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    Esprit S2 1978
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    Central locking, Electronic Ignition assist, Remote alarm.
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    Hertford, Hertfordshire

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  1. I remember the spring being on the electrical switch side of the ignition. The electrics are quite easy to disassemble so should be reasonable to inspect and repair.
  2. Good point! I have looked around on the internet and can't find a specific convention. However I was taught that the front of the engine is where piston one is and according to the Lotus-Big-Black-Book-Of-Curiosity this is the one nearest the water pump.
  3. Thanks Steve, there is the definitive answer! I think when I do this job again, I will follow convention as I know it would bug me seeing arrows pointing the wrong way and I would still have a tints y-wintsy amount of irrational doubt every time I see itπŸ˜ƒ
  4. Here is a pic of the new belt with arrows pointing to the front of the engine. I dug the old lotus supplied belt out of the bin and there are no direction markings, however the text would be the right around if you were standing in front of the engine. I have always assumed that flat belts have a direction, guessing that when made, the belt would be layered in a kind of spiral and then cut to width so the layers would either naturally tighten or loosen in use. I have no idea if that is fact, just kind of feels right.
  5. Thanks Pete, I will look into buying one πŸ™‚
  6. Hi does anyone know of a cross reference or the thread size for all the bleeder screws on a 1978 S2 Esprit. Thanks all!
  7. Recently changed the Cam (timing) belt on my Lotus Esprit S2 (1978) as I realised that the belt had been on the car for nearly 10 years, even though it has probably done about 1000 miles in that time. So lucky there then! As I have never done this process before, I took photos and notes for my own reference and have posted them here in the hope they are useful for other intrepids. Tools: 10mm spanner, sockets and wiggle drives to remove airbox 13mm (actually half inch) socket and spanner to remove alternator pivot. 17mm socket and spanner to remove
  8. I've had it for about 20 years but it has been off the road for most of that. its nearly ready, but after renovating the carbs and it running reasonably well, I changed the cam belt and since (despite the timing being correct,) it is not running well at all now. I am hoping it is just an air leak or such. It could even be old fuel issues. Sadly when I bought this car, I bought a pup. over the first few weeks I found very poor repairs and replacement parts that clearly were not correct. When the gear stick fell off, I had to take it off the road and It has been off the road mostly since. Howeve
  9. Hi Chris, good to make contact! My S2 has cloth dash and leather seats. I've just renovated the dashboard so here is a pic. I just love the look of the console!
  10. Well, Turns out that the thread for the spare tyre bolt is M12 x 1.5 and the nut was quite cruddy so using a Tap to clean the thread was useful. Thanks all for your help!😊
  11. Thanks for your helpful replies Lous and Chris. I hava a selection of metric bolts at home and found that M10 was too small and M12 too large. Also the pitch looked tighter than the metric bolts I have. I was hoping to buy a useful bolt on the way home, however I have a set of Thread Taps at work so I can try different threads tonight in the hope it isn't a phantom imperial oddity ....
  12. Hi, could some kind person tell me what the thread and pitch is of the bolt that holds the spare tyre in place? Mine is missing and I need to make one/ source one. Thank you
  13. Hi All, for years I’ve been slowly re-building an early Esprit S2 and have often referred to the freely given knowledge shared on this site for guidance; so I thought as my first newbee post, I would share something helpful I do know about, cracking locks. Reasons. The ignition barrel on my Esprit is so exhausted that it can be started with a lolly-pop stick and the key falls out. Despite much research there does not appear to be a direct replacement for the whole unit, unlike many parts on the Esprit. Drilling out/tapping the snap bolts or cutting them is messy and risk
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