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Jamie Garroch

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  1. I had mine done by a professional trimmer in isolation to the rest of the interior (which I stripped out the following year) so while I can't say exactly how difficult it is, I can say you'll save £500 doing it yourself. Having said that, when I stripped the rest of the interior, I learned how to get it all out and the headliner is only a couple of screws and some glue to remove so should be a fairly easy job compared with getting leather out. The sun visors were done at the same time to match the new material and one of those has never had enough friction to stay stowed so watch out for that.
  2. If you use http://www.royalmail.com/price-finder it says that for 860g the cost for tracked & signed service to Malta is £13.05 but SJ will have to add costs of the packaging. I don't know why they are charging UK VAT on an EU sale. In another thread where I was looking for the sponge seal between the front compartment panel and the heater air intake, someone recommended this company : http://www.sealsdirect.co.uk/
  3. That's quite some scenery. Super photo. Someone remind me why I live in the South East please? Closest I get to home these days is doing the 14 hour round trip to Kirkcudbright once a year in an 88 Esprit with 'Scottish' plates. Ho hum.
  4. I love the rain. Without rain, lovingly polished cars wouldn't yield their beauty when coupled with nature :-)
  5. Still happy with DAB on my Kenwood unit. The only complaints I have is that the front USB doesn't seem to charge my phones (even though the phone says it is) and there's not enough contrast in the display to overcome the reflections from here there and everywhere. So I bought a remote control for 12 quid off of Ebay as I couldn't control the unit safely while driving.
  6. Hi Laura. I belive I am the first in the reserve list afte Nyj who was the last to be promoted.
  7. Mine is finally back on the road after it's engine rebuild and I've been promising Malcolm F that I'd get myself out of bed to one of these. Many others going? Also, any idea why searching for "Newland" turns up the event in March 2013? (Dumb user?)
  8. A quick follow up. I've made a sketch of the seal and uploaded it to sealsdirect.co.uk with a request "what do you have that's best for this" as they know their products better than I do! I'll report back when I have a response and perhaps there's a chance to make a batch if they recommend sheet rather than strip.
  9. That is SOME site Simon. My wife wasn't quite as excited to be sat next to me last night while I was browsing through it!!! Thanks :-) Thanks Jim. At least I know my search was not a failure now!
  10. Does anyone know where I can find one of these for a 1988 Esprit Turbo? SJ Sportscars have one listed as A079U4007F for S1/S2 but I assume that won't fit?
  11. Only just seen this following my 3 month engine rebuilt. The 1988 chrome Esprit Turbo is interested should another reserve be needed.
  12. I got interrupted by someone wanting a tree cut down while writing this post so I had to throw the chainsaw in the boot of the Esprit and hike off to storm damage. I do like to see the look on people's faces when I turn up like that. So, on to respond to a couple of comments/questions: Buddsy : it's something I could have done myself back in the "old days" but just don't have the time or patience now. Dave did a sterling job and he is extremely methodical, patient and his attention to detail is second to none. Very pleased with what he achieved. Vince: - Ancillary items and carb strip down were going to blow the budget and since they are working perfectly fine and one can't see them, I didn't bother. - In terms of replacement items, the obvious things like water pump, every single seal and gasket, then bearing shells, and most expensively, four new Nikasil piston liners (that was a grand alone). - Machining was kept to a minimum with the head only. Crank and cams were ok. - Finally, the cam covers and plenum chamber are actually purple (Dave's camera did lie in this case) and I requested that to match the interior which is vibrant to contrast the total lack of colour on the exterior as in the pics below. Here you can see the engine/interior colour match. Another camera lying! It doesn't look that pink at all. I'll have to take some in natural daylight. Plenty more of these great shots from Malcolm Feth at chromelotusesprit.com
  13. This is a small lesson in keeping your car well maintained but I guess TLF readers won't be as stupid as me! In the summer of last year, I pulled the entire interior out of my Esprit and had it re-trimmed by a professional. On putting it all back in again, I had a coolant level indicator on permanently on the dash binnacle. I checked the level and as it was normal, assumed that I'd messed up some wiring when refitting the binnacle and promised myself I'd sort it out... soon. Timing can sometimes be catastrophic. A week later, I blew one of the main water pump hoses and as the coolant warning light was permanently on and I didn't see the temperature gauge creeping up, the first I knew about it was plumes of stem coming from the tailgate. It was recovered on a flatbed truck and taken away to my local Lotus specialist in Maidenhead where the hose was replaced and a full engine check made which seemed to show I had been lucky. I then drove down to Brands Hatch and used a hell of a lot of water. And that was that. After a lot of chat on TLF, I found Dave (CHANGES) who came and towed the car away and spend the next few months rebuilding the engine. I opted for a rebuild rather than an exchange because I would have photographic evidence of everything that was done and Dave, true to his word performed an excellent job. Finally, it turned out that the coolant level warning light was permanently on due to dirty contacts on the sensor in the ignition compartment of the boot :-( The moral of the story : don't be a lazy bugger like me! Here's several of the 170 or so photos Dave took during the rebuild to remind you of this simple fact!
