 15, and not turned over or moved off ramp in all that time.
My goal is to get her back on the road before September this year.
She's pretty a pretty much original, n/a S3 with c75k miles on the clock, and old, dry R12 aircon system, but does have a new release bearing (& hopefully clutch plates - I can't remember & never got a receipt from the local specialist that did it so I guess I'll have to split the bell housing & check).
In 1998 I was driving round theM25 on the way up to Lincoln for Dad to crack on with a full prep & repaint, when I smelled a familiar smell (couldn't quite put my finger on it, but as I was taking it easy whilst following a 40 footer as it was her first run in 2 years, I blamed the truck). Pulled off at 21a towards St Albans, put my foot on the brake...Brake...BRAKE???!!! Handbrake (Gulp). Finally remembered what burning brake lining smells like.
Long story short, the third RAC truck to arrive was actually low enough to get the car onto without accidentally removing any bodywork, so after a 21 mile trip under her own power, the last 140 was done without me in attendance.
Fast forward through 15 years of promises from Dad to "get it done this year, honest", we've now agreed that I'll also get my a**e in gear and go up for a weekend a month to get things done.
So, for the project proper:
Albeit 160 miles from me, I'm extremely lucky that the old man has a fully equipped garage & body shop with all necessary tools, lifts & a ramp
limited to £1.5-£2k at this stage (increasing as garage junk channels through my ebay account) so I may well be limited on engine work - but that's the bit I'd like most advice on. Now I know Esprits are delicate & quirky beasts, so I don't want to risk ending up in a worse situation that I'm in now (Actually, as 2 well known parts suppliers only offered me a grand for the car as she stands, I'm not sure that's even possible..)
re-trimmed in blue/cream connolly hide 5 yrs back when we originally thought it was going to be back OTR in 6 months time...pics to follow sometime in Jan
This was Dad's stock-in-trade, so no probs there. Going for same colour and original detailing & decals. I may (after some small scale trials) carbon skin the bumpers and door mirrors to update the look while keeping the black contrast against body colour.
LEDs all through while instrument binnacle out, check & renew connectors as required
Has to come out to check/refurb tanks & fuel lines. Was running fine before storage.
Potential probs after 14 years standing: valves/rings seized, oilways dry, valve seals deteriorated? but what else??
Should I do anything before taking the lump out? eg. spin crank manually to pump oil round. Can compression be tested without running it up?
Obvious things to do once out: Cambelt & ancillaries, water pump check/refurb, manifold off & replace any studs as required. carb check/re-seal kit, float height checks etc
Chassis - Checking suspension bushes. How much easier with the engine out? Will a standard MOT tester identify worn/tired rubber? Should I replace with new PU ones all round (it's an Esprit after all, and handling is it's raison d'etre...)? Do they make THAT much difference??
New trunions almost certainly, same goes for braided brake & clutch hoses and caliper and cylinder overhaul/replacements as required
Well, off for now while awaiting the flood of helpful advice I'm confident will follow
Thanks in advance