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First seat finished in leather and vinyl per OEM methods, new Pirelli webbing, foam supplemented where broken down in the hip area. 

Well, I was feeling some mojo when last posting some weeks ago, now just a bit wearied from the tedium of patching and scraping. To Clive's request I offer my endorsement of a product called G-Flex, n

First pieces completed by the trimmer are the door armrest inserts, here's one.👏

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Tea break after success in the latest trial fitting of the hybrid HVAC assembly, looks very well configured. I'll post a photo soon once the entire unit is permanently sealed up and ready to go on the shelf. Just such a relief to be getting this far along after the grinding slog of interior and HVAC mods and prep.

Photo of the left A-pillar trim attached.

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On the bounce after a break attending to business concerns, deciding to begin exploration of engine bay layout projects to come. Gathered up the bare dry sump block, MBP and pump assembly and bench assembled the lot along with SJ's uprated engine mount kit for S1/S2. Still several chores to complete on interior readiness but looking at the engine layout work in order to refresh the mind. Looks like I'll need an engine lift to carry on with plan to offer up to the chassis as the assembly has no naturally stable posture other than on its side, and is quite a handful even without head and reciprocating bits on board.

Looks like the A/C compressor should be moved over to LH side, factory S2 unit was placed on the right.

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Well, just in from the garage for a coffee, thought it time to update the state of progress. Sideswiped by both C-19 and the latest home reno traumas I nonetheless have been keeping head down on the Esprit, preparing the interior panels for the trimmer and finalizing the HVAC installation. It has been quite a task creating the alternative locations at ends of the dash panel for the face level vents. The sockets are now highly faired into the panel and very symmetrical., so good to go at last. Domestic UK style glove binnacle lid has been offered up for fitment ( my thanks again, chaps, for the helpful photos ) and that too is ready for trimming. Recognizing that completion of my updated A/C system layout was in order I worked through myriad connection and line options then proceeded to place a large order with Cold Hose, of Florida, with a new SD7-B10 compressor, hoses, fittings, etc due to arrive within a week or two. Finalization of the lines routing, confirmation of fittings compatibility, and compressor mounting on a dry sump equipped engine all to proceed with the new bits in hand.

More enjoyable than the tedious fettling of interior bits are the efforts now underway in fitting the rad, fans, and condenser, if only because it offers a glimpse of what assembling the car will look like. That's a welcome tonic by this point of the odyssey. So, the rad is original rebuilt with new tanks and core, SPAL fans ordered and due in 2 weeks, and a 2014 Honda Insight type condenser all to find placements for in the pod, and me without photos of the teardown long ago. Rolling about on the creeper I've determined where the rad was affixed at the top brackets, with a bias to the LH side. Respectful of the fine Lotus chassis DNA I'd prefer to shift the rad as far as possible to the right side so helping offset driver's weight in this LHD car. It seems that either side hose will encroach somewhat into the wheelarch space, depending on bias, and I wonder does anyone here know what would be the limiting issue in side-side placement of the rad?

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It so far seems that the rad may indeed be placed somewhat to the right hand side, with the upper hose outside the A-R bar support framework. Arrival of the fans will be central to confidence in placing the rad in every sense. It's intriguing looking for signs of how the pod and rad are attached, though obvious are the 3 perimeter points where fasteners draw the pod up into contact with the shell on each side. Parts listings indicate steel tube stays pod - chassis but I so far do not see where they would attach on either. Top edge of the rad one finds 2 brackets with captive 8mm nuts, this suggesting that bolts drop through holes in the frunk floor I imagine. Guidance from any who might know better will be welcome.

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Quite some time spent lately on work pertaining to the rad and fans trial fit, finalising the A/C lines lengths and bits placement, and fabricating air entry ducting in aluminum sheet. Just removed all for final repairs to the OEM fans shroud, now with SPAL 11" fans adapted. Moving ahead I've just dropped the chassis back out, will load it up onto the temporary work surface and fit a partial engine for further development of ancillaries, plus brake upgrade projects. 

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In my brief 2,500 miles driving an Esprit, if there's any car that is in need of AC it's this one.

#greenhouse #globalwarming 

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I agree hence deciding LHD in the end, I used to bake in my old JPS in the summer especially being black. 
Not sure if federal S1’s ever had it?

Dave :)

 

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47 minutes ago, LOTUSMAN33 said:

I agree hence deciding LHD in the end, I used to bake in my old JPS in the summer especially being black. 
Not sure if federal S1’s ever had it?

Dave :)

 

Yes they did. US dealer fitted I believe.

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From what I've seen of them the differ depending upon which dealer fitted them.

The worst look like the Morlock air vents of their underground labyrinth in The Time Machine.

Useful though.

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