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JayTwo

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About JayTwo

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  • Birthday 07/06/1983

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

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  1. Good morning Jay, thank you! Yes, you're not far away, I look forward to crossing paths. I think WhatsApp groups are invitation-only, I've not found a way to search for them? I'll keep an eye out for any mention though. I've a fairly high-miler X180 Carb Turbo in the garage that's been with me nearly ten years now. It does have some S4 parts on it but no doubt Ken will spot plenty that aren't! Haven't joined LDC yet but I met Rob (Sport 350, Cardiff maybe?) a few years back at Castle Combe and someone else from the club let me join their stand so I know they're a friendly bunch. I've a lot of new roads to explore here too... have you any stand-out recommendations?
  2. This week I've moved to the Ebbw Vale area, so consider me an addition to this group if you'll tolerate my wrong-side-of-the-border accent! I know there are others in the area, I was admiring a beautiful little white Elan at the Llangynidr show only last summer but didn't find the owner. Hopefully there'll be time left this summer for motoring meets and adventures, looking forward to meeting some new faces and cherished wheels.
  3. I think you're referring to the reverse inhibitor - it *should* hit a curved aluminium plate to prevent you selecting reverse without lifting the ring underneath the gear knob. It wears away to nothing though, and the plate wears too. In my experience you can loosen and adjust the position of the plate to get more life out of it, but the plastic (nylon?) knuckle won't be serviceable. SJ Sportcars sent me a replacement for mine a few years back, they're not expensive.
  4. Using real car designs in video games requires licencing deals, and car manufacturers have a history of reluctance. It's a shame - for me the polished Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge and Jaguar XJ220 games of the early nineties really captured my imagination at a young age. Apparently the onset of simulated damage (and with Grand Theft Auto, crime) in games really upset a lot of manufacturers. Grand Theft Auto continues to use only made-up, fantasy car designs even today. They often combine elements from real designs to look realistic, but are never real-world models or brands, so it seems unlikely players would come away with much interest. Racing simulations tend to attract an exciting range of licensed real-world cars nowadays, but tend to a more grown-up audience. It seems the Nissan Skyline and Toyota Supra experienced a resurgence after a strong presence in the hit Playstation series of Gran Turismo games in the noughties, but with a wide modern selection to choose from, classic cars aren't strongly featured in many titles.
  5. JayTwo

    SpaceX

    I watched something 22.12 - 22.14 low under the moon, West to East in the Bristol skies looking SW. Unmissable, very bright and fast - but as far as I've read, that means it was the ISS rather than the Dragon... I clearly have no idea what I'm doing! Beautiful clear night for whatever it was.
  6. I was out locally in the Esprit for the first proper time in months today, and what do you know, another Lotus spotted? Thank you for the wave! Your Elise looked gorgeous in white, perfect in this sunshine.
  7. Thankfully a section of the deck was easily removable to get at it - I contemplated a strip down but as it was finished by then that wasn't looking fun! Esprit jigsaw... I'm be up for sourcing one of those as my next lockdown pastime, but I think I owe my better half a jigsaw of cupcakes or penguins first
  8. Six evenings of assembly and I finally got it together at the weekend. Had a little trouble with the rear wing, but just turned out to be a control arm I'd fitted the wrong side of its stop. About as much room for access to fix it as in my Esprit for real! Amazing detail, especially given you can see so little of it once it's together. Got it packed up today - the manual shows what goes in which bags and boxes, and the layout of the boxes in the case so the next person can have the same experience. Many thanks @Dan E (and @Sparky for a decent stab at orderly disassembly) - it's made short work of over a week of my lockdown and been enlightening to boot. I easily owe you a pint each at the next get-together! @delands I'll book a courier to collect it from me tomorrow and PM you the tracking info. Cheers all
  9. This safely reached me today, cheers @Sparky @Dan E it's a weighty box!! I expect I'll need a week or two rather than matching Sparky's intense approach, but @delands if you want to PM me your address I'll let you know when I'm ready to send it your way. Keeps me from mucking up the Esprit for a bit!
  10. @Sparky that's odd, I sent you a PM last week, thought it strange not to hear back and I can't see anything in my messages! I'll try again, you should hear from me within a few mins... (Edit: Done, and actually showing in my PMs this time. I must have messed it up before, sorry!)
  11. What a result, I love the details like the proper little dash in there! Thank you - I'll PM him shortly. And of course, I'll courier it forwards, or even deliver it myself in the Esprit if the next address is vaguely nearby and the world's a safer place in time!
  12. This looks like no Lego set I've built before... if this idea does take off @Dan E I'd love to be on this list, that's a very generous idea. I'm case it helps anyone, Parcel Force are a useful courier during lockdown for things like this if you don't have a printer at home. Like most couriers they'll collect from your door, saving you a virus-spreading trip out, but unlike the others, they'll bring their own labels. And I'm three for three on parcels I've sent out the last few weeks, unlike TNT who returned the one I did with them. Either way, I look forward to more progress pics, this looks epic!
  13. I finally did a mirror update on my '88, couldn't find an exact wiring answer but with the aid of a Stevens wiring diagram, a multimeter and some good old trial and error: - Blue and yellow are a splice of the same earth on the car, connect to white on the CX mirrors - Green on the car to brown on the mirror - White on the car to black on the mirror If you get brown and black on the mirror the wrong way round horizontal and vertical are swapped but it still works. Left-right is reversed compared to the older (Ford?) mirrors, but this seems best sorted at the switch if you want to tackle it, I haven't yet. Up/down work the same. I hope that helps anyone else considering it!
  14. I thought I saw one sell on eBay only a couple of months ago for £200. Kicking myself for not chasing it for that money, I'm always conscious of breaking mine and would have had it as a spare for that! @Barrykearley's assessment sounds much more realistic.
  15. This car's so riotously proportioned and bizarrely finished, definitely not what I think of from Aston Martin! I want to like an ambitious wedge, and it sounded great, but how close to a production model was this intended to be? The video clip in the article is a nostalgia trip. Good luck to the restoration team - will definitely tune in for reports of the 200mph attempts, and what changes they make to improve it
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