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    David Jinks
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    Lotus Esprit Series 1, Sunbeam Alpine Series 2
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  1. I'm not entirely sure what you mean, but I did a lot of research on this myself. With the help in part from other Lotus Esprit owner/restorers. Obviously with particular reference to the S1. However as far as I know the S2 didn't differ much in this regard, but I could be wrong. The interior of the doors are indeed satin black. The sills are not. Not even on an S2. Though I have seen variations on this, it seems from new. So who knows? The black lines extend into the rear of the door apertures as in the above photo, and repeated on the front section towards the inside of the front wings (behind the front of the doors). With satin black in the upper door aperture from under the roof line. Basically, the inside of the cant rails. The rear of the door aperture is more complicated, as it has a diagonal line extending downwards from the rear quartlight window sill. Very hard to explain. And I cannot post photos on here, sorry. It's a detail often overlooked, and spotted by my painter. It was confirmed by a fellow S1 owner who had restored an original car, and I'm sure is a style repeated on the S2.
  2. As what @Lotusfab says. Also the actual door skin/structure is none stressed as it is carried on the door bar and associated hinge.
  3. Ha ha yes @Andyww! I still have a small bag of bolts from a previous restoration done in 2007-8. Usually the way however, as fasteners specifically get replaced. As a consequence I never throw anything from a car out. Particularly parts removed. Unless easily replaceable. This goes for all rubber and trim, as remanufactured items are rarely as good or as accurate as the originals. Subsequently I have a sports bag of all old windscreen seals etc from the early 1990s. I also sweep regularly, and keep all rubbish and dust in a bin bag. Then periodically carefully sifting through it before discarding so that I don't inadvertently throw out small items that aren't easily replaced. Currently I can't find the rear hatch electrical links to the loom as I've no doubt put them somewhere "safe". I know they'll be around somewhere, and fortunately they're not pressing. I'll soon be able to downscale the number of boxes left from this restoration and I'm sure they'll turn up. As for car restorations done in a confined area I can readily identify. Though I set out to do my current restoration in the only spare garage available to me, I can't quite believe I've managed to do the whole thing in a single concrete garage. Using good weather and the driveway to do most of the larger tasks. Particularly last summer's fine weather when I was able to tackle the doors and waistline trim in gorgeous weather. Though I know of others who have rebuilt Esprits in similarly confined spaces. It certainly makes you very efficient with space, and diligent in the removal, labelling and storage of parts. Both old and replacement. I can safely say that project management has been the biggest factor in my restoration.
  4. Yup! I sold a NOS one for about £145 last year. Thanks for the clarity @910Esprit sounds likely.
  5. I would think so too Andy. As I'm used to separate OD units bolted onto 4-speed gearboxes. He said this is essentially a secondary casement. Hence the OD marking on the gear knob being so marked. Like I said, he's a transmission expert. Unfortunately that work is done. The box seems to work, having had it on the road briefly last week. The transmission was completely rebuilt in early 2017. I'd have to make a special visit to see him. Though not far away. It would be interesting to hear what Voigts or Harry Martins have to say.
  6. Maybe, but my transmission specialist says it is "technically an OD". He's the expert. That's all they do. Motorcycles, cars, vans, right up to dragsters!
  7. Definitely seal the rear casing. The advice to use the full 3L of lubricant will fill the rear casing, which I was told is the OD section. The sealant will stop anything dripping. I was told it is technically speaking, an OD, rather than a 5th gear. Hence OD on the gear knob. It's certainly not like my old Laycock OD unit!
  8. TBH gearboxes are specialist things and unless you're keen to learn, or short of funds, they're best left alone IMO. Voigts were helpful when I had my S1 gearbox/transaxel done. Though I had mine done by a transmission specialist near me. With me supplying parts, including the "Citroen" tool, which they machined down to fit. Having road tested it last week it seems to work thankfully! It was rebuilt in 2017.
  9. Mine was completely enclosed, but it's an S1. With the number plate lights in the recess, not on the bumper.
  10. That'll fix up fine. You won't even need the aluminium idea, but it will made it better.
  11. I had not problems. It's so simple the mod wasn't invasive.
  12. Good to see this car on the road. I remember seeing the advert.
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