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  1. Hi S22fan, 324J is the chassis number of an Esprit S2.2 that I own. It is a RoW car, left hand drive, and was imported to the U.S. in the early 1980s. What do you mean by what brand is it? (By the way, might be better to message me than take this thread off course!) Cheers, Tony K.
  2. Hi Giovanni, If you haven't gotten it adjusted yet, in addition to Paul's video, take a look at this thread: Cheers, Tony K
  3. I'm in Nashville, Tennesseeeeeeeeeee!!! How are you, Bibs???? There's only one Tony K. I can think of who is more suited to revive this thread!!!!! Kimberrrrrrrrrsssss!!!!!
  4. Methinks it's time to revive this thread!!!!!! How are all of my friends in the UK and around the world doing???!!!??? Kimbers!!! . . . Bibs!!!!
  5. Going from memory here -- aren't you supposed to torque all of the nuts and bolts with the car on the ground and someone sitting in it?
  6. A belated Welcome, @omegaman! I used to own 508H, not far from yours! Congrats on the purchase; message me if I can help with anything. Cheers, Tony K.
  7. Typically on the Veglia gauge, the point where the red zone meets the green zone is somewhere from 15-20 psi. As a general rule, if an S1's needle stays out of the red at idle on a hot summer day with the engine and oil fully heated up, then I don't worry about it. If the needle dips into the red, I look into it. On a hot sunny day (85F degrees or higher), oil fully warmed up, driving on an expressway, the needle should be at or close to the middle of the gauge. Maybe a little higher, maybe a little lower, depending on vehicle speed, outside temperature, and engine RPM. If it
  8. Per jonwat's comment, the Coopers head gaskets were notorious for leaking. It was not uncommon on a cold night for coolant to drip down the exhaust side of the block from the head gasket, but to not leak when it warms up and expands (liners too high relative to the deck). I wouldn't be surprised if coolant found its way into the sump somehow after years of sitting (i.e. liners not high enough relative to the deck). (Or the liner nip was/is correct and the gasket just leaked.) If the oil is brown and the coolant is green and they're not mixed up like chocolate milk, then you know the eng
  9. The automatic tensioner is so easy to adjust once it is in place. And I trust it. I do not enjoy setting the fixed tensioner. And aside from originality, I would not retrofit one to an older car.
  10. Hi Jani, I don't remember for sure; I experimented my way through it -- I tried using small washers on a few; on others I lifted the leather and skimmed some off the back with a Dremel tool to make the leather thinner; and in other spots I may have also just pressed hard enough that it compressed the leather and stayed on. I also don't remember whether I used one or two or three washers -- may have varied by how tight it was. I initially used screws and nuts to fasten the clips to "test fit" them so I wouldn't have to drill a rivet for a clip that was too tight. Once I
  11. Sorry, I do not know when they went from the long boards to the two-piece ones.
  12. May as well write this down. Who knows, maybe my children will be curious about their dad some day and want to read it . . . As a young child, about four years old in the late 1970s, I was with my family at my aunt and uncle's house for a holiday (pretty sure it was Thanksgiving). While waiting for dinner, I was sitting in the living room watching the color TV. At this point in my life, I was already a car nut. Loved cars. There on the TV was a white car. In beautiful scenery. I loved how it looked. It looked faster than all the other cars. I really liked the shape. I wa
  13. Probably ok. Never pulled on that span specifically, but I do recall the tensioner being touchy like that when static. I am always careful when taking the tension reading that the engine's last movement was completely clockwise (that it didn't get bumped backwards even the slightest as to reduce the tension). What I would make sure of: As long as the tensioner has two springs inside the piston and the piston moves freely in any and all instances, I think you are fine. With the tensioner looking like that, I would disassemble the whole thing, clean it, new grease, and replace the
  14. I may be mistaken, but I believe this S1 is a late RoW factory red leather car. I think it has been on this forum before and the owner might be around to verify.
  15. Roy, in answer to your question about the original fabrics, for the brown marcasite velvet, the best thing we have found is "crypton suede" fabric in the color Chocolate, sold at, of all places, JoAnn Fabrics. For the beige, I believe Jon Roberts on this forum has found something that is very close to the original. If opting for leather, there is a Mercedes color that is a dead ringer for the original Lotus beige, but I don't know the name of it. For carpets, Federal S1s came with both a normal cut pile type and a deep "shag" style. A faithful representation of the cut pil
  16. Leather trim was available from the factory on late S1s. Earliest I have seen was fall of 1977 build. Available colors were beige, red, and black. Beige seats, pleated inserts and rear bulkhead panel were paired with brown marcasite velvet dashboard, door panels and console. Black leather was paired with black marcasite, and red leather was paired with black marcasite. What was *not* available until later was full leather, i.e. leather on the parts that were covered with marcasite, such as the dashboard. In other words, the late S1s with leather were similar in mater
  17. For what it's worth, I have been told on a few occasions over the years that a few (late?) Federal S2s were sold with them, but have always presumed that if so, they were dealer added (just like fog lights and sunroofs . . .).
  18. The Andretti signed steering wheels were fitted as factory equipment to the World Champion S2s, however those wheels were also sold to the general public:
  19. Yes, I was inspired to post this from a pic recently shared on Facebook:
  20. Hi everyone, In the next several weeks, many of us will be waking our Esprits up from their winter hibernation. If yours is carbureted, especially those of us with non-Turbo cars, after you do your visual check of fluids and belts, do the following: 1) Check tightness of fuel hose clamps 2) Check tightness of banjo fittings 3) Check tightness of screws on underside of carburetor -- four for bottom cover and four for accelerator pump diaphragm of each carb. If you don't have a short stubby screwdriver, buy one -- it's cheap insurance. Doesn't hurt to check the top
  21. Welcome, Rob! I may be able to help you with the S1. Please message me when you have the chance. Thanks for the kind words, Bibs!
  22. Hi @GTK, yes, I took it to a place that sells landscaping stone. You drive your vehicle onto the scale, receive a ticket, load your vehicle with stone, back onto the scale, and pay. I pulled up in the Esprit. Should have seen the look on their faces. The scale went in 20 lb. increments. I don't remember how much fuel I had at the time, maybe it says so in the original post.
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