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  1. You need to get a traders card for Canley classics Barry to get a decent discount on parts
  2. And that red early stevens turbo got you on the hook Barry, a lot of loti to own in short period of time, would of loved to of seen you follow through with the red G car though !
  3. Yes Michael, many old S1 esprits got converted at the time to look like the new turbo esprit model, same as these days people change lights,bumper kits etc to make there car that is a couple of years old look like the new year model. They actully used to have a few companies in America that usd to specialize in doing this to s1 and s2 esprits, fitting sills, front valance different wheels and the turbo lourves etc. Sadly these days the complete oposite, i.e the standard S1 is worth more, hence why many folks put them back to standard, who did the work make a massive difference, as the work envolved to put S1 cars back to standard varies so much, some just sills fitted, new wheels and a turbo lourve, while others got the full work, inc grafting in the rear spolier, cutting of the front valance as has been done with this car etc, it involves a lot of work to put these cars back to standard.
  4. Good work Darren on bagging an engine, as you say, not cheap these days, looks very clean which is nice, good measure on seeing it running before jumping in with both feet
  5. Elite and eclat are fetching decent money, the excel will catch up imo when the market of elites and eclats dry up, wheels would put me right off that car though ! never liked mini lights lol
  6. Looks great Barry, very tidy under the hood and what looks like a rust free and clean bulkhead, battery box on these are normally rust coloured !
  7. Welcome to the forums Nigel, Hope you get it sorted soon, great pics by the way
  8. Looks super sharp Mark ! Perfect combo with those modern/classic design wheels that will even keep the die hard purists happy imo. All you have to do now is enjoy driving her and give her a wash and a bit of tlc every now and again,
  9. They removed the top suspension rubber mounts Fabian, this made the Essex cars look even more lower and aggresive for the press photos
  10. Great project you have going Steve, look forward to the updates on your resto thread, I found the trimming of one of my Esprits to actually be enjoyable which i was not expecting and wish i had done it myself many years before ! Good luck, can you get away without re painting the bodyshell or is this going to be a full restoration on your S2 ?
  11. Looks really nice, My favorite Esprit rear spoiler of all the production runs !
  12. Hi Years ago i would of said yep, get straight on with, but you have to consider the downside if you ever chose to sell the car as it will dramitacally effect the price of the future sale if you ever chose to part with your beloved Esprit S2 for some reason. It can be done, but you in your post you say you have found a chassis ? Is it a rolling chassis ? As if it is just a bare chassis, nearly all of your suspension from your S2 will not just simply bolt over as the suspension set up on the S2 was different. You would require new front and rear suspension. Used units are now getting pretty rare and expensive from Lotusbits etc and even more expensive new from SJ etc. Then you have the wheel issue, The hubs on your S2 to run the speedlines are 4 stud, The early S3 turbos had 4 stud but are super rare to find, you can purchase from Mike at Lotusbits alloy bespoke front and rear hubs and machine the spigot down to 50 something mill of memory, but again not a cheap option as the materials used and CNC work cost money. I had some machined up by Mike to run on an S4 chassis for an S2 to keep speedlines fitted, super light weight hubs and the quality is fantastic, folks on here had Mike start the project as many people wanted to fit the old compomotive alloy wheels from the early 4 stud turbo esprits ! All of my projects have been purchased with no future sales intended though and most have been as rough as old dogs apart from my silver S3, So chopping out and changing anything has never come under consideration due to the cars not been worth much when i purchased them, a different story these days. I would say, the cutting off of a bracket and re welding it is not a lot of effort as compaired to fitting a different model chassis, that will also not utilize most of your current components. One of the guys on here has done a LHD conversion, i cant remember who, but it should be easy to find on the forums, i suggest you ping them a pm as they may still have the JIG and steer you in the right direction and warm you of any dramas they encountered etc, to make your project easier. Given LHD Esprits seem pretty thin on the ground in Europe, i would suggest keep it bog standard and just do the LHD conversion. I hope this helps
  13. I think Richard Hammond now owning one may of made a difference to the prices on the sport 350, also given the fact that on camera, Jeremy Clarkeson admitted that he is actually quite Jealous of Hammond for owning that car ! They are both fans of the Esprit and have been for many years. Nice to see that someone who gets to drive multi million pound Hyper cars for a living puts an Esprit 350 in his stable/collection The G bodied cars are not for everyone, but like the Essex that we would all like to own in the classic car range due to its rarity, the sport 350 is the modern Esprit that is also super rare and many folks would love to own also ! The rear wing is the only thing i never liked about the 350
