The seasons have changed for the better and Spring is in the air with dry roads and glorious sunshine. What better day to give "Mario" his first outing this year. It was up early and on the road for a 180 mile round-trip to the cars and coffee get together in Portland. Every Saturday exotics/rare cars from around the area meet for an infor
[b]12.31.13 Sitting pretty[/b]
No 010 now sits comfortably on a set of NOS original shocks. Removing and replacing the Spax adjustables was very straightforward and problem free. It was also a good chance to clean up all the bolts and replace the radius arm mounts that were a bit long in the tooth. Now its done the squeaks have gone and the suspension is more supple.
I really didn't think changing back to the original shock absorbers would make much difference. I had read how good the origin
[b]8.17.13 The Esprit vibe: [/b]A common problem with S2 Esprits seems to be a vibration through the steering wheel that begins in the 50 to 60 mph range. The forums are full of chat about the problem; however, it seems to be an accepted complaint. My car was no different; it shook the steering wheel, instrument binnacle, rear view mirror and body all the way from 52 mph upwards. Not only was it annoying but uncomfortable holding the steering wheel for extended periods of time. Having sorted out
1.06.13 Detangled: It seems every car I've bought has been fitted with an aftermarket stereo system and a tangled assortment of wires to power it. Inevitably the stereo has disappeared but the wires remain, much like an archeological remnant waiting for an intrepid restorer to unearth years later.
JPS 010 is no different, I discovered the mother lode behind the bulkhead trim leading into the recesses of the engine bay. After removing the carpet and floorboards it was all stuffed away, defunct
I'm a newbie so please be gentle. This is the first Lotus I have owned, having come from many years of Aston ownership. Funny thing is many of the parts on my Esprit are also used on period AMs.
Having never worked on a Lotus before this is a voyage of discovery. My aim is to keep my "JPS" as original as possible but refresh it so it's mechanically perfect and reliable. I have no plans to repaint the car as it still has its original black L15 and all the Commemorative decals. The paint has su