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  1. On 20/07/2018 at 07:01, tmusc said:


    I replaced the compressor on my 2002. The part number is CS0052 from Rock auto at 179 bucks. New not rebuilt. Not worth screwing around with. By the way I replaced the compressor without lifting or touching the engine. Takes patience but can be done.



    The key is a crows foot with creative swivels and extension to get that one bolt off for the compressor. The rest is easy without lifting the engine.

  2. On 30/05/2016 at 15:27, Advantage said:

    If you can persuade your dealer to have the raised transom shipped over as a part number (A082B5258K and if there are any available at the factory!) then it just bolts on to the body of the car and is relatively simple, if expensive, conversion. However, DeRoure show it as being obsolete so you might be at the mercy of UK/EU vehicle breakers yards.  

    I haven't done it, but I heard that the transom is bolted and glued, and very difficult to remove without damaging the one being removed. Which one is correct?

  3. Old thread, I know, but I am going through the AC compressor replacement right now and wanted to share some info on this thread since it comes up in the search.

    Good news! Despite every thread saying you have to lift the engine to remove the compressor, I was able to remove it without disturbing the engine.

    I did disconnect the oil lines to get more room, which were easy to break free on my car. And I disconnected the AC hoses attached to the manifold so the manifold was easier to maneuver without putting stress on the pipes.

    The trick to doing it without moving the engine was to use a 17mm crows foot wrench with an universal joint that I taped up with electric tape at the strange angle needed to get the one hard-to-reach bolt holding on the compressor, and then used several swivel head extensions to my ratchet to apply the turning force.

    There are 3 long bolts holding on the compressor. The other 2 are very easy to remove, but do the hard one first so that there's no extra friction on that hard to reach bolt. The crows foot barely gets it off, but it does the job. Fortunately, you can see the bolt in question from the area between the chassis and the body, which makes it much easier to do the work. 

    Once you get the 3 bolts out, you can move the compressor forward and use an 8mm allen key socket to remove the manifold. I then pushed the compressor forward to give room to get the manifold out, and then the compressor has a ton of room to come out of the chassis.

    I have the new compressor on the way from Rock Auto, and I am sure it will be fun getting it back in, but I don't expect it to be that bad.

  4. 15 hours ago, Real Basic Instinct car said:


    I just found this forum and I have some information on the missing Basic Instinct cars.  in 1992, I was offered the two other cars from the movie Basic Instinc (I live in LA and have met many people from the motion picture industry.)  At the time they were out of my price range but my brother stepped up and purchased them.  The cars were sold by the head of the transportation department for the production  company (I think his name was Bryce Smith or something like that).  Included in the sale was one complete running driving brand new 1991 black Esprit SE with some cosmetic damage from the chase scenes and a black mocked up mule that was originally green and previously used in the movie The Rookie.  My brother drove the car sparingly for about two years and parked it since the mid 1990's never to drive it again.  He complained that the insurance was too high and he was starting a family.  It shows less than 15-20k miles and he has provenance from the production company and LOTUS USA connecting the car the Basic Instinct.  Unfortunately, he junked the mule car about 4 years ago when he lost storage space for it.  I have photos of it somewhere i just have to find them.

    That's a bit of a sad story that a significant Esprit ended up with someone that didn't have the means to keep it up.  A common Lotus fate.  Even if you don't drive the car, you still have to insure it from theft, etc, so I am not sure how he thought it saved money to keep it in the garage.  My Esprit with 41K of agreed value and zero deductible is around $600/yr to insure with Grundy, that's about a 1/3 of what I pay for my modern Jag XF's.

  5. 19 minutes ago, silverfrost said:

    Intrested to see the outcome of this Stephen,  Andys theory about the press car tweaks sounds pretty logical so far,  I think the first wet sump would of been of importance to the press from lotus as did they not get rid of the dry sump due to owners not been able to check the oil levels properly ?  So they may of done an article or something to get it out in the open that wet sumps are now fitted  maybe ?

    I can now see why owners had issues checking their oil level.  Not an issue with my SE or V8, but my V12 Murcielago has a dry sump, and checking the oil level is not easy, nor conclusive.  You have to drive the car to get it good and hot, then rev it in park for 1 min between 2100 and 2500 rpm, then shut off the engine, and within 1 min check the oil level with the floppy and hard to manage dip stick mounting above exhaust manifold that is inside a burning hot engine bay. And because you were just revving it, the oil is splashed everywhere in the neck and fouls the reading no matter how many times you pull and clean the dipstick.  Plus the car always has nice clean oil on it, so you can't really see it on the dipstick.  You have to use a paper towel to make an impression to get a better idea.


    In the end, I just make sure to put in the right amount on oil changes and do them frequently.

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  6. 20 minutes ago, C8RKH said:

    I have to ask, what did the parents say when you got there and confronted them? Really would like to know.

    I personally would have gone absolutely stark raving made, followed by totally berserk, followed by a level or foaming at the mouth and rabidness that would have a seasoned vet quivering in his or her boots!

    100 quid says it's some form of this: "no earthly idea why you would be upset with them touching your property"

  7. 1 hour ago, Bazza 907 said:

    They are old but not cracked or particularly hard and I don't go stupid fast round corners so they are fine. They are the correct Goodyear NCT tyres but not from 1980! 

    That's good.  But FYI anything over 10 years old is considered unsafe for driving.

    1 hour ago, Andyww said:

    Had a very annoying experience today.

    We took the Esprit to Brooklands as we are club members, for lunch in the members bar. Parked as we often do, in the paddock in front of the clubhouse. The place was very quiet.

    I locked the drivers door but forgot to lock the passenger door. If I had been in the Ferrari, as I more often am, with the roof off I would not have bothered locking the doors at all.

