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  • Birthday 12/10/1964

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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. The kit does come with instructions. They were good but not perfect. You definitely want to read everything carefully and think ahead. Steve at Lotus Marques was also very responsive. The bushing and the bearings are very high quality. I had to make some shims to preload it (per the instructions) I used a mix of oil and grease. I read that suggestion somewhere (probably on here unless it was in the instructions).
  2. For my S1, I purchased a steering rack rebuild kit from Lotus Marques in Australia. I did not love the rivets they included for locking down the end caps so I used split pins. The kit includes a nice brass bushing and a new tapered bearing. I found the inside of the bushing was a little bit snug on the shaft so I sanded it just a little bit to open it up. Good luck!
  3. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this old thread. I was not able to get an open end wrench (sorry - spanner) to move more than once. After that, it wouldn’t fit again and move. And even a 1/4” drive socket would not work. I found a very short, closed 10 mm spanner in the the drawer. Probably what my dad used to call an ignition wrench. The sides were so narrow that I could get it on and move the bolt about 1/12 of a turn. Once the bolt was out about 3-4 mm, the pulley was in the way of removing the spanner to make the next turn. So I got out a small single
  4. Here are some photos of mine: The pull handle is at the back of the driver’s side door (left hand drive and the photo appears to have rotated). I had to order a pull with longer threads on the handle - I think from Demon Tweaks The bottle is on the left hand side of the engine (opposite the battery in my S1). The plumbed bottle is the one close to the bulkhead over the gas tank. The back bottle is just a spare handheld. The 4 sprayers are 1) Left rear pointed towards exhaust header (hard to see). 2) Right rear pointed towards the distributor a
  5. Is that a tow rope underneath?
  6. Pete, I did not find the package, but I found the receipt. It says Trico 45-240. This is the rubber refill. I bought it at Advance Auto Parts in the US. Their website says it is 8 mm wide. A Google search showed it appearing several places (including Amazon). Sometimes they say "Narrow" but they all seem to be the same 8 mm wide. It has been about 3 years since I did it, but it took a little bit of effort to install it. But I made it work. On my car, the wiper blade holder (t
  7. On my S1, I bought a Trico refill blade (in the US). If memory serves, it was 26” long. I might have the package in the garage if you want details. JTM
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    Bob, Thank you for this post. It helped a lot. I had nearly same problem and eventually found that the o-rings on mine were flattened from age. I put new o-rings on one side and anti-popping carb spacers on the other (basically just o-rings attached to aluminum plates) and it runs a treat. Jim
  9. He has an Esprit (looks a lot like mine!) and he just talks about Ferraris!
  10. I don’t consider myself tall (5’10” before I lost my hair), but while sitting in the driver’s seat of my S1, I cannot see the dashboard warning lights including the turn signal indicator. I even thought that the TOP TRIM for INSTRUMENT PANEL (or Instrument Panel Finisher) (A079U4347K) was some crazy addition by the previous owner (until I popped it off the light mounts and realized how it was attached). The lights have not been working but the instrument illumination is working Do others have this problem? Does everyone ignore it? Is my binnacle tilted down too far in front (I’ve not
  11. Is there a tow bar on the back of the 2CV? Looks like you are pulling the Esprit.
  12. On the UK models, is the hatch release spring on the right side (UK driver’s side) of the rear latch? These two holes look to be on the wrong side, but on my car, the top of the spring bolt was hitting the vinyl on the inside of the hatch so I added a thin metal plate. I put the plate under the striker and used the main bolts that hold the striker, but one could have screwed a plate in there. Just a thought. As I said, I think these are on the wrong side.
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