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  1. Nearly 2 years have gone by had to put the Esprit on hold due to work & family commitments, I have found some time to start the engine build over last few weeks now all the parts are back from balancing. I have had the crank, pistons, rods and flywheel balanced by Vibration Free Ltd great job and great service highly recommended. I have vapour blasted the block and crank cradle, doweled, line bored the engine block is now on the engine stand with new liners and the 2.2ltr crank polished. Rods, pistons and oil pump housing are next on the list for this week!
  2. Thanks guys for your comments and pictures some good ideas the Miura looks the dogs, I have a set of speed lines and also a set of split rims that Dave kindly made look the part polished rims and centre face with gold inner webs so I will see how both sets look against the car. I've got samples of leather, tartan and other trim materials coming but I am a bit off this yet I have the engine to finish and chassis to finish building over next few weeks and move house !
  3. Thanks Nic I needed some encoragement after a few of the comments on here about the colour I am building the car to use and drive i am not a pureist nor is it a show car. I wanted to go away from the bronze and be different from the crowd right or wrong. But up to now everybody that has seen the car up to now has said nice colour, bright but looks really good and suits the lines and curves of the car. I did think about lighter colour perferated leather or tartan only on the door inserts just to break up the black I will get a few samples to see what it looks like.
  4. Hi Dave I thought just the same after I had the test panels sprayed i roman bronze as much as I like originallity the brown really wasn't for me and with quite a lot of Esprit S2 getting full restortated I thought I would be a bit different just hoping when all the satin black body parts are on it will tone the car down! I will let you know once it's finished and come up would like a second opinion from another owner Cheers daren
  5. Dave Looking forward to see what you get your hands on some of the cars are starting to fetch good money! Keep me posted! Daren Any you guys help me I am looking for a material matting for the bulk head and engine bay for a heat sheild / sound deadening also what the best matting for the outside of the chassis tunnel for sound deadening? Cheers
  6. Dave I was going to go black leather for the interior I think I have defiantly gone over ambitious on the paint work, have you got yourself another Lotus yet? I have now stripped the engine and it was a good job I did the mesh strainer on the oil pick in the sump was completely blocked solid with old hardened oil partials and big lumps of gasket sealant, the main bearings/crank are showing bad signs of oil issues small gouges in the surfaces, crank has a few bad marks also. Surprisingly the pistons and liners are in very good condition doesn't look like they have done many miles at all. I am going to rebuild the engine up to 2.2ltr with a pair of 104/107 cams which should give the engine a new lease of life! if you have any interesting ideas for the interior I would be happy to hear? cheers Daren
  7. Hi Dave nice to hear from you hope you are well, the car is coming on well I know nearly everyone on here thinks I should of gone Roman Bronze but I had test panels painted and really was not for me so I decided to do something different to everyone else right or wrong I have still saved it poor thing and the colour is growing on me! Just stripped the engine this week and done another shopping list, chassis is getting built up in between other bits, ive got my workshop making new front brake covers replaced every nut,bolt, door pins, st/St bonnet hinges & catches the list is endless as you know so I am trying my best for the poor car and keep another S2 on the road. I have the set of speed lines in silver I got from you which really look good but I do like those split rims polished with gold inners against the colour of the body so once finished I will fit both to see what looks the best.
  8. Hi Matt have you a list of all your vac formed bits with prices please I need a a center and both sides for my dash also side vents for the engine bay. cheers daren
  9. Steve at SJ is or has now made some he told me the other month.
  10. Thks for the positive comments appreciated when I am a bit concerned it's a bit on the bright side i am sure it will look good fully built at least it's the only one around lol your correct how many cars are fully original at 40 years old, I love white esprit and that would of been my choice my son talked me out of it!
  11. Roman bronze might of grown on me but I just don't like brown cars we painted a test panel in roman bronze and it still didn't do it for me. I know its not original but there are a lot of esprit out there not in there original factory colours i just wanted something different. I have never seen a S2 in orange I saw a evora in the orange and liked it, but I must admit it is a lot brighter than I thought hoping fully built it will tone it down.
  12. Just been to see the car at the painters I picked a orange metalic hope this looks good when it's built up!
  13. Hi Matt, are they a pressed and formed as per the original ones?
  14. Thanks for the replies was hoping someone knew of some, they are not bad Pete possibly repair them for now I will have a go at making some the new ones when work is not so busy. anybody got a near side rear quater glass in green tint?
  15. Door beams sorted out made new stainless steel shaft and acetal bushes now nice and tight, car is at painting couldnt make my mind up with the bronze really didnt like the colour so going with a orange I know it's not a standard but hopefully look good if not will have to paint it again!
  16. Front hubs in a sorry state does any body do the disk covers ?
  17. Hi Roland Just going to rebuild my front upper wishbones is there any difference between them? Which way round did you put the 6mm & 3mm washers? cheers daren
  18. hi Jon thank you for the reply I have seen a old thread on the forum all about UJ's and a mass of problems with them even the heavy duty ones from SJ's so I just wonder what everyone else was doing now? I will give Bailey Morris a try. cheers daren
  19. just sorting out the rear hubs any ideas on what cross references on hub seals and UJ joints please??
  20. Your esprit looks good in orange Jon was that its original colur? Cheers Chris that's a nice bronze the original colour was dark metallic brown just to dark for me tho I was looking for a slightly lighter shade and the elite looks amazing, I have seen a lotus in a dark orange/bronze metallic which is similar to that elite. cheers lads for your opinions appreciated.
  21. That's nice colour Chris is it your car? Yer Gold is one of my choices I have asked the spray shop to do me sample panels in gold, light metalic bronze & orange I was thinking of a not so common colour! interior is my next decision I am leaning towards black leather with cream leather or material infills?
  22. Yer I originally wanted a white esprit but there seems to be a lot of white esprit's about or been restored so I thought I'd be different but now doubting myself!!
  23. started to remove the numerous layers of paint started life as roman bronze, then white and finally about 3 coats of red so decided to strip it back to the gel coat to make sure the paint is correct. Now deciding what colour to paint the car I would go back to the original Roman Bronze but it really don't like the dark brown colour so it's a lighter shade of bronze or lotus orange or lotus gold any ideas ??
  24. I have give the inside two coats were I can get too but I was wondering how to reach the areas in the front section and that looks just the job thank you. I have now applied 2 coats of POR15 , 1 coat POR etch primer in grey and finally 2 coats of POR15 chassis black it's looking a lot better than I expected the POR range of paints are really good and the finish is good from brush/roller application. now to start on all the suspension items just got them back from blasting.
  25. First coat of POR15 its really hard and man does this stuff stick does not come off your hands! After 2 coats off the POR15 I've applied a tie coat of there grey etching primer ready for the final coat of the chassis black paint then hopefully should last a few years frost says they guarantee the paint for 10 years so should be good.
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