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  1. As above, I too was very happy with my TD5. If I get a chance to drive another TD5 it still brings a smile to my face, unlike older diesels or the newer Defender with the Transit engine. I'd even go as far as to say the TD5 is likely to be more reliable on a long journey than the BMW in the Grenadier, as that was never really intended for off the road use. Previous BMW engines in Land Rovers were usually to be avoided.
  2. Can't argue with that, the XK engine is at least as famous as the Jag V12!
  3. It's a V12 Mark, it just had to be a V12. πŸ˜‰ Though I'm sure the 3.6 will be a lot of fun as well, and it's available as a manual so might even be more engaging (I have a thing for manuals). Maintenance of the V12 isn't too bad, especially as I do all the work myself. Should something go wrong, it could get complicated and expensive pretty fast I fear... And to make matters worse access isn't great, it's a big bonnet but not much space unused!
  4. You should be able to fit the bracket that comes with the radio in that opening and secure it with the tabs on all sides of the aperture. Most radios don't have or require any more support.
  5. I consider Emma, my Esprit, my primary car, she's the one I enjoy the most and on an average year racks up most of the miles (work, play and travel). I don't do 'normal' cars, but am lucky enough to have a few alternatives for the Esprit. I even found a family picture. 😎 The Range Rover, named Priscilla, comes in very handy for hauling stuff, pulling the trailer and occasionally a bit of off road. It's one of the last manual Range Rover V8s and we've swapped the standard 4.0 engine for a lightly tuned 4.6. Very relaxing to drive, which means after a long day, especially in bad weather, it's the easiest choice to get me home. She will soon (I hope) be replaced by her slightly older sister: same type, but with a newly built 5.0 V8 running on MegaSquirt, also with a rebuilt manual gearbox with custom gearing, my own take at the elektrickery and equipped with locking differentials and a hydraulic winch for serious off roading. All done by myself and a few good friends. She will go by the name Phoenix, as we've reused some parts from a previous Range Rover that was sadly lost in the workshop fire in 2015. The Jaguar, Suzanna, is a recent addition to the fleet and was thoroughly enjoyed last summer. I can get used to open top motoring! I traded in my previous convertible, a Triumph Stag, for the Excel (Eileen). I've enjoyed her on travels and classic car runs, but never bounded like with the Esprit. It was nice to do some work and see her get back into shape though. The idea is to sell her on, as I can't keep them all. There is an Elan +2 JPS inside that needs some engine and gearbox work, to be used for classic car runs and such. That's Emily. The Merc is my father's and he named her Goldie. She has seen little use over the past 5 years, but does come in handy when I need to chauffeur the in-laws. The Range Rover is a 2-seater (because of Belgian road tax rules) and the back seats of the Excel don't quite do. Dad wants me to sell her, and he's not wrong, she takes up too much space inside and is in too good a shape to be left outside. Not in the picture is a military Land Rover Lightweight. Tommy is an absolute hoot off the road but quite demanding on it. And finally there is a TVR 280S (Tatjana). Bought on a whim and now sitting half hidden in a corner, 'till I ever get a round tuit... As I said, I don't do normal cars. 😁 Filip
  6. That is in a poor state... Too bad there are so many bits missing, otherwise I'd think it would be a good candidate for some radical project (like a hillclimber) so as not to take a good car from the road. @Laika I should have the deflector from my Esprit somewhere, never used it and probably never will (the deflector, not the Esprit of course!), so might as well sell it off to fund other goodies. Filip
  7. Bill, you're right the table I sent is for 1988 and later, but the coding is the same as for earlier cars. The one you posted earlier is for later cars. There is however a difference between domestic/ ROW and US coding, so you need to look at the bottom table in the file to get the correct info. πŸ˜‰ Model year 'H' is indeed 1987, as far as I know both I and J were used for 1988. So everything seems to check out. Filip
  8. I'd say the bubble is already shrinking at the upper end. I've seen several higher end cars like E-types go for surprisingly reasonable amounts on auction sites like CarandClassic. I still have a few cars I want to sell, so I hope the lower end remains strong for a bit longer.
