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    Cross-country and downhill skiing; Skyrim; martial arts (Bujinkan budo taijutsu); cooking savory dishes and trying new recipes; military history, religious studies, and political discourse; H.P. Lovecraft's horror fiction, Robert E. Howard's fantasy stories (specifically Solomon Kane), and R.W. Chambers' weird fiction; doing yoga to prepare for "The Lotus Position"

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    Scott Landis
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    Quakertown, Pennsylvania, USA

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  1. My ‘72 Pontiac has rear drum brakes, but if I had the time, money and inclination I’d swap them out for a set of disc brakes. The same goes for lights, etc. Originality is fine, but when it comes to safety items, unless you plan to will your car to a museum, it should be fine to upgrade specific items—such as more visible lights—when practical.
  2. Lotus Marques in Australia—I can’t recommend them highly enough—sell full S1-S3 steering rack rebuild kits for the Burman steering racks and, if I recall correctly, they may sell fully rebuilt racks as well. They also sell an apparently new Burman rack for the 88+ Esprit. If you go to their website to find full write ups on these, you’ll have to find the “Product news” page in the drop-down menu and start scrolling down. Cheers, Scott
  3. I actually texted my nephew (an unabashed VW Guy) to quick turn on BBC America to see the Turbo Esprit, I was that excited! He really likes the lines of the G Esprit and we both got a chuckle out of seeing one on their “wall”.
  4. A Maserati Merak SS? Hmmmmmm....
  5. Is that a typo, Alp Esprit, with the 205/70/13? A thirteen inch wheel? Because there are a significant number of Touring tires available in the 205/70/14 size (none of which are high performance, and some of which come from manufacturers whose products appear synonymous with “cheap” rather than “quality”...). Just wondering; I have an S3 so am not familiar with the available sizes for the S1 & S2 Esprit. Cheers, Scott
  6. Reading your thread and admiring your work! Keep going! —Scott
  7. I kind of like that pink/magenta color Bibs filled in—no joke; it reminds me of a ‘70’s “Hot Wheels” car. When I was a kid I used to imagine owning a white Esprit...that used glow-in-the-dark paint so everything but the hood/bonnet would glow eerily at night... —Back to Tires! —Scott
  8. ? Is that a faux M1 paint scheme? Things that make you go, “Hmmmm.”
  9. Just an FYI regarding the Focus ST170 engine. I’ve been a Focus owner since 2002 and have been on the Focus boards since around that time. For the Federal market, the ST170 was called the SVT Focus, and sported the Zetec engine, which was named the “Duratec” engine in European markets. Thus, the Duratec engine is, in fact, a Zetec (the Zetec 2.0 appearing in both 130 and 170 horsepower guise), and remained that way until 2005, when Ford switched to a full Duratec package that featured Coil on Plug rather than separate Plugs/Coil pack, among other differences. If you want to get quite ambitious with the Zetec, there are still aftermarket suppliers such as FSWerks in California who sell full turbocharger kits (which probably wouldn’t even begin to fit in the Esprit). The Zetec can be a reliable and relatively low-stress engine, and is very accepting of modifications. For example, my original, 2002 130 hp Zetec sedan had a full PowerWorks Supercharger aftermarket kit installed in 2006. It’s been my daily driver for nearly 278,000 miles—180,000 of them with the installed supercharger kit. Anyway, if Mr. Cowell is the man who put the pictured Zetec in an Esprit he would surely be the person to contact for advice. Both the engines (“ordinary” 2.0 Zetec vs. ST170/SVT Duratec/Zetec) share similar dimensions and many, many parts—and most are still commonly available. Cheers, Scott
  10. My ‘86 Federal car has the same center steering wheel push, but in my case at least it doesn’t actually activate anything—it seems like there may have been some provision for a push horn that never got past the drawing board. Having seen many nice aftermarket wheels, I’d still have to vote on keeping the original—somehow the shape just seems to fit better with the persona of the interior. However, another wheel may cost quite a bit less. As in either case you plan to remove it, you may behoove yourself to purchase a jewelers or eyeglass flat-blade screwdriver to pry off the Lotus emblem gently in order to access the retaining nut underneath it. Just a thought. —Scott
  11. Thank you both for your replies! It is good to hear both your travails have as far as one can surmise, now abated. A truly happy ending to the story. Cheers, Scott
  12. Resurrecting this topic after what appears to be a four month lull. Any progress with this condition? Did Andyww’s advice/thought prove the “final fix”? Or has it continued to vex you? On another forum, it was mentioned by MrDangerUS that a bad catalytic converter = “runs rich, irregular idle, engine cuts off at higher rpm, idles fine but dies at attempt to drive.” I have another car with a 2.5” high flow cat, and when my aftermarket high flow catalytic converter’s substrate came loose and clogged my exhaust, my car exhibited strange conditions under load. I could idle the car in the garage, back slowly onto the street, even rev the engine in neutral handily, but as soon as I put it in gear and accelerated with anything approaching fast, my car absolutely would not provide forward motion and the engine whined, whinnied and lugged, and even with all the modern electronics went into “limp mode” and shut down, just turning off— poof! The exhaust was trying to cram 2.5” of exhaust pipe worth of exhaust through a scattered jagged tangle of honeycomb wreckage and had nowhere to go, but I don’t quite understand how that caused my engine to shut down (with *zero* OBDII error codes being thrown!) Anyway, I don’t even know if this particular car in the thread has a catalytic converter, so if it does not, the point is moot. In the end, how did this turn out? I hope well!!! —Scott
  13. Ressurecting an old, but not ancient, thread since no point in starting a new one. I actually was surprised to learn the two round pieces directly to the left and right of the tachometer & speedometer were not blanking plugs, but rheostats for illumination; these are in the owners manual but as I only drove the car four, maybe five short drives before pushing it backwards into the garage, I never needed to use them. In my case, the much-talked about and photographed screws behind the knobs aren’t there (puzzlingly). As my entire binnacle needs to be re-covered, I was actually thinking of going with the black like MJK (Arnaud) has on his car—the glare against the windshield in my car’s current light tan(’s all deteriorated and showing plastic underneath) was dismaying in my few drives. Has anyone switched over to a darker color for the binnacle? I was considering dark brown as well, to match the carpet. In response to Arnaud’s 18-month old query about custom dash panels, I was wondering the same thing, and have inquired with my best friend who owns a woodworking / manufacturing company (in Red Hill, PA) about possibly making a binnacle gauge cover as well as a matching wooden overlay to replace the torn, shrunken leather-to-windscreen area into which my car’s speakers are sunk. He is mulling it over but as he is co-owner with his older brother I’m sure he will need reminding! If there is any movement on that front I’ll post here or in a new thread, but due to the vagaries of convincing friends to take on extra work it may be a while. Also, I clicked on the link above for but it didn’t lead me directly to the aforementioned article. Cheers, Scott
  14. Heart-achingly beautiful, and heartbreaking to see it for sale. With luck it will sell, for full price, to a fellow Lotus cognoscenti! —Scott
  15. Falcon Crest was a hit TV series in the early to mid-1980s in USA, which followed a rich family who congregated at their posh (vineyard?) home; it was a rival of Dynasty which revolved around the lives of a Texas oil baron family. I believe Falcon Crest starred Jane Wyman (Ronald Reagan's first wife) while Dynasty starred Joan Crawford. Each was responsible for introducing ugly fashions to the US fashion scene such as "big poofy shoulders"...!
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