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Thanks Stephen. Have you got rubber trim in the inside of the rear bumper, it looks like it's fitted to the rear bumper but not the front?

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Hi.The rubber on my dry sump was/is only on the rear bumper when this helps.20180324_221211.thumb.jpg.bed0aca89c997e89d688d044e7dac0a9.jpg

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49 minutes ago, Lotusfab said:

Thanks Stephen. Have you got rubber trim in the inside of the rear bumper, it looks like it's fitted to the rear bumper but not the front?

Mine looks to be the same as Gotti’s above - never noticed until you pointed it out :)

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Thanks Chaps. Interestiig. The Bond  car has rubber edging on the front and rear bumpers. It stops the bumper rubbing against the paint and fills gaps where the bumper edge isn't a perfect fit to the body. It's a pain to fit though! 

 

10 hours ago, Gotti said:

Hi.The rubber on my dry sump was/is only on the rear bumper when this helps.20180324_221211.thumb.jpg.bed0aca89c997e89d688d044e7dac0a9.jpg

Hanks for the info. Has your dry sump got the single centre support rear louvre? If so is the Aluminium strip glassed to the underside? Cheers.

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Yes the alu strip is fiberglassed to the louvre.I was in the garage right now,it looks like that..20180325_100423.thumb.jpg.d5d40b0daba288acd02eb845626b9e6b.jpg20180325_100428.thumb.jpg.5da4a762559e6e18af15ed0acefddbde.jpg

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Was checking this for mine yesterday....Addition of bumper trim must have been fairly random...my S3 didn't have any, and looking at pics of @hopo's identical one here :

Neither did that.

Did you source new rubber, Fabian, and if so, where from? i like the idea of the extra protection on installation.

 

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I cant recall ever seeing an S3 or Turbo with front bumper trim. Its not listed in the parts book.

It might have been a case of the factory finding there was a big gap on some cars when fitting the bumpers so having to fill the gap.

It could have been added when the car was changed from white to copper.

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37 minutes ago, Gotti said:

Yes the alu strip is fiberglassed to the louvre.I was in the garage right now,it looks like that..20180325_100423.thumb.jpg.d5d40b0daba288acd02eb845626b9e6b.jpg20180325_100428.thumb.jpg.5da4a762559e6e18af15ed0acefddbde.jpg

Great! Can't see from the picture does the fiberglass run the whole length of the strip where it contacts the louvre? Also can you see if the strip has a bracket to secure it at its ends or is it just fiberglass? Thanks for checking this! Cheers.

24 minutes ago, DaveyT said:

Was checking this for mine yesterday....Addition of bumper trim must have been fairly random...my S3 didn't have any, and looking at pics of @hopo's identical one here :

Neither did that.

Did you source new rubber, Fabian, and if so, where from? i like the idea of the extra protection on installation.

 

 

25 minutes ago, DaveyT said:

Was checking this for mine yesterday....Addition of bumper trim must have been fairly random...my S3 didn't have any, and looking at pics of @hopo's identical one here :

Neither did that.

Did you source new rubber, Fabian, and if so, where from? i like the idea of the extra protection on installation.

 

Hi Dave, it's sold quite cheaply by S and J. Cheack under S1 parts if it doesn't come up. The problem without using it is if the bumper moves even slightly with vibration it will rub through the paint! I would need therapy I that happened!

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IMG_3771.thumb.PNG.c3bd4668111ccaf042bc319b37defa77.PNGIt's actually called bumper edge seal. The quality of the Esprit parts in fiberglass isn't perfect which is why there are likely to be gaps. Anything other than perfect fitting and it could move around causing rubbing. You need about 4 m. Not bad considering the cost of all the other bits.

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This is the best photo i can get.There is no protection or bracket at the end.20180325_121401.thumb.jpg.daa575916fe2df078648ce81bd9350d2.jpg

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Thanks, your car looks to be in excellent condition!

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Finally she made it to my assembly area, now  lets bolt it all together. A detail photographic bolt together! 

Remember this is only for fun anything copied is entirely at your own risk! I like working upside down!IMG_3775.thumb.JPG.a777d8485d999504516cdc4164934457.JPG

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A few more wires than the S1! the restoration of a Turbo is much more time consuming than an S1,S2 S2.2. Why? Because each system has so many more parts, just lookmin the parts manual. It has more of everything. With values being less than those if the S1 and it coating more to restore you can understand why the big guns don't do nut and bolt Turbo restos! Anyhow their loss and my gain! 

