It may be tough to find a factory part though... Are the lights tricky to find? I really hate the Toyota tailsIn my experience, any aftermarket fiberglass costs almost as much in body shop work as the piece itself, so plan for that.
And aftermarket often doesn't look as good as factory in 6 months -- you get the fiberglass texture showing through.
Is it really no point of return? Couldn't you find a way to remount the lights if you had to since none of the cuts would be showing when the old parts are put back on.I been waiting on parts to do this for over a month and a half hoping to get them soon then off to the body shop I ordered a factory part going to need to cut into the body to get this done with the factory parts so theres no turning back. I will keep you guys updated.
If I remember correctly Claudius was selling their fiberglass insert for around $1500. I don't remember if it included the round lights or the wiring harness. I remember they wanted the old harness so they could modify it for the round lights. I was thinking of doing that till I also added up what it would cost to do the "cheesegrater" and the center exhaust. With that # of $$ in mind the Toyota taillights don't look so bad! Of course you have to include the cost of the bodywork and paint. It won't make the car worth a penny more. There is the fact that you can try selling your old parts but they aren't worth much. There is an Esprit decal you will have to replace also across the back in the center. Go over to lotuspbc/bodymodv8.php
I am not endorsing Claudius, just trying to show you some options. My car was serviced by Claudius when it was owned by a PO and the work they did to replace the radiator was a butcher job. They carved the fiberglass underneath to save some time to R & R the radiator and it looked horrible. A lot of missing hardware too. They installed Spall fans and the welding for the brackets looked like a child did it.
Definitely buy tools. This is an Esprit. You will be raped and pillaged by any mechanics. When you buy this car you have to be your own mechanic unless you don't mind having your bank account raped.
Plus you need to be under your car monthly looking for small problems waiting to become big problems. A mechanic is not going to do that for you.
Great idea with getting a set of tools, between the lotusespritworld and the forums, you can do a good bit of the work.
For the larger jobs, that require a mechanic, take that as an opportunity for a raod trip to see some new areas...hopefully you can ask around and find someone semi local...
160 for an oil change is way too much...