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  1. Congrats on making a deal with B&C, sounds like a great result all round. Such a beautiful and unusual colour too! We never got those engine photos πŸ€“
  2. Are you nuts Second guessing myself, and the jigs, and the measurements, took a day of my life. I was going back and forth with the callipers and the jigs, fitting and refitting. That's actually what I'm doing at the start in the overhead shot. A DAY! No you're 100% on the money. Although it doesn't seem that water had gotten in there to date, but my thoughts are as yours. I just have a pathological urge to keep things as original as possible, which is ridiculous given everything I've done so far. It's as is because I swept this issue under the mental rug. There's another pair of spots I couldn't weld to around the back of the new tube that could let water in too, so that'll have to be seam sealed at very least. Lotus hadn't welded both sides of the tube like I have btw.
  3. Don't have a [chassis] leg to stand on. πŸ€“
  4. That's cool, it's not that one above though right? I mean that looks like some sort of licensed aftermarket thing.
  5. Here’s an (overpriced) fun thing... https://www.donedeal.ie/vintagecars-for-sale/john-player-special-203-autoradio-new-unused/27956879
  6. Well if this isn't a common Esprit chassis problem....
  7. Well I should probably tell you to go back and do your homework, but I realised that many just won't bother so I started to recap the Lotus work in a dedicated run of videos starting with episode 62. I don't think I've ever gotten job satisfaction from anything in the past like I've gotten from that cradle. It's been a recurring source of joy! Thanks Henry Thanks Robin
  8. Thanks esteemed 'Flounder' It landed and has been put to work on the chassis! Today is a big one actually, all going well I'll paint the inside of the backbone, do some welding practice and then seal it up for good.
  9. Episode 68 of the abused Lotus Esprit restoration
  10. 😁 I'm way ahead of you on that one, got a little trick up my sleeve
  11. πŸ˜… 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.
  12. 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 last episode. Both tools at least 30 years old. Actually you might have noticed at times I was pinching the flex up into the handle. That's because there's a loose connection and I haven't had a chance to open it up and rewire πŸ˜…
  13. 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 πŸ˜‡
  14. This one's for anyone who shies away from those little wiring jobs...
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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...
  18. 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 on the scales.
  19. 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, maybe less. The book is open if anyone wants to have a guess. Will weigh asap. One thing; the body needs to be slightly elevated to from the rear, and teased just a little forward as you lift, as it can hook on to the front of the chassis and catch. If you watch us lift the body off mine you'll see it catch momentarily.
  20. 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.
  21. So far so good and just in the nick of time Bit of a chassis win in this one...
  22. 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.
  23. 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!?
  24. Not to go against what you're saying, you're right 100%, but you only have to have one disc let go to learn the lesson about putting even a tiny amount of lateral twist on one. I'm fearful of the grinder so I treat it with respect and concentrate so intently on how I'm using it that I sweat [and don't notice I'm setting myself on fire]. I cut straight lines in well supported thin sheet, using high quality discs. I always wear a mask and goggles and touch wood it's been years since I pinched a disc in the metal, or twisted one so it came apart. I'm moving to pneumatic now anyway so it's moot, smaller thicker discs, but I hear you man
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