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    Esprit Turbo SE, Eclat Excel, Elan +2S JPS, Jaguar XJ-SC V12, Range Rover 4.6 SE, TVR 280S
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  1. SJ sells the seals separately, but you have to phone or mail as it's not listed on the website I think. I do agree it's better to do a full rebuild. The tool that's included in the kit is very useful to do a proper job as well.
  2. With gullwing doors and a chassis designed by Lotus no doubt. πŸ™‚
  3. I have the SJ version and it's been fine for years. I don't think there's much advantage to a bigger bore. You're only pushing through a small amount of fluid and displacement is determined by the master cilinder and the possible travel of the slave.
  4. As above, that usually works. If bolt C does turn out to be stubborn, you can also use a spanner on A and wedge it on the head of B. Often the belt will give enough resistance to undo all the bolts if you can give the spanner a little tap with a hammer to shock them lose. Or you can clamp the belt to prevent slippage. Also, if you really need to keep the engine from turning (for example to undo the crank bolt) a high gear will be more effective than a low one. πŸ˜‰
  5. The little youtube clip gives a better view of things. But I agree, problem and solution have clearly been identified. In the end you can only be sure after everything has been properly tensioned and the engine turned at least 2 revolutions by hand.
  6. Because they're lined up with a slack belt. Once it is tensioned, they will move out of alignment as the exhaust cam rotates to take the slack. I found it easiest to turn the exhaust cam back just a bit, enough to be able to easily fit the belt. When tightened the belt again both cams should align.
  7. If you want upgrades, have a read through this: 😎
  8. Even on track you only have one standing start (depending on the series format and possibility of pitstops), I'd say 20-80 is far more important. The launch controlled AWD DCT might be (just) faster of the line, but that certainly doesn't guarantee a faster lap.
  9. The vacuum is used to pull the headlight pod down, it pops up with a spring. So I'd have a good look at the linkage and spray some lubricating oil on the hinges and pivots, that should help things.
  10. On my SE there are a few unused connectors near the ECU. Probably from a generic harness that caters for features not fitted (like emission equipment) or from previous versions. The only things I can think of with similar connectors are the low coolant sensors in both tanks. I don't have my manual at hand, looking up the wire colors will definitely point you in the right direction. BTW, I thought the SE only arrived in '89? Or have you swapped the engine to an older car? Filip
  11. It's hard to see in the picture but the clip does show quite a bit of slack. The exhaust cam could be one tooth out, assuming it can rotate half a tooth when the belt is tensioned. You could put a spanner to the exhaust cam to rotate it and tighten the belt, that will give you proof one way or the other.
  12. I recently saw an episode of Britain's greatest machines on NGC, in which the C5 made an appearance. The link with Lotus was explained, specifically the lightweight backbone chassis. Then they went on to the Type 91 F1 car and Essex Esprit. I saw the episode by accident and was very pleasantly surprised (but not by the C5 πŸ™‚ )!
  13. Obviously that invite goes for any TLFers passing through Belgium! 🍻
  14. In Belgium there is a 'technical tolerance' of 6% (or 6kph below 100kph), with most motorways limited to 120kph (notable exceptions being the ringroads around Brussels and Antwerp, those are 100kph max) this means you'll only get a ticket above 128kph. So an indicated 130kph is generally safe, unless you have a very accurate speedo. Fines are calculated based on the amount of speeding, above 150kph corrected (160kph actual) you risk losing your license. As a foreigner you are also very likely to get pulled over and asked to settle the fine immediately by card, especially if more than 10kph over the limit. There is an increasing number of average speed traps on the motorways, especially the important E40. I'd have to check which ones are operational at the moment, but better safe than sorry. I must admit this is adding some time to my journeys to UK via Calais... They are clearly indicated though. If you do pass through Belgium and have some time to spare, you're always welcome to drop by Escape's Workshop for a chat and a pint! I'm located pretty much in the center, just off the E40/E314 from Brussels to Liege/Germany. πŸ˜‰ Filip
  15. I often feel 70ish, but my mind is stuck at 18 or thereabout and all I want to do is play with cars.
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