    Just after we finished lunch, the lady in the members bar asked around "Anyone own a white Lotus, you had better check out the car". 

    I could not believe what I saw. There two families with parents who had let their kids open the doors and play in the car! They were sitting in both seats turning the wheel, and generally messing about. Absolutely gobsmacked and it was a shocking reminder that even in a "respectable" place such as Brooklands you just cant rely on some of the visitors having any decency.

    When we came to leave I had a terrible job starting the car and I reckon the kids must have been pumping the pedal and flooded it, and also the steering lock was jammed.

    Just incredible.


    It's bad with any super car, but this is why it's almost impossible for me to park the Lambo anywhere that I can't keep an eye on it.  They will definitely try to get in the car, but what can be even worse is when they sit on the car to take pictures.

    99% of people are cool with cars like these, but that means 1 out a 100 were raised by wolves and have no earthly idea why you would be upset with them touching your property.  Literally no idea.

  8. 29 minutes ago, Bazza 907 said:

    Managed to get the Essex out for a quick spin today. :)



    Doesn't get any better than that!

    How old are those tires?  They look great, which means probably original with the car.  If they are, I hope you're not taking a very spirited "spin" on 30+ year old tires.

  9. 30 minutes ago, pete said:

    Spoke to Gerald at GST beforehand and is what he recommended as that is how his 4 poster works

    How a 4 poster works and how it's correct to keep an Esprit long term on stands are two completely unrelated things.  I jack mine up from those points, but I rest it on the strong points on the chassis for periods of extended work.

    Mechanics really don't care about your car like you do, so I wouldn't go by how they treat the car.  The guy that was considered the God of Esprits here in the US was witnessed moving Esprits around his yard by their starter motors!  Hope you don't think that's a good idea too!  LOL

    But hey, maybe you're really good with and enjoy fiberglass repair, so don't let me stop you.

  10. 10 hours ago, Bibs said:

    ^ That! 

    I've actually asked Roger if he'll be kind enough to comment on this thread :)

    Roger's commented on these types of threads before.  He'll tell you they had to ruin the chassis to fit the V8, and that's why the 4 is more fun to drive.

    But as someone that has owned both, but not someone that has such a loyalty to the 4 cyl because I didn't work on it for decades, the V8 is way more fun to drive!

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  11. Times have changed around here with the surge in pickups and SUVs.  Back in the mid 90's when I had my Jim Clark Esprit, it would part seas with attention.  I would literally have women follow me in the car and signal to their ring finger to ask if I was married!   Good times!

    Fast forward to now, my Esprit V8 barely gets glances around here.  A few old timers smile with admiration.  Most do think it's a Ferrari, mainly because it's Ferrari red with tan interior in their eyes.  They think it's a new model of Ferrari they haven't seen, but they aren't too excited about it.  No one ever follows me to learn more about the car or me.  It's like having a stealth exotic where no one bothers you or treats you any different than a Toyota Corolla, which can be nice at times.

    But I did pick up a fly yellow Lamborghini Murcielago to be a stable mate to the Esprit.  Now, that's a different story!  It's back to the reactions the Esprit got in the 90's!  It's often too much attention for your mood.  People driving like maniacs to work their way up to the back or side of the Murci so they can snap cell phone pics while driving.  Most everyone is cool around the car, but there are few that clearly aren't too happy that their lives have not resulted in being able to afford such a car, and they make their displeasure known of their life by trying to cut off the Murci.  Parking it in a public area and leaving it unattended is not an option.  People will literally climb all over it like a swing set to take pics (they've done it when I am close by), and it would just be a matter of time before someone feels the need to key the irreparable pearl yellow paint.

    So, it's sad to me that no one cares about the great Esprit, but at the same time, it's nice to enjoy it under the radar of the crazies out there!

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  12. 41 minutes ago, Jacques said:

    Why on Earth would someone put up such a fence there?

    Is the phonebox a remed to call for help while being caught on the barbwire?

    Kind regards,


    ps: nice car ;)

    Don't know exactly why, but you can bet someone did something stupid to cause them to put up that fence.  And they probably did it multiple times.

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  13. Too bad Rob suffered with an A/C system in disrepair for 8 years.  The V8 esprit A/C is excellent when functioning properly, and that's coming from someone in Houston, which is saying a lot.  He probably did not have the right weight of refrigerant in the system as this system is extremely sensitive to the right weight.

    And too bad he didn't switch to the earlier front spoiler like many do for more ground clearance.  That makes a big difference.  I rarely rub on anything with my 98 spoiler, and if I do, it doesn't cause a paint shop event like his.

    Those were 2 of his biggest annoyances with the car that could have easily been addressed. 


  14. On 5/2/2016 at 04:24, plumdeplakmuis said:

    I think a 4cyl suits the Esprit better as the V8 is to heavy.

    Since you brought it up: As someone that has owned, driven, and worked on a 4cyl Esprit for years, and have also driven many other 4cyl Esprits, both early and late models, I can speak from experience that the only people that would say the 4cyl suits the Esprit better than the V8 are people that don't own the V8.  

    It's not a lot heavier of an engine, and it drives so much better in every way.  And it's easier to maintain, which of course, only 4cyl owners would say the 4cyl is easier to maintain, and of course they would be wrong.

    I love all Esprits, and wish I could own every model variation that ever came out, but the bottom line is that the V8 is just so much better of car than the 4cyl version in every way.  And it should be because Lotus engineers just kept making the Esprit better every year.



  15. 2 hours ago, Mark Blanchard said:

    So you own that Murcielago, nice!

    Yes, it's a fun car.  I do my own work on both of them, so it's interesting to explore how Lotus and Lambo took such a similar, yet very different approach to solving the same problem -- creating super fast cars that are awesome.

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