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  1. Hi Dave, Mine is mounted in the passenger side A post trim so its not visible, which will give you more options as it will be hidden.
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    1979 S2 for Sale

    Good spot. Looks much happier in one colour. Be interesting to see if the waist trim was removed or if they simply painted the bottom half of the car. Also interesting they went with the red down rather than the white up, a white car would be more saleable IMO but much easier to lose the white than the red. For me its £25k tops.
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    1979 S2 for Sale

    Wow that's strong money - I can't see it selling for that. As for an investment, I don't think you would lose but as for making money, I am not so sure. Car has been repainted - so its not as original as they say - no black sills and the decals on the rear area near the fuel fillers being the give away. The interior does look very very nice though. Your post suggested they don't know these cars very well, and I would tend to agree.
  4. @Paul Coleman - Have done a lot of searching myself, and as you mention I can't find anything. I was hoping with the amount of S1/S2 resto's done someone may have overcome this problem and can advise. I will keep on it, and will report back anything I find.
  5. I am looking for a replacement fuel sender for my car - its the earlier S2 type which I believe is the same as the S1, the top having three screw holes to secure it to the tank. Mine has seen better days and has already had a bodge repair but I can't fine one anywhere - SJ sell one for the S2 which my chassis number falls within but its the later type which has a twist fitting. Has anyone replaced theirs with a alternative or knows which car this would have have been borrowed from?
  6. Thanks Tony, I do have a multimeter so will bring mine along - no idea which setting it should be on so it may as well be a hammer for the use it is to me at the moment! Going to have a play tomorrow to see what I can acheive, Both cars are chalk and cheese despite both being mid engined. My Esprit is not a fair comparison, I have driven Pete's and it trounces mine as things stand.
  7. Thanks both. @Paul Coleman - well aware that getting a diagnosis over a forum would be impossible, hence I tried to pitch this as what I should look for and some theory rather than an absolute answer. @ADF - Glad you responded having met you last month - really appreciate the reply, I will try and get my head around this and maybe chat further at the August meet if you are there?
  8. Should have mentioned its an S2 Esprit with Smiths gauges.
  9. I am hoping I can get some help on some electrical gremlins on my dash instruments, ideally in layman's terms as I don't fully get how this all works. Firstly I would say my car has a non standard dash harness as it was subject to a rodent attack - a previous owner re-made the wiring with a multi plug so one advantage is I can pull the unit complete out the car. Having looked at it against the wiring diagram it has been done to a good standard and matches pretty well. My questions are more generic rather than specific to my set up as a result. It all worked when I got the car but then the rev counter stopped working. An auto electrician diagnosed a bad earth but didn't fix it at that visit and has since moved from the area and I have lost contact - so I am trying to sort this on my own with little budget but time is something I do have. When I dismantled the dash for the interior refub I made a record of all connections (which I still have) but made no record of one connection to the volts gauge - but given the diagram says it should go to earth, and my one remaining connection left once re-assembled was a black cable, you would assume this should connect up but somehow it was too short to reach, but when I did connect it up I had no rev counter. First question. Where would the earth connection be made under usual circumstances? I assume by the loom but where would it connect to? Second question - Is it feasible whatever feeds the earth to the loom would have an issue and need cleaning? Basically is there someone else in the car I should be looking at? Third question - could I simply run a new earth connection to a suitable point on the dash, I already have one where the dash cross brace meets the uprights so this would be my ideal point. Fourth question - Does the earth connected to the fuel tank sender fixing affect the gauge or the sender itself (or both)? Fifth question - one other oddity. When I was playing around with the car troubleshooting all this the fans at the front of the car came on but the temp gauge was only reading around 70 degrees, leading me to think it is reading low. Certainly when the car last run significantly in 2014 the gauge was fine, the water pump failed and the needle rose no problem. Is there any way to test this, and again is there somewhere at the back of the car I should be looking? The temp sender must be OK if it triggered the fans? I did get a local auto electrician out in June but to be honest wasn't too impressed (and I had a previous disagreement with him in which I turned out to be correct despite my little knowledge). He did actually get the rev counter working by adding a lead to the earth terminal on the volt gauge and running that to the rear fixing of the bracket which secures the rev counter against the dash, with further connections to the fixing bracket screws on the speedo/fuel/temp gauges, but it was intermittent and the fuel and temp gauges then didn't read correctly. He shrugged his shoulders at this point and said it should all be working, and blamed the gauges. Clearly these two are more important than revs so I have removed all he did. I have since then replaced the voltage stabilizer given it was the fuel and temp gauges, but this has made no difference to any of the above which was most disappointing. Clearly something is amiss if adding this cable can get the rev counter working but at the expense of other gauges. I would mention the oil pressure gauge is an aftermarket electric one and is working perfectly. I hope this is enough info for suggestions on the principles of what I should be looking for. If anyone wants me to post an image of the rear of the dash mask I of course can do so.
