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  • Birthday 28/08/1953

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    Ian Mathieson
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    Cortina Elan Europa Esprit GT3

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  1. Hi Pureguava Just wondering what the situation in NZ is for importing your Esprit S4S ? In OZ I im not sure if I can import the GT3 myself and the Gov Imports will not give a straight answer but have just handballed my questions straight back. It appears I need a RAWS ( Registered Automotive Workshop ) to import and Comply it for use but I spoke with the only Lotus registered RAWS in Australia which is located in Sydney ( Im in Perth ) and he told me he doesn't import cars but can comply them for AU$6500 plus parts. My other option is to jump through the hoops , pay the Gov a pile of money and become a RAWS myself. Hmmmm what to do???? Cheers mate, Ian
  2. Hi Dragan , Allon White quoted UK pounds 1190 + GST , plus extra if the foams are complicated ?? Part Leather / Alcantra. Aldridge Trimming UK pounds 1400 + GST Part Leather / Alcantra I have not done anything about it yet due to the high costs. Cheers , Ian
  3. Hi Pure Guava and Hornsey Boy , Sorry for the late replies but I must not be getting updates on replies. Pure Guava , I also started looking for an S4S.. 300 BHP.. why not.. Then noticed the low build number of the GT3 and its got power steering.. something my old S3 Turbo didn't have so checked one out at the TVR car sales in Selby while I was in the UK in August.... and found it to be very rusty underneath with all 4 corners needing Ohaul, Engine response nowhere near my old S3 , and as it was priced the same as most others on the market , I was so hugely disappointed. Then spotted the one I bought on Ebay and bought it sight unseen for half price the Selby car. Its now MOT,d no problem so just trying to get it fixed up nice ready for my next UK visit before deciding wether to bring it back to Perth or not. Ive contacted Aldridge Trimming for a quote on recovering the seats Half leather / Alacantra. Yes thanks Hornsey Boy , Lotus Bits have the screens at UK 295 inc green tint with the info sent on to my Mechanic Mate back home. Thanks Lads, Ian
  4. Hi PhilT , Thanks for your input. After a further conversation with Richard at Banks Service Station it turns out that on my particular car , the threaded part of the gearbox shaft had a thick washer or spacer on it which when the "cam" was then slid onto the thread caused the nyloc nut to be only just partly turned onto the thread , and like you say , no where near allowing the nyloc part to bite. He tells me this washer should not be there. Regards the "C" pin / Roll pin , Im pretty confident that the cam is fitted onto the tread and located by such pin otherwise it would just spin around the threaded shaft. Richard was going to confirm the length of the shaft last week so I will have to chase him up for this info. Ive got the Engine and gearbox fully rebuilt " apart from this little problem " and I want to get the gear linkage as sweet as possible to make the car enjoyable to drive and use on a regular basis. Fingers crossed it turns out well. Cheers Ian
  5. Thanks Chris, I will contact SJ to find out availability. Don't wanna rub it in..... but a heated windscreen isn't required in Perth!!!! Yes I believe the 750 pounds quoted was supply and fit but hes a bit slow on providing me info so Im not sure where the quote came from. The car Ive bought is a 1997 GT3 so yes a Stevens model. Thanks again Chris, Regards Ian
  6. Thanks for the info Rob , my mate has quote of 750 uk pounds so far which looks expensive looking at your advise. The car is not Insured yet , but can you advise me of where I can buy a windscreen from to get it delivered to Sheffield for a local guy to fit. Thanks Ian
  7. Hi Everyone , Im currently getting my 365 5 speed gearbox rebuilt and it appears that the threaded section of the selector input shaft may be too short to fit the 5th gear / reverse cam onto it. ( The part outside of the gearbox with the spring and ball acting upon it ) I have spoken with Richard from Banks and he suggested that they do break at the point where the hole is drilled through for the C pin / Roll pin. Does anyone out there have a spare one in good condition or can anyone advise me of the length of the threaded section. Mine does not have a hole in it nor does it look like it had a hole at any time and broke. Any advice appreciated.
  8. Looking for a preferred supplier to fit a new windscreen and to recover the original seats on a 1997 Esprit GT3. Car located in Sheffield Thanks in advance Ian M
  9. G,day from Down under. I recently purchased a 1997 GT3 from Ebay UK and I currently have a Mechanic mate going through it for me. The windscreen is cracked so Im looking for the best place to get a replacement fitted. I also need to get the original seats re covered..... any ideas on the best place for this job? The car is in my home town of Sheffield. I appreciate any guidance from you guys. Regards, Ian Mat
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