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  1. Well, that is a job I do not want to do again in a hurry. Every bit of magnolia is now out and in varying stages of rejuvenation. Here's my list of things to do before it all goes back in: -replace the black leather just below the windscreen, where it is peeling off. -replace/clean up the rusty metal air vent thingy; not sure how those screws are coming out at that angle against the screen though -electric aerial fix or replace. -tidy up the cables -air con: replace expansion valve and o-rings. My aircon hasn't worked in my ownership and i'd be amazed if you could access these bits with the dash in place? That'll keep me busy enough but anything else worth doing while i can access it?
  2. Just nonsense to suggest that the two cars cost the same to run and maintain. And no mention of the price differential; surely a bit of a clincher for most?
  3. Wow, what a great drive today! Great to meet those of you that I did, and huge thanks to Brian, Al and Ken for making it happen. Nice to see a couple of Europas out on the road. Trying not to covet Stephen's stunning S4S too much. Fantastic roads for most of it but particularly enjoyed that uphill bit into the hills after we turned off away from (i think) loch rannoch; just about managed to keep up with Bobby but hats off to Liam and the mighty Vauxhall! Looking forward to doing similar again, but in the meantime I shall wear my LEGS sticker with pride...
  4. Thanks Al, found the Fiskally Wood turnoff and will aim to be in place by 11.45. I'll PM you and BK in a minute. Looks like it might just be me in the car now; the missus has double booked herself and has to go and fire arrows at things...
  5. Hi again, in answer to Al's question; we'd join the route at Pitlochry so if someone can suggest a convenient place for us to lurk in we'll watch out for a Lotus convoy and tag along. I'll respond to the PM with my mobile # in case needed. My AA cover expires on the 5th so this is perfect timing!
  6. Evening all. Can I tag along for part of this? New to the area, actually new to Scotland, and Brian suggested I say my hellos here and join you for what my might be my last outing in the Esprit before she undergoes some front end surgery... 7. Neil and Helena - Rannoch 2x light lunches. Looking forward to meeting people, and what looks like a stunning drive!
  7. All about the Delorean but I do sometimes play the Stainless Style album from "Neon Neon" ie Gruff Rhys of Super Furries fame. "Steel your girl", "I lust you" and the first track are great eighties homage pieces: OMD meets Tron kinda stuff. Way too many more to list!
  8. Great thread, been a while since we had a good ICE one... I too wanted a fairly standard install, without too much surgery, but was keen on an amp and decent bluetooth headunit. I can vouch for Focals, I have the one up from the Access range, 10cm coaxial ones fitted in the front. In the back I have just put in Audison Voce 6.5" woofers after I became convinced that the shallow fit Phonocar woofers I had in there previously had blown (they hadn't, loose connection). The Audisons needed some fettling to fit. Everything is driven by a JL 360x4 amp fitted in the boot screwed to the panel which covers the coil. I couldn't get the amp to fit in the cabin. Head unit is a Pioneer DEH80PRS. Least naff looking one I could find, although still a bit plasticky. Two USBs, SD card, bluetooth, so all good, but the best part is that you can set it up so that you push high and mid frequencies through the front and bass through the rear and set up all the crossovers and pass filters to suit. Sound wise, I think it's great. Nice soundstage, clear and powerful, treble not too bright, and woofers don't flap your trousers. I think it'd be improved with a proper sub but I don't believe it can be done without ruining the interior for passengers. Components in the front might be an improvement too but I don't want to hack into the A-pillars just yet. Probably spent about 700 quid on the whole lot, but I likes me music...
  9. My new favourite phrase.
  10. Hi Andy, New plinth looks the mutts! I think the clutch hose is well worth doing. Just make sure you route it exactly like the red one. Also, don't do what I did and try and tighten the hose onto the slave cylinder - remove the slave and do it the other way around so you don't twist the hose. Much easier with a ramp. The Ebay heater control panels are OK, but don't quite match the originals - my knobs cover some of the legends, if that doesn't sound too risque...
