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    Lez McLair
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    Lotus Esprit S1, Lotus Eclat 520, Lotus Eclat 521
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  1. Hi Duncan and welcome! I have a LHD Esprit S1. I was going to convert it to RHD but was persuaded by the forum to keep it LHD. (for originality, travelling around Europe, selling on opportunities in Europe etc). Good luck with the resto. (Excuse my ignorance but what are 16.3 measurement collars? Is it to make the Wolfrace wheels fit?) Regards. Lez
  2. Got my Eclat in 1989 so have been driving it for 31 years. Used as my everyday car (my only car) for all of that time until my father passed away 2 years ago and I inherited his Focus. Toured Scotland and down to Devon with the missus and 2 kids. Driven in all weathers - Rain, Hail, Snow etc. Apart from the regular failure of the UJ's and a couple of times the clutch cable, before I did the cog/chain conversion its been very good. Now got my Esprit S1 so the Eclat will have to share the outings!
  3. Had to put the oil leak search on hold for a bit. MOT is due on the Eclat (I know it doesnt have to have one but prefer to have one). Exhaust manifold is blowing like mad. Luckily I have a spare so its a case of engine out - manifold on, new cam belt and V belt while Im at it. OUT - FIX - IN- SORTED!!
  4. Oh go on then!!! Still in the lead!
  5. Their holding up really well. I havent really touched them yet since they were polished last year. (apart from cleaning off the usual road grime, brake dust etc) They still have their mirror finish. Lovely! However I havent done that much driving this year, what with redoing the dash, heater motors etc etc then Covid on top of everything. Im also fussy about taking it out in the wet. (although I did say that I wasnt going to let that bother me). Im trying to get as many miles on the clock as possible at the moment, and also trying to trace the oil leak. Its ok, trundling round t
  6. Had a drive up the Blackpool promenade as part of my 'shake down'. Also still looking for my oil leak!
  7. Sad to hear the news today of the death of Dame Diana Rigg aged 82. Tributes are being paid to Dame Diana Rigg, who has died at the age of 82. Best known for her roles in The Avengers, Game Of Thrones and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, the veteran star of stage and screen was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year. She died peacefully at home, her daughter said. A statement from her agent Simon Beresford said: “It is with tremendous sadness that we announce that Dame Diana Rigg died peacefully early this morning. “She was at home with her family who have asked for p
  8. Hi Steve, Thanks for the kind words. (and the scary ones!)Fingers crossed its something simple. Hi Dave, My oil cooler, adapter seal etc are brand new along with the hoses. Oil pressure pipe seems ok. I'll just have to keep checking and hope that I catch the culprit responsible!
  9. I havent posted anything on here since July, so here's an update. Car is running well and sounds really strong. Lots of positive comments and thumbs up. However I have a horrendous oil leak, that I just cannot track down. Driving sedately around town and short non motorway journeys seems fine. However as soon as you put your foot down and travel at a constant 70 or above,( for even short distances) afterwards, underneath at the rear, it looks Iike I have gone through a oil puddle! I have K & N filters on the carbs that came with the car so there is no pipework from the
  10. In 1968, AC ended production of the Ace that Shebly’s Cobra was based on. Given the success of the Cobra and the image it created for Ford, there was interest at Ford to keep the Cobra going. Eugene Bordinat, the Vice President of Styling at Ford designed a potential replacement for the AC sourced body. However, the cars was never put into production. A few prototypes were built and apparently lost. When Alvin Kelly found one of these prototype bodies, he decided to cast a model and start building the Cobra that never was. A handful of Kelly Pythons were built (12 I think) and it’s believed t
  11. I had this problem on my Eclat many years ago. Usually happened on a long run. (scarily, once, in the fast lane of the M6!) Finally found out that the breather pipe on the filler cap was blocked, thus building up a vacuum in the tank until the fuel pump could no longer function.(when I removed the filler cap, sometimes there was a long 'sigh' as the air rushed in. Unblocked it and it was fine. Hope you get sorted.
  12. I came across this entry on Bidspotter. Its an online auction of the Historical assets of Bristol cars. Very interesting just to brows through. Everything from Tools, desks, shirts, actual size wooden models, and complete cars, even The Bristol Fighter Prototype a prototype car number 000 for restoration.. Please note I have no connection with either Bristol cars or Bidspotter.
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