Danny Kane's 1985
Danny Kane from Stamford, Lincolnshire, UK owns a 1985 S3 in Silver, with a RS Blue interior.
S3 Year: 1985 Colour: Silver Interior: RS Blue Driving Style: Normal Miles per year: 0 – 1,000 Owned Since: May 2004 Purchase from: Privately Serviced at: Myself Other Cars: 1968 Triumph spitfire mk3 & Peugeot 106 Previous Lotus':
1988 Lotus Esprit na
Why an Esprit: The looks, the handling and the history. Upgrades:
replaced and modified the interior, replaced side repeaters, braided brake flexi hose, adjustable front dampers, a few paintwork changes. stripped and repainted wheels, also a few extra badges
Problems: Car had been of the road for a couple of years when i bought it so i expected a few problems, but its first mot it flew through only needing a break light bulb, but it was a warm day and on the way back from the test station the temprature shot up to over 130, i have completley stripped the whole coolant system and am at the moment in the middle of putting a new head gasket on, this gave me chance to get every thing sorted under the bonnet, give everthing a good clean and also fit a new cambelt that had been playing on my my mind every time i started the engine, other than that nothing apart from the fan motor does not blow but thats the least of my worry at the moment. Info: i love the look of the car apart from the boot for which i am currently going to fabricate an alimium one similiar to the s4. i have stripped painted and changed the colour of the wheels many times but i am still not happy with them so im going to go for 17" i have spoken to Andrew Hills who has the 81 red s3 on the owners page about going down the same route as him with the alloy hub adptor he has been exellent in providing information in what wheels to use, sizes and how he went about his wheel change, im currently trying to decide on which style! i have resprayed the back end satin black and changed the colour of the lights,
I have recently finished the head gasket and a few other things on the car, the head gasket went ok and enabled me to clean down the engine, paint things, degrease and replace belts gaskets and hose clips. I carried out the ram air filter conversion as seen on LEW and by using a k&n filter find the noise fantastic. In fact I dont really need to listen to the stereo anymore.
I have changed the back end of the car colour again and I'm going to stick with this colour now. I have also fitted a new waist band trim all round the car and its looks a lot better than before. Wheel bearing on the way and the final bit of body work left to do is the metalic roof capping that has corroded away. Should be doing that soon time permitting
Update: May 2005
The car has not been used over winter and now having a garage to keep her in i have been able to try and get some things done on her, two things i most wanted to change on the car firstly the wheels and secondly the rear window and tailgate.
I removed the rear window and started to construct a panel similar to the stevens esprit but as most things in life this did not go to plan and i was not happy with the way it looked, so i looked at fitting a turbo tailgate and found that they are as rare as rocking horse poop! or to expensive and i could not justify spending the money.So i left it for a while and pondered the thought of making my own turbo style tailgate, nobody could see my vision so i thought what the hell and stared looked for some material.
I stumbled oneday on a chap named peter in his workplace and they had some amazing things that where been moulded and cut up, things like the old 70 and early 80s syle front racing car cockpit screens and lots of wonderfull things we got chatting i got him some measurements and he supplied me some acrylic sheet 5mm thick in light smoked effect and even cut the edges in and heat folded the lip, this chap also used to build some stuff for lotus and still deals with tvr i think, nice chap!
then i needed to make slats in the tailgate with the use of an angle grinder and lots and lots of dust i cut the slats bonded them in on by one and fitted clear round upright supports and clear bonding compound, i have still got a bit more support work to do at the bottom, its not everybodys cup of tea but its different and does not look to bad i think. The downside is you need to do a lot of work to make it original again.
The wheels where of a bmw Z3 M COUPE ROADSTER and are 7.5" x 17" front with 225 45 17 and the rears are 9" x 17" with 245 45 17 the rears are et8 and hence need spacers of 20mm and the front 10mm i am currently been guided by andy hills who is helping sort out out the spacers as he has fitted aftermarket wheels to his red s3 esprit along with many other complicated modifactions, he's a top man and knows his stuff, many thanks! i will update again soon when everything complete and has been tested.Update October 2005
The wheel specs have changed and i have now spaced the front end of the car out 15mm,the spacers have been fitted and the front end looks fine,the rear end has know been spaced out 40mm taking advice from andy hills and looks a lot better than the flared arches that used to be there with the old car,the rears are tempory spacers as the engineered ones will be here in a couple of days,may i say at this stage thankyou to Andy Hills for the technical drawing he sent me for the spacers he has been fantastic. the wheels still needed centre caps and i did like the old esprit centre caps so i cut the back of them and bonded it to the bmw centre cap the look very origanal now and suit the car.
I have know finished the rear hatch by bonding in a final finishing strip round the outer edges and also placing a support beam on the lower deck to add some strength to the bottom louvre that was taking all the weight. High level brake light was needed to complete the look so i bought one from a local motor shop £14.50 for an l.e.d one and fitted it on the inside of the hatch see pictures. Electric arial was damaged so i decided to remove it rather than replace it,and placed a rubber grommet in its empty hole,a little bit more weight reduction.
Carried out the braided clutch hose modifaction that was bought from sj sportscars and now feel a lot more happy knowing it wont burst! Also carried out the gear linkage modifaction from sj sportscars this is probably on of the best mods you can do,fantastic difference after a few little ajustments and it looks a lot more tidy than the old one aswell.basically the kit gives you a new gearlinkage rod that goes on after the cable to the end bracket on the gearbox,the old on was flat and held in by a split pin the new one is a swivell joint and is held in place by a bolt,you need to drill the bolt hole out a little bit to get the bolt in, also in the kit is a new sleeve for the actual arm movement its the bracket with the 17mm nut and 19mm bolt on as outlined in red in the picture,just undo the 17mm nut pull out the 19mm bolt from underneath and mind not to loose the two washers the clean everthing tap out the old sleeve from the bracket and tap the new one in,i used copperslip on everthing and when put back on it had smooth movement,nice modifaction better gearchange and minimum hassle.
Painted front brake callipers yellow,fitted esprit design badges of stevens esprit (green and gold) Also fitted engine breather valve,finishes engine of nicely!