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    David Jinks
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    Lotus Esprit Series 1, Sunbeam Alpine Series 2
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  1. @Lotusfabif you catch the most recent episode of Salvage Hunters: Classic Cars it shows a late 50's car being aligned using the parallel string method, but also weighing the car at each corner. Though it only very briefly explains the more fundamental principles of why it's done. Worth watching.
  2. Don't overthink the body to dolly fitting. The cabin is where the body rests on the dolly, and the seat holes are ideally situated. Been there, seen it, done it. Check to see if your suspension and running gear show signs of damage. Often lower links are bent etc. This is a good indicator as to how well your car has been driven, and thereby the chassis. If in doubt, get it checked. @GTK has done this on his Soup You Tube channel, though I'm not sure the lack of calibration of that tool is worth the effort. Either way he may be able to offer some advice.
  3. Fabian, I think you need to read up on what is involved in setting up suspension geometry. It is not just weighting a car and alignment. I did say weigh the car. Track Torque Racing weighed each corner, under the wheels to make sure it is level, after weighting it accordingly. Something I suspect your Turbo is not currently judging by your photos, as it appears tail high. Without that basis your alignment will be in doubt I suspect. A good, reliable tuning place will be able to assess and adjust your thorough preparation as a basis, as they did with my S1 work. What shock absorbers
  4. I'm no expert on setting suspension geometry, as I said, I just used the parallel method to obtain a basic alignment and for me assess what shims I was likely to require when done professionally. However you don't just weight to obtain it's road (driving) weight, but to level the car. Looking at your rear suspension I suspect it needs to sit lower, but as I stated during your colour reference process, photos can be misleading. I would seriously recommend you ask the rolling road place if they can recommend a place the sets up geometry. I may not be able to tell the difference between
  5. The thing is Fabian, you don't seem to have weighed the car. This alone took about 45-60 minutes, with me sat in the car checking my emails. This was before the professional alignment was undertaken. For me, this is fundamental for obtaining a good geometric set up, when fitting adjustable suspension (ProTechs in my case). I would suggest you seek out a reputable racing specialist. They often are located at or near to racetracks. Track Torque Racing near York do all the race cars at Croft, my local circuit. They could dial in the figures for my car using the information in the worksh
  6. You need to just select your specialists with more care Fab. I'm sure if you took your cars to the place I got my suspension geometry set up it'll be far improved. I just used your parallel method to get the alignment in shape and to help quantify what was needed still to be done. They took 5 hours and I was there throughout. They worked none stop. The result was perfect, with a spot on thrust line to boot.
  7. G-Esprit rear brake calipers are very rare, as are their internals. They were only shared by the Esprit and Lancia Gamma Coupé I believe. PNM Engineering sell an alternative based on VAG/Audi A6 rear calipers I think.
  8. These quiet North York Moors roads will be waiting Richard!
  9. Yes, a great shame indeed. Tartan and green makes for a pleasant interior, but it not the be all that ends all. The one downside of the raised plastic numbered plates is that they did become tatty with use. Then again, so do the black alloy plates favoured by earlier (and recently later cars...don't get me on that subject!). Acrylic plates are the most resilient and a huge improvement. Though the ones on my Honda are beginning to look tatty. With some delamination it seems. Nothing lasts forever. Even thorough restorations. Especially if used. Which is their best mode. I have a spare
  10. That's a shame Dave. Marcasite isn't a bad interior choice if it is in good condition. What colour was it? Black I assume, but looks cream/brown perhaps? TNR160R is a lovely car and has been inspiration for me these past 4-5 years whilst restoring mine. I tried to obtain a London Sportscars Centre window sticker some time back, as that's where my car was purchased from having been sent down from a Lotus dealership in Mont Sorell, Leicestershire. Since it's on its original central London registered plates, and I had a tax disk reproduced for its first registration at the Chelsea post
  11. It may be same in shape, but I'm not sure if Lotus strengthened it in some way to cope with the galvanisation process. I've seen some images of shocking twisting and buckling of S1 chassis which have been galvanized.
  12. I think you'll need to speak with @CHANGES before "dipping in" to this further as he has worked with an external provider to do this without damage to a Turbo Esprit chassis. I assume an S2.2 chassis is the same as an S2 and therefore an S1, but I'm guessing. These were not initially made for the galvanisation process and will be damaged by anyone tackling it without sufficient knowledge and care. Personally I would err against it for this early model variant.
  13. The access holes for the fuel tank connectors have large rubber grommets, as does the rear luggage area floor (on an S1). They are available from SJ Sportscars.
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