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Hi everyone,


I am new to the forum and have really enjoyed reading the various topics. I've been a lifelong Colin Chapman and Lotus fan and am fortunate to have finally been able to afford one.


I have an 82 S3 NA and am looking for a wheel jack and brace, a steering column plastic cover (top part) plain plastic not covered type and am also seeking to buy new the driver's and passenger's floor mat in light grey/blue. Any advice please?


Thanks Dean

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Hello to everyone on the forum. I originally registered and posted 3 years ago with the thread title "New Boy" when I bought my S3. Although I've not been active on the site I've really enjoyed reading the great advice, banter and encouragement of you all to those active members but also those reading but not contributing such as myself. So whether it's been replacing the clutch hose to a braided item or replacing the old tyres to new Vredstein, what you have written must have helped others as well as me....incidentally I've done both these on my car since so keep up the good work. Like others on here I have learnt new skills and learnt so much about how the car works which being a Lotus fan all my life makes you feel connected to the Lotus history not least Colin Chapman and what he strived to achieve.

My S3 has been a good and running car since I bought it but had many frustrating problems and I still have many jobs to complete. I have an immediate task to resolve though and that is to replace the offside rear hub carrier. Mine has a crack in it and I can only think I caused this whilst trying to remove the bottom pin that was totally seized when trying to remove the spring and shock, once I'd identified the part was cracked then I used some force as the damage was already done but prior to that was trying to use minimum force yet still managed to crack it.....either that or there was a crack there to begin with which I then accelerated. So do any of you lads know where I am able to buy a replacement hub carrier please. I phoned mike at Lotusbits this week and he has two but both are nearside. I see Steve at SJ has new ones at £250 + vat but only lists nearside, I'm sure a call to Steve he would have a nearside one and that might have to be my action finally so if you know of someone that might have one for a reasonable price I will be grateful. Dean Wright [email protected]


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Hi Dean 

Mike at Lotusbits will have a used one in stock,  normally about 150 but may have increased in price due to used parts getting more rare for these cars now, 

You will need a new wheel bearing and probably a new lower stud as you may need to cut the old one out to remove the upright in the first place. 

I would also look at replace the rear lower link bushes at this time also while it is already stripped down,  worth doing the other side also.  including the other sides wheel bearing,  that way you are set then for forseable future without any big jobs to do, rear wheel bearings ae about 30 sterling each iirc. 

You could always post in, your other side to Mike or drop off and have him press in the new bearings, so you can simply bolt the new/ refurnished parts straight back on :thumbup:

P.s Always best to phone Mike as they are not great with replying to emails :)


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Thanks  for those helpful replies John and Dan.

John, yes considered welding and I know some good people in my industry that could get that done but wondered if the nature of the stress point might be pushing it. I will get some feedback from a race prep guru mate I have who is popping over to mine tonight. Funnily enough I did find that article on removal and used the hand hacksawing technique to cut that pesky bottom pin in two places between the bush and washer and bingo out she popped ….not the split bush though that git is hard fast in so will get that out when the hub carrier is on the bench. I used plenty of heat on it as well in way of encouragement.

Dan, also yes I intend to replace on both sides the  bushes, split bushes, pins, washers and nuts and repaint the lower link while I've the opportunity. This entire campaign came about because the offside spring had sagged and so I have a new set of springs going on. Mike at Lotusbits unfortunately only has 2 x nearside and no offside carriers in stock at present but if the Lotus community can keep an eye open for one I hope to get back on this job in a week or two by which time I hope I will have all both sides stripped and the replacement parts bought and ready to go back on. £150 sound quite reasonable.



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Oooooooooooooooooooooooo….. A cloth interior :wub::wub::wub:

Very rare now.

Install a remote release fire extinguisher. I've installed a JJC Race & Rally system. Their store has moved to ebay & I can't find the system I have.



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3 hours ago, Mariner said:




To me it looks as though the carb mounting has been over tightened, there should be a couple of mm gap either side of the spacer to allow for vibration in order to stop fuel frothing. Running like that can damage the carbs. :thumbdown:


PS nice motor, reminds me of my old S3. 😁

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Actually, don't they look like the different type of carb plates. Those look like Misab type, which have a plate and effectively a single ring, whereas I've only seen Lotus 9xx engines use the plates with two rings.

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Thanks for the replies and always amazed how much knowledge people have gathered. In reply to the extinguisher, almost as important as the car insurance itself, my son has bought me a replacement extinguisher which I travel with now. Always in the back of your mind isn't it that you are minutes from disaster, just how it gets you.

Interesting post regarding the carb mounts and got to be honest and say that I am at the mercy of the specialist who set them up, I do know that he changed the mounts as part of the set up so i'm all ears in case one of you lads identify something that appears unfamiliar, I wouldn't know until you mentioned. Up until the set up it ran awful and as part of his work he remounted the carbs, had them ultrasonically cleaned, replaced the coil, did some work on the lumenition and since then has ran well albeit a bit fluffy below 2000 revs, but beyond that sweeeeet!

2019 loads to do starting with the rear suspension refurb, moving onto lifting out the engine as I have oil leaks to either or both crank seals. With the engine out some gasket changes, check tanks, new cam and drive belt, refurb bay, fit new intake ear, and lots of other stuff to freshen everything up such as paint cam covers and paint bay. Onto the interior, new headlining and sunvisors, have upholsterer rebolster driver's seat, invisible mend small hole and need to tackle the task of redying the correct colour match, looks like Forest Green but wouldn't know what officially called but hope to find a source where I can have them mix me a colour dye for the upholsterer to use. Fit radio, fix aerial and electric mirrors.....draws breath!... then have the car and bumpers painted with new badges and decals, stripes and cant rail trims, side trims and carriers.

Most of this will be done in turn by other people and can't move onto the some things until a lot of the oily bits are covered off however still a ton of work that I will undertake myself and learn as I go. The car is basically sound but the list of work to improve it is quite long. I'm keeping it so all good to me.

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