IMG_3778.thumb.JPG.37b2a86164a23990af305bbfd1ebf5c2.JPGHave to say this machine is in pretty good nick. Everything is original and hasn't been messed with making it a far easier job to reassemble. 

I started with the steering column. I didn't get very far because the high tensile pinch bolt was corroded(8mm). I have ordered some. The upper column  is held by a square Nut in a slot in the crossbeam. The lower part has to be phased with the upper part somthe steering wheel  feel is constant when the wheel is turned. Details of this in the manual, quite simple. There must be a spacer on the Lower pinion to stop it from moving and jamming the steering on the chassis, that would not be good! 

Pedal box, fitted using 8 x 25 mm A2 bolts with spring washer and washer. I had to tap one of the threads out. Rebuilt box now fitted. Then ran out of time due other house jobs!☹️☹️☹️IMG_3779.thumb.JPG.7d424d86493c88576180b9826f96913b.JPG

Maybe I shoiuld have labelled the loom! Never mind I subscribe to chaos theory, somewhere a butterfly will flap its wings and this will all go back together!

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Servo fitting

Dont forget the spacers!IMG_3790.thumb.JPG.f143d9241988f5f5aa96018ae80db307.JPG

8 mm nylon nuts on most of it, buy a lot!

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Fuel system

please allow a bit of poetic license I have replaced the stainless screws with stainless Allen heads on the fuel pipe grommets PNM made me! I have put a picture of the wing in because I like the paint. Neil Thompson has done a stunning paint job, you can really see it in the artificial light. The metallic is spot on to the original! IMG_3802.thumb.JPG.66c6cb694e2a00e4bb059caede914cf3.JPGIMG_3794.thumb.JPG.886b45c1ec01da0bb97a033653bd2d25.JPGI bought a brand new but antique electric Aerial, seems to fit if I can get it out of the wing again I will post the make! 

Fuel tanks next, I need the room!

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The black areas have been coated in Raptor coat. Didn't get much more done today. The fuel grommets were  originally screwed in with stainless screws. I don't like this method of fixing, unless there is no better method. The water drain fixings at the rear of the tailgate were originally  riveted. I don't like this either I prefer screws over rivets in this area. It's too easy to slip and damage the paint! 

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2 hours ago, Lotusfab said:

The fuel grommets were  originally screwed in with stainless screws

Mine were pop riveted.   Not aware of any original stainless fasteners?

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I bought the part 33 screws and washers then decided against it. I don't like screws sticking out. Riveting here might be better and in fact mine was riveted too. Maybe Lotus decided to switch after the parts manual was written?IMG_3809.thumb.PNG.c1878487375aa280b15136f25cdb3cd1.PNG

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If anyone else want Burglar stickers I still have some. Please PM me.

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Yes please, by the way did you ever get the wheel centre badge I sent you. I sent it the day I got back from Vegas. 

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Hi Dan, 

no I didn't receive it, that's annoying! 

Please pm me your address, I will send you some complimentary stickers. Thanks for sending the badge, hope soneone out there hasn't got it! Thanks for the thought anyway.

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Fabian 

that is really annoying, saying that my son ordered my wife’s Mother’s Day card 3 days before the day and it still hasn’t turned up. Got a refund but that’s not really the point isn’t it. 

Happy to pay will send you a PM mate 

 

Dan 

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Progress

This project is proceeding at a snails pace due picking up and dropping off parts. I have covered a lot of miles to make this happen. The wheels are at my secondary team sprayshop in the Surrey Hills, as are the bumpers and the tailgate louvre to follow. We are matching the gold decal colour exactly. I have sold 90 per cent of the wheels I had to buy to get a set of comps. In the final wash up I got the set pretty cheaply, but it has been a mammoth effort. The easy bit will be putting them together! I then need to swap over to the new hubs and bearings supplied by Lotusbits. Then they can go on and my set of BBS wheels are off to Andy on here. 

I forgot how many bots are in these cars, it's going to take a while before it comes back together. At least some of the jobs are interesting like making the engine mountbheat sheild.

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