Seeing as the Esprit was in the workshop, I thought I might as well do a few of the little jobs and fettling. First was the wiper linkage, which has become very loose and clonky. Well, it was a Manchester car, so it has had a lot of wiper use! I had a linkage and motor which were NOS from Ebay. Oh dear, pre '98.
So after about 4 hours to get it all out, the new linkage is a bit different. Typical.
So, dismantled it and put the main body in the lathe and turned a bit off it (about 1/2") and machined a new circlip groove in the wiper spindle.
Have to add, that this mis-match was discovered after fitting the new linkage....
What a horrible job. Found the OBD socket though, hiding behind the glove box! Also re-fittted the glove box hinge springs correctly - the factory fitted them the wrong way round.....
So now I have a clonk free wiper mechanism. Or at least when I put the rest back together. And the seats, steering wheel, vents etc.
The LH knee bolster is a real bugger. The lh top mount requires you to put your hand through the face vent hole.. 'cos they used a nut and bolt. So, put a rivnut in there to make reassembly easier.
Ah, water loss. Big panic, thinking "liner trouble". Like the Captain of the Titanic.
Drained a bit of engine oil after leaving the car on the ramp for a couple of days. No water. Huzza!
So where next? New t/stat and cap fitted a while ago so not those. Put the pressure tester on at 25 psi. No real signs of anything.
Took a look underneath. Drips from a hose. Change the clip. More drips from another hose etc. Spent a couple of hours tightening and replacing hose clips. Now holds pressure, so no more water loss. Perhaps.
My troubles with the clutch, or rather, my ankle have been mentioned on here before. The servo helps, but still painfull. The problem is that you need to point your toes away as the pedal is depressed. I can't do that, (no more ballet for me). So I found a pedal arm in the Micra that was part of dual controls. Bolt a bit of angle iron to the clutch pedal face and fit said pedal, which can swivel a bit and brings the pedal closer. Feels good. I'll try it again when I put the seats back in!
What else? RH headlamps need adjusting. The angle of dangle needs setting up.
The joys of Esprit ownership. All this must be the fact hat is has just passed the 30,000 miles.