  14. I just got my car back after it's been away for a total engine rebuild sinceOctober 2013 and it won't start due to no earth on the coil. I initially thought it was the immobiliser but am not sure now since the MP5 unit still enables/disables the other expected sub systems. I'd love to get a system diagram for the MaxPower MP5 but also interested in anyone knowing what could possible interrupt the earth connection to the coil (there is 12V on the positive side but only when earthing anywhere but the -ve side of the coil!)
  15. It could be the control module if one of the four motor live wires is failing. I had a similar issue after a tiny leaf blocked the drain hole in the near side (left) of the front compartment, causing it to flood up to the level of the pod control module. I had to replace that at a cost of around £80 from SJ and all was fine after. It's mounted on the inner side of the near side front wing and has a single connector, although I failed to remove the old one so positioned the new one next the rear of the pod itself.
  16. Hi Rob. Maybe the binnacle is the same as mine as far as fixing it goes since there were 4 x bolts, around 3-4 inches long that go straight up from the underside of the scuttle (you can see the two pairs of holes in the metal to the left and right of the steering column in the picture above) and into fastenings in the base of the binnacle. Good luck with your Yoga lesson :-)
  17. While mine's an '88 Stephens, I thought the binnacle removal was the same regarding those 4 bolts. Mine was pretty easy to take out but there's a caveat. I took the steering wheel off, column cover and driver's seat first (because I was refurbishing the whole interior). I wouldn't like to be upside down in the driver's footwell with the seat still in and it's 'only' 4 nuts to remove from the enderside of the car. Replaceing the binnacle was just a case of placing it carefully on the dasj and getting one bolt to 'catch' to keep the binnacle from wondering and then I could get under the dash and jiggle the binnacle about while monoevering the other 3 bolts into place.
  18. Whoops. I forgot the labour to fit at £1105! I'll update my post. Correction to cost highlighted :
  19. Byzantine (or possibly Byzantium, as the photo looks lighter than the real thing). LOVE it Simon! Can't wait for the wife to get home as in the first photo I took after it was finished, she just happened to be wearing a dress that matched the two colour scheme very accurately! Regarding the unremovable part of the dash (with the speakers in it), that was refurbished too... in situ. The trim folks I used make up the leather dye in a solvent based spray can solution so they came to my house when everything was out of the car, masked off the area, cleaned and sprayed it. It looks like new leather! Very impressed. Binnacle and steering wheel were done using the same technique.
  20. Just in case anyone else is interested in my experience, I now have a first quote from a very reputable Lotus centre in the South of the UK. This is to recover my car from where it's resting, supply and fit a fully rebuilt engine (I've yet to phone and ask what this includes) and fit all ancillaries (gaskets, oil, coolant,etc.). Total is £3750 for the engine, £175 for ancillaries, £375 for recovery, all plus VAT which brings it to £6.5k. Of course, it doesn't include anything else that may be advisable to do while the engine is out such as clutch, water pump, engine mounts etc. Your estimate was pretty close Barrie!
  21. Hi Mark, I recently refurbished the whole of the interior of my 1988 Esprit Turbo and have some 'yoga' experience as a result. It might not be exactly the same as yours but here's a photo collage of the centre dash are during disassembly. The radio console part can be removed separately once the binnacle has been removed but as Phil said, the main dash is a single piece and wow, what a pain in the **** to remove. But it's worth while in the end... (assuming you like purple!)
  22. Wow - never heard of him before, which after a Google search appears to be a Lotus owner's worst crime! Seems he's an email/phone kinda person [in Hull] so will check that recommendation out. Thanks Simon :-) Anyone spent out on an engine rebuild/exchange recently and know how much to budget for?
  23. Long story cut short. Total coolant loss. Replaced defective hose. Now uses a litre of coolant every 10 miles and oil is mayo & above normal level. Suspect engine got cooked as I had a faulty (permanently on) telltale coolant lamp after refitting binnacle. It's done 70k miles since new in 1988 so I reckon it's time to rebuild but I won't be doing it myself as don't have time/space. Anyone got recent experience of time/cost/recommended specialist in the South East (UK)? Also, thoughts on rebuild or exchange for a rebuilt 910 or swap for non-Lotus?
  24. I'm getting rather frustrated at not making my first Newlands yet. I would have been there had the coolant in my Esprit not decided it preferred the road more than my engine yesterday. Hoping its 'just' a head gasket and not a cracked block and that it can be fixed before Brands next week :-(
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