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  • Birthday 07/06/1983

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    Jason H
  • Car
    1988 Esprit Turbo
  • Modifications
    The odd S4/V8 bit, noisy bits, oil stains
  • Location
    Blaenau Gwent

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  1. Mine's just leaked for the second time so I've got it off to replace. Since I couldn't find a record anywhere I thought I'd add the number on the casting to this thread, I reckon it's Girling 64679183. I've only one web result for that, not much information but a matching photo at least: Clutch slave cylinder inl.7/16-20 LOTUS ESPRIT S2/S.2.2 00/1978 – 00/1988 – 1980-1982 LOTUS ESPRITE S3 1978-1985 – 1980-1982 TRIUMPH DOLOMITE 1850/SPRINT 00/1972 – 12/1981 – 1850 +sprint 1976-1978 I'm trying to avoid contemplating thread and rod changes from alternatives but losing hope! 🥲
  2. In case anyone else comes to read up on this little job, I just removed the passenger seat on my Stevens and got 3x 13mm nuts (one bolt for which was inconveniently not welded to the seat runner) and 1x 1/2"... so anyone's guess really 🥴
  3. I recently did an inner ball joint on my non-assisted ('88) rack after MoT advice on play. Although play could be felt/heard by shaking the front wheels when lifted off the ground (and visible, when tester did it while I watched the rack) I couldn't feel it on the bench. There's a spring in each inner ball joint that when they're only slightly worn might maintain enough pressure to keep it tight without load, but allow play under the increased weight and leverage of a wheel being swung against the other end of the track rod. I did have the telltale of the joint flopping under its own weight too. If you're unsure, you might have to put it back on the car to inspect again. I wouldn't say those joints are fun to service (although maybe I just have the wrong tools...) Sorry, I meant to say I thought did find a spec, at the time! I *think* the joint is supposed to support 3kg at 30cm without moving... but take that with a heap of salt as I couldn't find a replacement track rod, or achieve that spec with my part-worn one.
  4. I've been reading about these cars for over 10 years now and still learned some new things, thanks for posting it!
  5. They've had my Esprit a couple of times for belt changes. I don't think they've seen many older cars, but were happy to take it on and co-operative about early drop-offs and pickups in the nightmare Bristol rush hours. I'd use them again for the same work. They had some pretty serious Elise projects in their workshop, I imagine newer (to me!) models are their real strength.
  6. If the incinerator floats your boat then the suspiciously-similar (but differently-finished) Severnside energy recovery centre on the near side of Bristol might too... Severnside Energy Recovery Centre - WikiWaste
  7. First time I've glimpsed under an S1... there's a *lot* on that car that doesn't look the same as my X180, never mind 90s and 00s cars. I'm wondering how many parts in common there are between first and last!
  8. Not sure how others feel about it but I also took the Dremel to my radius arm shims while that bush was off. Copying the later V8 style allows them to be swapped out if needed for geo setups without removing the bush again.
  9. I was also booked into last year's (and then this year's) Classic but I gather it's now 2022, either the first or second weekend of July again. Fingers crossed we'll get there eventually eh?
  10. Hey guys... tail between legs here, I'm feeling glum and stuck with this job tonight. The hub nut and six bearing bolts are all off and the driveshaft moves freely in and out but I've failed to budge the hub+bearing from the carrier despite no fixings remaining. Partly it just feels like a bad day. Three decades of corrosion I guess... any tips for budging this with the carrier still on the car? Is the slide hammer alternative suggested in the workshop manual safe and effective this many years down the line? Is it worth trying to use something as a drift on the rear of the bearing or would the drive shaft have to come out first? I can give the penetrant a few more days while I do something else, but otherwise I'm just feeling sad... I've already done all the bushes so have nothing more to gain from taking the carrier off 😢 I'm going to have a beer now and just hope one of you can save my day... TIA
  11. Cheers @2GOOD, great connections! Between our alternating lockdowns it might be a while til my eyes spot your Exige around too... I only moved to Blaenau Gwent this summer but I think this is the second time already that I've heard about the South Wales WhatsApp group. I'll PM you my number, thank you 👍
  12. Waiting at the lights just now. I was setting up the Satnav so we could go pick up a wardrobe in my partner's Qashqai, so I very nearly missed you, but she asked me what cars we were driving past and I looked up to my surprise to a glimpse a red Esprit (maybe an S4 or GT3, didn't spot a wing) preceded by a yellow late-model Elise or Exige - must be someone known to here?! My Esprit is parked only a few streets away from where I saw you, but in yesterday's torrential rain I didn't have as much fun as you all must be having today! Head-turning pair, wish I'd been looking out the window to begin with 😅
  13. Fixed link for anyone else struggling with this one... either @pete or his computer may have been on the blink 😄 1983 LOTUS ESPRIT TURBO
  14. I haven't measured my garage door frame but I suspect it's the same - the 1989+ Citroen mirrors are awfully tight. That said, I've found it easy to live with as long as you've space outside to line the car up before entering the garage - visibility down the sides of the car is good if you're going straight, you can see the rear arches easily. The bigger deal is escaping the car once you're inside... hopefully your garage is a lot wider than 82 inches and doesn't have pillars near where you'd get in and out, I've been in garages where you can't!
  15. I think that's where we were, I'm still learning my way around here! Gorgeous machine, very purposeful and clean. Cool plate too. Made me ache for getting my Esprit back on its rear wheels - it's only been three weeks but I was missing it hard after seeing you in perfect driving conditions!
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