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    Esprit S1, 1978 TR8, 1961 Bugeye Sprite, 1963 Austin Healey 3000 project
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    Richmond, VA USA

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  1. Others will know better than I but I don’t think leather was available until the S2. I believe that most of the seats were either the tartan fabric or the brownish “mouse fur” (marcssite). Both were hard to get and people wanted an “upgrade” so they had the seats re-covered in leather. That is what the previous owner did in my car. For a while, at least, there was at least on supplier in the UK trimming seats in the tartan. And I’ve seen references to a “good match” on the marcasite. If you search this forum long enough, you will find some of the various approaches that have been taken. If you are trying to return your car to truly original, you can try to match the original. If you want a comfortable driver, have a custom upholstery shop redo your seats in leather.
  2. You may find S2 spare wheels if you want something less expensive or temporary.
  3. I just learned that my throttle cable is installed backwards! Yet another thing that the previous owner (or his hired hand) did incorrectly. I will probably leave it since it works but should it fail, I may change it around.
  4. Paul, I am blown away by your attention to detail. You are inspiring me. I also chuckled when I saw your lawnmower and your golf bag pull cart in amongst the Lotus parts. It could be my garage! Is the garage big enough for the other S1 and the E-type or are they kept elsewhere? Jim
  5. Some things are a bit odd to me. The license plates are Virginia antique plates (I have the same), but he got the car in North Carolina (adjacent state so maybe the PO worked in VA and got his plates there?) but the listing says Dallas, Texas. The engine cover looks homemade. Of course, the wheels are not original. And the seller says they the buyer can get the car started in a day - maybe less - but has not checked the timing belt or tried to start it himself? Maybe it is a great deal or maybe there is something fishy going on.
  6. I like the color combination on this car. Unfortunately, Carfax says that this car had front end accident. However, Carfax does not show a record of airbag deployment so perhaps it was minor. To me, the leading edge gap on the right side (passenger side) door looks exceptionally large. Is that “normal”?
  7. Mine was originally blue and the previous owner painted it Torch red from a Corvette (he drove Corvettes). The paint job is excellent so I cannot justify changing it, but I wish it was original (Plus, I already had a red Bugeye) Paul do you plan to keep two Esprits when you finish? If you are planning on keeping the car for a long time, paint it the color you want. If you will restore it to sell, take it back to the original black. You COULD paint it orange on the outside and black in the hard to reach areas so it would not require as much disassembly to go back to black, but that would be sort of a halfway job i look forward to following the restoration Jim
  8. I purchased these: Reusable Rubber Gaskets I seemed important to clean up the threads on the cam cover bolts and to torque them specifically. Has worked well but not quite perfect yet. Jim
  9. Hang in here Josh. Give yourself a little break and then come back to it. You waited 2 years to start working on it - a few days off willl help. I've been plugging away at mine for nearly 3 years and drove it for the first time this summer. Jim
  10. Josh- What color was the exhaust smoke? Could be as simple as condensation. I would make sure the oil and coolant are ok and let it run some to free up everything For the outside, see if there is oil leaking from the exhaust cam cover and dripping on the exhaust. I bought reusable cam cover gaskets from Of course that is just the outside but I worry as much about fire as I do about headgaskets, valve guides, and rings. Jim
  11. Josh, on the advice of someone here, I painted my European bumpers with black plasti-dip. The PO had already painted them body color. The plasti-dip was cheap, easy, looks like rubber, looks good IMO, and can be removed easily if it gets damaged or I change my mind. Just an idea. Jim
  12. Dave, If you drive through Richmond again, let me know and I'll buy you a cup of coffee or a beer and we can talk cars Jim
  13. Dave, Since I saw the advert and posted it, can I have a finder's fee? Just kidding mate! I love your enthusiasm for the car. It will be a cool piece of history to own. I hope the price reaches a point where it makes sense for you. Jim
  14. Saw this posted today.
  15. Are you sure it is a 1978? It has 80's Turbo/S3 bumpers, side skirts, and tail lip (spoiler). The space behind the rear quarter window looks like a vent has been filled.
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