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  1. I just replaced my front springs (as well as bushes/dampners, other bits/pieces) with SJ "euro" front springs (on a S1). The SJ springs are COMPLETELY wrong. The ride hieight was rediculously high. I cannot recommend the SJ front springs. I think others on the forum have already mentioned this...I have the ride height right now, but it was pain in the backside. Id recommend sourcing from somewhere else, or getting custom ones made using the factory spec. I havent measured the SJ ones, but there is no way they meet factory spec. Shame as everything else from SJ is usually top notch. Marcu
  2. My bushing (holds the rack inside the rack "outer" tube just before it exits to hook to the inner tie rod end) was also disintegrated. I fretted for a while about replacing the whole rack, but managed to find a replacing bushing from rd enterprises here in the USA ( for $20 or $30. So, if some parts dude in the USA has them, you MUST be able to find them in the UK. Replacing it was a bit of a witch. Had to dissasemble the inner tie rod assembly. There is a small pin hammered in at the factory which locks the lock ring against the inner tie rod "captive" cup/nut (this w
  3. I'm doing just the same on my S1 right now. Its a ****ing b**** is all i have to say. I took of my radiatior/surround, removed ARB,, undid the top wishbone as the balljoint....and this was all just the get the springs off! I think I will have to disconnct the flex brake line too to i can get my compressed springs in there, although I have not attempted this yet because I found some other tyhings that need replaced (lower link bushing, ARB bushing etc). I do recommend removing everything thats remotely in the way, gives you a little more fighting chance. I cant fit a regular spring comp
  4. Paul: Dragging up an old thread here, but upon takeing my front susp apart to fit new arb bushes, springs and shockers, i notice some play in the, what i would call, inner tie rod. In other words, i can wiggle the wheel left and right a little, sthe steering wheel stays still but the rod arm going into gaitor clunks around. Anyway i havent dissembled yet, but im hoping its just te plastic bush that has dissintigrated. Did u have the same play in yours before dissasembly? Marcus Ps excuse spelling, im on my stupid phone in garage.
  5. Kinda. I found that all my "upward" facing panels were oxidised...hood, rear hatch, roof, and the sides and lower parts were v deep orange. I took off my rear valance (exhaust cover?) to make a few repairs and its obvious its gel coat (its cracked where exhaust hit it) because there i no way paint for would crack and hang on in the same manner. On the rear valance Ill have no choice but to paint over top to cover the repairs... The upper panels seemed to respond pretty well to compounding, but I dont want to go nuts when I have no knowledge of the depth of the gel coat or its response to we
  6. Apologies for resurecting this old old thread, but I was polishing on my car this weekend trying to bring the paint back and doining some minor fiberglass repair to some stripped screw holes, when it bacame evident that I might have a gel coat car. My serial number is 77020151H. I see in the previous posts that serial numbers to 7703 were gel coat (recall this is a '77 federal S1). I was grinding on the rear valance to prep for the screw repair and there is at least a 1/16" of "paint"...well there is no way its paint and according to my serial number is it gel coated? It was behaving sligh
  7. I will check tonight for you. The handbrake surround etc etc is definately orange, but i dont remember any binding or edging at all. Will take a shufty and post a pic for you.
  8. If you really want too you can mail me a piece of the sample and I will photograph it laying on top of my original orange underneath/behind the seat that has never seen sunlight. - M
  9. Wow a real Tuscan (prototype even). That would be fun. Re: interior Im stock piling parts I know I will need (new shocks, springs, etc) when i go thru it (just placed a $2500 order with SJ). The plan is to get my TVR off the lift in the next few weeks, then stick the lotus on it and give it a really good look over (yep....brass fuel Ts and new fuel lines probably the order of the day) and properly check the flex brake lines for interior deteriation, and general lube. The only thing I will be doing for the summer other than giving the interior a damn good clean, polshing exterior out, wil
  10. Bumpers...yes, euro bumpers part of my parts order....the fed spec ones will go into dry storage with the smog equipment for the next owner in case they truly want it "original". Gavin: Next time feel free to email and stop buy to check out the fleet. The TVR has been a bit bastardized....its got a ford 302 in it now...but its being treated to a new built "GT40" engine and a set of quad webers. Couldnt resist having those 8 trumpets when you open the hood. Oh and of course its hellacious scary to drive but TVRs were always meant to be a bit hairy. The lambo and 911 are pretty girly in compa
  11. Yes thank you was a nice find. I have been monitoring S1s maybe once a month for a few years....doing the occasional craigslist search and watching ebay. I happened to perform a US wide CL search just before xmas...found this on the morning of the 22nd Dec and bought it the next day sight unseen (apart from pics). 1. Im located in Lincoln, NE. 2. I have a bunch of other cars...some British, some more foreign (1972 TVR 2500, '65 Landy SW (in the pic), '07 Lambo, '07 911), just sold my '62 mini station wagon. I got airplanes and a helicopter too...if its shiny and aluminum (or steel
  12. Here are some pics of my new esprit. Came out of CA. Im the 3rd owner. 2nd owner bought it in '79, drove it a year, then stuck it in storage until 2008. 18k original miles. Its a California emissions federal (hence all the air injection crap on the cam cover). Pretty much bone stock "barn find" so to speak. I have wanted for may years and Im glad I waited for the right (unmolested) one to come along. I will be performing a light restoration to get it fresh but will keep original (or easy to convert back to original....see box of Dellorto 45s I have already got for it!). Engine cover,clip on cl
  13. Paul: Steve at SJ reckons he is finding some orange carpet sources....but then I dont know how long hes been telling people that either. Did u get your tartan/green from SJ? Do you like the match? M
  14. Dave, would u mind giving me an email off line ([email protected]) and shooting me your phone number? Would like to have a chat w you about your materials (my phone expense). Ill probably be back in the UK in Feb for a weekend but I'd like to see if we can work something out. Marcus
  15. Take a look at the scissor hinge assemblies you can buy for honda civics etc. They are pretty big and beefy...I have no idea how you could possibly mount the same in the A pillar area on in an Esprit. But...people told me I couldnt fit inboard rear disks on my TVR 2500M. About 400h of labor later, voila! Lastly, even Lambos dont have lambo doors anymore, at least my Gallardo doesnt Marcus
  16. Yes, I already spoke to Nick (see my original post)...he's not interested in selling any materials at all...thats fine, its his stash. He mentioned he did sell to a retrimmer and the retrimmer did a crap job so Nick said he wouldnt waste the material again. With regards to what SJ sells....I see they do indeed sell both the green and the tartan. Is the tartan they sell not the same/correct? Anyone ever looked at it? Lastly, I would love to have my car done by Nick, but the car in Nebraska, USA. He was somewhat reticent about just having me ship the interior and really wants the car ther
  17. Not sure if this is the appropriate location, but I assume admin will move it if not! I have a federal S1, bone stock. Still has the original tartan interior and orange carpet in not bad shape (car only has 18k). However, I will be performing a full resto as I cant leave well enough alone. I spoke to Nick Fulcher about buying materials from him for the interior redo but he wasn't cooperative (I can understand...he has the golden egg, I too, would protect that stash of material!). SO then I thought, well, the material was weaved once, it can be weaved again. I have been talking to a mill
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