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  1. When I got my engine out in 2014 , I portmatched in and outletports. I used the gasket between manifold and head. I Placed the gasket on the head and with a marker I could indicate the opening. and I did the same on the manifold. After that I could take material away until ports in the head, the gasket and the manifold were identical, so portmatched for optimal flow. You'd be surprised how much difference there is on the openings
  2. Hi, After I rebuild my carbs,(years ago) I used this method to set float level. I did not test this a number of times, because the engine was fine. Some months ago , I retested the float level and all was still OK. So uptill now, for me this method works. Some remarks. 1. I used viton tips instead of metal tips when I rebuild the carbs. 2. I had trouble in the past with the fuel pump and had to change it for a new one. 3. Make sure there is a free flow of fuel from the pump, so no filters blocked. You can trie that with a glass bowl and deconnect the fuel line at the carbs and let the fuel free running ( fuel pump pumping of course) in the bowl
  3. Now eat that ferrari... Lotus even has its own brand of luxurious toiletpaper ( royale ), because that is exactly what a real lotus driver or his passenger will need after he exercised what his lotus is capable of on a race circuit
  4. Eh, Thanks Giz and Pete, job just convinced me not to do it. I guess its a bad idea. I just love the deep black surface look of real carbon fiber high gloss, so I wanted to try it myself and hobby a bit. The sills and frontspoilers are painted colourmatch imperial green on my car, so that is why I wanted to go back to a more original S2 feature ( black sills and frontspoiler) but with a (carbon)twist. That was the idea. I am not to fond on matte black paint as the original, so I guess I just leave it the way it is, colourmatched. Oh , and an overhead cockpit stereo will be difficult with my glass roof. (and that stays, because it gives me extra headroom and ventilation, or.....I could take it out and close it up and make a carbon fiber rooftop .
  5. Hi, I have a crazy idea , So please talk me out of it. My esprit S2.2 is currently painted in Imperial Green ( the colour of the lotus carltons ) . I bought it this way, it was original gold and should have stayed gold, but to be honnest I really like the imperial green ( almost black) a lot, so it will stay that way. SAM_7521 by gvygvy, on Flickr But since it is an S2.2 and all S2 cars have the sills, the front spoiler and back painted black,not so mine, I always wanted to do something with that. SO, How about the idea of a genuine carbonfiber overlay on the sills and frontspoiler ? Problem is. I really don't want to take the sills of the car, because that is a really difficult job and would probably involve taking out the tanks to acces some rivets/bolts. Do we have people here with experience in carbon fiber overlay ( not the fake wraps) ? Would it even be possible to attach the carbon fibre on a sill that is for a big part vertical and the other part upside down ( part under the car). And if so, would it be possible to evenly soak it ( upside down) with epoxy resin ( 3 or 4 layers) in a way that is estetically OK, before scuffing and clearcoat . ? Or will the epoxy never stay on and keep on dripping, The front spoiler can be taken off , so that will be less of a hassle and can be done on a workbench.
  6. A little update . The exhaust started to be a bit louder again . So time to check the experiment and open up the muffler. I noticed that there was a small hole where the tube enters the muffler. This has nothing to do with the fact that it is made repackable, but was caused by an old repair. So I had some welding to do. But back to the experiment: I openend up the exhaust and indeed, there was a lot of rockwool missing. It wasn't empty, but a lot was gone. After inspection, I noticed that where the rockwool gets hot ( around the perforated tubes ) the fibres are becoming very fine and brittle ( almost like dust), so it is evident that they are blown away rather quick. To be honest, I expected it So the new plan was to buy some exhaust packing material in a motorcycle store on line. That was the plan, but I have no patience, so I started a new plan with materials I had lying around. 20190811_180711 by gvygvy, on Flickr I wrapped heatresistant heatwrap around the two perforated innertubes, before repacking with the rockwool. It looks like the stuff that is used as exhaust wrap, but it is an industrial product used as insulation around steampipes. Before using it I made sure that it is really heatresistant, so I used the open flame from a gas blowtorch on it for some time....perfect. The idea is that this layer is very resistant and will not just blow out and it works as an insulator against the rockwool that is not touching the perforated pipes and in order to prevent the rockwool fibres from blowing out. I also want to try a different approach as a gasket to close up the muffler. The heatresistent silicone had done a good job. It stayed sealed , but it took some time to remove it and open up, so this time I want to use a roll of flexible self adhesive gasket, to test if this makes opening and closing more easy. The silicone sealed well but takes some time to remove and clean. picture of the wrapped perforated tubes, before I started filling with rockwool. 20190810_133722 by gvygvy, on Flickr And at last I use some exhaust clamps to close up this time. This allows me to open up and close, just using a spanner. 20190811_181059 by gvygvy, on Flickr So let the test begin. The car sounded a lot more dampened again, so that is perfect. Let's see if the rockwool will stay in a bit longer this time. If not....I order some motorcycle 4 takt exhaust dampening whool.....
