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After lots of messing about with bracket moving due to receiving a S1 rear bumper from SJ and the fact federal cars have a reinforced section grafted in for impacts preventing normal fixing access it

After poor Nick took a 5 hour drive back from Southampton to Plymouth my JPS is finally home and from the look of the dust as seen water for the first time in years with the rain today! I d

Time for a new project now the mini is complete and building a few miles, with the Evora now gone I had some space so started looking for my next acquisition. I wanted a S1 or S2 but ideally a JP

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Yeah, often overlooked in restoration threads. Mine included, though generally in good shape, the plywood on the back of mine had torn away where it had been bolted on to the body. Probably quite common, but a simple task to bond new sections in and reattach brackets.

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A slight hijack, 

My bumper looks sound on the outside but has bits of loose ply in the cavity inside. Loathe to cut it open as the mounts seem OK and was just going to clear it out at this stage and reattach. Is that recommended?

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I removed any debris, as I had sections to remove in the back, but if the back is solid where the brackets attach then I'd leave it well alone. Once mounted, you won't hear anything. Unless you drive with your ear glued to the bumper.

 

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One might hope that bumpers on an Esprit on relatively vestigial, something by which to appease the nabobs of public well-being. It's been far too long since driving a Lotus but it seemed my Elan commanded a certain sympathy from the hordes when parked. Do they not afford respect to flash old cars these days in the UK?

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Not in shopping centre car parks @drdoom

Especially with today's oversized cars in UK parking spots. Park your car at your peril! Or socially distance as I tend to do.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CAV7TukBqBb/?igshid=qa8b56gk06im

And the size our of tiny parking spots.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CIn8xIohJXx/?igshid=4c91g7xgzhta

But after 40+ years on a wooden and fibreglass structure it's not surprising things fall apart. Knocks or no knocks.

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Time to start the front refurbishment today and found this339743CD-084C-4D61-B88B-A3DA1DA83A28.thumb.jpeg.177a32a42476adb3e1f36305831e715e.jpeg

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Poorly fitted fans and clear evidence of a minor leak.

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Radiator out, fans ditched and dropped off with Paul at Plymouth Radiators to have a new uprated core, he is going to fit a vent plug to aid bleeding air from the system as well. Throughly recommend his services and he supplies a couple of the local specialists so knows Esprits well.

He said he will get it done over the festive break which is an added bonus, no idea of cost at the moment but provided it’s done well I honestly don’t care 😂

Anyone recommend some good fan options?

Dave :) 

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I’m going to cut an access hole in the O/S front luggage compartment, ideally the plug would be on the N/S but being LHD the brake servo is in the way for access Fabian. 
Due to having A/C with a short radiator the access is ok, don’t think it would be the case on my S1 though so the vent plug will have to be near the top on the side of the header when I get that radiator re-cored.

I will post some pics when done, I thought about an extension pipe with it protruding into the front luggage compartment but would have to make something to protect from damage. I will fit a rubber grommet either way I go. 
Dave :) 
 

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