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  1. How much did it cost to get the fuel tanks over here? (cost price and shipping) Thinking about it myself.
  2. Looks very similar to this one in Mark.Jones photo archive. Hopefully this link works. If that link works, there are a couple more photos back or forth in the series. If not, I can put some up on photobucket. Now I'm just guessing at this whole thing so don't take this as a definite answer. If it is the same (and it looks like some bolts may not be attached to yours), then it is a plate on the outer side of the body shell that the handbrake lever attaches to. This plate may be on both sides of the car (LHD and RHD), just guessing. There's also a shorter and fatter plate further back that holds the two handbrake cables. Hope this helps. EDITED: Thought I'd just insert the photos here.
  3. I've just had my outer driveshaft strip too. Where did you get a replacement shaft???

  4. Denzeldude

    New Esprit

    I'm only stirring.
  5. Denzeldude

    New Esprit

    Now don't get me wrong, I'm not taking sides...but it's interesting hearing people say it's not "Lotus" enough, or not in line with the "Lotus" marque. Does this also mean that when Lambo moved away from "Lambo" doors, that the new design was chuffed at because it wasn't "Lambo" enough? When G went to Stevens did all the owners say "It's no longer a wedge, that's just not 'Lotus' "? When the Elise came out did people say "It's too small, that's just not 'Lotus' "? I would suggest that the marque would initially define then need to re-define itself as required to sell cars to the current trends so people will buy them (and I don't mean making it look like a Ford Focus coz they sell well). It would not be a good idea to spend millions designing a car and only selling 500 units to the old boy's club because they prefer the traditional Lotus marque. There will always be people who are not happy with change. Hmmmm, interesting
  6. 78070461G 1978 Esprit S2 Evan Mobbs (Denzeldude), Sydney, NSW, Australia.
  7. Thanks for all of the info, especially TonyK. I thought it might be an interesting discussion. Before I purchased the car I only had a very short time (1 week) to research the famous Lotus Esprit, and knew extremely little about differences in the models. I knew that when the opportunity arose, I wanted one. I bought it for $19,000 AUD which is reasonably cheap. I've seen many going for between $30,000 and $40,000 and an 85 turbo going for $49,000 (but it was nice). Now that I know where to look, there are also some other cheaper ones including a red S1 that are under $20,000, but unfortunately I already have one (and no I can't afford another :crybaby: ) I actually prefer the look of a normal S2 (sorry to you turbo guys and gals ), and I prefer an S1 shape even more, but they're even rarer over here. Having said that, it's still a very nice car (when it works ), and everyone comments on it. It's amazing how, when you're driving slowly down a crowded street you can hear over the engine noise people saying "hey look at that Lotus Esprit" or "hey it's that Bond car". They do that over here. Now I can add it confidently to the Esprit Registry. Thanks again, and happy Esprit-ing.
  8. Time to spill the beans. Tony K, to satisfy your curiosity: The rear quarter window. The ear is missing as I'm going to get it repainted. (it was also missing in that grainy photo) A seat. The interior light. Inside the front. Front defogger vents (on binnacle, and passenger side) Gauges. With carbon fibre additions as the old plastic was warped and cracked (oil pressure gauge still connected in the car) And here is the engine. (Work still being done) Now, according to SCW website, the VIN 78070461G and matching engine number CC907780715201 indicates car is an S1 (?) and was completed on 25th August 1978, and the original colour was LAGOON. The Lagoon can be confirmed by the overspray seen near the radiator: and inside the rear section, just in front of the left indicator. (you can also see the blending of the ducktail indicated by the tan coloured fibreglass patch). Guess that also proves it's not a factory installation of the ducktail. Regarding the rear valence/bumper, it appears the normal S1/S2 shape had the lower section chopped to make the turbo style pieces fit. It's a bit of a sloppy job as can be seen in the top of this picture: And finally a picture showing the older style chassis/gearbox/suspension/brakes setup: So, is it an S2?
  9. Now that would just give it away. So would a picture of the dash with a boost gauge... or maybe it doesn't have a boost gauge???? There are parts on this car that could be from several models. Did anyone notice something in that grainy picture above?
  10. For those who didn't know the commercial, you probably sounded like you were on drugs. lol
  11. Here's that photo I mentioned earlier. Sorry, but the original photo is very grainy. There's something there that might suggest later than an S2. Stay tuned for the next clue.
  12. My cunning plan worked. I've learnt a lot about the car so far. To add a couple more clues: 1. PO said it's not the original louvre. 2. It's not the original colour of the car. 3. It's not the original interior. 4. PO also mentioned it has been resprayed at least once in it's lifetime, that he chose to only have "Esprit" as the side decal, and decided not to put the other plain "Esprit" decal he purchased on the nose near the badge. When I get home from work I will add a photo provided by the PO, taken during a respray to see if you notice something. I haven't contacted the factory about the specifics, but have noted the model by the VIN and matching engine number on the SportsCarWorld website. Can't say much more about that without giving it away, except that it doesn't correspond to what I believe is the correct model.
  13. I was doing some research into the history of my car and found some irregularities. The year and the model are quite possibly not what it is registered as. For now though, I put it to the experts to try and identify which model it is. (An attempt to spark some interesting discussion) Post your guesses and reasons why it is or isn't a certain model, then I will add some more clues. At first glance it seems reasonably easy to identify it (except for the wheels of course). Now for the first piece of the puzzle.... 1. Notice the smooth bodywork where the join from the ducktail should be, as you would expect in an Essex, S3, Turbo, or Turbo HC. 2. The rubber strip stops where the join should be. 3. If anyone else has this, or knows of why it is like this, please share your info. More clues to come.
  14. Thanks for the responses, but not sure my situation has been understood. I don't have a leak (not yet anyway), and am not trying to replace the whole oil pipe from the engine to the gauge. I'm just wanting to find out if there are any tricks or traps when disconnecting the oil pipe from the back of the gauge, before reconnecting it (same pipe to same gauge) after replacing the cracked plastic that surrounded all of the gauges.
  15. My problem is along similar lines to this thread. I have taken my instrument cluster apart to replace parts (including the cracked instrument surround) and now I need to put the oil pressure gauge into the new surrounds (I left the oil line connected and simply pulled the gauge out of the old cracked plastic surround). Here's where I need some advice before disconnecting the oil line. What is the correct procedure for removing and refitting the oil pressure line? Will the line require bleeding any air out of it before reconnecting? Is there going to be oil coming out of it (and therefore messy)? Any little trick to get it off then back on? Any advice is appreciated, as I would hate to go through the hassle of ordering replacement parts from the UK. Thanks
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