Mattwatts

Brought another Esprit.........oops

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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 !

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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.

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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 ?

 

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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

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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.

 

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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 !

 

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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

 

Matt

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I don't know how you do it Matt, or find the time to do it, but I'm certainly looking forward to the end result!

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