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Esprit S2.2 New Chassis


giorgio67

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HI,

Looking all over under my car, for chassis conditions I have found a welded tube section near the exhaust and I think that once dismantling the body more rotted section will be appear.

I have checked from UK specialist (C.Neil and P.Matty) but from both now it's an obsolete unavailable part.

The only specialist (very kind and helpful) that can supply this chassis is Steven by SJS Sport car.

That said, the price it's really astonishing for me, 2500GBP + VAT and shipping to Italy!!

My question is, can I have other chance to buy this chassis with a better price from someone?

I have seen that Fiberglass Service have this spare but the site show price from 2003 (1500 GBP) and they are not email, only Phone and fax number.

The second option I have found is a good used chassis from Lotusbits, but I have write them for engine question 20 days ago and still I have not received an answer.

So, someone have some info about my chassis?

I want an original galvanised chassis or if it is a reproduction it must be professional build and tested.

Any advise welcome.

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I would check carefully the chassis before replacing it. If it can be repaired that is probably better. But 2500GBP if it is NOS is a good price. I would take new over a used chassis if possible because a used chassis is coming from a broken car, so it might have hidden problems anyway. not worth the hassle IMHO. You have to be careful as well that you get the right chassis as I believe they were always changing. If you are looking for other used suppliers, you could try Douglass Valley Breakers as they have some broken esprits.

But I would recommend you follow Stevens advice at SJ - he's very helpful and knowledgeable and offers fair prices.

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Hi, thanks for yours reply.

Obviously I will check carefully my chassis (sand blasting) before any decision but regarding the repair I'm not so sure.

I have write to Lotus Cars for info about RHD/LHD conversion, and they said me that Lotus don't approve any welding repair on the chassis, patch welding etc...

Anyway if I need only to sand and repainting it I will sure keep the original.

I think there are too risks to buy used chassis without seeing it, mine or new.

Thanks

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I think there are too risks to buy used chassis without seeing it, mine or new.

I'd suggest that if you were going to pay

Keep off the straight and narrow

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Hi, thanks for yours reply.

Obviously I will check carefully my chassis (sand blasting) before any decision but regarding the repair I'm not so sure.

I have write to Lotus Cars for info about RHD/LHD conversion, and they said me that Lotus don't approve any welding repair on the chassis, patch welding etc...

Anyway if I need only to sand and repainting it I will sure keep the original.

I think there are too risks to buy used chassis without seeing it, mine or new.

Thanks

There is an issue with welding galvanised steel. If I remember correctly, it gives off a toxic gas, and thats why Lotus don't recommend it.

Rich

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Giorgio

You have a fully galvanized chassis; I would be amazed if there is any serious corrosion anywhere other than the tube you mention and that is just due to the coating being burned off by the exhaust. A new chassis is like getting a new set of false teeth instead of a filling. Grind off the zinc plating before welding and it will be fine.

PS the RHD to LHD conversion is a lot more complicated than it seems, a guy in Norway scrapped his S1 after trying and making a mess of it!

In the garage no-one can hear you scream 

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:)

Thanks Mark

sadly I have very bad news about my chassis...

It has been described as "rubbish" by the UK specialist that had a very good knowledge of my car.

Anyway I want to look it with my eyes once sanded.

Cheers

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Oh bad luck mate. What are the specific problems? Has it been badly stored or something?

Mark,

I don't know which is the problem but I know that he said me...

I don't think that this chassis has been galvanised...this explain rust..

Strange but maybe real, but more realistic is a very bad use and storage through the years.

I will see.

I still have not the chance to up the car for a better view.

Ciao!

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Giorgio

You have a fully galvanized chassis; I would be amazed if there is any serious corrosion anywhere other than the tube you mention and that is just due to the coating being burned off by the exhaust. A new chassis is like getting a new set of false teeth instead of a filling. Grind off the zinc plating before welding and it will be fine.

PS the RHD to LHD conversion is a lot more complicated than it seems, a guy in Norway scrapped his S1 after trying and making a mess of it!

Was the S2.2 a galvanised chassis originally ??

I thought the Turbo, followed by the S3 were the first galvanised chassis.

Keep off the straight and narrow

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HI Nifty,

The first Lotus with a galvanised chassis was the S2.2 (my car) (46 o 88 made?).

The turbo and S3 model have the galv. chassis too, but it's a completely different chassis in the rear section, due to improved rear suspension (upper link).

My car was the last with the famous problems on the outer shaft / bearing, and rear suspension assembly because the fixed lenght shaft are stressed.

This is what my books says.

Cheers

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I'm about to make some repairs to my chassis and I can't see any reason why you couldn't repair it (mine has been repaired in the past). As far as I know it's not any special high tensile material like the chrome moly steel that was used for the engine frames in my e-type (they most definitely couldn't be repaired)? However, I could always be wrong!!

Cheers, Paul.

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

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I know a company who had an s2 chassis for sale. I was only talking about it this afternoon with one of my many visits to PNM. It's one of his old show stand pieces with brand new bushes, recon hubs, discs, suspension, all complete all you will need is to put wheels on, engine in and your existing shell on.

Now here's the good news, Pete has only just decided to sell it when I was talking to him this afternoon.

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I know a company who had an s2 chassis for sale. I was only talking about it this afternoon with one of my many visits to PNM. It's one of his old show stand pieces with brand new bushes, recon hubs, discs, suspension, all complete all you will need is to put wheels on, engine in and your existing shell on.

Now here's the good news, Pete has only just decided to sell it when I was talking to him this afternoon.

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All the parts are on the chassis and it will cost them to strip it. They are only interested in selling as a complete rolling chassis so if this is no good then there's not much point in contacting them.

I would suggest that due to your location for shipping costs etc. it's best to strip the shell of and repair your old chassis.

Dave Walters

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All the parts are on the chassis and it will cost them to strip it. They are only interested in selling as a complete rolling chassis so if this is no good then there's not much point in contacting them.

I would suggest that due to your location for shipping costs etc. it's best to strip the shell of and repair your old chassis.

Dave Walters

Again thanks for your kindness Dave.

I wiil see what is better to do.

Cheers

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I know this is a bit of an old topic now but I contacted Fibreglass Services recently about a new chassis andthe minimum order in to Lotus is for 3 @

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

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