Went to buy some Lotus parts from a chap (as ya do), and seen a load of Lotus cars parked up all in a very poor state, After tip toeing round all the dog muck and rusty car parts I decided to have a good look at the Esprit S2.2 he had, Seconds later I seem to have made him and offer and we shook hands, Not sure why I brought it maybe I just felt sorry for the car and maybe I have just crossed to the wrong side of 40, I'm not sure, but its at home, I've had it a few weeks now and I getting to really like it !
The leather interior is without any rips so I was going to re-dye it the light creamy colour, this is something I have never done before so would welcome and advice.
I have decided to strip it all to bits and have it repainted dark metallic blue and keep it. Well you cant have to many Lotus cars can you ?
The car seemed really original and with only a after market steering wheel to spoil that.
With each part that comes of needing work it looks like I will be doing a total restoration
I have had it up in the air and the chassis looks all good with no break in the galvanized coating even near the Exhaust manifold.... Phew
The engine is now all in bits because of the 15 thou crank end float it had... good old early 2.2 engines, I will do the 2.2 thrust mod as per the manual and rebuild it with new bearings, rings valves ect. The car has only 46k on the clock I have all the old MOTs and it seems correct.
I have my paint man removing all the old paint,I have been doing all the fiberglass repairs, I don't like its original colour, However I like to keep my cars as original as possible and even use the same size/shape and type screws as original, however to me if the original purchaser ordered the car in a colour I don't like I will happily rectify their mistake !
With each part that comes off I seem to say "yay that's so much better than the one that came of my S1" lets hope that continues
Will keep you posted how it all pans out