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  1. So the S4 chassis drops on an early G body without any mods? I was always trying to figure out which esprit was the best handling wise. Some have suggested it's the 2.0T gt3 Stevens esprit. A big thing for me is how to retain the deep dish look of the S1,2and 3s over the more modern offset of the Stevens cars. I wonder if there is any interest her for larger S1 wheels even though the S2 are my fav. Say like a 7-1/2x15, 9x15 rears? S1 wheels seem to be in demand and wheel lends its self for a 4 or 5 bolt pattern in which I can't do with gorgeous s2 speedlines.
  2. luv the idea of your project silverfrost. didnt you converted a 4lug turbo s3 to a 5 lug hub in the past? this was the reason i wanted those rare turbo 4 lug hub!
  3. i wouldnt be so sure that 308 airfoil was pointless... just because the ferrari didnt explain its function dosent mean it didnt work (big debate on fchat). pinninfarina built a new wind tunnel in the late 60's. the 74 boxer was the first production fcar to be extensively tested have one of these roof airfoils. in 77 a car called the aerodynimico based on the 308gtb was unveil in geneva featuring many areo add-on also had this roof airfoil. many of these features ended up on the 308qvs and 288gto. was it a fad or a styling gimmick? most likely yes. did it wor
  4. will a SE/S4 chassis bolt right up to a S1-S2-S3 body? that would be the preferred way but much more work? Im not sure if "saggitarius" ever finished his car but seems to you just need a lower A arm, upright, new pickup point and a reinforce triangulation beam.
  5. there a fellow who adapted the lower wide base post 85 lower arm to an early S3. i recall he added another pickup point further forward on the existing subframe. im not sure what upright he used, im assuming its was the later S3's. ive driven and later S3 turbo, compared to my early 83, i would agree the front end is much better.
  6. I wouldn't think there would be a space problem. I've seen hewlands and Audi transaxles back there. Btw rob at singer used to be a lotus designer. they about a half dozen of them there under construction. Up close they are stunning under the skin Pics don't do them justice
  7. gee... might thoughts exactly! same s1 body, same 250hp NA, same HC s3 (toyota front end) chassis, same size 15inch wheels (wolfrace style even though i luv the speedlines and think they are the best of all esprits). i paid a visted to the singer shop were my ex college roommate works in creating the cars. he introduced to rob, the owner of singers and it confirm to me the esprit would be the perfect car for a similar transformation that i had in the back of my head for decades. unfortunately there is nothing i can use on my 81 s3 NA even though its in fantastic shape. it just has
  8. Great to hear you haven't abandon this project! Looking forward to more of your post... cheers pp
  9. stunning! what a fantastic resto job....
  10. very interesting mod... i would like to have that myself on my early S3 im no suspension expert but i can tell you most modern production car have the the A-arm converging (in side veiw) towards the center of the car below the CG. this point which is referred as the instant center gives it an anti-dive effect under hard braking to conteract sprung weight transfer. for instance the early 308 didnt have very much or any anti-dive while the 328 they did add this feature in. adding too much will cause the suspension to bind on ecessive travel if as i recall. can any suspension expert chi
  11. nice pics... i was always curious what mine looks like underneath. once u get it all back together please let us know how your coil overs work out. there has been some debate on using them on the front. cheers pp
  12. here you go.... please post up a pic once you are finished? btw i hate sunroofs also, especially on the flat top stunning esprit best of luck PP
  13. i guess i was excited and confused since i still see the normally aspirated S3 rocker sills on the car. cheers pp
  14. fantastic!! i would love to do that to my S3. how did u get the 4 bolt speedlines on the 5 lug hub? was it an early dry sump turbo? cheers pp
  15. tony congrats on the new ride if epsilons are going on the car, let me know if you want to part with the s2 speedlines. ive still got tones of rare scorpion parts that u were inquiring perhamps we can trade? cheers pp
  16. the esprit backbone chassis if far from stiff enough and that’s from mr. esprit roger becker himself. he's been quoted they are unable to stiffen up the springs much more than the stock set up which will result in the chassis becoming the spring. for reference, the lotus factory says the lightweight elise chassis is 6x torsionally stiffer than the esprit! i do agree that fitting a roll cage to the pick up points would be more effective much in the fashion of the doc bundy SCCA cars. never the less it space frame chassis is beautifully fabricated and I’m great full he's sharing his build
  17. only a handful of the early S1 had center ashtray. its a high cost item shared with maserati and detomaso . being a cheap ass company, one would easily guess they were replace by more mundane ashtrays. was your v8 mod done by claudis in socal? i knew he use to have a kit for the swap. i would love to see some pics of your 215-245 15 inch wheel esprit. can u post a few for us please? cheers pp
  18. david your welcome yes the expert is wes ingram in washington state near seattle... well if memory serves, the pump is damaged by the petrol breaking down the lub properties of the oil if neglectic of long periods. the effect is not immediate. the blue smokes is most likely from worn valve guides typical of nearly anything coming out of italy in the 70's
  19. go for it! its funky retro cool like an early S1 esprit in a slightly different manor. some people frown on all the ordimentaion but i love all the fussy show car details. heck it even has 2 different sounding horns. ive never actually own a montreal but driven a couple. they do feel like and exclusive gt, gusty and refined. go for it! Its funky retro cool like an early S1 esprit in a slightly different manor. Some people frown on all the ornamentation but i love all the fussy show car details. Heck it even has 2 different sounding horns. ive never actually own a montreal but dri
  20. cool... are you running some sort of software? whats this meaning down below? wheel rate ratio for springs? rear being at 1.0 is odd if so Front wheel ratio is 0.47, rear seems to be 1.0
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