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  1. Are you creating a vacuum that pushes the seal out when you let go of the pressure from the tool? If so, use the tip of a needle ever so slightly under the edge by lifting it a tiny bit to release the vacuum. I have done similar when I had seals popping out on a mtb fork I was resealing. Kind regards, jacques
  2. Mike, sorry to see all these hours gone, but better now than later. I would probably get it re-galvanised. Kind regards, jacques
  3. Went on a drive on my favourite back roads today, to see how the new bushings, geo-adjustments, deeper lower front spoiler and suspension plus a few bits and bobs performs. I've yet to see how it performs in very fast curves, but for back road driving and a zip on the freeway, this goes a long mile. The following is my driving report on the new setup. So, what was it like? In a sumarization: A vast improvement, to say the least. Try to follow me here on the list below. - less crashy. - firm, but not super hard. - controlled, damping and rebound. - ride qualit
  4. He just released another good video on Lotus Esprit. Well done Tim. Kind regards, Jacques
  5. Hi Cor, Sure, will do. I agree, they look terribly long and out of place. For now I need to bleed the brakes. I will circle around town today and see if I can find a one-way valve so I can do it on my own. The two bolts are bought as original bolts. There are 3 lenghs: 30,34 and 45mm. I undid the medium ones, and the ones I bought from one of the usual suspects, were too short... So I opted for the long one. As I am still adjusting things, and may possibly readjust to a final setting of shims and shimplates rear, I will install shorter ones, right before reinstalling the funny maze,
  6. Went under the car for some 10 hours today, to reinstall the radius arms, bushings, fittings. As usual there's something that shows up and that I want to attend to in the same time. So I installed new titanium snubber washers for the rear link arms and the radius arms. That saved 400 gr. It's a little bit tight to torque down the main 12mm bolt for the radius arm, so I used this little attatchable fork to be able to torque them to spec. Then I took the locknuts off, and installed new ones, only letting them loose on the thread. Likewise for all the other bushed joints. So I will ask a cou
  7. I probably won't as it would be very difficult to drive on public roads Jacques
  8. The newest attempt to minimise lift: Kind regards, Jacques
  9. So what you are really saying is that your Esprit is wayy more durable. Surely it have not had 17 new heads and 14 new handles? Cheers, jacques
  10. Good work! It'll be a brilliant looking and performing car. Cheers, Jacques
  11. Today I had the radius arms machined to adapt to the thicker M12 bolts that is needed when using the newer LOTAC polyurethane radius arm bushings. Before doing so, I made the following observations, which I find interesting: One or the rubber bushings I've removed from the car measures 11,8mm bore, plus a little wear in one direction - 11,9. The other end of the same bushing measures 11,8mm. The other rubber bushing I've removed from the car measures 12,2mm both ends, but a little ovalised both ends. The measurement are the smallest adn also from the middle of inside the tube.
  12. Must be a V8 thing to help keep all those ponies in check. I cannot see a 400 Volt connector, nor a usb socket, so definately not an electric device. Jacques
  13. I believe that would depend of the stature of the owner/driver/mechanic. Jacques
  14. Then add lightness. And if that's not enough, it appears to made of natural ressource materials with as little fabrication as possible. I think even they young Greta might approve this one despite her radical political views. It could possibly even serve other functions in and around the premisses. Only I don't know which? Jacques
  15. Ooh, a lot to go through. I'll be sure to do that. Thanks, Jacques
  16. HI all, Want to make a thread about Lotus Esprit (all models) appearing in movies. Being that as a "star" or as a secondary back ground decor. What ever. Feel free to add to the list. 1/ "Fast Track: No limits" (2008). street racer movie. Red Esprit appearing in the background at 1:30:49. 2/ "If looks could kill" (1991). Teen agent movie. Lotus Esprit Turbo SE appearing as the heros secret agent car. 3/ "Pretty woman" (1990). Romance. Main charcter's laywer's car that he borrows. 4/ "Taking care of business" (1990). Comedy. Esprit appear near end of movie. 5/ "Cro
  17. Doing some work on the front fender maybe Tom? I remember the day of fun when the rad pack went back on I am going to install polybushings on the steering rack. Just don't know how to reach them yet. Kind regards, Jacques
  18. No slop should be there on the arb middle bushings. It seems you need a pair of SJ's purble ones, possibly. Kind regards, jacques
  19. Looking good Barry. It's such a lovely sight the chassis, and more so when there's actually room for doing all these little jobs which are otherwise a pain in the ...t to do when car is fully assembled. Cheers, Jacques
  20. Success! So, I bought a small bottle of some ATF fluid and mixed it ½/½ with acetone and poured it into a small oil can for the purpose. It strongly colours anything, incl. nitril rubber gloves. Applied a few drops every ½ hour or so for two hours, each time trying carefully to see if I could work it loose. Second time it gave a small click (not like breaking a bolt), and third time it rotated, fourth time I could drive it a little bit into the radius arm tube, and fill the hole with the penetrating mixture and finally, it could be driven out without too much force. That was actuall
  21. Thanks. It means it could be done in situ, if properly covered and outside. I tried a powderblasting when I bought the car, and it did help, but the nozzle was not working properly with the baking soda, and the whole courtyard was covered in white Water seems to be the better solution Kind regards, jacques
  22. Looks super nice after the vapour blasting. Can it be done in situ, or is complete dismantling required? Kind regards, Jacques
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