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  1. You could strip the veneer off, clean it nicely and then hydro dip it walnut. Finish of with a clearcoat and it will be as new. Or carbonfiber or snakeskinn ..... endless possibilities. Google the proces if you don't know it. I don't think it is that expensive and if you are the DIY type you could try it yourself in your bathtub....I would. I never tried it yet
  2. Andy, I guess you are right. Anyway, SJ sportscars has them in their online catalogue.
  3. The one you will need is SKF BA2B 417308. Good luck finding one. I once saw one available on ebay and bought it , but I keep it as a spare, because I am sure I may have to replace one in the coming years may be here???
  4. You are right. Mine was intact.... I don't know.... tbh, In that case I would replace it, but I remember this has become a difficult to find bearing and expensive. that collar is there on both inner race halves, so that the black clip hold them toghether
  5. but you have to remove the halve innerrace of your axle of course. Did that with a puller.
  6. I remember , I just left the outer part of the bearing inside the hub, never tried to remove it. I cleaned and greased it and put it all back toghether inside the hub. Did it on both sides I wrote this about it : Have you looked closely how these double row bearings are made? It is a double row angular contact ball bearing The outer ring is one cilinder piece. The inner ring is a two piece split innerring, hold together in the center with a thin U shaped metal piece that fits in a small groove in each of the two inner ring parts. To make the bearing, they have pu
  7. Hallo Whiskybob, The same happened to me in 2017. I pulled the axe out and the inner part of the bearing stayed inside, the outer part came out. We had a nice discussion on the forum about the fact if that bearing could be reused. Some were certain this was unthinkable, Some ( I ) thought it would be no problem. I cleaned and inspected the bearing and regreased and put everything back toghether and uptil now all has been fine. Here is the link to that discussion. May be interesting for you: Please go directly to the post of 2 january 2017 and the following posts . The first earl
  8. Not that I noticed, but as you can see it is plenty fast. tbh. I think your 3 seconds is fine, no need to actually do the mod, but on the other hand, the mod does give your switches a longer life. It is just the way lotus should have done it in the first place. It is in another thred, but since it is relevant here, I post some pictures explaining how I did it:
  9. Hi , Good work there. Still it can be better I beat you with 1 second in the go up.... Yours is around 3 sec, I got it to 2 sec Seriously, I had the same problem some years ago and I did the relais mod, meaning I inserted 2 relais in the door so the current does not need to flow through the lucas switches ( they are really bad). The difference was shocking. The window flies up with a lot of power. You can even hear it when it seats in its upper position.
  10. I love the picture with the BMW M1. Since childhood ( and I am 54 now) I have always admired the looks of that car. Not a Porsche, not a ferrari, maybe a countach, but always an M1 has been my favorite supercar those days. And it still is. And it ressembles the esprit a lot.... Same timeframe....Giorgetto Giugiaro....fibre glass body....
  11. Nigel, I know what you mean. Me to, I like the wheels to stand wide and to be just within the wheelarches. I looks really good on the picture Geert
  12. So here we go? Is this enough info to replicate?
  13. Or, maybe this piece can be 3d printed .... If it can help people, I have a bad habbit of dismantelling my car. So I could take the engine cover out, take maesurements of this piece with the 2 holes and make a quick drawing that can help others to replicate with glasfibre or 3d print
  14. Apart from the headgasket, you can also have a leak at the bottom of the liners
  15. You are so right, That is why I spoke out in the "I" modus. So please carry on
  16. Hi, To be honnest. There is only one thing on that car that should not have been on there and that is the V8 logo. I don't have a problem with the rest of the modifications. I would not have done them, but that is another thing. The Julian Thomson bodymod is done on other Esprits such as S4's or SE , so why shouldn't an NA car get it . Wheels are somewhat of a personal choice. Lots of cars get aftermarket ones. OK, The exhaust and intakes are a bit over the hill. The colours, well it is referring to the lotus colours, isn't it? Anyway, many of us , me included ,
  17. Is this for real????? So what about all those beautiful lancia's,ferrari's,alfa romeo's....the complete Italian motor heritage....they can not be driven anymore in Italy?
  18. fantastic job so far Giorgio, Are you sure about sandblasting the speedlines. Those are, may I say,delicate aluminum rims and you should be carefull with sandblasting. If you do not want to use chemicals and sandpaper ( this is a lot of work) then at least consider some other type of mediablasting ( not sand) Inform very well with your specialist about this. I did restore and spraypaint mine myself and I even did polish the outerparts to aluminum highgloss (without paint or lacquer on it) and only painted the centerpart in aluminium spraypaint with a final coat of automotive 2 stage
  19. I know, ive seen it. Same goes for pirelli P600 BUT tbh. I was trying to list all options of matching front and rear tires available. And for the turbo esprit there still are options if you count in the 225/60R15 instead of the 235/60R15 Less so for my 14" s2.2. The continentals, the uniroyals, the falkens , two types of federals all come in available matching pairs, so not to bad. There is still choice. And then there are also the Barum Bravuris 2 For the rear you have Barum Bravuris 2 225/60R15 96V There are no 195/60R15 available for the front but there are:
  20. Yes they do: Falken Ziex ZE310 Ecorun 195/60R15 88V Falken Ziex ZE310 Ecorun 225/60R15 96W
  21. other possibilities : Federal formoza GIO 195 60 R15 88H Federal formoza GIO 225 60 R15 96V or Federal SS657 195 60 R15 88H Federal SS657 225 60 R15 96H and for those that fancy raised white letter tires Vitour Galaxy R1 G/T 215 60 R15 94V ( sadly this one is 639mm, so 3,76% or 24mm bigger in diameter then the oem 195 60 R15 (615mm) I would recommend to stay within 2%) Vitour Galaxy R1 G/T 235 60 R15 98V (This one is spot on) picture of these :
  22. Hi Buddsy, Mine are turning brown also and I see that on my Opel GT this is less the case then on my Esprit, so I think this has to do with the tire brand that is used , I guess. In the old days I had original white letter tires from cooper cobra and from General and these were easy to keep clean. From time to time a fast scrub with a sponge and some handsoap or greensoap did the job. Now I found this is not the case with these white rubber letters we glue on. Mine turn brown not evenly but more in spots. I think that the oil that is pushed out of a tire ( always has a brown col
  23. Toyo have good grip, but I wouldn't change measures that big: A 235/60R15 versus a 235/50r15 is 7.63% difference so 100km/u is 92km/u and so on. For me this is a nono The engine has to turn higher revs , the speedo will be way off and it may look odd because the tires will not fill the arches
  24. Hi , In 2018 I bought a set for my Opel GT (FEDERAL) and a set for my LOTUS ESPRIT ( Goodyear ) You can see the pictures in this topic. I got them from a shop that advertised on ETSY, but they are not there anymore. Since I had their Emailadress I asked and they explained the following: hi,Geert yes we do not have etsy store because; (owner keith) he constantly reported us over etsy complained and shut down our store all brands and models,size available if you wish to buy you can pay us directly with PayPal,and we send you the tire letter yo
  25. A pontia fiero is indeed a car that has been transformed by a lot of kitcar builders. Pitty, because in almost all the cases it is so visible and cheap, and to be honnest, an original fiero is by itself a nice good looking little 2 seater sports coupé.
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