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  1. A problem have arisen. I have to leave my garage with pit and all, as the building is going to be used for something completely different. I have trouble finding a proper place to store and work on the car, so thinking of maybe selling it all, but it would be a pity as I am neither finished with the car, nor finished driving it. Trying to figure out what to do. I have 3 high maintenance sports vehicles, and I like them all, none more than the other. Finding a proper space in or around Copenhagen is hard and very expensive, say 400-800 usd per month, which is bleedingly expensive in my humble e
  2. As long as we talk about a set of original OZ Futura Modular, which was made specifically for the Esprit and also other cars, say big Mercedes and others, the wheel's individual parts are made from an center 5 spoke star, an inner drum and an outer lip. All bolted together with a various number of bolts, depending on wheel diameter. Those bolts are locked with nuts on the inner drum's rearside, and loctited. A bead of sealant is then laid in the center cavity that is between the three main pars, once bolted up in the factory. Same is done if you do them yourself. The procedure of tighteni
  3. Hmm... It turns out so, that today I took a close look at the Bosch pump I bought from an american seller some 3 years ago, and took the ends off, which then surfaced a few small green plastic threads. Those are pieces from then the original pump was there, with a green net around it. Some of it must have fallen apart and finally made it's way up and into the pump, despite a mesh filter. So, after cleaning it up, why not reinstall it, and volia, pump is running fine and my Esprit started right up. Fuel tanks are now carefully looked into for other eventual debris, but they are clean.
  4. Yes, and so did I. I won't re-install it. I think I am going to order a Walbro like the one I linked to. Kind regards, Jacques
  5. Here's a picture of my dead pump from Bosch, bought via fleabay from USA. Lasted 3 years. Any way to determine if this is a chinese copy? To me at least, it looks genuine. So does box and fittings which I still have. Kind regards, Jacques
  6. So it would appear. The pump that Damien links to, seems to be a totally different design, not fitting the SE. I will now look at the walbro pump, just have to find a suitable spec. I'll write that here, once it's ordered. Question: is it an absolute must to have to pulse damper on the original pump (not fitted to the Bosch)? Kind regards, Jacques
  7. All right, so I just got canned by a f.....g chinese company pretending they sell the real deal, Bosch 69218 pump. Hmmm... Fortunately paypal can step in. SO, needing a genuine Bosch 69218 fuel pump, can someone please direct me to one, or two, please? Kind regards, jacques
  8. Did that, and there is power all the way to the pump, for 2 seconds only (and 10 seconds in another mode), when ignition is turned on. So managed to se that. Out with the "new" pump, a Bosch, and an old pump on - works. Now ordering a new pump or two. Thanks! So, looking at pumps, this one came up:
  9. Cannot start. Charged battery - fine. Ignition on, starter spins. Cannot hear pump, which is 3 y.o. run like I usually can. A bit difficult to reach pins on the 2 pin connector above tank. I can measure 12,9 Volt at the fuel pump fuse and also on the ingoing side of fuel pump relay. Car has an original (from importer) fittet Unicum alarm, which prevents start, locks the central locking etc. That seems to work fine. So, to trigger the fuel pump relay, there is a coil that moves the position from no power to pump and injectors, to power open to those. That
  10. Hello all, I am looking to buy an old Lotus Esprit S4/S4s/Sport300 non-airbag model steering wheel. It does not matter if the outer rim is worn or scruffy, but the spokes and center pad must be nice. Kind regards, Jacques
  11. Noble? You know you want it... Kind regards, Jacques
  12. And it's still looking SO much better than, seriously, most other cars, sport models or not. Kind regards, jacques
  13. Now ordered. Looking forward to the SE, the Sport300 and the B8's plus as mentioned by Tom, the Essex. Cheers, Jacques
  14. That may be, bit I think they are already available. Meanwhile, I am sticking to old school 100 octane as in V-Power. Well not so old school, but certainly better than the coming cow pee. Kind regards, Jacques
