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  1. What do your spark plugs say? Have you looked at carb jetting? Is there any particular RPM range that is more problematic? Dellortos have two fueling circuits - idle and main. The switchover from idle to main is around 3000 rpm give or take. I had a similar problem with a Federal '83 Turbo. It would buck and spit at mid RPM briefly until it warmed up (not quite the same as your problem but similar). Going up one step on the idle jets took care of the problem, as the idle circuit would lean out just before the fueling circuit switchover when the engine was cold. Once it was warmed up, it wasn't as much of an issue unless you stayed right in the crossover range.
  2. I am looking for a complete rear hatch latch/release mechanism that activates through the rear spoiler via a key lock. These are the parts...
  3. I am finishing up putting the St Tropez back together and have run in to a snag. On federal cars, the throttle cable emerges from the passenger compartment on the left hand side and curves along the left hand side engine compartment bulkhead to a fixture attached to the cam carrier. The cable pulls the throttle lever open from the left hand side of the engine. The throttle return spring extends from the carb side of the plenum to the throttle lever. On RHD cars, the throttle cable emerges on the right hand side of the engine compartment and approaches the carbs from underneath the plenum. I can't figure out how this arrangement is supposed to work, and the pictures I took of disassembly don't show enough of the arrangement to be of much use. Could someone with a UK car lend some insight into how this is supposed to work?
  4. The only time you should have to replace those bearings is if they are allowing bypass air into the carbs. Very rare. To remove the float shaft, press it out with a small drift - it is just a light friction fit.
  5. The circlip is a thin wiry thing that retains the input shaft in the primary shaft. There is a groove cut into the inside of the primary shaft where the circlip normally resides. There is a taper in the input shaft from the splines where they insert into the primary shaft. To see and remove the clip, push the input shaft into the gearbox against the spring. The taper will move into the primary shaft and you should be able to see the circlip and grab it with a pair of pliers. If the circlip is not there, you should be able to just pull the input shaft out.
  6. I've got room for them in a heated, dry space, but shipping would be killer...
  7. Surprised I haven't seen this yet - Count me in for my '83 turbo!
  8. You will need the entire case. Citroen bell housings are not easily swappable between gearboxes. Citroen machined the bores for the differential bearing saddles with the bell housing mated to the case in order to accurately shape the saddles. If you take the housing form one gearbox and mate it to the case of another, the saddles won't be perfectly round. You would have to re-machine the bores.
  9. Does this leave enough airflow for the radiators up front?
  10. Hmmm.... Free tickets you say. Does that include airfare and shipping?
  11. You are going to have to look for somebody parting out a destroyed Esprit. There are no off the shelf aftermarket suppliers for Esprit interior parts.
  12. Esprits don't rust. The frame is hot-dip galvanized and the body is fibreglass. Fasteners will rust. 10K is too much for this car. There are at least 2 on eBay and Craigslist right now in the mid 6k range, and there is an 84 with a disassembled engine near you that is a distressed sale. I would be very concerned about the fuel system changes without knowing more about what was done. I would also want to know who did the head on the car, as well as the timing belt. Drive the car. That will tell you a lot about its condition.
  13. Congratulations on your "new" car. I've been making a hobby of putting the early turbos back together. Underneath that shape, they are pretty much like any other cars - just less access. Besides the cam belt, what other projects do you have in mind? Can't wait to see the pics...
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