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  1. Love this picture Fab, you car looks absolutely perfect. Shame someone keeps flogging the dead horse about ride heights! Maybe having 1 pair of skis fitted has altered the weighting somehwat.
  2. Interesting brochure for Essex owners, launch invite from Essex at ALbert Hall, Feb 1980. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LOTUS-ESSEX-MOTORSPORT-F1-GALA-LAUNCH-FEB-1980-ALBERT-HALL-DAVID-THIEME/333856703784?hash=item4dbb690528:g:MyEAAOSwpVxf6kb5 Never seen the team referred to as Lotex before.
  3. Well done Fab, been a great trip so far but the journey's not over until you remove the key for the final time. Would be great to see them some day when the world reopens. Be well and have a nice smug smile on your face for a job well done.
  4. Glen L25 is Monaco White so not an Essex, they were all blue. 10309 was an export model sent to Abu Dhabi I believe.
  5. I think you have pretty conclusive proof now Fab, there's nothing wrong with the ride height on your Esprit Turbo. Now if it looked like this I'd be mad!
  6. I wouldn't worry about the ride height Fab, seems only one person on the forum fixated about it. Looks about the same as the Bond car in this pic.
  7. Any suspension setup is always a compromise. Doing a perfect setup for the track is easy as you know the road surface it will be used on and set accordingly. The normal road we drive on has so many variables you can't set it up perfectly but compromise to get an all round setting that works well but not great on all surfaces. Using the string method to get close to factory specs is pretty much all you need, the rest is just throwing money away. It's better to make sure there is no slop anywhere in the suspension and everything is loaded and torqued correctly. To be honest I doubt any Esprit owner could tell the difference between a car set up using the string method and one done with all the latest electronic gizmos and machines. A good driver learns to drive around the deficiencies and makes up for them with skill, it's not rocket science but practice. Like flying a plane we set everything up to basic settings then trim it out on the go, car's aren't much different. Skill is more important whatever you fly or drive so just get out and learn to drive your cars properly rather than chasing every little setup change.
  8. Only plating I will use is cadmium, I use a FAA certified repair station to do mine in both gold and silver. Any powder coating is done over the plating. If it's good enough for jets it's good enough for my cars.
  9. I see the difference now, it's difficult to photograph the material...you really need a close up to understand the two types used.
  10. Was that the LHD Essex nonEssex originally allocated to Jim Loose in the USA but sold to Europe before delivery. 10325 I believe.
  11. Something along these lines. Had already started building it to go along with my "JPS" site http://www.jpsesprit.com
  12. Steve there may be a way to do it. I often use carbaba.co.uk to search cars by registration number. One of the data fields it throws up is engine number. Therefore there must be a way to search cars by engine number. For instance if I put in 600KW, Essex #014, it gives me an engine number of CD910800918374 which is correct. Same for Essex #016, it returns engine number CD910800918712 which is correct for a car last registered in the UK in 1992.
  13. That looks very similar to the material in my Federal car. Drop me your address and I'll mail a sample to you to compare.
  14. After vacuuming the seats, I then get the steamer out and hit the fabric with some steaming hot goodness. Next I use a solution of Windex window cleaner ( the one with ammonia) mixed with a teaspoon of Dawn dishwashing liquid. Mix in a spray bottle and shake the cleaning solution vigourously then spray the fabric until fully wetted. Use a soft brush to scrub the material. Let sit for 5 minutes then get it wet with clean water. Use a microfiber cloth to soak up the solution then vacuum up the residue with a wet/dry shop vac. Let it dry overnight. For the leather I give it a good clean with Gliptone cleaner and then treat it with leather conditioner. Every couple of days I treat it until the leather is supple again. Once it's soft I clean it again then do a colour touchup with a airbrush where needed. Final stage is another treatment of conditioner after a few weeks when the colour is fully dried. Seats look like new.
  15. Would also make sure the driveshaft UJs are up to spec with all the extra power. LotusBits does the stronger version of UJ so pick some of those up with the engine. In the USA Claudius does the uprated engine mount as well as a weld in kit for adding an upper link to the rear suspension so all the loads are transferred from the driveshaft. I have their engine mounts on my "JPS", essentially the turbo mounts adapted for use on the 907 engine.
  16. Funny looking red and blue fuel pipe fittings Dave, have you moved up to Essex and started frequenting Halfords!
  17. Been running a matched set of Federal SS657 tires in 205/60 14 front and 215/65 14 sizes rear for a few years now. They are H rated for up to 130 mph. The 215/65 14 rear is 0.30 less in diameter of the 205/70 14 original size.
  18. ABS parts are easy to repair. Go to your nearest DIY store and get some black ABS cement used for black ABS water pipes, works a treat. You can also use a heat gun to carefully warm up the ABS parts and straighten them out before repair.
  19. Here's the pages from the Armstrong catalogue for the Lotus shocks. Armstrong Shock Absorbers Lotus.pdf
  20. My "JPS" #010 had Spax on when I bought it but had a tendency to bottom out at the front when pushed hard. I found a set of new old stock original blue Armstrongs for it and the ride and handling were transformed. Keep searching and you may get lucky. Parts numbers are: Front 63-3305 Rear S64-8016 Here's an interchange list I put together as I sorted my car. Interchange Parts S2 Esprit Monroe also did some shocks that fit.
  21. Jim there was a discussion on weight a few years back, around 200kg seemed to be a figure bandied about. I see you're in Alabama, Federal "JPS" #008 just left there and is back in the UK now, which car did you end up with? I have #010 up in Oregon.
  22. Have a look at this thread: You may want to contact Changes and get his opinion on replacing the sunroof. He's a whizz with fiberglass repairs.
  23. Any good fiberglass shop can fill in the sunroof, much easier than welding in a section on a metal bodied car. Best to do it now with the body off, makes it easier to flip upside down and laminate inside the cabin. There's a few threads on the forum of people who have done it and explain what's involved.
  24. Always a few sets available in the USA, they pop up quite regularly. Problem is shipping to Australia will be quite expensive at the moment until the plague is eradicated.
  25. Great to see Fab and all his hard work getting lots of attention and praise publicly. Well done mate.
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