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Del's 1982

Del Current from Scotland owns a 1982 S3 in Red, with a Black leather interior.

Model:

S3
Year: 1982
Colour: Red
Interior: Black leather
Driving Style: Casually Fast
Miles per year: 9,000 – 11,000
Owned Since: 10 February 2001
Purchase from: Private Sale
Serviced at: Manor Garage, Dophinton, Peeblesshire
Other Cars: Daewoo Matiz (and Elise from April)
Previous Lotus': Excel and Elise
Why an Esprit: Looking for something a bit more refined/unusal than my first Elise
Upgrades: None
Problems: See costings below... nothing major
Info: www.scottish-esprits.org.uk

History

First registered 21st April 1982, supplied by Ritchies of Glasgow (Lotus agent)

The Car was then sold and bought by Graham Lowe sometime during 1986. Graham used the car for approximately 6 months and then put it off the road as the exhaust manifold was cracked and the engine would require to be removed to change it. He did not change the registration documents over to his name when he bought the car but in 1993 he registered the car in his wifes name. I dont know why this was done unless it was because he owned his own business.

Second change of owner (declared) Wilma Lowe (his wife) 3rd November 1993.

The car was stored from the end of 1986 (I have all the tax discs from 82 to 86). The car was then sold to Ian Kerr (Club Lotus member) on the 24th January 1998 when the car underwent its restoration. I then purchased the car from Ian on the 10 February 2001. During the time Ian had the car the following was done:

Engine

Rebuilt completely by Agra Engineering in Dundee. When the engine was ready to be fitted back into the car the cylinder head was removed and the valves reground to ensure that there would not be a problem as the engine hadnt run since it had been on the dyno in 1987. All was ok.

Other engine parts replaced :
Stainless exhaust.
Oil cooler complete with new hoses.
Head gasket and cam gaskets.
All fuel lines replaced.
Dellorto banjo washers.
Dellorto jet covers.
Luminition plug.
Luminition optic eye and receiver.
Dellorto mixture screws (4 off).
Dellorto pump springs (2 off).
Dellorto choke linkage replaced.
Fuel filter replaced.
Exhaust manifold replaced.
Manifold studs, nuts and gaskets replaced.
Fan belt.
Exhaust retainers replaced.
Exhaust support channel replaced.
Plugs and HT leads replaced.

Cooling
Radiator replaced.
All hoses replaced.
Front aluminium pipes replaced.
Summer stat fitted to engine.
Radiator cap replaced.

Clutch
Replacement comp.
clutch fitted at engine overhaul.
Removed and checked prior to engine fitting.
Master cylinder seals replaced.
Slave cylinder seals replaced.
Master cylinder filler cap replaced.
Pipe from master cylinder to slave cylinder replaced.
Filled with synthetic fluid.

Body
Total respray. (acrylic paint)
Chrome roof trim replaced.
Decals replaced.
Door bushes replaced (4 off).
Door seals replaced.
Engine bay cover seal replaced.
All body bushes replaced.
Door body trim supports replaced.
Rear windows removed and resealed.
Bumper to body seal replaced.
Body U trim replaced.
Number plates replaced.
All body bobbins and bolts replaced.
Window felts replaced.

Gearbox
Gearbox linkage bushes and rubbers replaced.
Oil replaced 1998 and checked 2001

Suspension
Spax adjustable shockabsorbers fitted all round.
Anti roll bar bushes replaced.
Steering trunions replaced.

Interior
Retrimmed in black leather.
Original carpets.
Pioneer single CD player and speakers.
Electrics Battery replaced (1998, 3 year warranty).
Battery terminals replaced.
Battery securing bar replaced.
Alternator overhaul (18/6/99)
Front wing indicators replaced.

Tyres
Front tyres replaced Pirelli 195/60 x 15"
Rear tyres replaced Pirelli 235/60 x 15"

Brakes
Front and rear pads replaced.
Master cylinder seals replaced.
Flexible pipes replaced (4 off).

Misc.
Covercraft car cover for external use.
Two fire extinguisher fitted (passenger and drivers sides).
Spare washer bottle and pump (new, not fitted).
Replacement road springs.
Original bonnet stay (new, not fitted).
Set rear brake pads (new, not fitted).
Electric horns (new, never fitted).
Lotus service notes 1980 1987.
Spare battery clamp.

