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  1. Episode 68 of the abused Lotus Esprit restoration
  2. 😁 I'm way ahead of you on that one, got a little trick up my sleeve
  3. 😅 I'd love a few of those but I'm on a budget so I'm just using what I can put my hands on. There are nice ones that punch and then dimple die at the same time.
  4. I got cross eyed Def wouldn't still be making the videos if it weren't for Valet Pro's support, cheers Greg My folks had a Black and Decker franchise when I was about 10, and on Saturdays I'd hang out with the repair techs [this is back when you could have your steam powered tools, even your kettle, repaired]. I had an interest in woodwork so one of the techs built me that turquoise jigsaw out of shop reconditioned parts. So it's a Frankenstein unit, and you jest but it's never let me down, and I was very glad of it when I broke my lovely Elu rig during the filming of the las
  5. Know I'm blowing my own trumpet but I'm proud of this panel I've made, but then I did take three runs at it 😇
  6. This one's for anyone who shies away from those little wiring jobs...
  7. Not sure I'm following? Do you mean the grey plastic that holds the heater? It's unfeasibly thin for sure. Was thinking carbon fibre might be a suitable replacement for the slightly cracked one in my car.
  8. Yeah not a big deal, my heart sank but more because of the anti climax than the work. Practice is never a waste. Unless it rhymes with banking.
  9. I've never said this outright, but a huge part of the reason my project stalled for a year, was because I got stuck circling the decision on how to fix the badly damaged cradle on the Esprit's chassis. I've broken the back of the job, pun intended, in the past couple of weeks...
  10. Christmas came a day early. I was rushing so this wasn't very scientifically executed, nor did I use lube, but one Esprit S2 body weighed. I will do it again, properly and without the sound deadening and few bits and pieces that are visible in the shell. Also will do it on flat ground, balanced next time. Still, it gives a good idea of the rough weight. Total from the four scales was 182.5kg / 402lbs. Deduct a kilo or two for the extension lead and a few plastic containers of fasteners, and another couple of kg for the sound deadening at your discretion. Ignore the numbers scribbled
  11. I'll weigh it if I can on Friday, but next week at the latest. Sorry just never got around to it. My shell still has the sound deadening attached, the bit that lies at the end of the chassis tunnel as it meets the engine bay. That stuff is heavy enough to effect the weight, but regardless as has been said four people is more than enough to lift a body, in fact when I realised how light mine is I gave it a go with one other guy, for the laugh. We lifted it easily. Just a dead lift mind, I wouldn't try lifting it off the chassis with just two. As I said before I'd estimate around 200kg / 450lbs,
  12. Just plain old HSS router bits. I even chipped that one when routing a piece of ply some time back. I chipped it with a screwdriver trying to free it from the chuck. Luckily not on the part of the face that creates the radius.
  13. So far so good and just in the nick of time Bit of a chassis win in this one...
  14. I think you're right and the Lotus branded ones were an '80's unit, but they look identical save for having the extra band, designated 'U' rather than 'FM'. To be honest I doubt the tape orientation would have been a consideration. Yours is definitely of the same family of radio cassette's as the later FM unit with 'Lotus' on the fascia, so likely the fabled LT551 or LT558.
  15. Hi Matt, thanks for all the info. Bottom left of the photo above looks like a Motorola unit of the family that the "LT" units seem to have been. It would be interesting to know the model number on that one. I also got my car with a Sharp unit fitted [RG9150] but Andy Graham wrote that the build record for it shows a Motorola unit being fitted at the factory. I made the jump to it being Lotus branded it seems, but maybe the one you have is a factory fitted Motorola!?
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