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  1. Thank you for your help. I'll start my hunt this weekend at the NEC. Thank you Filip, I'll be sending you a pm. For anyone who wants to make up an original toolkit for their cars here are some extracts from the early S3 Esprit parts manual. All tools carry the 075 prefix showing they were common to the Type 75 Elite with the exception of the 17mm socket which has a 082 Turbo Esprit code.
  2. If there is an orphaned tool kit out there for a late model Elite or Eclat that would like a good home, please get in touch. Most of the parts are common to the S2 and early S3 Esprit and include the following : 8 x 10 open-ended spanner stamped SLM608 - KING DICK - ENGLAND 10 x 13 open-ended spanner stamped SLM6103 - KING DICK - ENGLAND 13 x 17 open-ended spanner stamped SLM6137 - KING DICK - ENGLAND Screwdriver, Posidrive No.2 (blue handle) Pliers (blue handle) 'T' bar, sliding Extension, 5", 3/8" drive Spark Plug
  3. Today I fitted four Vredestein Sportrac 3 tyres to my S3 which leaves a very good, original Goodyear Eagle NCT 195 60 VR15 with an even tread depth of 6mm but without a home.. Some people retain a set of original Goodyears for show purposes and If you are among them and would like this tyre, reply, I'll email you pictures and the first to show is welcome to it. I'm near Bromley, Kent. I'm restricted to only 505 bytes maximum upload although I can find no old posts with photos in to delete to increase my quota so I'm unable to post the pictures. If anyone can tell me how to increase my u
  4. I heard Lotus didn't supply a paint code for the silver BBS wheels. Did you find one? I'm trying to find a match for mine. Simon
  5. Thanks John, I'm going to hope the park position can be reset by slotting the crank arm back a spline or two. Thanks Chris, our cars use the same TR7 headlamp motor. Sadly the manual override doesn't change the position at which the motor stops when the lights are raised or lowered electrically.
  6. There seems no need to earth the radiator but I've left it as per original. Perhaps it is just an auxiliary earth provided for customers to use with alarms and the like. Did Lotus incorporate such things in their cars?
  7. To clarify, the headlamp motor parks when the upstroke has commenced. Can the park position be altered by degrees and has anyone done this? Thanks, Si
  8. I adjusted the pods, screwing out the rose jointed link ends according to the Service Notes (S3) so the pod was flush at its lowest point. When the motor was reconnected its rest position was out with the lamp raised 2cm. Is there a way of adjusting the headlamp pod motor rest / off position? Many thanks, Si
  9. I have an early S3 and in the front compartment (N/S) there is an earth lead from the loom which attaches to the bolt securing the rad fan cowl. I started cleaning it and saw there was no continuity to the chassis. If you have a 1983 S3 please tell me whether you have an earth lead on the N/S rad fan cowl bolt in the front compartment under the spare. Many thanks, Si
  10. Silicon grease doesn't harm rubber and I used it on my anti roll bar poly bushes.
  11. Thanks Matt and MC A bottle of Granville EP90 GL4 is on its way to me. Si
  12. Thank you for your very kind offer Scott. PM sent. Simon
  13. Thanks Andy, So is that it then? Is there no one to defend the case for thin liquid, non-setting CV joint grease in the trunnion swivels? I believe Hilly used to recommend it before he binned his in favour of lower ball joints. Oh well EP90 it is. Are there any recommended brands? Thanks, Si
  14. The orange four blade Ford cooling fans made by Lucas are secured to their motor shaft with a spring retaining clip. Can anyone tell me where I might find a replacement as one of mine has split. Lotus have none left and although Ford said there was one languishing forgotton in a Leicestershire dealeship, I discovered, a week after having paid for it and having waited by the letterbox in anticipation that this was an error. I've tried cobbling something together with a circlip and washer but I'd prefer the original item if possible. Many thanks, Simon
  15. Is CV joint grease a better choice for S3 trunnions than the Extreme Pressure 90 gear oil we've been using? All positive and negative recommendations and experiences invited. Many thanks, Si
  16. Thanks for giving me hope Fred, I always thought there was nothing better than Plusgas but I'm ready to give the Omega 636 a try. Thanks again, Si
  17. That's very kind of you John, Mine works but I wanted to check the bearing and perhaps clean and oil it as it was sounding slightly gritty. I used the mallet with a little more urgency but there was no movement. Has anyone overcome this problem without damage or is grinder amputation the only way? Si
  18. I have the orange Ford cooling fans with four blades.and so far have been unable to separate them from their Lucas motors. I've knocked out the clip, applied Plusgas to the inner shaft end and even tried gentle encouragement with a hammer but to no avail. I can only imagine it must be corrosion but there's not a degree of movement in either of the fans after all my manipulations. Can anyone tell me how they removed theirs? Many thanks, Si
  19. Thanks for the suggestions. I like the idea of a manual override for the otter switch. If anyone is interested, the current replacement part numbers for that fused fan relay are Hella 4RA003510-36 or 4RA003530-007. They are blue plastic, use a blade fuse and seat at 90 degrees to the original with the unused mounting bracket to the left. I've fitted an old Italamec 218 which is physically almost identical to our original fan relay and was the standard fuel pump relay on the Countach QV - but there's little pride to be gained from this fact once you know it's referred to on the Lamborghini
  20. Apologies, it has a Bosch or torpedo type fuse on the top, not a blade fuse. Si
  21. Please can anyone tell me where I might buy a replacement Hella cooling fan relay. It has the 16A blade fuse on top and has 4RA003205-14 written on it. I've looked using this part code but have found no matches. Many thanks, Si
  22. Unfortunately the beautiful remanufactured switches supplied by Rimmer Bros. are made without the transparent symbol panel which allows for illumination. Their symbol is stuck on to solid black plastic. They were very kind and gave me a refund but I recommend anyone needing a replacement looks for a second hand item - unless someone knows of a source of new old stock originals...... Si
  23. Thank you very much John for those spares, I know they'll be useful and thank you too Andy for your recommendation, I bought a new switch from Rimmer Bros. Si
  24. Does anyone have a spare surround in good condition from either a panel light, headlight, fan or window switch? Sadly two of mine have weakened lugs which won't hold the switch in the dash under pressure from the wires bunched behind. The repaired surround shown is from a headlight switch but the fan or panel illumination surrounds are identical and the lenses with the symbols can be popped and swapped. If you do have a good one that's surplus to requirements please tell me how much you'd like for it. Many thanks, Simon
  25. Thanks Andy, SJ supplied the rear springs and dampers. The dampers carry the Lotus part number (C082D4058F) on the invoice but the springs, described as being for the non turbo S3 are SJ085D0001 and not 085D4092F. The spacer is a top hat shaped piece of steel which fits in the damper cup so it's in line with the hub carrier stud and not quite at the outer extremity of the swing. I have new rear spring to chassis rubber insulators too. Has anyone else running these rear springs on the their S3 experienced this symptom? Thanks, Si
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