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  1. I've only ever seen one S3 Turbo that didn't have the rushed trim to the door cards, arm rests etc,  and the owner had had it re-trimmed by a company who said it was going to be too difficult to match the effect and that they couldn't guarantee the results.

    Having said that they had done a very good job and the owner was very pleased with the results.

  2. Many moons ago when I was (still) a member of Club Lotus, I got them to do an agreed value insurance valuation of my car based on a set of photographs and a description of the car, in much the same level of detail as you've provided in the original post. Not sure if they still offer such a service but if they do it might help establish a figure for the companies  to work with.

  3. It scrubbed up nicely, well done!

    You'll get lots of people telling you to replace the cam belt before trying to start it so let me be the first! The tanks on these do have a tendency to rot especially after 30+ years of variable maintenance,  they sit on foam pads which retain rainwater quite well. Alloy and stainless replacement tanks are available from a few specialist companies, PNM, SW Lotus Centre,  and SJ Sportcars spring to mind and others have uses Axminster who specialise in Stainless tanks for lots of manufacturers not just Lotus, a search on the forum will throw up many others. A similar search will point you towards stainless exhaust suppliers especially useful if the manifold is toast, and there are dozens of threads on here about tyre sizes. I had the radiator on mine re- cored, but if you've noticed problems in that area, you might want to check over the cooling fans as well. 

    Have fun, and keep posting photos on your progress

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  4. 1 hour ago, DrieStone said:

     The right side is the worst for sure.

    That photo is actually the LH tank on my S3, the one that doesn't have the fuel sender. Sparky was able to pop the RH one out without a problem, with all the trunking and air boxes out of the way it took maybe 15 minutes, plus a few expletives.

    Mine is a 85/6 car and I've since noticed that the earlier S3 cars have a different shelf arrangement over the tanks which may mean that the tanks on both sides come out without an issue.

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  5. The last one was a good day out, as well as watching the antics on the skid pan they had a very good stunt driving display on the main straight. There were several Alpine A110s on display and  Land Rover were taking people around an obstacle course to show off the capabilities of the Disco. As above above there were lots of Mustangs and Fords in the display area. The Historic Lotus guys were kind enough to push the Type 72 into position so  we could  get some photos of it surrounded by my Esprit an Elan and an Elise. Sadly I don't seem to be able to include one of the photos in this post.   

  6. @Sparky, Seeing the video clip reminded me of the dribble I had from the carbs on mine which you sorted a few years  ago. Do you think this  is a similar problem, i.e. worn float needle valves rather than anything to do with fuel lines?

    Also, even though I generally use "super" do you have any thoughts on E10 fuel and the lifetime of those breather pipes? Do you think they will expire even quicker?  I bet mine are nice and crispy and in several pieces if I peeled back the carpet on the bulkhead and had a look.

  7. When I came to do this job on mine, the foam had rotted so much there was hardly any left and I was able to use a vacuum cleaner and tweezers to suck/pull out out the remaining bits. I didn't  remove the B pillar, I purchased a piece of the black foam that pet shops supply for fish tank filters, cut it into sections and carefully pushed the blocks of foam through the gaps in the B pillar using a spatula.

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  8. My single drive to the alps wasn't nearly so eventful, nothing fell off, nothing broke and the car behaved impeccably. However travelling through France you'll need to carry a few bits of "stuff" to keep the French police happy if they choose to stop you however you go.  The motoring organisations will give you a complete list but off the top of my head you'll need a couple of breathalyzers,  Hi Viz jackets for each passenger, plus if you are driving up to a ski resort during the season they will insist on you having snow chains and that you fit them when required.  Kneeling in an icey puddle while fitting chains to the rears on my Esprit  isn't an experience I'd be keen to repeat so a waterproof sheet to kneel on would be my number one suggestion in addition to Peter's list. 

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  9. 6 hours ago, canamfan said:

     the light source for the headlight switch came from what appeared to be a "fiber optic" type of little plastic clear line that brought the light to the switch, 

    That's different to mine. The headlight switch has a small bulb fitted in a holder behind the green illumination window which comes on with the ignition.  The fiber optics wires run from that light box to the illumination windows on the other switches in the dash but not the window switches. 

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