  10. Same car as this thread, which is also on the go at present. As mentioned it used to be owned by Ian Heighway when I first joined LEF as it was then in 2009, but i Believe he sold the car shortly afterwards and haven;t seen it surface until recently.
  11. As Bravo73 mentions you could spray them, but I had already purchased a new set of letters which were already black (actually a chrome set painted). The current lettering is a different font to what was fitted to earlier Evora's, its slightly shorter in height but broader in width. It looks much better in my opinion than the older style, and I didn't have to apply new D/S tape to the old letters as a bonus. If you like how it looks now then by all means spray your own letters at the same time as the surrounds, its what the factory did. Just make sure you use a fine sandpaper to give the a key rather than a coarse as I did when doing the light surround and had to do loads of coats to get rid of the scratch marks.
  12. My rear light surrounds also went milky, so I took them off and painted them black. Also changed the LOTUS lettering to black and it looks so much better. My car is white so it was an easy decision. I damaged my sail panel annoyingly, £400 for a new one. The old one had already been repaired at some point in its life.
  13. I can see what they mean - I re-used mine, its not perfect but its a lot better and acceptable. I also now have a sunscreen for the inside of the window as I don't want to be doing it again anytime soon.
  14. I did indeed. Please forgive me! If I can do it though, anyone can, and your hands will stay pretty clean on this one
  15. I did mine a couple of years back, its great fun. Seriously, I also used a guide on one of the other sites (I think it was Lotus Talk but certainly a USA site) which details how all the trim is removed. You can leave the steering wheel in place as long as you are careful. Make sure you disconnect the battery as the passenger airbag module has to come out.
  16. Your second paragraph is spot on @Francisco Franco. Its taken furlough for me to get back on top of mine and as well as the time its inevitably cost some money. Being able to do the work yourself is a massive bonus, and I have had a crack at it but struggled, but thankfully had some local help to get me through. My guess is the car was purchased in 2012/2013 so values will have gone up in that time which helps when you are investing in a project, assuming you have the funds to do so . I think what has said been before stands - if you are not fully committed to the car, either financially or emotionally, you should move it on. It seems as though enough time has been wasted and in my experience that.s the worst thing you can do - when you come back to pick up the pieces, something else will also need attention. I feel for you on the work situation, I had a similar scare last year and if that had come to pass my Esprit would probably have had to go. That may ultimately make your decision. Like I said earlier, good luck whatever you do.
