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  1. Sorry Neil I do need them. I did find two in the box of bits and fitted them, but they felt a bit easy before I started and I'm not convinced they would even slow it down if you let go, far less hold the thing up. And thanks Dan - I've sent you a message.
  2. Other big step is that the body is back on the chassis. Feels such a big step then 5 minutes after you have stood back and admired it, you realise how much more there is to do yet.
  3. Slow progress again, and with recent events not that likely to speed up sadly. The window frames were a pig of a job - I'm no great welder and that thin, fiddly material is not a best stuff to practice on. However with a lot of patience I got new metal into all the badly rotted sections and got the whole thing solid again. I was concerned the rust had got into the seams where the metal on the outer part of the frame doubles back on itself and would therefore just come through again. I therefore laboriously soaked every section in rust remover in containers made from sewage pipes and guttering because soaking the whole door would need a huge tank. For a final treatment I used POR 15 products to etch and paint the inside surfaces of the frames and hopefully seal those seams up. Both frames are now in primer until I get some black satin paint. Few pictures below.
  4. Well the idea of doing it tomorrow took a knock, like pretty much everyone's planning these days. However I have had another go - a bit of jacking up the front with two trolley jacks and persuading it over a bit got the front holes (1 and 2) as well lined up as I could, and a with a millimetre or so ground off the edges of those holes I have got the bolts through and aligned. One needed a spacer. Given the holes were drilled to fit originally, and I have done some fibreglass repair work in the front boot I am happy with how it is aligning. I've ordered some of the 32mm washers to finish it off, and will need an extra pair of hands because unlike when the body is off, it is pretty difficult to have one hand on a spanner on each end of these bolts. At least with schools shut I will have a helper. Keep safe everyone.
  5. That is just what I need - thank you. Will report back tomorrow when I have had more of a look.
  6. Enjoyed that video - almost as much a period classic as the car is. However I'm past that part. I can see how going front first would get you past the top wishbone nut but taking it off works fine too and my two post lift won't do tilting (which is probably just as well). It's just knowing whether the body is now sitting OK and I can simply bolt it on, or if I should be checking alignment in any way and adding packing shims or washers.
  7. I've found a few write ups on here about how to remove the body from an Esprit, but failed to find one on how to put it back on. I've got mine resting back on now, but struggling with aligning a few bits and pieces - intially the front upper wishbone bolts. I aligned the body with plumb bobs from the outer two bolts on the front and back, and got that spot on. But how close should I expect the to be on other connections. I've also seen mention of people replacing body shims as they were when they removed them. Bit awkward for me that as I bought it in bits.... Any tips gratefully recieved.
  8. For various reasons, not much has happened lately. However getting back to it now. Have reassembled the rear part of the body (spoiler/bumper/lights/boot catches/rear quarterlights etc) but been held up on the front as a previous owner "modified" the bumper meaning it needs building up a bit to get good fit lines on it. Seems it is hard to do much in the front before you get the bumper on so saving this until the body is all back on the chassis and easier to move than it is when on its modified shopping trolley. So for now, the body is still on the lift with the chassis sitting underneath. I need a couple of extra eyes and a bit more courage to help me lower it down and make sure it lands in the right place. In the meantime, I've stripped the door frames down. They have the usual corrosion problem, one quite bad. Seems you can't get new ones so much miserable paint scraping prior to patching. I notice the frames are brazed in places - any advice from people who have repaired these as to whether brazing patch pieces is better than welding them? They metal is so thin so I am a bit worried about distortion. Few pics below to bring things up to date anyway.
  9. It's a Marcos GT. Originally a 2-litre but got a 3-litre Ford Essex engine in it. Another project but relegated now the Esprit is back.
  10. I'm quite pleased with number 2020 though - it has a certain ring to it.
  11. Fallen behind with updates again, but picked the body up and got it back to my workshop today. I'll need a second trip to collect bonnet/bumpers/wing mirrors etc tomorrow but here is what I have now. Very impressed with the work and now terrified at the prospect of having to reassemble it all while never dropping a spanner. Still at least the main body/doors/boot are back without incident. Slightly random collection of pictures from the body shop and finally back home in my workshop.
  12. Man in Seat 61 is always good for planning train journeys - we did the summer car-train to the Dolomites last year using his advice. Looks like you can get to Innsubruck on it at that time of year.
  13. Wonder if I wasn't being clear enough. I didn't express a view - fashionable or otherwise - on Brexit itself. The unfashionable bit was sticking up for MPs who I still believe usually do what they think is best, not what lines their pockets/advances their careers etc etc. It's true that it was triggered by things written about the 21 yesterday who far from benefitting have likely ended their careers, but I also think it applies to most of those taking exactly the opposite view. I'm pretty sure sticking up for MPs isn't fashionable inside or outside of the M25. And on Labour/AS, the idea it was in the headlines because it was tearing the capital apart is nonsense. It was in the headlines because powerful people in the media and politics made sure it was there.
  14. I try to apply a bit of logic to this, and have to say the 20 odd rebels probably didn't do this for their own interests. They've just ended their own careers/salaries etc. I have no.interest in trying to persuade people to be pro or anti Brexit, me no one ever changes their mind. But I do like to give most people enough credit to accept they are doing what they think is best for people/the UK. But this js a terribly unfashionable view, so you can all tell me to f*** off.
  15. I got mine off pretty easily after warming it with a hairdryer and using a thin bladed paint scraper. As Pete says above, SJ have replacement glass, but they are about £20 a go with the VAT so there is an incentive to go steady. I checked they were in stock before starting. Mine had the convex glass so the plastic would be OK, but not quite so good. I needed to dismantle.mine as I am having a respray and the paint would him up the join from stalk to mirror housing. I have sent photos to a 3d printer to see what they think they can do - should have an indication on price soon if anyone is interested.
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