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So - I’m mulling over pulling to body off the chassis today. 

How easy is it ? How long does it take? What’s holding it on? Anyone done it?

from my looking it’s a dozen or so bolts, the loom to the rad, drain the tanks, disconnect oil cooler feeds, disconnect uj to steering rack and whip it off.

thoughts ??


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Go for it Barry, no major hardship but you know it will turn into a full restoration if you go for it! 

Ideal time to give it a good going over though even if costly, mind a yellow S4S is definitely worth it!

Dave :) 

 

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@LOTUSMAN33 it’s just I wish to attend to a couple of items which by doing this would aid the process. The bushes, all the suspension, rad packs and oil coolers were done 2 years ago when I got the car. The other thing is I can reinstall the engine in the chassis and drop the body back on - that way I preserves some of the skin on my arms with the coolant pipes.

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Makes sense and very satisfying Barry, I still think you will be doing a tad more as the temptation is desirable when you have all that access as see corroded bits.

At the end of the day you are going to add value and have peace of mind the car is in good shape.

Go for it but post lots of pics for us fella 👍🏻😁

Dave :) 


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It’s just life @LOTUSMAN33 - the car was bought as a serious project and most simply would not have taken it on. Just getting it back on the road would have been a nightmare for some. The head blowing and the engine out allows me to address some problems that have been longstanding - which simply were not evident last time round

On the plus side - I could have paid a heap of money for the car from a specialist and still had to rebuild the engine and box 


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I agree totally Barry, I love project cars as very satisfying to make your mark knowing it leaves you in far better condition than it arrived. I always wanted a Yellow Esprit and a Yellow S2 Elan M100, it is a colour which suits the Lotus really well.

You have the Evora for fun and the Esprit will always be a good investment and play thing.

I am still intending to get one in the future to sit with my LE.

🍻

Dave :) 

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The Evora isn’t anywhere near as brutal to drive - nor does it have the same occasion. However an absolutely superb and engaging drive it is with far superior handling - but then it is 30years newer in design. It’s absolutely brilliant in every way.

she will be back on the road for the summer season without and question

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If you remove the body you could remove the gas tanks...even if to see how much easier (?) it is then! <DUCKS> :shuriken:

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Atwell Haines

'88 Esprit

Succasunna, NJ USA

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They are already aluminium replacement ones - fitted last time round 👍


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2 minutes ago, Barrykearley said:

They are already aluminium replacement ones - fitted last time round 👍

Crime of opportunity!!!!!! 

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Atwell Haines

'88 Esprit

Succasunna, NJ USA

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Yep, it's doable at home but don't underestimate the weight of the bodyshell - especially if you're leaving doors/tailgate in situ.  They got a bit portly compared with the G cars.

Don't forget the nuts/bolts that hold the pedal box on, too. 

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done this with a hoist and a pallet lifter...

 

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Hi @Barrykearley, what are the jobs you want to do with the body off? It seems as if most of the big ones have been done already with the suspension refresh and tank replacement (although that one just needs the engine out).

I would like to split mine one day and have the whole chassis and running gear refreshed along with rad pack etc but I don't really have the facilities to do it myself.

cheers

-Chris 

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