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Are you removing both filler caps before starting to put petrol in? For some reason it fills much easier with both holes able to breath 

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No I didn't but I'll try that next time. Thanks for the tip.


Lotus Esprit [meaning] a 1:1 scale Airfix kit with a propensity to catch fire

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Congratulations Paul. It looks just like mine, 127G and with pretty much all of the same headaches. 

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I finally got round to re-trimming one of my door cards...

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One down and one to go!! The green material is absolutely horrible to work with and when you try to cut a hole in it it always seems to snag, which is then very visible grrrrr

I had to repair the speaker hole which somebody had cut with a chain saw by the looks of it. I don't have any speakers as I don't have a working radio. If you want to listen to the radio then you bought the wrong car :)

I've come to the conclusion that the main reason this restoration has taken me 9 years so far is down to my laziness :(


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That looks good, thought you had already done them?

Have you got the speaker behind the cloth?

Had to fiberglass my door cards to get the speakers correct with a metal grill riveted behind the cutout infront of the speakers.

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No, that's the first one and one left to do.

I don't have any speakers at all and the radio is a 1970s LW/MW which is just there to fill up the hole. It's not powered and I don't think a great deal is still broadcast on LW or MW any more?


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14 minutes ago, Paul Coleman said:

If you want to listen to the radio then you bought the wrong car :)

Completely agree. The S1 is not a car you will ever be bored driving to want to listen to the radio. I glassed up the speaker holes completely and have no radio at all. In fact one was never fitted to mine at the factory according to the build sheet, so I am preserving originality :lol:

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A little bit of Slipknot surely enhances the driving experience?????

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To make a hole in the green material you need to burn through it to stop it laddering and stretching. I use a rivet shaft heated up on a blow torch.

Practice on some scrap material 1st !

Hope this helps

Matt


1976 Esprit S1 123G, 1976 Esprit S1 166G, 1976 Esprit S1 170G, 1976 Esprit S1 228G, 1977 Esprit S1 564H, 1978 Esprit S1 326G, 1978 Esprit S1 329G, 1978 Esprit S1 336G, 1981 Esprit S2.2 0991, 1997 Elise S1

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Thanks for the tip Matt I'll give it a go :)

 


Lotus Esprit [meaning] a 1:1 scale Airfix kit with a propensity to catch fire

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Paul, your car looks excellent im still restoring my S1 since 2013, for things advance too slow and thats only 3 years compared to your 8 years, i havent lost hope im as excited with the project as the first day!

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32 minutes ago, rajesprit said:

Paul, your car looks excellent im still restoring my S1 since 2013, for things advance too slow and thats only 3 years compared to your 8 years, i havent lost hope im as excited with the project as the first day!

Are you the person who bought my spare steering wheel? I sold one to a guy in Spain a while back...


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Yes, i bought it from you, i still havent been able to fit it, just not there yet. I have to make a new boss for it. I really appreciate that you sold it to me, it is a vital piece to have the S1 as original as possible. I cannot make the interior to the green tartan spec and anyway my car never came with that interior but a marquesite type one. So i am really thinking of black alcantara or something similar, anyway i still have time to decide and study so many restorations.

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Sounds good. Upload some pictures to here when you've made some progress :)

 


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Paul, S and J now sell new chrome for the door handles if you wish to replace it.

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Yes I noticed that a while back. My originals aren't too bad so I'll probably just leave them.

Spent the last 2 days polishing my rear wheels. What a boring job. 25 years of neglect have taken their toll and they're a long way from perfect but a lot better than they were.


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On 2016/2/21 at 04:22, Paul Coleman said:

I finally got round to re-trimming one of my door cards...

zjv0cp.jpg

One down and one to go!! The green material is absolutely horrible to work with and when you try to cut a hole in it it always seems to snag, which is then very visible grrrrr

I had to repair the speaker hole which somebody had cut with a chain saw by the looks of it. I don't have any speakers as I don't have a working radio. If you want to listen to the radio then you bought the wrong car :)

I've come to the conclusion that the main reason this restoration has taken me 9 years so far is down to my laziness :(

I wonder why they did not carry with that metal trim on the handle and along the door panel on the later models i really like the design feature as the 

later door cards  look a bit boring in comparison. ?  Very nice job on the retrim btw :)


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No, why? What makes you think that?


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Looks great! No small feat to put all that back together!

What does it drive like?

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1 hour ago, Lotusfab said:

What does it drive like?

I love driving it and it always puts a smile on my face. It gets a lot of admiring looks wherever it goes and the general public really do seem to have a fondness for the Esprit, virtually everybody knows what it is without being told. I guess that's the iconic shape?

I don't thrash it but it's still quick even by today's standards. It's not modern Lambo quick but it's 40 years old and when this was new my Dad had an Austin 1100. It doesn't have all the modern refinements so I treat it with a bit of respect but I could just stand there and look at it, like some people buy a picture to hang on the wall to look at. To me it's automotive porn :lol:


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That looks ace , well done. Ive followed the ups and downs over the years and it  looks fantastic.

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