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    James Bligh
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    83 Lotus Eclat, 83 Porsche 944, 85 Porsche 928S2, 90 Esprit, 64 Triumph Vitesse Spyder
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    Basildon, Essex

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  1. Looking for someone whose looking for an easy route into Esprit ownership who may be interested in swapping their Excel or Eclat and some cash for my rather lovely Stevens Esprit. My car is advertised on ebay at the link below, and i'd be looking for an Eclat or early Excel. I absolutely love my Esprit and its definitely one of the most sorted cars around, having completed a trip recently to Italy without a single fault.
  2. HI Neil, How much restoration are you looking for? i have a very light project, mechanically all sorted, just interior trim needs some tlc and some exterior paintwork (lacquer peel)
  3. Ahoy Gents. thought i'd share some pics and learnings from my recent road trip in the Esprit. Route was Essex > Brussels > Luxembourg > Black Forest (Germany) > Liechtenstein > Lake Como (italy) > Paris > Essex Car was an absolute dream with no issues throughout the trip. I was particularly impressed with how cool the car stayed even in the super hot Italian days and stand still traffic. Only slight niggle is the windscreen wiper (slow speed) sometimes takes a while to turn off but im sure this is just a sloppy connection in the lever. We favored the twisty
  4. Hey dude, top work on the dials, i have a similar issue. looking at your pictures im pretty sure the black number plate surround on your car is upside down, the thicker black side should be at the top, not the bottom, it then aligns with the lights :-)
  5. Got it all clean before driving to Italy :-)
  6. Ahoy Gents, Summer preparation has begun and i kicked off with a fresh MOT. It failed on a leaky front damper, saggy door, and a ball joint, so to keep everything event i replaced both upper ball joints, both front struts and stripped everything for a bit of paint. The saggy door just required tightening of the lower bolt. I've also been sorting the rear bumper as the paint had a nasty crack on one corner and the general condition was very poor. I've removed both sections, finding the lower bolt strip to be completely rotten. Fortunately everything else in
  7. Thanks guys :-) @Jacques yes your right, fortunately the marks you can see is fluff and greasy hand prints, this card was already very smooth - however the other side is a lot worse, so i'll definitely be using the filler :-) Items required for MOT have already been ordered so hopefully get them done this weekend :-)
  8. Yes i used a satin clear coat :-), really finishes it off well. thanks @Jacques
  9. So Gents, Failed MOT today - fortunately it only on a couple ball joins and track rod ends, items i had planned to replace anyway. One front shock is leaking so i will be replacing both - if anyone has some up for sale give me a shout. But onto the good news - i finally got round to recoloring the drivers side door card, i stripped all the buttons off and the ash tray for repainting and cleaning seperatly. I then followed the instructions from @Jacques and im very chuffed with the result! I highly recommend trying this yourself if your considering it - its very much
  10. Took some quick pics this evening, gives you a better view of the current body condition. Once the spoiler is done the rear bumpers will come off to be sprayed.
  11. Thanks @Jacques, i do love the look but must admit i have no idea whats original and what isnt. The mirrors are super neat though, i wonder where they came from as im guessing lotus borrowed it from something? Ill get some more pics up soon, full member now :-)
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