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    Jim Naylor
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    Europa S2 / Esprit SE
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    Europa Salv Sacco Modified R17 Gordini X flow Engine + 5 speed Box / Esprit None
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  1. The cynic in me says being a lotus and essentially trim, the rivets were probably roughly central as your picture and spaced where the man with the drill on that day thought was a good idea. On a more practical note, even though rusted away, can't you see the original rivet positions in the body and measure those, they need removing/cleaning out anyway?
  2. Here is a clearer one from Autocars test of the S2
  3. All the road tests that I have seen for any model of esprit, that have actually measured the car, have been for width excluding mirrors. Even for modern cars unless it specifically says including mirrors most widths given are excluding mirrors. The diagram in the Autocar Road Test on the Esprit Turbo in 1988 indicates the width of 73.2" is excluding mirrors. Not the clearest but the test is on LEW I've no idea of the width including mirrors, but would be interested to know.
  4. This says it all really
  5. I'm no expert on S2's but was going to comment on similar lines to Steve but he beat me to it. Motorola made alternators with just a single thick mounting lug and also shorter body than the 2 mounting lug versions. Most were low powered alternators and doing a quick google couldn't find a genuine 70 amp version but this is a pattern part that shows what I mean. Don't know if that helps.
  6. Yes John cars just keep getting bigger. Back in 1980 when I bought my Europa it wasn't high or long but it was one of the wider cars on UK roads. Yes Range Rovers and big executive saloons etc were wider, but 'normal' cars such as the Cortina were about the same width or narrower. The Vauxhall Chevette was a couple of inches narrower for example. Now park it against any modern car and it seems ridiculously narrow, that along with it's low height makes it look tiny, which it never was back in the day. Even a smart car is 1 inch wider than a Europa and the mini clubman is more than 6 inches wider! The esprit when it came out was considered to be very, very wide in all reviews, the new Vauxhall Astra which is hardly a big car by todays standard is the same width and a bit longer.....
  7. I have an identical kit to the one in Johns link that I bought from Frosts quite a few years ago. For anybody thinking of buying one I'd give this bit of info. Yes the kit does work as advertised BUT it's not easy to do, you need to develop skill with quite a lot of practice before attempting any genuine repair. It's not easy visually to tell if you have made a good repair or not so need to be prepared to test it in some way. Thin repairs are a lot easier than thick ones. Correct heating is crucial, not too much, not too little, trying to repair a lug on a gearbox case I had real difficulty keeping the temperature high enough because of the size of the case and the heat draining away, ended up pre heating in an oven, but it did work in the end. Whilst I'd still use it on a part that didn't really matter, cosmetic or non structural, for anything that does matter I use a local aluminium welder, there are plenty of them about and the costs of small repairs are not high. Just my experiences, others may have had better ones.
  8. Yes light flywheels only aid response making the engine rev and die faster helping a little with acceleration and gear changing. Adds nothing to hp. The Fidanza one has a sintered clutch mating face which seems to 'bite' better. But if yours is already only 3.4kg not a lot to be gained by changing. No Renault box of this basic type is good for quick gear shifts, even the much larger and stronger one in the Esprit, no matter what the linkage! Std crank gets suspect over 8000 rpm so I wouldn't go over that even if you can! I have seen reports of these engines with billet cranks reving to over 9000 rpm but I've no idea of what valve train mods are needed to achieve that, Salv will almost certainly know. Good Luck
  9. Stefan, Looks like a fantastic car, with a great spec. All the best for the future. You already seem to have done or have planned most reasonable modifications so I can't add much to help. You say that you have a lightened flywheel, is that std lightened or a special? Although they don't list it anymore Fidanza do a super light weight aluminium flywheel for the Renault which they used to make to special order and I assume they still will (I have one on mine), which may help. Can't find the specs atm but about 3.2kg from memory. If you are still rebuilding your engine it might be worth contacting Salv Sacco, he used to build 1600 engines with higher outputs than 162hp, though you don't say at what revs, what your rev limit is or what you have done to the head. Salv is semi retired now and so only does projects that interest him, but he is still very good on advice and might be of help. He is a Renault Race/Rally Engine specialist particularly for the original Alpine A110's which used the same engine. I'll send you a PM with his details as I don't think I should list them on an open forum. I hope the racing goes well and that you have many wins in the future.
  10. After reading this thread and the motorola thread in parts cross reference, I thought I had one of the sharp radio cassettes in my garage. Sadly, it seems that it was one that I threw away earlier this year, but I did find these 2 period radios and a graphics equalizer. If they are any use to anyone here for that period effect, then they are yours for free. They were all working when removed, but that was many, many moons ago as the dust suggests and I've not tested them, so I have no idea if they still work. If not, then the bin it is.
  11. SJ sell them. SJ are always worth checking 1st for any parts, they have most parts and most have photos to compare with your existing part. You might look elsewhere or ask advice after, but it gives you a start
  12. As GB famously said himself "I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered."
  13. Actually just noticed that is for the US stromberg carbs so not generally applicable. I don't have a UK carb spec handbook, but someone must. What does it say?
  14. Anybody thought about using the Lotus recommended technique? 😎 From the S1 owners manual: STARTING PROCEDURE USE ONLY UNLEADED GASOLINE Starting engine when extremely cold (to -20° C) Pull out the choke control fully. Operate the starter. Depress the accelerator pedal and increase the engine speed to 2,000 r.p.m. for five minutes, to raise the-engine coolant temperature and provide adequate defrost performance from the heater. Push in the choke control progressively during warm,up. Starting engine when cold Pull out choke control all the way. Operate the starter. After the engine starts, push in the choke control progressively to maintain 1000 rpm. Return choke fully as engine reaches operating temperature. Starting engine when warm Operate the starter without moving the accelerator pedal. If the engine does not start. press the accelerator pedal riqht down, operate the starter, and lift the pedal Immediately the engine starts. Pumping the accelerator pedal will not aid starting:.
  15. Am I missing something or what's wrong with the ones that SJ sell?
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