  7. Yes, In my case it was the UJ's. After replacing them with the DANA SPICER 5-1310X U-joints . This sound disappeared.
  8. gvy

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    Have a look at the gastap, where the fuelhose is connected. They do tend to start leaking there. otherwise don't have a clue.
  9. Simon, You are right those two Nankangs do have a complete different tread pattern. This does not bother me. Also, because I have chosen to add the white "goodyear" letters , the attention is drawn towards the letters and not towards the pattern. It looks as a matching pair of tires. About the size 215 65 R14 : Absolutely nothing to worry about. They fit perfectly. And the overall diameter is almost the same as the original 205 60 R14 . Whats more, infact if you look for a table : "which tire fits which rim" you will find the following: (Esprit S2 has on the rear 7.5" x 14) Picture of my car with the "fake goodyears" aka Nankangs: SAM_7519 by Geert Vijncke, on Flickr SAM_7521 by Geert Vijncke, on Flickr And here you can find my post with pictures how I applied the "goodyear" letters. I took my time and grinded away the nankang before applying on top the goodyear. There is not any visual sign left of nankang. I wanted the tires to look at least period correct, without seeing that the goodyear letters are glued over some other brand. If I go for fake, at least I do it the right way . It is just that with the current tire possibilities, one has to go for unknown brands.
  10. There are very few tires out there that have rear 205 70 R14 and front 205 60 R14 in the same brand and type AND are at least H rated (210km/u) I know V rated (240km/u) would be better, but are you really gonna drive that fast with your S2 esprit???? I found Ovation VI-682 have both. CST Marquis MR61 have both Lanvigator CatchGRE GP100 have both powertrack City Tour have both Windforce GP100 have both None of them are A brands. If I had to choose out of those I would probably take the ovation. This is one of China's biggest tire factories and it has decent quality control. To be honnest the big difference between a michelin and a B brand is in the wet, so up to you....
  11. I have Nankang Ultra Sport NS 2 205 60 R14 in front and Nankang Toursport NS 215 65 R14 in the back. For the record :215 65 R 14 have the same overall diameter as 205 70 R14 (1% difference) so that is perfect and they are a bit wider . For the use I have with the esprit, they are just fine, nothing wrong whit them. I am a spirited road driver, but I don't really use it in the rain or in bad conditions. No trackuse either . Even these Taiwan tires will be way better then the high end goodyears tires in the old days. The cost is cheap so no worries to drive "fresh" tires and change them before they become old. Nothing is worse then real old hardened rubber tires ( even if they are a premium brand.) Visual I have the white "GOOD YEAR" rubber letters on, just for the looks. On a JPS you could choose to add white or even yellow DUNLOP rubber letters on , because these tires are what the word champion cars were delivered with in those days.
  12. I watched that movie and pictures Looks like a quality product. How log do you have it installed already?
  13. I think it would be better to look/google for an outdoor carcoon . This will preserve the cr far better from the elements of seaclimate. The car will always be protected and dry. It is even better than some damp garage storages .
  14. I have two green classic sportcoupé 's. Somehow , I just like green on a sportscar. First is the esprit S2.2 in the carlton's very dark empire green. I bought it this way....and kinda like it a lot. The other one is my 1970 Opel GT in some nice VW corrado pearl green with BMW white stripes. This one I did spray in a self made paintboot in my garage. People thought I was nuts, but in the end it became beautiful. I did however use professional PPG automotive paints and with a lot of elbow grease, it was coloursanded and with a rotary polished in multiple stages to highgloss. Look also at the "OPEL GT" logo, airbrushed in the bottom of the doors and I let it sink deep in the green colour, by spraying a last thin coat of green over it, before finishing the doorpanels with 3 layers of clearcoat. No wrapping or stickers on this one. All details are painted
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