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Here are a couple of pictures of my S1 project. I just finished rewiring it, so now it is time for the engine and trans to come out. Previous owner told me bought this car through craigslist down in LA about 10 years ago. Anyone recognize it? It has sort of a distinct green cloth interior.

Andrew

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Sounds like you may have an original interior? If its in good condition then dont touch it as from what i understand they are hard to come buy and cost fortunes to retrim!!

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The carpets would be orange for the early S1 interior but this may have been re-carpeted to match the seats which would be green with a red/green tartan insert if its an early interior.

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You bought that car from a guy named Tom in the Bay Area, right? :P

I almost bought that car from him . . . twice . . . but he was very difficult to deal with. The first time was a few years ago, and I was visiting San Francisco on business. I wanted to see the car, had cash in hand, but he treated me like dirt, so I said forget it and spent my day off visiting old friends instead. The story is chronicled somewhere here in this forum -- check my old threads from a few years ago.

The second time was about a year ago. I made a "want ad" post in the yahoo group, and he wrote to me. That was funny. I reminded him that he jerked me around two years or so prior. He apologized, and then said he wanted to sell me the car. As soon as he realized I was serious, he started playing games with me, changing the price, and making up stories of spending a lot of money on it during the actual time of our negotiations. I told him to play straight with me or I'll just go buy another car. He told me to go buy another car. So I did. :cheers:

What a tool that guy is.

I'm glad to see the car is now in deserving hands. :popo:

By the way, interior is completely redone, nothing original . . . but a kind nod to the original Tartan green, and I think it looks good with the yellow.

Cheers,

Tony K.

Tony K. :)

 

Esprit S1s #355H & 454H

Esprit S2.2  #324J

1983 Turbo Esprit, Investor Edition #03

1991 Esprit SE

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Sorry to hijack!

I quite like the look of that X19 wheel, do they bolt straight on an S1 boss? I always think the Esprit needed a more futuristic steering wheel.

Best Regards

Anthony

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Hey Tony,

Sorry for the waayyy late reply. I did buy this car from a guy named Tom in San Rafael, about 20 minutes north of SF. He had the car listed on craigslist and lived about 5 mins away from where I did at the time. I had just sold my 65 Mustang and was planning to get a nice 944, but as soon as I set eyes on the Esprit I knew I had to have it. When I went over to the sellers house to check the car out he had it on a small lift in his garage. He raised it up so I could have a look at the underside, and that's when i noticed the lift wasn't bolted to the floor!

Would you mind if I asked how much he was asking for the car when you were interested in purchasing it? I ended up paying $3500 for it, which included the original numbers matching block and head as well as a complete 912, 2 sets of Dellortos with manifolds and various other spares.

The farther into this car I got, the more I realized how badly it was suffering from poor repairs and general neglect. At this point I have taken apart all of the cars mechanical systems, and all have required some level of overhaul. I wish I had taken a picture of the wiring before I redid it. Someone had poorly rewired the car without first removing the existing damaged wiring. The result was a bewildering rat's nest. My current goal is to have the car running and on the road by May.

Andrew

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Hello Andrew,

Wasn't that 912 engine a rebuilt one?. Rebuilt in the UK by a reputable Lotus specialist?. If it was then surely the engine is worth the $3500 on it's own. So you got a free S1. I'd say you scored.

Regards

Gavin

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I can't remember if the seller claimed it to be rebuilt or not. At the least he claimed it to be a good used engine. I assessed it to be a good core and it is currently undergoing a full rebuild.

Does anyone know where I could find a set of the chassis braces that reside in the engine bay? I am referring to the tubular braces that run from the sides of the chassis in the engine bay to the cross member above the transmission. My car is missing these braces and their associated hardware/brackets.

Andrew

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Andrew,

Not sure how far along your Esprit is. This coming October, the National Lotus Owners Gathering will be held in Las Vegas. The Red Rock Hotel and Casino will be the host site. Hope your car will be finished in time. It will be great to see another S1 join the ranks. Even if you just drive over and say hello during the event, you will be welcomed. Too few of our cars running around today.

I'd appreciate it if you registered your car with ****************** They are attempting to find all the remaining S1 cars. Regardless of condition. It is only necessary to acknowledge the serial number and color. No names or location is required but appreciated. Thanks.

.

Lyn

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Hello Andrew,

You got an excellent price on the car. When I was dealing with Tom the Tool, the price started at $4500 and went up to I think $7500 as he started to think I was serious. What a douchebag. That 912 engine, according to Tom, was rebuilt by Garry Kemp. Tom said the engine was built for a customer in the UK, but while the engine was at Garry's shop, the car was destroyed in a fire. That's the story. Better talk to your rebuilder -- you might have a brand new engine there. If he starts to pull it apart and finds assembly lube, or finds it to be run in but like new, it might be worth just putting it back together. But then again, considering the seller's other actions, it might all be made up.

Have I left any ambiguity about what I think of Tom? . . . okay, I'll be nice now . . .

I agree with Gavin -- you bought some parts and got a free S1. Well bought! :)

- Tony

Tony K. :)

 

Esprit S1s #355H & 454H

Esprit S2.2  #324J

1983 Turbo Esprit, Investor Edition #03

1991 Esprit SE

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Engine sure didn't seem rebuilt when I took it apart. Very scored pistons, most bearings showing copper, valves didn't seal to valve seats, etc. Hopefully I will be reassembling it by next month, but there is still alot to do on the rest of the car.

Andrew

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Engine sure didn't seem rebuilt when I took it apart. Very scored pistons, most bearings showing copper, valves didn't seal to valve seats, etc.

Oh well, I guess that should come as no surprise to me . . .

Tony K. :)

 

Esprit S1s #355H & 454H

Esprit S2.2  #324J

1983 Turbo Esprit, Investor Edition #03

1991 Esprit SE

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  • 2 weeks later...

I do have the engine block with serial number AC7 7703 13631. However, this is not the engine I am rebuilding to go into the Esprit. I will be assembling an '84 912 from an Excel. I considered using the original block, but it's main journals need to be line bored and the Excel block's do not.

Andrew

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Nice project Andrew,

I like the first esprits in yellow, it looks in very good shape for a project car :) Good luck with the project and look forward to some more pics and updates as they come :thumbup:

Regards danny

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