Ian has basically stripped the car completely and rebuilt it and replaced all parts as required. I, since February have done the following:

And still have to do:

RUNNING COSTS

Date Description Supplier
Net
VAT/P&P
Total £
23/02/2001 General Inspection Murray Motor Company
45.00
7.88
52.88
18/03/2001 Speedo Drive Seal Murray Motor Company
40.00
  4 Lower Arm Bushes  
120.00
  Forte Engine Seal  
12.20
  Cobra Immob  
60.00
  Infra Red Wheel Alignment  
60.00
  O' Rings  
2.62
  4 Anti Roll Bar Bushes  
20.96
  ARB Washer  
2.67
  Nyloc Nut  
0.39
  Cobra Bronze  
55.00
  Lotus Bomber Jacket  
110.20
84.71
568.75
11/05/2001 Clamp Rings Murray Motor Company
7.38
  Screws  
1.56
  Buffers  
3.40
2.16
14.50
24/05/2001 Rewire Cooling Fans Manor Garage
69.75
  Relay  
5.20
13.12
88.07
28/06/2001 MOT Murray Motor Company
32.21
1.79
34.00
19/07/2001 Gaskets - Cam Cover Murray Motor Company
9.86
1.73
11.59
27/07/2001 Secondary Door Seals SJ Sportscars
35.86
  Cooling Fan  
59.54
  Tailgate Gas Struts  
59.90
28.29
189.94
31/07/2001 Replaced Boot Release Murray Motor Company
44.00
  Boot Release Cable  
23.94
  Spacers  
8.19
13.32
89.45
31/07/2001 Rear Main Oil Seal South West Lotus
27.63
4.84
32.47
21/08/2001 Replace Rocker Gaskets/ Oil Seal/ New Clutch/ Strip Front Brakes Manor Garage
341.60
  Clutch Cover  
103.59
  Clutch Plate  
69.82
  Gear Oil  
4.10
  Engine Oil  
5.32
106.77
630.60
30/08/2001 Interior Fan Switch SJ Sportscars
18.20
1.75
21.39
10/09/2001 Fitted Camshaft End Plug 'O' Rings Murray Motor Company
40.00
  O' Rings  
0.92
  Oil Filter  
11.49
9.17
61.58
24/09/2001 Engine Oil Manor Garage
5.32
0.93
6.25
22/01/2002 Choke Base SJ Sportscars
21.32
  Spark Plugs  
7.80
  Air Filter  
8.80
7.22
48.40
04/02/2002 Glass Fibre Halfords
3.29
  Car Body Filler  
3.29
  Grease  
3.99
  Abrasive Paper  
1.09
11.66
10/03/2002 Door Mirror Glass SJ Sportscars
7.34
4.69
12.03
19/03/2002 Downpipe Gasket SJ Sportscars
4.89
  Centre Gear Change Pivot Bush  
3.95
3.61
12.45
25/03/2002 Refit Exhaust/ Fit Coolant Pipe/ Fit Linkage Bush Manor Garage
77.50
  Antifreeze  
7.80
  Clips  
1.23
15.16
101.69
28/03/2002 Calypso Red Spray Paint Spray Shop Supplies
7.50
1.31
8.81
05/04/2002 Tailgate Release Cable Handle Resess SJ Sportscars
9.50
5.07
14.57
24/04/2002 Rear Caliper Piston Classicar Automotive
26.00
  Rear Caliper Kit  
12.00
10.15
48.15
29/04/2002 Service/ Check Gear Linkage/ Overhaul Caliper/ Replace Pads Manor Garage
198.00
  Screencare  
0.50
  Fuel Filter  
2.99
  Gear Oil  
2.05
  Oil  
22.80
39.61
265.95
31/07/2002 Downpipe Gasket SJ Sportscars
5.37
  Downpipe Assembly  
119.00
34.11
158.48
19/08/2002 4 Tyres Mytyres.Net
287.00
287.00
19/08/2002 Replace Shocker/ 4 Tyres/ Exhaust/ Front Pads Manor Garage
115.50
  Oil  
26.43
  Brake Pads  
21.85
  Shocker  
80.00
  MOT  
37.60
42.66
324.04
19/08/2002 Check Non-Starting / Replace Coil Manor Garage
66.00
  Coil  
19.67
14.99
100.66
11/10/2002 Replaced Pulse Sensor/ Checked Poor Running/ Backfiring Murray Motor Company
