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New console panel

Been a while since I posted anything, but while my engine undergoes its rebuild I've been reflecting on the various works done to the interior over the winter.  The dash came out (there are 4 nuts holding it in, and I defy anyone to get them all back in without the aid of extension bars, universal joints, magnets and lots of swearing), along with all the leather panels for reconnolising and repairs. While all this was out, I: - put in an electric aerial - wired in some footwell li

Neil Potter

Neil Potter

 

Air conditioning

This might turn out to be a protracted blog, but here's the story so far... The air con on the car has not worked in my ownership, which is the only mechanical bit which doesn't work. The receipts file shows a new condenser was fitted in 1997, and was converted to R134a at the same time, but that's a long time ago. I had a specialist look at it, and was told that the system was holding a vacuum (slightly surprisingly) and the electric part of it was working fine, but the compressor was duff

Neil Potter

Neil Potter

 

Rear valance mesh

April 2014 The mesh at the rear of the car has always bugged me. It's nice, woven steel mesh rather than the cutout alloy stuff. Sadly though, it's not stainless and after 26 years on the car, looks pretty rusty. Originally it was painted a satin black I understand. There are two pieces - one large and one small, either side of the exhaust, though my smaller piece was missing. Both are held in with alloy pop rivets. Last year I had a go with a wire brush followed by some brush-on Hammerite

Neil Potter

Neil Potter

 

Choke cable

August 2013 The choke cable which came with my car was loose in the dash, and didn't seem to move the cams on the carbs very much even when I held it in place. The light on the dash didn't work either. Hardly an urgent fix, but an annoyance I got round to looking at over the summer. The cable itself was, I think, original and definitely well corroded. In the engine bay the outer cable had been cut off at some point and a new outer gaffer taped on to the old one. I found that the plastic ba

Neil Potter

Neil Potter

 

Throttle cable

22 February 2014 Since putting the carbs back I've suffered from a sticky throttle cable, which, whilst not affecting driving much, did make the idle too high and unpredictable. The cable on this car, and presumably all earlier models, is a bit odd to my eyes. Unlike the later cables routed around the engine where the inner cable actually pulls on the throttle arm through the intake manifold from the top, this cable runs up from below, between the carbs, and has the inner cable fixed on to

Neil Potter

Neil Potter

 

Ignition and fuel system renewal

[u]November 2013 - January 2014[/u] As this is the most recent and most extensive work I've done to the car myself, it's time to record what went on for posterity. Doubtless photos will follow when I can face crawling under the car again! When the car went in for suspension work to SJs back in the summer, it also underwent a quick tuneup. The result improved the low end torque but didn't cure the hesitation I'd had, on and off, but usually when hot and at about 3000 revs. The temperature w

Neil Potter

Neil Potter

 

Some introductory notes...

[u]February 2014[/u] Hello all! Here's my tentative foray into the world of blogging. I've had my Esprit Turbo for nearly 18 months, so why start a blog now? Well... Lots of reasons. 1. Having suffered injury, disappointment, diminished finances and frustration; I wanted to reassure the world of people contemplating ownership of an Esprit, or similarly rare and eccentric choice of vehicle for heart-over-head reasons, that, so far at least, IT IS WORTH IT. 2. I've learnt so

Neil Potter

Neil Potter

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