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Troy Halliday

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  • Birthday 01/12/1972

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    Troy Halliday
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    Lotus Esprit S3

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  1. Could be a number of things mate. A stone or some sort of foreign body got flicked up there. One thing to do is hek to see if the belt moves backwards and forwards on the sprockets while the engine is running and then check it again with someone depressing the clutch. I had a quarter of an inch tear in mine last year only spotted it when I checked the alternator belt tension. It just so happened to be in line with the alternator at the time. What ever did it was no longer around but I was lucky to spot it.
  2. It is usualy the pigment in the base coat (the red) that fades. Polishing up the laquer/clear coat will do very little. Sorry but true. It is one of the biggest reasons I have never had a red car. The problem becomes more promenant when you repair a panel even if it looks good in daylight under street lamps it can look completely different.
  3. To be honest it is not as diffiult a job as many have said. In fact the V8 seems to have more room to work around the cam belts. It cannd be a bit of a bind going through the lock down procedure each time you adjust the tension but I manged to get each belt within 2Hz of each other (110hz and 112Hz)
  4. congratulations! I wish you both all the best for the years to come .
  5. mine is called Penny for several reasons. It's copper(ish) it ties in with the bond bit, and it cost me a prety penny to restore her.
  6. as others have said the wrinkle finish is no longer available .but i am in contact with a company that is developing a new wrinkle paint at the moment but as yet there is no time scale . I have sent them samples of our colour and finish so at least there may be some hope for the future
  7. My Grandad was also a POW in Italy which by all accounts was hell on earth. He loved Italy and always wanted to move there at some point. Some how he must of got lost though becuase they ended up in Adelade. I hope it sells well, and nothing shameless about it.
  8. Think of it more as a packaging arrangemet. The engine and gearbox are only two parts to the puzzle. You also need to position the rest of the mechanical items around the ar for best weight distribution. Fuel Tanks for example again best kept low and between the front and back wheels. It is all about ditributing the parts around the car as low as possible to create a very low roll centre and still maintain the optimum distribution usual most cars aim as close to the above mentioned 50/50 but often have a small bias over the rear driven wheels.
  9. If it only happens now and again and usualy over bumps I would check the bulkhead bolts and the fuel tank bollts. Also inspect your engine and gearbox mounts as there may be access movement there causing something to knock in extreme conditions.
  10. Early S3 pre '85 used GT6 uprights and trunions which was replaced with the same Toyota set up seen on the early Stevens. The Engine was pretty much unchanged in the S3 until the release of the S3 HC which was the HC engine from the Excel SE. It had a higher compression ratio which increased the power to 176bhp (180bhp in the Excel SE due to its Exhaust) this also brought with it a slightly different vacuum system for throttle advance through a throttle jack. The interior went through several very minor changes but the S3 HC had a different door card design and seats (which were very sexy). The binicle changed slightly depending on the year some early models still had the S2 dash. Cant rails were changed at around 85 to the moulded one piece design to the early black corner cap by the quarter light. Later models also had colour coded bumpers. Most of the changes were minor and did not really affect the car that much. I think as pointed out it is more important to get a clean well looked after car to begin with. Just remember there is no such thing as a cheap Esprit. Comparing a N/A to a Turbo is far easier but many think the addition of the Turbo makes it a much quicker car but most will tell you that on country roads there is little difference between them. Oh and there is even less difference between my S3 and most Turbos. By the end of the year once I have my injection fitted the difference should be in my favour
  11. The gearbox is in the ideal position for a mid mounted engine design. The criticism is of the gearbox choice and the some times notchy gear change linkage. Quite a few cars now have cable operated gear linkage completely unknown to the owner so what can be expected is a far smoother gear change and one would hope a much better choice of gearbox from the start. The citreon box was always able to handle the power of the early S1 through to the S3 but suffered a bit with heavily driven S3 Turbo where the power output was reaching the limits of the power handling of the gearbox. Again the Renault box did a good enough job with the early S cars but with release of the V8 was very much on its limit. Despite this being a so called week point how may times have you read a post saying "I've blown another gearbox". I am sure we can expect a very careful selection of gearbox when it comes to the new Esprit, after all I am sure Lotus would not like to repeat history with negetive feedback on their gearbox selection for their flagship model.
  12. Yep all though acidents were cause by the presence of the speed camera. None of these cars would have crashed otherwise. Mmmm but the fuzz will be happy because they get to fine them for speeding and driving without due course care and attention.
  13. Happy Birthday mate, hope you had a cracker B) all the best Troy and Caroline.
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