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Esprit Turbo project car - part3 - the further continuation

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You can see the elbow pad has been redone in leather with the same effect as the original.

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There Is a lot of new leather that has gone into the interior. Restoration techniques for leather can go only so far. If your on a budget, as we all are, then you have to decide how far to go. Recolouring can bring back to life some pretty horrible interiors and let's not forget Lotus used pretty good quality leather. But some cheap leather hydes would really not be an improvement. So you have to go somewhere which supplies decent Hyde which of course is expensive. Then you have to find a trimmer that has the skills to trim to the original factory standard. Without the correct trimmer you could destroy the look of the interior.

I like how these cars looked inside and don't wish to have something which looks new but not original. I have used a mix of original and new all matched using colourant. This stuff is so good you would believe the new Hyde was factory supplied in the new colour! Over months of colouring I have become skilled, but I had done spraying before. In my opinion it's pretty easy for a Novice to get excellent results with some of these systems out there and a little practice and patience. You can't rush any of these jobs if you want a good finish and don't wish to do them again!. They take how long they take. Believe me there is so much work in this interior you can't image until you have seen one put together properly. The S1 really is one consuming with the Turbo being a lot simpler.

The leather on my seats was very poor and even with recolouring it would have only looked alright, so it had to go! It's depressing how much leather was used in each seat. It extends between the seat foam all the way to the base which means it requires much more leather than you can see! The seat backs were vinyl to save costs. 

Well that's enough on recolouring which it close to chassis painting as one of the worst jobs on the resto. The actual trimming is the enjoyable bit!

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Thanks to Tim on here I have got the speaker grilles! Cheers Tim👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻Can't believe the help I have had on this project all the way from Portland and Mossier Oregon USA, Denver Colorado and Edingburgh! It's a great world really despite all the News trying to persuade us otherwise! 

Oh and of course Miami! 

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Wow thats a great picture. Shame it's not a bit sharper.

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Have you noticed the flooring. Looks like it's a display thats been specifically tiled to match the car.

 

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Yep eighties! I bet they were playing Gary Numan - Cars!

Thanks to Tim I shall be installing the speaker grilles. I will take great joy in putting them in inverted the same as the Bond car. I'm reluctant to cut holes in the bulkhead. So am looking for ultra thin speakers. Any ideas? 

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IMG_3669.thumb.JPG.7af2c10d1b1325d167bc781f1b507246.JPGHere's the Maystar symbol. I originally thought it was a W because in the Bond car the speakers are inverted! I started to look at Wharfdale and all the old eighties makes.  Then solution came to me as most things via internet research of classic car speakers. I found the above speaker on eBay noticed the symbol was the same and bought it! This is how I discovered the speakers were Maystar and not the same as the parts manual. Quite satisfying after all the hours of research I did.

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IMG_5356.thumb.PNG.589ec6d7c9aec088584114a69d2c2394.PNGHere you can see the speaker is reversed. This picture was taken whilst matching the carpet! It's not Brown! (Sorry to keep saying that but it's annoying when people say the carpet was brown!). These things keep you up at night. I will get slightly more sleep now. But the gear lever, and Turbo panel are still keeping me awake! Anyone coming to the rescue with the correct Turbo panel and thin gear lever? I have the upgraded one. Some people have trouble when I say I wish to put the inferior gear lever back in! But then you can't have James Bond running around willy nilly with the wrong gearstick can you? 

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Wow, I know what you mean. I'm four years into these resto! 

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On ‎10‎/‎10‎/‎2018 at 12:56, Lotusfab said:

Thanks, did you draw that?

It was not me, I found it a long time ago on TLF.

Will look next week when I'm home if I have more.

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Esprit Freak

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The heater panels are readily available from various suppliers.

These would be difficult to make as you would need to print the various colours in the correct level of translucency for the back-lighting and the panel has a green tint to it on the back as well as a masking layer which blocks out the light other than where needed.

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Got a lead on who can supply a replacement heater panel Andy?

I drew these up years ago when I couldn't find a replacement, got one on my car, but needs doing properly to smarten things up a bit.

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People sell them S and J and lotuscentre. But the graphic is different to the Bond car. To be fare most people wouldn't know. But I would!

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Thanks Tim!! A little closer to the endgame.IMG_5373.thumb.JPG.93a14a434fa7ce7c1279db72dfc6e465.JPGnow 

Speaker grilles (got them - thanks Tim)

gearstick thin 

1 x front wheel lip 15 x 1 ( can swap for one rear) Compomotive 15 inch 20 hole rolled edge.

Turbo Esprit Aircon panel 

only three things needed to finish the project! 

I cant help thinking I need to get a move on. With the Cold War back on Mr Bond will be needing his relics from the Cold War real soon! 

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IMG_5379.thumb.PNG.4eef296c8d55132662c8eb8e2d78da9a.PNGIMG_5380.thumb.PNG.a524b8599d1c4d41576f4025d9566107.PNGS Andy J sports car have reproduced this panel. Very similar! 

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I must have a blend of the two...😳

same as the top one but bold text. Why did they change them so early in production?

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I only saw one of these lit up recently. The lettering and graphics were back illuminated. I assume that is correct?

It'll be a shame if the Bond style panel cannot be found in decent condition, or recreated for the sake of accuracy at least. If need be, adding the alarm LED to coordinate with the 'Burglar Protected' theme.

A compromise could be have the later version graphics overwritten with 'FAN' and 'SCREEN/DEF.', but I'm not sure that's going to work with the back illumination. Perhaps stencilled on using florescent paint? Though all of the text and graphics appear to be white on the Bond example.

A tricky one.

Thoughtabout paying a load of wonga to a graphic artist with practical abilities, or combining the artwork with someone in a film production art department? It's only metal, paint and some stencil work after all. I'd say it's the best part of a week's work to recreate though as a one-off, using an example and photos.

 

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The reason Stefans has the LED is because the S and J is a reproduction. I have found one in poor confition the same as Stefans. S and J do a lot of these, so they must have contracted a company to make them. I may have to contact S and J and see if they wish to make the Other version. Does anyone else want one? 

Yep they are backlit.

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