  9. I think you have the wrong table for decoding the VIN, as it's for the later cars. I've attached the earlier codes, those make more sense for your cars. πŸ˜‰ As for your trip, 1500 miles is a long trip for any car not regularly used. Give her a very thorough check to avoid surprises and make sure to have some sort of back-up plan. It will make for an epic roadtrip and you will certainly get to know and bond with the car. πŸ‘ Esprit VIN.pdf
  10. My bad, I didn't scroll through all the pictures and didn't see the entry and exit on the RH. But that means it doesn't fit a 4-pot, right? As for RH or LH exit, my '90 SE had a LH exit, my '89 SE has a RH exit. I looked it up and both are as standard, for some reason it was changed. Maybe old 2.2 SE stock was used for the 2.0?
  11. Welcome to TLF Bill, you have certainly come to the right place for both technical knowledgde and friendly banter. Like you, I joined before I had my first Lotus, to do research etc. and have made several friends on car forums. Your story is sad and happy at the same time. I too would want my car collection to go to my best friends because I know they will appreciate and take care of them. For the Esprits, there is a lot of info on The Europa is a rarer beast, but there are several owners on here that will surely help you out. Greetz, Filip
  12. A lot of (older) cars use dual locking nuts, but usually with a washer in between with a tab or flat to prevent it from turning. Otherwise it's hard to tighten the outer nut without the inner one turning as well.
  13. I also usually leave the batteries connected. Only when really depleted I tend to disconnect while running a reconditioning cycle. I figure the less external connections/loads to battery, the better the chance the reconditioning will work.
  14. I have a mount on the other side of the dashpod, attached to a an L-shape wedged between the top of the center console and the dashpod. It's used for an (old) satnav, but should work for a phone as well. I've routed the charging wire behind the dashpod so it's well out of the way.
  15. That would be a sad day indeed...
  16. I have been using the CTEK MXS 10 for 6 years now on a semi-professional base, not as a trickle charger but mainly to charge and recondition batteries, often large ones (around 100Ah). It hasn't failed me yet and has brought back many a battery over the years. So well worth the money. Before I had the previous CTEK 8, that also did very well, even after I accidentally ran over it with a Range Rover (though no longer waterproof...). Only reason it was replaced is because it was lost when the Workshop burned down. If it's for personal use, I'd go for a cheaper smaller one though. A 0.8 will do the trickle stuff, but wont help much if a battery does get depleted. I'd chose the 5.0 over the 3.8 because it has the reconditioning mode. While I'm sure a lot of cheap chargers are fine, I've seen several struggle and suspect a few batteries even died prematurely because a cheap charger was left connected and didn't provide a proper maintenance charge. Filip
  17. Indeed, and it's a much cleaner solution than the standard bellcrank design for the same effect.
  18. Nice one, I was wondering why you didn't just replace the fuse. πŸ˜‰
  19. Happy New Year to all of you as well! We've had exceptionally nice weather today, so I got a chance to end 2021 in the Jag with the top down. In my favorite christmas sweater and the heater on. 😎
  20. Earlier this I got a big partytent for free. It was used as a garage/storage for a cottage, but the new owners didn't like it at all. They don't need the space and it ruined the view, both of the cottage itself and when looking outside at the nice woodland. I only got 'round to putting it up a few weeks ago, after all the rain we had in autumn... It's 5mx8m so I can just fit 4 cars. At the moment it's just the roof, I'll add the back section as well but will leave the front open for easy access and probably both sides as well, unless too much rain gets in that way. My thought is it will keep the cars protected from the worst weather (and leaves etc) and allow plenty of ventilation, so should be a good solution, especially as I intend to use the cars stored there on a regular basis.
  21. That's a totally different can of worms... And I'm not talking about motoring! But as for motoring, over here several local councils are working with private firms to install and operate average speed traps. Nothing wrong at first glance, but they do take €24 per fine (lowest fine being around €60). Now it seems those very firms are pressuring the councils to remove all speed reducing measures like speed bumps or chicanes. How is that in the interest of the public and road safety? It will certainly benefit their income, as the road will be made to accommodate a higher speed than actually allowed. 😠
  22. I have to disagree on the smart motorways. Since we have an extra lane during rush hour on the motorway between Brussels (where I work) and Holsbeek (where my cars live and I stay) it has significantly reduced the time needed to commute. Soon the next stretch will be completed and I expect more gains. Don't really see the downside, brakedowns are very rare and there are still plenty of emergency bays for those in need.
  23. Here you go. πŸ™‚ Just ask if you need any other diagrams. V8 ignition wiring.pdf
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