  11. Some great advice here, thanks gents. From the sound of it the reconnolising is worth a shot; if it still looks rubbish I can retrim. Moving house soon (looking for a garage with an integral house) so may even get the space to get spraying.
  12. Maybe there's something in the 1970s British association, people look at an Esprit SE and see the door handles from the Allegro, however unfairly. Also, a broken down Lotus is a much more memorable sight than a broken down Golf.
  13. Montego saloons; estates I see very rarely but never the saloons. If you see an SD1 they're often in very good nick now. +1 for the Probe, I had one and it was my favourite car until I got the Esprit, probably about as rare now? Citroen XM?
  14. Went into a subaru dealer once to buy a new impreza turbo, I would have been about 24. Guy who took me out on the test drive was very civil. Week later i went back to do the deal and was patronised by his boss when i asked him to match the What Car target price. I walked out on principle. Original guy eventually called me and offered a good deal but in hindsight I should have done the Michael Caine thing. Bad service should have consequences.
  15. Never mind Bibs' knob; he's got a wrinkled bag thingy attached to his CD bin! My humble turbo is bagless. Erring towards the retrim purely for that reason now... Those seats look great Mark, but I'm a stickler for tradition when it comes to piping. Must be my Scottish ancestry.
  16. Just what I need Alan; the belt-and-braces approach also looks the most simple. Your door innards look sparkling compared to mine; the black painted support bar that that earth strap is bolted to is quite rusty on mine and looks tricky to treat in situ. 500 gauge poly arrived already and I'll probably go for the gaffer tape in the interests of keeping it original!
  17. So, having had a close look at my aged door cards I think it will soon be time to bite the bullet. What do people think on this? I like the idea of keeping the old Connolly stuff but find it hard to believe any process can really mend the (one or two) tears, frayed edges and make it all look smart for another 27 years. New leather would really refresh the interior but would it lose that lovely smell? Someone told me that modern leather isn't as good quality, and is sealed so cannot be conditioned as such. Not looking to change colour but think my magnolia has become more yellow with age and at least one botched repaint (brush marks, colour on air vents and door handle bezels). I am hankering after green piping on the seats though... Price guides for each? I'm thinking £2-3k for retrim and c1k for reconnolising. All thoughts appreciated!
  18. I found one on ebay, apparently from a reliant scimitar. Had 5 contacts instead of the 6 on the Esprit switches though.
  19. Anyone know if the gasket between mirror and door is the same for the cx type mirror and the early stevens ford capri mirror?
  20. Evening all, Decided to take the door cards off yesterday to have a peek at the rusty innards for the first time. I have dodgy central locking and slow window motors, rusty fag lighters, usual stuff, and have been putting this off. Inside, i'm missing the poly water shield on both sides. Anyone got a pic or can explain where it should go before i improvise and get it wrong? Any tips on what adhesive to use; had blu-tac recommended so far...
  21. Have had a couple of instances of range rovers or vans overtaking slowly in busy traffic, then pulling in in front of me way too close, clearly haven't seen me. Nearly beeped once but then thought that risked a panic reaction, still, scary moment. I watch out for those situations now and adjust speed to avoid. I can't imagine driving past an esprit and not being acutely aware of it!
  22. Another huge thank you to everyone who made yesterday such a great day out. Even mrs p is now a lotus convert and wants an elan sprint! I can imagine a LOT of work went into the planning, and it really paid off. Going to have to try and volunteer for high viz duty next year...
