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Could well be oil contaminated or the cheap replacement units sold by the specialists.

good luck with her - a lovely car - it’ll only take a couple of hours to pull he box out.

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Welcome to the forum from a fellow S4s owner 👋

Good job finding a set of Futuras. I would imagine they're quite hard to come by given the mixed sizes used on the Esprit and probably rather costly when you do!

Norfolk Mustard S4s #1 :)

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14 hours ago, Barrykearley said:

Could well be oil contaminated or the cheap replacement units sold by the specialists.

good luck with her - a lovely car - it’ll only take a couple of hours to pull he box out.

Thanks Barry🙂, the clutch was replaced 10k miles ago by a sports car specialist in Essex but that was around 2007 so who knows what state it's in! I also had to replace the slave cylinder as that was rusty and leaking and near impossible to select reverse gear without crunching, shifts gears just great now it's been replaced but there seems to be a lot of pre-loading on the clutch fork which needs further investigation. Took the exhaust off ready to remove the gearbox and most of the cat fell out of the downpipe 🤔 some of the chunks were must have got extremely hot at some point as they were melted. I'll have to start a retrospective project thread as a lot of the car's faults have been solved now with thanks to these forums' wealth of info!

3 hours ago, Chillidoggy said:

Pretty sure I drove one with those same wheels and rim protectors when I was looking for an S4s.

What colour is the interior?

Hi Ian, In the log book, there's a hand written note 'sand' interior which seems correct as it was an official Lotus interior colour and does seem to line up with the light beige leather, the seats also have green piping. One of the POs had also fitted an after market flat bottomed steering wheel and other alterations to suit the driver.

3 hours ago, tomcattom said:

Welcome to the forum from a fellow S4s owner 👋

Good job finding a set of Futuras. I would imagine they're quite hard to come by given the mixed sizes used on the Esprit and probably rather costly when you do!

Thanks Tom🙂, I've read you project thread and others, extremely useful! 😃 The Futuras are the originals that came with the car, in the car's history file there is a receipt for a set of new AWI V8 wheels that were later fitted, not sure why, probably because the Futuras became corroded and difficult to maintain, they've got tyres on from 2007 😲 shame I will have to bin them as they where Michelin pilot sports with loads of tread!

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If it's a sand interior, with a flat steering wheel, then I've been in that one. I think the owner had tilted the binnacle upwards too. It was in 2014, I think, about 47K miles, and somewhere just south of Brum. Its original American owner wanted to export it to the US, but it wasn't old enough to meet whatever the import requirements were at that time. I didn't buy it, but probably should have, given all the grief I've had to put mine into good order.

That's all I remember.

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Margate Exotics.

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That was very fortunate that the Futuras had been kept with the car.

If you're going to refurb the Futuras, get a set of Radinox hoops from https://www.felgenfuchs.de/ to replace the ally items that corrode. Ian has a set on his, as does @Jacques I believe. I bought a set myself earlier in the year but they'll get fitted over the coming winter while the car is off the road for the next round of restoration work.

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Norfolk Mustard S4s #1 :)

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28 minutes ago, Chillidoggy said:

Forgot to mention, do let me know when you get fed up with, or frightened by, the Delco braking system.

Ha, funny you should mention, ABS light was on when I bought it and I feared the worst! A scan with Espritmon identified no pressure it the accumulator and every press of the brake pedal switched on the pump. New Wabco  accumulator fitted and it's back to 7 brake pedal pushes before the pump turns on and ABS light is out. In the past it's had a new pressure switch fitted and I've given the system a good flush with fresh Dot 4 and bled the system in accordance with the factory manual. I've tested it out with a few emergency stops and so far it's behaving itself...time will tell!

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