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  • Birthday 03/04/1977

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  • Name
    Paul Gray
  • Car
    Lotus Esprit S1
  • Modifications
    Racing car spec
  • Location
    Chesham, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom

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  1. You are absolutely right. In my last communication with Aldon I was told they don't make a horizontal fitting distributor! Aldon did mention they could do a refurb. So its either Aldon or back to SJ Sportscars, who can also refurb. I'll get there eventually
  2. To conclude this post, Distributor Doctor's only advice was to have the distributor rebuilt (£195 plus VAT) Having attempted to strip down the distributor (Using YouTube as a guide), it would appear that the drive gear has been welded to the distributor shaft, presumably because the pin was damaged or lost, and the internal screws are pretty rounded. So I decided to buy a new distributor from Aldon Automotive and fit in the existing (newish) Lumenition Optronic, to run with the Lumenition rev limiter and see if this helps solve the oil leak and improve the ignition performance. Thanks for your contributions and advice; I expect I'll be starting a new thread when I realise that the parts I bought don't fit!
  3. Thank you for you replies, both posts are very helpful. I have made contact with Martin at distributordoctor and am awaiting a reply.
  4. Next question to anyone with an S1 Esprit using a Lucas 43D distributor.... What clamp are you using to hold the distributor in place? original, custom, SJSportscars, Kelvedon, one from another model? I bought one from SJ (middle of the picture) but its not the right one for this distributor; the current clamp (left) is bent and modified. It look like a Ford Cross Flow engine clamp ( Whatever it is, it doesn't sit flush. You'll see in the original post that there are two screw pegs on the engine (one badly welded); the top centre screw/nut is where the current clamp attaches. Should I be arranging for the badly welded peg to be ground off? What do you have on your car?
  5. Thanks Jonwat, but thats the seal that I made reference to in my post and purchased. It isn't the correct seal for the Lucas distributor. Ok, thanks for the advice ekwan. I'll make contact with some 'seal specialists'.
  6. Hello Lotus Forums, I hope that you are all well, and stay well. I am after some ideas/advice.... I have a Lucas 43D distributor with Lumenition optical inners on the Esprit S1 907 engine. Oil escapes from the distributor shaft and onto the engine. I dont recall ever seeing a seal in the shaft, so assume that a decent seal was made previously by the distributor clamp. I purchased a distributor shaft oil seal from SJSportsCars but have since been informed that these seals will only fit with an original Lotus spec distributor. I also purchased a new robust distributor clamp. Any ideas of whether I can get this "original" spec seal to fit, or any seal, or is there is a tried and tested way to prevent oil leakage? I look forward to hearing from someone. (This post is also on the LDC forum, I apologise if you are seeing it duplicate)
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  8. 1977 (First Reg 16/05/1978) S1 Chassis 7803/0361G Black (Originally Silver) Reg SWS18S
  9. Lotus Esprit S1 (1977) Date Added: 27 November 2014 - 05:39 PM Owner: grayp77 Short Description: 2 Litre 907 Lotus Twin Cam Lightened rods and cranks Forged Pistons Custom cams Electronic ignition System Ported with steel followers Custom Dry sump strengthened Clutch / Gearbox Lightweight flywheel Tilton twin plate clutch plate and cover Race fuel cell Dual Holley racing fuel pumps Competition fuel filters and taps All braided SS Fuel lines Willwood front calipers with vented discs SS Braided brake lines Tilton adjustable brake bias Lotus bits stainless big bore race exhaust Custom rose joint rear links Custom rose joint upper wish bones front Adjustable AVO racing dampers Large front mounted oil cooler All braided oil lines Full Roll cage from front to rear JPS livery :-) This Esprit has been a race car for many years, originally campaigned (in Silver) by Andy Reeves in HSCC Roadsports with several podiums and wins. Bought by John Dickson in 2009 it was recommissioned and raced with Heritage, SRGT (Class Wins), HSCC, Spa Summer Classic and Spa Barry Sidery Smith Race at 6 hours (class win). I bought it in 2013 and the car had some race success in the capable hands of Cheng Lim (Class win Cadwell Park). I have now semi retired the car from racing (due to cost) and just enjoy driving it. In my opinion it is a cool period race car, which very much appeals to my immature personality; its got all the great characteristics of a well engineered classic racer, it handles wonderfully, it makes a great noise, smells like it has been driven heroically (hot engine, not loose bowels!!) and feels like it delivers just the right amount of danger and uncertainty! View Vehicle
  10. Hi Rob I am going to come along to this event (car and weather dependent) and will look out for you.
  11. Is there any chance that I can still come along in the S1 Esprit race car? Its not an issue for me if the car isn't 'on display' I was just looking forward being there...
  12. with the previous owner John Dickson
  13. Hi Paul, thanks for your message. The mechanism has to come out so that I can get to the clip that is securing the broken piece of the gear lever (as per the instructions from another forum member on the gear change/gearbox forum section: gear shift lever assembly problems) The dropped tools are a secondary problem!! :-)
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