  23. Looks like i don't have to be home when i thought, so count me in too: 39. Neil Potter esprit carb turbo
  24. This might turn out to be a protracted blog, but here's the story so far... The air con on the car has not worked in my ownership, which is the only mechanical bit which doesn't work. The receipts file shows a new condenser was fitted in 1997, and was converted to R134a at the same time, but that's a long time ago. I had a specialist look at it, and was told that the system was holding a vacuum (slightly surprisingly) and the electric part of it was working fine, but the compressor was duff and needed to be replaced. [b]Part 1 - compressor replacement[/b] [i]Sourcing[/i] I managed to source a second hand Sanden SD508 compressor from Ebay, for a bargainous £45. It came off a Saab 900 apparently. The compressor has an interchangeable backplate, where the hoses go in, and I was aware that the Sanden I had bought had two different hose ports, so the backplate from my old compressor would need to be recycled onto the new compressor. That necessitated new gaskets. I managed to get a gasket set from a company in Australia, but it took a bit of research. I think if you are able to buy the backplate with the flanged connections (as required to fit our hoses) from a Sanden dealer you may well get the required gasket included. IMPORTANT... You should note that the compressor actually has two different gaskets, one either side of the reed valve plate which sits between the backplate and the compressor body. If, when you are trying to separate the backplate from the body, you end up separating the backplate and reed valve plate from the body (as I did) you'll need both gaskets. If you do ever have to do this job, take great care to keep the valve plate attached to the body as gasket removal on these compressors is an ENORMOUS pain in the bottom. [i]Removal[/i] Remove the hoses before you remove the compressor, and you'll probably need lots of WD40 to free them off. My system was empty, but if yours isn't I think it's a bit illegal, and a bit dangerous, to remove the hoses and release the gas. Actually getting to the compressor isn't too hard, but I had already removed my alternator for rebuild. There are two bolts fairly easy to get to from the top, then another two you can get at below. You need to remove the belt tensioner to get at the final bolt. [i]Fun with gaskets[/i] If you need to replace the backplate, once you've got the compressor off, you will put it in a vice and start hammering away to get the backplate off. Use a chisel or something, carefully, to try and prise it. It'll be stuck like concrete. When you've got it off, you may well be faced with lots of old, gloopy, brown oil. Drain it out of the compressor body via the drain plug, and clean up the face of the reed valve plate before trying to get rid of the gasket material. Gasket scrapers were next to useless in this task. I ended up using a dremel sanding disk, got through about 6 discs for each surface. A very time consuming job, and not ideal as you'll remove some of the metal from the surface. I then cleaned up the surfaces with some fine wet and dry paper. If you've unintentionally split the reed valve plate from the body, you'll have up to four sufaces to clean up before reassembly... Use some PAG46 oil to lubricate the gaskets and surfaces before you reassemble. When bolting up the backplate, check the interweb for the useful Sanden SD series service guide PDF. This specifies the torque settings on the bolts, which are 14 ft lbs intially, then 24-27 ft lbs for final. [i]More fun, this time with pulleys[/i] Around about this point, I noticed that the pulley on the new compressor was different to the old one, to the extent it wouldn't work in the Esprit. The Esprit one has two grooves, whereas the Saab one has one groove at a different distance from the compressor body. This isn't too bad to sort. You'll have to: - use some bolts in the 3 threaded holes on the clutch plate, in order to hold the pulley steady and allow you to remove the retaining nut - prise off the clutch plate (I used a small bearing puller on the bolts I'd put into the threaded holes) - use circlip pliers to remove two circlips holding the pulley in place against the bearing (one "outty" around the compressor shaft and one "inny" against the pulley on top of the bearing outer race) - use a largish bearing puller to remove the pulley and the bearing I swapped the bearing from the Saab pulley to the Lotus one as it felt a lot smoother. Then do the reverse of all this to get it back together again! I think it's probably wise to install oil in your "new" compressor before reinstall, as the drain/filler hole is at 90 degrees to the vertical on the Esprit install. As I don't know the right oil I should be using, I'm leaving that to my specialist to install in situ. One Esprit-ready compressor, ready for action. Fitting it back in the car is pretty straightforward, but it probably helps to have someone hold it while you start securing bolts.
  25. Fantastic looking car marco! Don't know about the cdl or the ice warning but have a look at my blog as i made new mesh grilles for the rear valance last year. I think the front would be similar but with a different grade of mesh perhaps.
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