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Neil Potter last won the day on August 30 2013

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    1988 Esprit Turbo
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    Decent stereo now, alloy fuel/header tanks, K&N, braided clutch hose, Protech shocks, Aldon Ignitor, Magnecors, Flamethrower coil, Goodridge stainless brake hoses
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  1. I have the same knob (!). I found replacement red numbering from someone from France on ebay. Et voila:
  2. And Roy has the two tone paint on the first 200 Stevens ones! Looks great with the blue.
  3. I have the Kumhos 245s on the rear of my 88 carb turbo, they are fine and look much meaner than the 225s I was running on the 15 inch rims before I switched to the SE wheels. At the front I have the Vredestein Sportrac 3s (no longer available), but am very happy with them. I'd rather the Vredestein Sportrac 5s on all corners but not possible with the 16 inch rears. I have the SE front wheel rims in the loft but I don't believe they can be fitted safely to an 88 model.
  4. Thanks Barry. Yeah, the wrinkle finish is good for a while but I hate doing jobs like that more than once. I could be persuaded to go for glossy but I had an idea that you can get other finishes. The bits are off the car and I want them done so I can get back on the road! I take it there were no issues masking off the lettering? Where did you get them done?
  5. Evening all, Can anyone recommend a decent powder coater who will strip and coat these parts in something similar to the original Rover Vermilion? Any finish other than perfectly gloss (so matt or some kind of texture) would be OK. Not managed to find anyone willing or able to do it in Scotland yet, so looking further afield. I know I could paint them myself, but just don’t fancy it and want a result that will last...
  6. Well, I used to live in Oxford and took mine to Esprit Engineering near Salisbury as Geoff there is a guru. He knows the V8 very well. Black and magnolia - a classy choice, enjoy!
  7. Another recommend for Jack at Royal - did a first class job on mine that many have commented on.
  8. Mine broke in 2016. SJs told me they were obsolete, maybe they have a new source now. I found one on ebay listed as off a hillman hunter.
  9. Thanks for the kind offer, will try here first though. I was in Singapore in April - I hope your air con works! Can't be many Esprits there.
  10. Nice work. Can you share where you found the motor? Mine has been sounding unhealthy for a while now.
  11. Argh, would love to, especially as the green peril is back on the road after a protracted heatshield saga, but am pre-booked to take family to Whitby for the weekend. Next time for sure!
  12. Hi James, welcome and I think your urge for Esprit will be well understood here. I was also looking for an SE but they don't seem to come up often, so was swayed by a slightly tatty carb turbo for a lot less cash. No regrets on my part but the usual advice is good: hold out for the best you can afford. Also ask yourself how much spannering you are prepared to do as a lot of work is quite easy and will save lots. If I was buying now my first choice would be a private enthusiast selling up. Ideally get an expert to view with you, but a few pointers when looking at them: the aircon seems to be a pig to fix, if this works that's great. Look for chassis damage near the exhaust manifold due to heat. Exhaust manifold shouldn't look like it's on it's last legs. Press all the buttons to check the electrics. Check doors close properly and don't be fobbed off with a "just needs an adjustment" story, could be the hinge bushes and door removal. Steering should be smooth albeit heavy at low speed. Engine should sound like a sewing machine when warm, not hiccup or be underpowered, but you'll need to drive a few first to know. best of luck!
  13. Good suggestions from chillidoggy. I had a similar problem but much improved when i was able to access the cable drive behind the panel, clean off the old hardened grease and relube. With a long straw you might be able to get some lube on the water valve through the stereo aperture.
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