  17. OK, here is an update on my situation which I hope is helpful for anyone else who comes across this thread. My 2010 NA (same as the original poster) had the old hose taken off yesterday - it was indeed the rubber version. The garage doing the work (Purbeck Sports Cars) have confirmed to me today that the rubber had gone hard, and would eventually perish so he thought it was an upgrade well worth doing. They had never come across this issue before, but with it only now affecting the older cars its probably not surprising. As mentioned on earlier posts it has to be done through the access hatch behind the rear seat on the driver side (on RH drive cars),. The initial fitting of the new hose did have a slight weep, likely down to the fact the new hose is rigid whereas the old was flexible being rubber so its having to be re-done with some sealant on the gaskets - something to be aware of if you are doing the work yourself. If anyone has a 10/11 year old car I would definitely suggest thinking about doing this, as mentioned earlier in the thread Toyota have identified this on their cars but for whatever reason it doesn't seem to have entered the Lotus domain. I am very grateful to Gordon @rabidh for highlighting the issue, I am planning to keep my car long term so its likely I would have had the same problem.
  18. My Evora lives on the drive, albeit under a car port. The Esprit is in the garage, its the smaller of the two, least used and "more valuable" even if the Evora is worth more - if you see what I mean. The guy who owned the Evora before me also kept it on his drive, so that kinda helped me although I was a bit apprehensive about it. My company car blocks it at night. Only you will know what your area is like but don't let it put you off, get a car cover for it and you should be fine.
  19. Appreciate Ken sold you the car, just relaying my memory and sure the car was already at the dealer when Ken started there - not that that is any excuse for anything bad which happened. To reinforce my recommendations, Cos at Sportomotive and Dave at Esprit Engineering used to run the garage at what was Haydon Lotus in Salisbury who were Lotus dealer for this area when the S4S would have been new. They know Esprits.
  20. Just read this thread, and gone through the original 14 page thread linked above (which didn't actually take that long, there was an awful lot of filler). Weirdly, I think I was down at Snow's on the Saturday morning the S4S had just been dropped off - certainly a blue later Esprit. I reckon it was when Chris was running the Lotus side who Ken took over from, so the car had been at the dealer longer than he had. It was dirty and needed a damn good valet, and did have an air of being uncared for now I think about it (the rear shelves by the quarter windows had leaves in, god knows why I remember that detail). As someone who bought an Esprit and spent a lot of money on it since, I feel your pain but I went into mine knowing it was going to need this and know several people in the same boat. You never find out fully until you enter ownership. Going back to Snow's, they did do a basic repair on my S2 Esprit but other than that I personally (just my opinion) wouldn't let them work on an earlier car - you have to remember they were not a Lotus dealer until recently and have no experience of the older cars, being Lotus trained on anything with a Toyota engine. Despite living 5 miles from them, I still took my K series Elise to Sportomotive for that reason (and as a bonus they were cheaper). Obviously it was difficult in that they supplied this car and although I would have insisted they look at it, the above would always have been in the back of my mind. Best of luck whatever you decide to do. I would echo Esprit Engineering or Cos at Sportomotive in Bournemouth if you are willing to come this far.
  21. This is a great video, seen it a year or so ago - like the Thames archives. Having just re-read this thread, my feeling was the image posted by Pheonix which was commented that it looks like a model had come from this video.
  22. Its funny regarding the black pack, for me the Evora is very colour dependent on the need to apply it. I think the yellow car is crying out for it, but the liquid blue car should definitely stay without, especially with silver wheels. And yes the liquid blue car, as lovely as it is, is very much overpriced and would have been a couple of years ago when entry level was around £28k.
  23. Thanks @KennyN, fuel is only a matter of weeks old, filled the car up in May, I noticed a problem on a post lockdown run but it seemed to sort itself out and assumed it was where it had been sat, so didn't pay it much thought until last week. The car goes in for a service next week thankfully, so good timing in one way and it has now got the engine light on so assume there will be an error code to check. Its doing it on start up tickover, so affecting whatever temperature the car is at.
  24. 15th and same place good for me too. I am seeing Pete on Saturday so will give him the heads up . I now have a poorly Evora, it is running rough and I only noticed on the way home, but have noticed it before but its doing it more now. Did anyone notice it sounding funny when I arrived or left last week? All being well I will bring the Esprit!
  25. Echo the above, great to finally do a meet in the nice weather. Paul beat me to it on the pics but here is one of mine:
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