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  1. Interesting, I had an advisory on this last MOT so I'm going to have a look at mine now to see if its something similar, I think the column on the S1 is the same as the S3 but no idea about an Elite.
  2. I had a similar problem, and as I couldn't find anyone who could sell me the correct replacement CIBIE light units, I got them re silvered at a Chrome Restoration Specialist. Not a cheap alternative as they charge to dismantle the semi sealed unit on top of the cost of doing the re silvering, but they did an excellent job.
  3. On @CHANGES "412BHP that will do nicely" thread two people mentioned glitter flake build up on the magnet in relation to GTO gearbox upgrades as being perfectly normal, its only big slivers that should cause concern
  4. I've spent the last couple of minutes trying to get this video to play
  5. I'd suggest the underside and mechanicals on that look in better shape than the the majority of the UK/European S3's including mine. My only comment would be that on photo of the rear silencer there are usually two metal straps that hold it to a bracket that 'is bolted to the the gearbox. On this one there are marks where the straps might have been but I can't see them, so there must be something else (or nothing) holding it in place
  6. Fitting a Veglia style digital dash as seen on Car SOS, or more likely going over to green LED dash illumination. Your Lotus Gold leather looks in really great nick.
  7. IMO its not likely to be the pump, as Jon said, it is most likely to be the float needle valves. Even if Jon's suggestion works I suggest you'd best fit a new pair of Vitron tipped needle valves, they are around £15 each from Eurocarbs assuming they are still operating at the moment. Don't go for the cheaper brass ones, and when you remove the old ones I'd bet you'll see a very small groove worn around the needle tips of the ones you are replacing and that will be the cause of your leak
  8. Looks like you have an interesting project on your hands, keep us updated on your progress. Swapping out the headlamps to a LHD set might be expensive, but going LHD can be done very easily if you fit these type of LED bulbs, which is why I brought a set. They are designed so you can twist the "filament" section from a RHD beam pattern to a LHD beam pattern, and then it's just a case of adjusting the aim with the screws in the headlamp pods.
  9. @GazzyFizzle Can't see an image or link I'm afraid but this is a link to the H4 bulbs I bought Each light pod on my Esprit has a H4 bulb for the main/dip lamp and a H1 bulb in the other which comes on for main beam only. Each bulb comes with lead with a little IC box part way down, and I fixed both little IC boxes inside the light pod using the double sided adhesive tape that is used to attach number plates, one on each side of the pod . I didn't need to buy the extension lead. I have no idea what bulbs are needed for an Exige and how you might fit those IC boxes but Duncan at Classic Car LEDs is really helpful so I suggest you give him a call
  10. I've had a massive improvement in the beams on my S3 having fitted LEDs headlamp bulbs from Classic Car LEDs. @Chillidoggy recommended them as a supplier on his restoration thread when he upgraded the bulbs on his S4s. Both of us went for the warm white bulbs so the light is a similar temperature to that produced by a halogen bulb. They do the Ice white bulbs as well. You can get cheaper bulbs on eBay etc but the bulbs Duncan supplies are the very best quality and on dipped beam give a very sharp cut off which exactly matches that of a conventional bulb, something that cheaper bulbs often can't do. The bulbs are a straight swap and similar in length to conventional bulbs but you may need to check where and how you'll fit the little ballast box that's inline between the old and new connectors.
  11. James, this thread may be of interest to you Elsewhere on here is a whole bunch of stuff about a poster called Hilly and a V8 conversion he did on an S3. I think this is the main thread about the project.
  12. Looks like the model included The Horns
  14. From memory I don't think it gets out of 2nd gear! A gentle 30mph drive past on the road up to the hotel and a very slow U turn in front of the hotel after the ski chase. The S1 went faster especially off of the end of the pier.
  15. The skis on this home made ski rack (circa 1990) were fine on mine at speeds up to about 110mph on the autobahns through Germany and down to Basel. You can see how my rack holds the skis in just about the most aerodynamic position possible for when strapped to the roof of a moving car. By their very nature skis edges are very sharp and scratchy and Fabian's racks, as they match the FYEO design, will present quite a large surface area of the ski bases to the wind as the car moves along, especially as the Olins Fabian is using are 2 metres long. I'm not suggesting that the racks would break, but I suspect the skis, which are designed to flex so you can turn on them, will move around a fair bit in the wind at anything over 30mph and the edges and heels of the skis will scratch the paint on the rack. That would be a real shame given all the work that's been done on this and I'd suggest the skis would be best left off the car if any high speed driving is planned because the paint will get damaged, though I'll be happy to be proved wrong.
  16. Really enjoyed that episode and I've just found this link to a slightly longer piece on the digital dash
  17. Well it's not that then! So in response to your question, I believe the right angled drive is held in position by one of the bolts that go through the end cover. If you look on the parts diagram you'll see the case of the right angle drive assembly has a semi circular cut out to accommodate it, so maybe the whole cover does not need to come off. Having said that I've never taken my gear box apart, I got Harry Martens to do the overhaul and fit the LSD so I stand to be corrected. As mentioned above Fabian has had his gearbox apart recently so he'd probably give you an answer
  18. Mine used to bounce around a fair bit at lower speeds, and from my experience it's more likely that your speedo needs an overhaul than the right angle drive gear needs attention. I used a company called Speedograph Richfield in Nottingham who did an excellent job, however there are many other companies around the UK who can provide a similar service.
  19. There is a bit of a technique involved in getting in and out of the Esprit as it's quite low, especially when in a tight car park space. Not as tricky as an Elise but something to consider given the problem you have had with your knees. It's surprising how much you can fit in the rear of an S3, and as it doesn't have the same ventilation arrangement over the engine bay as a Turbo or a Stevens you may be able to put the frame of your wheel chair on top of the engine cover and still close the hatch. I'm sure I've also seen photos of luggage racks clipped to the outside of the rear hatch on Stevens cars, and maybe that sort of arrangement would work for you if you found the right car for you.
  20. It looks to me that in that 3rd shot the bell boy can't fully open the tailgate because the ski tips are touching the roof stopping it opening any further. Also in that same photo has something has been placed underneath the ski tips to protect the paint on the roof? I hope your design will take that into account, you wouldn't want to get that smashing paint job ruined the first time you opened the tailgate with the skis attached. Interesting that the aerial is on the drivers side, is it the same on your car Fabian?
  21. That looks pretty good for 25 years of service, you should have seen the state of mine when it came out. From what I can see in the photo it looks like Dave's post on removing damaged studs came at a good time for you!
  22. Have you called Lotusbits to see what they have on their shelves?
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