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  1. 10 hours ago, slewthy said:

    Yes think chassis is around that. Certainly easy to lift by yourself.

    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. 

  2. 2 hours ago, Lotusfab said:

    I just looked it up and it was Jan 2018 when I made the first trip to Florida to see the Bond car. Then I made a second visit as my styrofoam plugs weren’t correct. I have been making these racks for almost 2.5 years now. It seems a shame not to put them on. , especially after my design was given a thumbs up by an engineer I know. I am thinking it would be simple to fill the holes and repaint the tailgate, If thats someones preference.
    There have been quite a lot of other people that have installed ski racks of one sort or another. I have spent hundreds, probably thousands of hours making these as close to the originals as possible. All the points made are valid and thanks all for the input. I will finish them and then make the decision. If they come out as I expect I will be very tempted to install them. For the moment I am spending all day every day to complete the racks, at last they are moving forward to the finish with most of the work done. I have almost completed a prototype lockable mechanism for the upper racks. Today I shall paint and fibreglass the lower mounts into position. I am probably a week from prepping these for spraying. I already have another litre of specially mixed copper fire paint ready to go. Lots of pictures when they are done, regardless of whether I install them or not.
    On another subject is anyone interested in getting some of the front and rear abs plastic door finishers that fit to the inside of the door? I can make them out of ABS plastic, but It will take a lot of time. I was thinking if there are enough of us I could ask Mike at Lotusbits how much he would want to manufacture them.

    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. 

  3. 5 minutes ago, Andyww said:

    That is correct as it still has wheels at that point and the bubbles are a cloud of fizzing. After it transforms, its the full size.

    The interior pics from Advantage are great! You can see the mechanism for controlling the dive planes and the 4 motors for the props. There is a manifold with some thin tubing which seems to go up to the top, this lines up with where the bubbles enamate from in the movie shots.

    The link is very interesting to watch, it has interviews of who worked on the film and all about the submarine.


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  4. 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.

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  5. 7 hours ago, EspritS3Noob said:

    Thanks James, :D 

    I went to see the car the other day, it's really not in a good condition as i said,

    but i had to give him a fair offer due to the condition (which was 80% less than what he was asking)

    hope he agrees tho.

    anyways I have attached few pics of the car, unfortunately i couldn't inspect it properly.






    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.

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  6. On 03/04/2020 at 20:23, Lotusfab said:

    I think I may have over engineer the lower rack - its like a solid piece of dense fiber glass. It might even survive being mounted on the fuselage of a 747! Cant wait to see waht happens when I split the mould tomorrow. I think it will need some tidy up work. Its very difficult to created this 3D fiberglass shape with slots in!

    Only one left to do, thank goodness- I can't take any more fibreglassing!

    Then it back to engine rebuilding!

    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.

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  7. 10 hours ago, EspritS3Noob said:

    Hey James 

    Good luck on your project.

    I'am also thinking of buying one, and found one with almost the same condition as yours.

    Seeing you working on your project got me inspired, and hope everything works out with you.

    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.

  8. 8 minutes ago, Lotusfab said:

    You can buy keys. If they are the original doors you can get the key code from lotus heritage Andy graham and get them cut. If not you could try BL keys. I think tou can buy just the barrels and keys from S and J sports cars. You've done really well - lots of parts. Make a list of what you need and post it hopefully some of us can help you.

    Lotusbits probably have some front wheels.

    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.



  9. 2 minutes ago, Lotusfab said:

    You can buy them from S and J. Morris Marina handles - maybe barrels are British Leyland? I saw a tailgate somewhere on here. Put an advert on someone may have one for a reasonable price. What panels have you got?

    I know someone who has a set of  BBS wheels. Could ask him if he wants to sell if your interested?

    I also saw the light pods on ebay.

    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.

  10. 13 minutes ago, C8RKH said:

    What's to stop someone just hitching it up and toeing it away? I'd be shitting myself about losing her left like that.


    Good luck with the build, looking forward to seeing the pictures of her running again.

    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.


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  11. 18 minutes ago, Lotusfab said:

    Welcome. Yep looks like lots of bits needed.

    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.



  12. 13 minutes ago, LOTUSMAN33 said:

    Wow, looks like a good base but loads of work and costly to build with all the missing parts.

    We look forward to progress, I’ve seen quite a few bits like the turbo tail come up on eBay recently so be patient.

    Dave :) 

    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.


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  13. I finally bought my dream car, unfortunately it is a major project and at present isn't much to look at. The car has no engine and gearbox so I am after some ideas on what engine and gearbox I could use, I do not want to go down the lines of a V8 as I want to keep the car as light as possible, ideally a British engine. Gearbox I am looking at an Audi 01X unit as it is readily available and has been used for other esprit gearbox swaps. I want to use the original wheels so will be an engineering challenge and budget is also limited.

    Attached are a few pictures which maybe of interest of its current condition.






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