  15. Hello Scott, I originally noticed pnm advertising for hte stainless steel fuel cross over pipe on the webshop, and since that is also heavy, I wanted an aluminium version instead. They don't make that, and when I asked them, they said it's because the raw aluminium does corrode. When anodize it, I replied, and so they did one anodised aluminium fuel cross over pipe for me. Quite some waiting time, but if you want one, they'll make you one. It's very nice made and works perfectly. That is the only source I know of. Perhaps someone else can make you one, if you cannot yourslef. I don't have
  16. Yeah, you know the kind - tourists who lie down at the road side in their smart camuflage clothing, with a huge binocular to spot some very rare small bird. You simply don't notice them. The Esprit hammers through a corner, the deep frontspoiler creates a vacuum that sucks up the poor guy, gets a twist and a carousel tour around the drive axles and is then spat out between the exhausts. Noone notices really, apart from removing a bit of the strap from the binoculars twisted around the radius arm, when doing your next oil change. Pretty normal. Kind regards, Jacques
  17. Erik, As said, those bucket seats can be bought from SJ's in copy. Should work well, apart from a rumour (not been confirmed) that the brackets may need a bit of attention to suit. Either bare shells or trimmed to your likeing. And they also offer the shells with a carbon layer on top of the back. The original black paint is not slick but kind of knobby. Kind regards, Jacques
  18. Yes, unless you want to redo the surface on the radius arm itself, no need to take apart the whole suspension. Have a variety of shims ready. Old model are split, newer are one piece. If it resembles the Stevens cars, the bracket and the shims can be had in stainless if one so wish. Shims can be changed when doing the geo, without taking everything apart again. Note: When Lotus did their Lotac bush program, they changed the inner diameter from 7/16" to 12mm, demanding a 12mm bolt, and the tube in the radius arms to be reamed up to 12mm. I did so, and it works fine. If
  19. I used a piece of soft heat insulation like on the picture, which contaníns some layers of aramid and a silver foil layer, and fastened it with some metal ties. Works well and is still intact after a few years. The ties are those that is often used to hold drive axle rubber boots in place. I got the same poly gearbox mounts as you. To be installed once I have new bolts etc. but everything is closed over here. Kind regards, Jacques
  20. Bibs, you're still the man, when it comes to helping! Without you and your friends new beemer, I wouldn't have had those wheels. I promise you they grip the asphalt SO hard. Cheers, Jacques
  21. Thanks. Fortunately and thanks to my very active guardian Angel, I am Looking very good. But seriously, you can spare the engine mounts, no need to renew those, they look really fresh. How about the gearbox mounts? I would install a piece of heat insulation on to the frame tube closest. I did that on mine, to protect the galvanising. Kind regards, jacques
  22. It was minus 9 degrees cel. outside today, so I only got 15 deg cel. in the garage. Maybe I should turn the heat on. I got a bit tired of scrubbing the chassis from underneath the car, cleaning all the hoses etc. today being on the cold floor (I am not 16 any more), so went on to cleaning the original paint on my Futuras. Still miss to clean the bolt edges and the tires; took a couple of hours each to remove the tar, old glue from balancing weights, strange road debris, horse manouver, possibly a few bits from a tourist I didn't notice while being in a hurry and what not, but I believe they ca
  23. I will add that mine does not sound like in the above example on video. It's more aggressive and more raspy. Maybe it just doesn't come through on video, but I can guarantee you, that you would like the sound mine makes, if you are close to the car. Cheers, Jacques
  24. A bit louder, not much, and more raspy, more snarly. Just more mean and purposefull. Both in idle and on song. You can still sneak around but then you have to be fairly careful on the gas pedal. Other than that, and it shows it's true nature: a predator in sheeps skin or possibly more like it: a mean panther looking like a beautiful female ballet dancer - a danseuse who'll eat you raw. A superb sound by a 4 cylinder car. Better than many more intricate multicylinder sportscars, dare I say. Well, it is so on mine anyway Cheers, Jacques
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