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    Esprit Turbo SE, Eclat Excel, Elan +2S JPS, Range Rover 4.0 SE
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  1. Escape

    Esprit questions

    Looks lovely, congratulations! If it is indeed mechanically sound, you've good a helluva bargain! Having all the invoices is always a good way to start. You'll want to change the cambelt unless you're sure it's been done less then 2 years ago, a bit of work, but a good excuse to give the engine a thorough check-up. Are you planning to do the work yourself, or do you have a trusted garage/mechanic to take car of her? Filip
  2. Maybe we should consider it built in water injection?...
  3. The advantages of having a good vocabulary: I recently called an old engineering buddy of mine and asked what he was up to. He replied he was working on "aqua-thermal treatment of ceramics, aluminum and stainless steel under a highly constrained environment." At first, I was impressed, then I realized he was just doing the dishes, with hot water and under supervision of his wife.
  4. Not often we get to see another Esprit. Yesterday was my lucky day, when I could park next to this lovely red Turbo Esprit at a local car meeting. I know it gets used often, he certainly didn't let the rain stop him. All in all a very good turn out, despite the poor weather.
  5. No, I don't remember ever seeing a Belgian black SE with a V8 bodykit. Too few Lotus to see on our roads... I did get lucky and could park next to a lovely red Turbo Esprit at a meeting yesterday.
  6. I'm sure the steering has a considerable reduction (like a dragster), so the steering wheel movement may seem a lot, but the front wheels are probably hardly turning.
  7. I think that's a sound reasoning. While it will take you more time to do it yourself rather than hire a professional with equipment, you'll be able to do it at your own pace. You can gain a lot by having a digger on site and using it when needed, rather than having to prepare and work towards/around the expensive and thus limited time a digger is available. Good luck with the search! Filip
  8. Much as above, I have some experience with Kubota and Takeuchi, from 1.5 to 5.5tons, and found the Takeuchi the easier machine to use. Much to my surprise, I've seen Kubota's since I was a little boy as the importer is down the road from my father, so I had a bit of a soft spot for them, until I used one. All were rentals, but from 2 different companies and I do think the Takeuchi's were taken better care of. Your budget is rather low, but the upside is you're unlikely to lose any money when selling on. Check as much as you can, weeping hydraulics, play at the pins, worn tracks or controls that aren't smooth. I wouldn't worry about hours clocked. You're unlike to use it to great extent, so dependebility/longevity will depend more on condition than on age or mileage. When using it, take your time. Start of slowly, with very deliberate separate movements. Once you get the hand of it, you'll start combining and things will speed up. If possible, try to work continously for a bit, instead of short stints. That will help to become familiar with the controls. I'm sure you'll love it! Incidentally, I've bought an old skid steer to help out in a local animal shelter about 5 years ago, to help them rebuild the place. The idea was to sell it on, but it has remained in occasional use and would be missed. I have rented it out to friends a couple of times and used it for my Workshop as well. It's an old and battered one, but often people will come up or leave notes to ask to buy it. So I don't expect to lose any money if I ever decide to sell it. Same goes for our forklift. It's no secret I prefer the old skool machines, and often they're easier to maintain and use, because there not riddled with electronics and sefety feature. I must admit the electronic controls in a digger do make life easier. I also liked the automatic throttle down on the bigger machine when not using the hydraulics for 15 seconds or so. Helped reduce fuel consumption, less of a continuous engine drone and you don't need to think about the throttle yourself. Filip
  9. To each his own, but I to prefer the original Stevens look to the Thompson redesign. Also, with so few miles, whoever made/ordered the changes can't have spent much time with the car as it was...
  10. Great video! I really dig the part where he states these cars are meant to be driven. Too many garage queens just waiting for prices to rise... BTW, spotted 3 Esprits. And very jealous of his workshop/collection! Filip
  11. Looks like they've reused the breathing apparatus from Darth Vader.
  12. Couldn't agree more @Jacques! Surely not! What enthousiast would keep a great car like that and never drive it?? 8000km over 30 years just covers driving it to the annual maintenance and MOT. Properly sad... I've done 8000km in the last 3 months, and very much enjoyed most of those! Nowhere near as pristine looking of course, so definitely not one for a collection. Filip
  13. Yes, I regularly have it hooked up when driving somewhere, just to see if all the data is as expected. Also a good excuse to venture into higher rev and throttle ranges to make sure the secondary injectors come on (as if much excuse is needed ). Come to think of it , it has been a while since I logged a run, will try and do one over the weekend. As for the original question, I'm of the opinion if it ain't broke, don't fix it. But as @Sparky says, that doesn't mean don't check anything, on the contrary! I don't mind paying for parts that are needed, but don't want to just throw money at it. And I pride myself on running 3 classic cars on a budget you'd be hard pressed to lease a eurobox for. I do want to keep on top of all possible technical matters, I need my Esprit to be reliable as it's my daily driver. Over 4.5 years and about 50k miles she has left me stranded and coming back with a trailer only twice: once when the clutch master failed resulting in no drive and once when an oil cooler line ruptured. Both of those in the past year unfortunately... In my view, the master failure could not have been avoided. I can't see the point of randomly replacing parts solely on age or mileage (cambelt being an obvious exception!), when there's no indication it will fail and as stated above you can't be sure of the quality of the replacement parts either. The ruptured hose might have been identified had I been more thorough during the previous maintenance/check up. Filip
  14. Totally clueless, as most of them are... I must add in our area we do have a problem that's kinda related. People think it's OK to dump the cut-offs from their lawn in the woods. Especially those living close by, but there are several who take their car to the edge of the woods, because it's cheaper to litter than to pay at the recycling park. Often they even leave it in the bags and just dump it at the side of the path or in the brooks. And unlike leaves and proper grass, lawn mowings will not easily deteriorate, especailly when left in a pile. They'll start to ferment, get quite hot and are of little use to nature. So if I would see someone with a wheelbarrow full of that stuff, I'd also report him. Obviously, your explanation should have been clear, if she had been capable of any logical and independent thought... Filip
  15. What, no footage of them driving of?
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