142.50
24.94
167.44
02/10/2002 Luminetion Parts SJ Sportscars
76.96
  Camcover Gasket  
6.03
  Oil Filler Cap Seal  
1.20
20.32
104.51
17/01/2003 Camcover Gaskets  
12.06
  Camcover Washer  
3.00
  Flat Washer  
0.36
  Silencer Mouting Straps  
15.00
11.97
42.39
29/01/2003 Oil  
26.43
4.63
31.06
20/02/2003 Replace Gaskets/ Rectify Steering Play/ Adjust Door Closing Manor Garage
165.00
  Steering Joint  
19.50
32.29
216.79
07/03/2003 Repair Exhaust Manor Garage
24.75
4.33
29.08
14/03/2003 Clamp Rings SJ Sportscars
4.06
  Screws Door Catch to Body  
1.30
  Screws  
0.00
4.35
9.71
29/04/2003 Spare Parts In Lotus Sale: Shaft/ Clutch/ Shocker/ Bag Murray Motor Company
142.56
24.95
167.51
08/04/2003 Clean Carb Jets/ Check Gear Jumping Out Of First Gear Manor Garage
78.75
13.78
92.53
30/05/2003 Headlamp Motor Rotary Links SJ Sportscars
9.98
5.22
15.20
05/06/2003 Check Steering / Replace o/s Trunnion Manor Garage
96.25
  Trunnion Kit  
18.00
19.99
134.24
04/07/2003 Check Water Loss/ Replace Hose/ Fill System Manor Garage
35.00
  Hose  
3.00
  S/ Steel Clips  
1.02
  Antifreeze  
5.20
  Thermostat gasket  
0.75
7.89
52.86
16/07/2003 Repair Reverse Light/ OSF Sidelight/ Adjust OS Light Pod Manor Garage
70.00
  Electric Switch  
14.50
14.79
99.29
29/07/2003 Oil Manor Garage
27.62
4.83
32.45
19/08/2003 Repair Light/ Adjust Engine For Emissions Manor Garage
26.25
  Bulb  
0.44
  MOT  
40.75
4.67
72.11
30/09/2003 Repair Front Brace To Undertray / Centralize Steering Wheel Manor Garage
78.75
13.78
92.53
22/12/2003 Check / Strip And Clean Front Brake Pads Manor Garage
35.00
6.13
41.13
21/01/2004 Service/ Replace And Repair Radiator Manor Garage
280.00
  Oil Filter  
3.65
  Oil  
33.62
  In Line Fuel Filter  
2.99
  Air Filter  
9.65
  Screencare  
1.00
  Antifreeze  
7.80
  Radiator Recore  
135.00
82.92
556.63
24/01/2004 2 x Rear Tyres Mytyres.Net
192.00
192.00
24/01/2004 Fit Rear Tyres Manor Garage
17.50
3.06
20.56
09/02/2004 Waist Line Trim SJ Sportscars
17.65
  Headlamp Link Rod (Metric)  
33.67
  Waist Line Trim Adhesive  
8.50
17.46
77.28
22/03/2004 NS Door Wing Mirror Douglas Valley Breakers
66.81
11.69
78.50
22/04/2004 Timing Belt SJ Sportscars
28.50
  Cambelt Tensioner Overhaul Kit  
53.84
19.05
101.39
26/04/2004 Replace Rear Shockers Manor Garage
70.00
12.25
82.25
10/05/2004 Rectify Stiff Steering Manor Garage
35.00
  Steering Joint  
28.95
11.20
75.15
26/05/2004 Replace Timing Belt Manor Garage
166.25
  Antifreeze  
3.90
29.78
199.93
13/08/2004 Check Exhaust/ Replace Gaskets And Brackets Manor Garage
87.50
  Exhaust Brackets  
42.37
  Radiator Caps  
8.30
  Bulbs  
1.03
  MOT  
42.10
31.42
213.08
29/09/2004 Relay Manor Garage
5.76
1.01
6.77
05/10/2004 Number Plate Lamps SJ Sportscars
9.50
5.13
14.63
28/10/2004 Bulb Manor Garage
1.22
0.22
1.44
     
  Total  
 
 
 £6,215.80
     
 
  Months Owned: 48  
Av. Cost Per Month
£129.50

david@delands.fsnet.co.uk

 

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