  14. I wonder why they never fitted one of those in the Esprit ?
  15. Probably some legal issues if Lotus had a problem, but they seem fine with branding, plus its caravans ! If it was a car then yes but cant see any harm in it, If they do, i suggest they send round Clarkson,Hammond and May, Hateful things that what they call them lol
  16. Fabian, Have you checked the coolant return from the header tank to the water pump area ? A blockage in this is possible if you have been painting things and will result in boiling over ! Make sure you have flow or the expansion has no where to go and boils like a kettle !
  17. Hi Vince, Sorry no diagrams. But it is not a hard job, Best way is to have the whole front end of the car raised on axle stands, put the wheels underneath the sills in case the stands ever collapse ! Remove the coolant header tank cap and drain the coolant, Open the bonnet and remove the spare wheel, you will see two 13mm bolt heads with a space of about half a meter between them, slacken these off but leave a few threads in. Climb back underneath, disconnect the wires from the fans, look at the bottom of the radiator, it has a metal U shaped channel, another 2 13mm bolts, remove these, then undo and remove the 2 13mm bolts in the bonnet area, then rad should drop out with a bit of pulling. cant remember much about the cowling, but all is very straightforward, no special tools needed etc. My advice is upgrade the radiator to three core and fit 2 tri pac/spal slimline fans, less weight than lotus fans and a million times better cooling. Good luck, not a hard job just messy with the coolant ! Also when refiiling the coolant once the job is done, leave the header tank cap off to allow any trapped air to get out, turn the heater on and have it on full power on warm to aid coolant circulation through the heater matrix, this will aid bleeding the system of air blockages, wait till the fans cut in, then you know all the air locks have gone, you will probably have to put the header tank cap back on before the fans cut in due to overflowing when getting warm. Leave to cool down and settle, then check the coolant level, it will probably need topping up. Any dramas, just post them up.
  18. Are you doing the graft for someone Rob, or have you bagged a JPS as a restoration project ?
  19. Looks stunning Martyn, you must be super pleased The front end of that orange car looks nice, is it a gt40 rep, but front tyres look skinny for a 40 ? Just get some foam or clothes to cover the car, that way if you drop a spanner you will not end up crying lol, However in your 3rd picture down where you have balanced the rear tailgate on something it looks like it has a chance of sipping off lol ! Fantastic work keep it up and it will be back together in no time !
  20. Very sad to see Dunc, but given the fire damage, calling it a galvanized unit would mean nothing imo, it is just a standard chassis as the fire damage will FBAR, the galavanisation, it would soon rust imo given the damage ? Sad sight to see a car in that state, only bonus is, for you guys is one less elite, so it makes yours even more rare now, glass half full and all that 😪
  21. Glad to see you are Happy with the drive Mark, The Esprit handles fantastic and can be an absolute delight to drive, The only time i have ever found mine to be tail happy was when it was sitting on old Pirreli tyres that i have no idea how long they had been on the car, a few tyre and wheel upgrades and ended up on 275 s due to the v8 lump, however i have used it it the snow and found it to be the most sure footed car i have ever driven in the white other than a 4wd. Which was amazing given it is mid engined and rwd, the last car i used in this arrangement was an old mk1 mr2 donkeys ago, i will drive one of those in the snow again, nightmare ! Given the amount of work Nick has done, you will always find little niggles popping up after such a large amount of work, get them sorted and enjoy ! I am sure the car is looking forward to its new garage also ! If it puts a smile on your face when you drive it, that is all that matters
  22. Yes gearbox upgrade would be a nice addtion to the car, i never did really mind the Citreon box and went audi with mine due to the engine conversion and the sixth gear was a nice bonus. I did look into trying an Audi box with the standard lotus four pot, but the problem is always the inboard brakes with the G cars, I just do not think the Audi inner shafts will appreaciate the weight of the addtion of having brake disks hung of them ! And due to the rise in lotus classic over the last few years, most owners are just happy to keep them standard. Renewing all the Standard lotus gearbox linkage and the cable cable and all bushes ( replace most with rose joints ) and make sure the set up up is well adjusted would go a long way to you been able to live much better with the citreon box, if you find it hard to live with as a daily driver.
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