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  1. Hi all, Time to reassemble the headlamp pods. Like all things Esprit my manual has practically no info on how to do it! Do the bearing housings pop rivet to the body? Does the Glacier bush sit between the two bearing housings? Can't see how the pod rotates freely if this is the case, it's a tight fit. Cheers. Any pictures, appreciated. Bearing housings = part 7 Glacier bush = part 8 Bearing housings 7, glacier bush 8
  2. Where there any measurements decided for the front lotus decal on the front bonnet. Just about to place it. Thanks
  3. Hi Paul, Difficult to see from the picture. Would you say the black stops as the radius to the edge leaves the horizontal, or does it stop when the Verticle edge is reached? This is the pattern if the paint were to stop at the horizontal, does it look right. Thanks.
  4. Hi all am just about to spray this area. Please does anyone have a close up picture of the area. On some S1s the black seems to stop short of the front wing inner edge and on others goes all the way to the end. Which one is correct. Thanks.
  5. Hi Vin, Am installing the fuel tanks and fuel line, the rear harness the fuel pump bracket - but not the fuel pump, will do this after. Almost at the point of putting body back on just waiting for foam to arrive for the tanks. Auto sparks can make the harness or you could get it from Steve at S and J. Make sure before you buy it has the twin headlight motor and dual heater blower circuits. You then just need the circuit diagram for the colours the rest is easy. Incidentally do you have air horns on your car? Am thinking of fitting some to mine as I have the compressor and tubing. Will have to source original horns from some where.
  6. Hi Vin, Have made a detailed assessment of the new harness. As your car is an S2 the wiring harness provided should include all of the necessary wires, colour coding and sockets needed for a simple plug together fit. I think I would recommend this method even if you have to add the fasten belts wire. It's got to be better and easier than making your own harness or up dating your old one. I have found problems with my S1 harness as my car is a late s1. It has twin pod motors and twin heater motors. This was not allowed for in the new s1 harness. I will have to create new circuits to carry the extra loads so that the harness will not be overloaded. To complicate matters I do not have a circuit for a harness with Veglia guages, twin pod motors and twin blower. I will have to use the old harness as a guide but measure the increased current usage through experiment and match the new circuits. Not a quick job, but still better and quicker than making the whole thing.
  7. So far, There is still much less work in this than making a new one. If you repair the old to do it properly you would have to determine the guage of each wire and inspect and resistance test it. Replacing any worn or heat damaged wires. So far this has been pretty quick and easy. It follows the wiring diagram colours of my original harness. If the loom doesn't,t reach far enough forward will have to extend the light cluster circuit. This is still easy compared to the refurb job. At the moment it's like all things Lotus, not perfect but will do the job. If you wait till I do the rest will be in a better position to know which way to go.
  8. If anyone is trying to fit one of these harnesses this is what I have found so far. Rear lights, number plate lights installed. Colour coding is textbook. The earthing circuit is not provided. So for each rear light cluster you have to solder a chain of earths that goes between each bulb and the earth on the loom. The wire spacing from the bulkhead entry to the rear right light is shorter that the original. The loom had to be moved to reach the rear right light cluster. The loom is longer on the other side of the branch than the original, so hopefully enough reach to install the fuse holder at the front of the car. Being new all looks pretty good!
  9. Shortly after posting this thought to myself build don't talk! So have started to install new harness. Measurements are different to original but all colours in rear are correct and the rear section is in, pretty easy. Difficult to cock up as wires appear where they are needed.
  10. Have totally repainted engine bay in epoxy heat resistant satin black paint and completed sound deadening of tunnel. Just harness to fit and will put back on chasis. Have devised a lever system to lower body onto chasis. Will involve destruction of bedstead created to hold body off chasis for work underneath.
  11. Hi Vin, Nothing's simple with and S1! Have inspected new harness against old. The harness was supplied by S and J. The good points. The colour coding on the wires appears correct. It has all connectors are there except one white plastic one which has been replaced by spade contractors. It's all new and obviously the wires are unused and excellent condition, as are all connectors. The bad points. The harness is not identical to the original. Some of the branches are in slightly different positions and the lengths vary. The wire gauge used is different from the original, I have not checked every wire for the correct gauging, but assume it's correctly guaged. Steve told me I may have to modify the headlight circuit. It has the Veglia connectors. Have a look at the picture. The keen eyed amongst you will notice the yellow and purple wire is missing! This is for the fasten belts light. Phoned S and J, they say not all cars have fasten belt light fitted and that's why there's no wire? Of course I can get this harness working, but there is a chance there might be problems with it that go beyond the light and belt circuits. Steve at S An J offered a refund. Now in a dilemma. Have to decide today as need to get harness back in car and body back on chasis. Steve says he has fitted this harness before. Might just fit and see what happens?
  12. Hi Iain, it was professionally painted, but nothing left of original black work as was over painted when I got car. Now putting it all back together. All new parts or powder coat.
  13. Thanks Paul. Didn't come up on my search. Excellent paint job!
  14. If your not in a rush will tell you exactly how good the new harness is after fitting.
  15. Thanks Iain, that's really helpful. Are the tanks secured only by the bolt on the underside?
  16. Hi Paul, Had a look it very basic and gives no clue as to how the tanks are attack to the body or fuel pipe routing etc.
  17. Hi Vin, didn't do bodywork or repaint, done professionally. Hi Iain, good idea will check for level. Do you have any pics?
  18. About to start reassembling. Does anyone have any pictures of the fuel system rebuild, as this would greatly help? Thanks.
  19. Been working on body and heater assembly. Bulkhead was partially rotten so totally replaced and varnished, re glassed it. Plan to paint boot areas with Epoxy paint. West system resin mixed with black pigment. This mimics the original Lotus Trimite manufactured paint. The paint will bond to the fiberglass as this method is used in the boat industry. Nearly ready for total reassembly. Fuel tanks need to go back in. Does anyone have any pictures of fuel tanks in situ, shelving and boot boards. Thanks.
  20. Hi All, Has anyone got some pictures of all the areas around the rear side window, boot etc that were originally painted black by Lotus on the S1. I need to paint them but would like to get them factory correct. Thanks.
  21. Hi Vin, You will still need to use Wiring diagram for colour codes. Loom is in plastic package, have not yet got round to fitting as have just had to replace entire plywood bulkhead. According to Steve at S and J all connectors are there. Only minor modification may be required for light pod motors. Will let you know when I get round to electrics, should be soon as need to rewire partially prior to putting body back on chasis.
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