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2.   Die Another Day Over the August Bank Holiday in 2016 I drove south again. This time to the Lotus Fest at Brands Hatch, where I’d arranged to meet with Simon Thomson to swap some parts and ho

4.   A View to a Prill About 10 days after dropping off the parts for media blasting I got a call to come and pick them up. Checking and ticking each item off from my list to make sure

20.     The Wheels Are Not Enough The next task was to align the wheels so that ‘shakedown’ test drives ran a bit more smoothly. I was recommended a couple of places by the folk at the NE Lo

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9 minutes ago, drdoom said:

Outstanding, David! Thanks greatly.

Thanks @drdoomIt was a bit laborious, but no more so than the process that it describes!

 

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7 hours ago, Fridge said:

 

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There needs a gap to be left between the manifold/carbs & spacer (check the manual). I appreciate you've replaced this plastic spacer with the correct Lotus spacers, just thought I'd point it out in case you didn't know.

PS Great work. :thumbup:

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Cheers,

John W

http://jonwatkins.co.uk

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26 minutes ago, Fridge said:

I still didn't quite understand the subtlies either - Doh!

They're there in order to stop the fuel in the float chambers frothing, caused by engine vibrations, which manifests itself as the engine misfiring normally at high speed.

My first Esprit, an S3, had been serviced by a "sports car specialist" garage who'd over tightened the nuts so the rubber O rings had forced the lead plugs on the carb faces into the drillings so they no longer sealed properly. :wallbash:

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Cheers,

John W

http://jonwatkins.co.uk

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Hi @jonwat yes, I suppose if I hadn't changed them at this time I would have noticed eventually, once the car was roadworthy. Then been asking questions! (whilst frothing at the mouth probably)

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Fantastic work you have done, I will use your topic when I need it. Thanks for that.

One comment, did not had the car Original the chrome door handles like mine?

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Hi @Jeanvm they are chrome. It's just the light. Chrome reflecting the background, in this case green grass in shade looks black in the chrome.

The speckled surface finish of the handles diffuses light, again looking not as bright as they would if they were smooth and mirror finish.

...... my business is dealing with light 😉

I work in film and video. Light being the main ingredient. Here's a close up photo, straight on into the camera, and also in the montage of photos used early in the post.

Don't worry, I have every detail covered on this restoration. That also has to be part of my skillset.

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BTW, is that cat Pussy Galore?

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The door handles and window trim were painted black on the Bond car to reduce reflections whilst filming. Because of that my door handles are black, but I couldnt bring myself to paint the window trim!

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Thankfully,  my S1 is flawless. It had a race around Mercedes Benz world circuit with my wife driving shortly after the rebuild! IMG_1884.JPG.5d7f4652fea6aa32764e092aefa3bf5f.JPG I I spent ages getting the tuning and suspension perfect. I spent weeks adjusting the suspension with the help of a Hunter align system. The 907 engine without the Turbo and increased power output is much simpler. The components must be subject to much less stress. Theres  50 HP more going through the Turbo engine. Also you can find spare parts really easily. I have discovered the supply of 910 Turbo parts (cam housings) has all but dried up. I know where there is  a fully rebuilt dry sump engine for sale. Theres no way I will install it. If the oil pump fails its game over! Theres nothing wrong with the engine I have, I just needs some work. At the next major work on my S1 I will replace all the cam followers with steel. Im starting to know the engine now as well as the rest of the car.

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Yes @Lotusfab. I'm reading the ET road tests and the cars hardly fail to impress the 1980's press. Apart from the usual build and part bin of course. Lotus didn't mess about developing the 910 engine. Though I prefer the simplicity of the 907, and n/a cars in general. I've only every had big engined Alfas and Audis, without turbos. Though very nearly bought a RS6 bi-turbo.

I know what you mean about some parts becoming rare. 😲

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I wonder if lotus have kept all the casts for these engines?If they have it would be really easynto recast the parts and quite cheap? 

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3 minutes ago, Lotusfab said:

I wonder if lotus have kept all the casts for these engines?If they have it would be really easynto recast the parts and quite cheap? 

They should have, but I doubt it. They binned a lot off ages ago. You could ask though.

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18 hours ago, Fridge said:

BTW, is that cat Pussy Galore?

Its Micky (mikki) a real fighter. no other cat dare to come near into the garden. Perhaps family from Galore.

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Yes @cor this and the Facebook groups are a great resource. They've helped me a lot. The S1 community of owner/restorers is second to none.

Glad to hear you're enjoying the write up.

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32 minutes ago, Rolls said:

Which groups are you following @Fridge?

Obviously anyone on here that contributes to the S1/S2 ownership.

On Facebook there are 4 main groups:

Lotus Esprit Group

Lotus Esprit S1 S2 S2.2 (Type 79 Owners)

Lotus Esprit Owners

Lotus Owners and Enthusiasts

There is also a useful US-based Esprit group on Yahoo, but @bgalbraith has the details about that.

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