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  1. I was interested to see your post even though it is old now on an EV Esprit, I am also considering a similar conversion as my car has no engine and gearbox when I purchased it. I now have a V8 and gearbox but don't think it's the way to go, especially with the fuel problem and electric is the way forward, or alternative power sources. Did you manage to complete the project or is it still work in progress?
  2. After a year of ownership and little or no progress mainly due to work commitments. I have managed to locate and purchase a few parts, but now I realise that I am going to have to design and manufacture my own as the so called Lotus specialists are clearly using Chinese manufactured parts, so definitely won't be purchasing anything from them. What happened to quality British engineering. So it was about time I started work on the restoration. As the car is permanently outside I need to make it water tight and of course secure, so the doors would be a good place to start, and to my horror I found two pieces of MDF screwed in the inner part of the door frame as a sort of bracing, this must of been done by a previous owner and surely not by Lotus. The inner frame of the door is especially weak at the top and will need reinforcing and bracing as I am not happy to leave it like that. Time to make some bracing and design and manufacture my own door cards. Carbon fibre would be ideal as I want to save weight or keep it to a minimum.
  3. I am not familiar with the Burman model, but will do further research. Yes I think your correct, one has just come up on ebay and looks identical. I've managed to locate a column but with no lock. I bet someone has the bible of where all the parts came from.
  4. I'm am after the steering column, does anyone know what make and model car it was from?
  5. I think I may have to put scales on each wheel to work out the whole weight of the car as is. I was thinking of looking at using a sustainable method of power instead of the V8 I have, and would save a lot of time, instead of 5 - 6 years for the restoration which would include trying to find parts it could be done within a year.
  6. Does anyone know the chassis and body shell weight of an Esprit S3 Turbo? Chassis I think bare is 62kg.
  7. Excellent job, I do like handmade products, the attention to detail is superb
  8. Today I finally managed to have some spare time to work on the Esprit. As my car is basically a rolling chassis, and an extensive list of parts is required to get her back on the road, I have decided to re-design parts and manufacture them myself, due to poor quality of secondhand parts at over inflated prices and availability.

    First of all I will start with the interior as this is almost totally stripped, and I have already managed to purchase a few items of trim.

    The tunnel trim pieces I think are most probably from an S4, but I have made them fit. 

    Interior mockup.jpg

    1. C8RKH


      Wow, that's a huge job you've got there and really looking forward to seeing the transformation.

      You have allowed me to understand where VW got the inspiration for its Polo Harlequin!  :)

      Volkswagen Polo Harlequin #Blogpost

    2. James.007


      Yes lots to do, but as the cars are getting rare and so are the parts, it's an ideal opportunity to put my design skills to work. 

      I thought exactly the same as I took the picture, that it looked like the harlequin VW polo. 

  9. Looking at your design of the ski racks and the possibility of drilling the bodywork, there could be a way of avoiding this, being a qualified designer I may have a solution. Also I have an aerospace vacuum bag system and could easily reproduce them in fibreglass or better still in kevlar or carbon fibre.
  10. Yes, it was good to see all the posts. Balsa wood is used as a sandwich or core material in laminates, so possibly. But your racks are very nice and an excellent piece of workmanship.
  11. The link is very interesting to watch, it has interviews of who worked on the film and all about the submarine.
  12. The little That I do know about the submarine, is that in the film when the car first goes into the water the first underwater shot is a model and the bubbles were produced using Alka-Seltzer tablets.
  13. After many hours of research, well actually I think it was more like several weeks of research on engine and gearbox combinations, finally by accident I found a engine and gearbox already adapted for a mid engine build. 



  14. Nice job, for any imperfections use some Dolphin Glaze and spray on some satin black as a guide coat and sand with 300 grit and you will see any low spots, repeat the process until there perfect and then your ready for primer.
  15. Looks like a good basis to start from, its more complete than my one with all the body panels and interior in place, just looks like the engine let go at some point, hence why its been removed and of course isn't uncommon. If you can get the car at a good price or negotiate on your original offer I would not hesitate. An excellent find, it looks like a lot of work, but don't be put off I can visualize the finished car. I look forward to hearing how you get on with your offer.
  16. Well best to over engineer as it will last, looks like a bugger to make and fibreglassing is not the nicest material to work with. Nice job and attention to detail especially with the bindings as well.
  17. Cheers, I think its a good opportunity buying a project car as you have license to design a bespoke Esprit which will iron out many gremlins that the original may have had. Although not for the purist but at least its another part of Lotus history saved. I look forward to seeing your project and we can compare notes and ideas.
  18. Ok, yes I looked at it thinking it was burnt fibreglass, but thank you for the heads up.
  19. Unfortunately there not the original doors, but I think most austin rover barrels will fit but I will take them apart and have a look. Thanks, I am getting there on parts, I will have to use my design skills and manufacture some of my own parts if necessary.
  20. Ok, Ive got the locks complete with the doors and barrels but no keys. Ok I will put an advert out for some parts. I have the rear wheels but not the fronts. Panels I have:- Front headlamp pods, front bonnet, front spoiler, both complete doors, air intake ears, rear bumper and valance I think its an S1 or S2 valance not a turbo one but still looks really nice.
  21. Many thanks, lots to think about, I suppose its a case of trial and error . James
  22. I do worry about her but i box her in with my other cars at night. Cheers, I will keep posting updates when I have the time to work on her. It cant wait to get her on the road. James
  23. I would say so, well it did help buying the wing mirrors off you. I have managed to get quite a few panels now, just need the front bumper and rear hatch/boot with louver panel and the sunroof. You don't happen to know what car the door lock barrels came off? I want to get the doors on and make it as secure as possible, not that it can be driven away anytime soon. James
  24. Hi Dave, Yes there is lots of work and not having a garage will hinder progress. It does seem as soon as you say esprit the price goes up. I will update as the build progresses. James
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