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  1. Although we now know much more fully the harmful effects of ethanol on fuel systems, back in The Day the Federal (HCi) owner’s manual noted “a mixture of 10% ethanol (grain alcohol) and 90% unleaded gasoline may be used” (20). My how hindsight changes things!
  2. 12 x 1.5 thread pitch I believe. 35mm long including the non-threaded portion, give or take a mm. The threads only appear to be 28mm long. The entire wheel bolt stood upright is approximately 58mm long/tall. Cheers, Scott
  3. I have to say “negative” on an access hatch behind the seat(s) of the 1986 Federal HCI; much of my interior including seats is out and all I see is sound deadening material and some carpet—no hatch.
  4. Hello Nello (has a nice ring to it): I always enjoy a nice, bullet-point checklist when organizing any “To Do” list. So, for anyone else who comes upon this thread, here is what I gathered you may want to do in your Sleeping Nine Years, Time to Awaken list…with a few ideas added by me which I am doing for both my Federal HCI and a 1972 Pontiac Grand Prix. •R&R accessories belts •R&R timing belt and tensioner •R&R oil and filter per polowonder •R&R spark plugs •R&R clutch master cylinder •Possibly R&R brake master cylinder depending on condition •R&R other fluids per polowonder: —brake fluid —coolant —transmission fluid (a simple drain and fill with three [three] quarts per Harry Martens) •R&R wiper blade rubber (my suggestion as the rubber may be over 9 years old) •R&R input shaft circlip with up-rated circlip per carbuff, as well as crownwheel bearings (usu. with SKF bearings), also per carbuff •Remove and refurbish brake calipers; R&R brake pads if needed (or desired) per Neil Potter/910 Esprit •Possible replacement or “turning” of brake discs, as needed, per 910Esprit and Neil Potter •R&R spark plugs (cheap, why not, item) •R&R air filter if desired (cheap, so why not, item) per Barry Kearley •R&R fuel filter (per Barry Kearley) •Flush old petrol from the tanks (!) per Barrykearley. NOTE: MrDangerUS on Lotus Talk (and here on TLF) gives an outstanding set of petrol tank flush directions on page 2, post 29 of the thread “87 HCI Losing Power at 4k RPM” by KessOrden. •Check pressure of spare tire •R&R 9+ year old tires So far that seems to be The Basic List. Cheers, Scott
  5. It might also be possible the steering column of the Vauxhall cross-references to other General Motors models. Also, you might fancy inquiring over at the Vauxhall owners forum (?) or checking to look for parted-out cars there (although you’d no doubt need a number of posts to do so). Might be more economical than the £200.00 eBay steering column (I did a search before reading these posts 👀).
  6. In most auto forums, “NA” refers to “Naturally Aspirated” while “FI” represents “Forced Induction”; however, yup, we have TE (Turbo—i.e. Forced Induction) Esprit and NA. Otherwise, the *general* nomenclature for Federal (US) cars also encompasses HCI/HCi or, as deecee notes, Bosch fuel injection…with all the other attributions (S3, S3 Turbo, etc.) tossed into the mix. Often confusing, always fun! 😝🤪
  7. While I don’t know the make and model, Lotus Marques (Australia) notes the steering *rack* is Burman; not sure if the full column is the same. But that may be a starting point, at least (?).
  8. Wow! Keeping my fingers crossed! 😁 Cheers, Scott
  9. Wonderful news! 😇 Just for confirmation, is the GM part 1875990 hopefully correct? (Trying not to jinx anything!) Or did the Module take a different version of the bajillion part numbers? 😳 Fingers crossed x2! Cheers, Scott
  10. To the top for some incredibly useful, bespoke parts. I’d gladly purchase a full set of those quite wonderful door hinge bushings (for both doors; Federal 1986 Turbo Esprit). —Scott
  11. I’m with andynewsome—even if I replace my Blaupunkt with a Bluetooth unit, I still want the antenna to go up. One thing I originally “poo poo’d” was the antenna—along with the “anachronistic” pop up lights. I even lamented the cassette player....until a group of high school kids saw my car and wanted to know about it. The way they “Ooooo” and “Ahhh”’d and were blown away by the cassette being sucked into the player...the lights sweeping up and down...and the antenna whirring up convinced me these were as cool now as when I saw my first Esprit in I think ‘84. So, the antenna stays 😎! Cheers, and thank you for the updates!
  12. For additional reference, see above posts by 910Esprit, omegaman, and Chillidoggy. This just expands slightly on their input. If you search for GM 1875990 there are sources which have internal ignition amplifier / igniter / modules (not the full silver casing with other interior wiring), but from the pic below (from a Jaguar ignition module AB14) I wonder if there are a huge multitude of part numbers for the AB14 internals (?). In other words, an AB14 for a Jaguar might have a different internal PN than one for a Skoda, Lotus, or Chevy. In the US,, Summit Racing, and others carry numerous brands of these (including ones with labels/stickers attached to them from Pertronix for their various “Ignitor” parts; these come with a California CARB E/O number). I found cross-references to this and a four-pin module at SKV Germany 🇩🇪 “Ignition System Switch Unit — Heavy Duty”. Via eBay UK. I lifted this pic from a Brian Felts on the Jaguar, which clearly shows the interior of the aforementioned Lucas AB14 module shown above. It clearly has “GM” emblazoned on its black plastic cover. Oddly, although the Jaguar thread is for the Lucas AB14, the part number stamped on the GM part is different from the ones I could find.
  13. Outstanding to see! Perhaps a link to this thread might be listed in the Miscellaneous parts section for additional ease of accessibility. Cheers, Scott
  14. Outstandingly clean lines. Upon going to the seals direct website, you’ll want to find the automotive trim page. Scroll and scroll and scroll down until you find the Edge Trims (which is what I believe is pictured). Their self-grip ability appears based on thickness of the heat shield (which presumably is folded or rolled?) so I imagine measure thickness accordingly. Cheers, Scott
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