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    Frank Swinton
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  1. Hi there Jeremy and James, Thanks for the responses. James, I did try using a heat gun on the rotor but it wouldn't move and its not in any sort of position that you can cool the centre. I had some success previously with the heating method before particularly the rear hubs. As Jeremy said its a bit challenging to try and move the rotor while the engine is in the car as I'm pretty sure it hasn't been off since new. I think the annulus has been broken since at least 1988 as when I had the belt changed then the mechanic said that the base of the distributor is cracked and I should get
  2. Morning people, I had problems priming the oil pump in my S1 after putting the engine back in the car and took the oil pump cover off for a look. I found that the annulus (hope I got the right term here) was split neatly into 3 pieces as in the photo. I don't know how long its been like that probably for some years but its a wonder it worked at all. I purchased a new set but Im having trouble getting the rotor off. I have removed the spring clip that holds it on and thought it would slide off but it wont move at all. Is there a trick in getting this off? I have searched the archives
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  4. Many thanks Andy that is great, I will try this out at the weekend and see if I have any luck. It gives me faith that it is not an unknown problem so I probably havent missed anything silly and it will just take a bit of perserverance and logical working through. cheers Frank
  5. Good evening all, I have now got to the point of the restoration of my S1 Esprit where the car is tantalisingly close to completion (or going for a drive at least) I have had the car apart over the last 8 years including the engine out of the car and the head off and redone. I have replaced everything that needed replacing oil pipes, water pipes, belts etc. etc. I have put it all back together filled the engine with fluids and last weekend I turned it over. On the second turn it fired and ticked over amazingly smoothly....only problem is that I dont appear to have any oil pressure sh
  6. I'm just getting my 78 S1 Esprit back together after a bit of a long awaited restoration. The car hasn't been driven since 1987 and not started since 2008 when I started stripping it down. I had the body off and am now reassembling it (you cant rush these things). I got most of the electrics to reluctantly come back into life (light pods one at a time like a drunken pirate and windows coaxed into life after numerous attempts and a bit of physical assistance) the only things that I can get to work is the indicators and hazard lights and the heater fan. Can anyone please tell me where o
  7. Thanks guys for the information and advice. It has reassured me about the paint as I was a bit concerned.....I used to be a panel beater but with this thing it takes more than a hammer to get the body straight There is the forecast of fine weather this weekend so with the information I will be looking forward to taking out the star cracks and preparing the body. With all of these lazy long weekends I am hoping to get the chassis and engine (which is nearly complete) back in the body this summer! Paul Im surprised about the number of black S1s cause I didnt even think mine was original a
  8. Gidday, Well its been some time that I have been working on my S1 and lots of stuff (and lack of funds)has got in the way. I have now almost completed the engine and chassis and I am looking at the body and paint work. The car is black and I was intrigued to find out what colour it was originally so i found the plate and got the number which is L15 and it is the original colour. I didnt know they did a black S1 but I am pleased as I thought it would be gold or yellow and Im not a Yellow person. Now the key question, I have read that to repaint the car you need to strip all of the pain
  9. Chris, I did see this and the comment in the blurb about fitting all models 'with adaption' led me to ask the questions about which manifold fitted the S1. It looks like the tubular headers fit 'with adaption' as they foul the triangulation bar so wondered if the later S3 manifold was the same as there are more of these around and are therefore cheaper and better condition to buy. I think on a cost basis if I was going to spend this amount of money I may opt for the tubular system if for nothing else the looks..... I need to get the manifold sorted before I refit the body but taking i
  10. Hi Bob, I am in the Uk and from experience shipping stuff from the US can be really expensive so I fear that shipping something so heavy may cost a fortune. I was looking at the tubular system from SJS and it looks very nice but understand that the engine bay brace needs moving out a bit so it doesn't foul the pipes....strange. I saw a manifold come up for sale from an S3 on ebay which was relatively local but would be no good if it doesn't fit, lucky Pete came in with the advice or I would have had a large paperweight on my hands. I will have a look at the cost of postage today and s
  11. Good evening guys, I am sure this topic has been covered but in searching for it I can find lots of really good stuff but nothing that answers a simple question. I have an S1 esprit and like many when I took off the exhaust manifold it was cracked and broken. I understand that it isnt worth trying to weld as it doesnt go well so my options are a new tubular manifold or find a replacement. The question is do all of the n/a fit or were there any material differences between the S1 and the later models? cheers Frank
  12. Guys, This was a top tip. One to add is the perfect fit for the bearing is a 15mm piece of copper heating pipe. I filled it with fibreglass to make it solid and belted it and out the bearing shot! Lovely When I got the bearing out realised something strange, the old bearing is 14.5 mm deep, the new one is 11mm deep and the spacer is 7mm deep. The hole where the spigot bearing fits is deeper than the new spacer and bearing combined by about 4mm - 5 mm. Has anyone else found this to be the case, I have the bearing fitted so its flush with the outside of the crank but Im aware that it could
  13. Mike, Your doing a wonderful job, now I thought I had problems getting time to work on the car as I was having to stay overnight in Birm so often - I wouldn't want to have to commute from the Falklands! # The car looks very good, its got the same interior as mine except mine has got the beige 1970's shagpile carpet fitted. i wonder if that was an optional extra? frank
  14. Well guys in-spite of the cold weather I have slowly been working on the S1 following all of your advice and direction from varying posts. I took my head down to get the exhaust manifold off and the studs replaced and they had to bring in 'The Thread Doctor' to sort out 2 of them. I couldn't get the head skimmed as the oil journal hex stud was in the way and was stuck solid so it was just cleaned up. The exhaust manifold looks like toast as the cracks all started to appear and open up when the nuts came off. Tomorrows problem I think. The valves and seats are in very good condition and I
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    Andrew, Is yours cracked? Im looking to see if I can get mine welded but it doesnt look too good as its pretty bad and I think once it comes off the head it may fall apart. The replacements are a bit pricy and although the tubular ones look the business they arent stock. Does anyone know if other lotus models fit? Frank
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