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  • Birthday 19/04/1967

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    Turbo Esprit HC
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    Martham, Norfolk

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  1. I have an 87 turbo HC, it has two wax thermostats in the coolant part of the inlet manifold that change the vacuum circuit as the engine reaches normal temperature, when driving you can tell when they operate. Not sure if an NA has these but if it does I would have a good look at the vacuum circuit.
  2. It's fitted correctly when the circlip touches the head Shirley
  3. When mine were sticking I bought new calipers, from an early 80s Supra. Some googling gave me the part numbers, about £160 for the pair, no problems since.
  4. Its not a 7 Eleven but very similar, although there was a 7 Eleven to my left when I took the picture. People here are still very nervous, facemasks are no longer mandatory but 99.9% of people are wearing them, shops and restaurants although open are mostly very quiet. Buses and trains noticeably less crowded and often see buses with just one person per two seats. A new thing in Chongqing yesterday, the few bars that have been open for a couple of weeks have been ordered to close for an undefined period. My company is buying a new washing machine for transmission housings, this machi
  5. Some do, some don't, I took this walking home from work yesterday
  6. Thanks for the nudge, I've been meaning to update this for a few days. Things are going very well, no new cases or sick people in the whole of Chongqing province, where there are 32 million people. This is my 4th week back at work, the first few weeks were quiet because people were coming back from their hometowns and then doing 2 weeks quarantine, they are all back now. Communities are still controlling exit and entry with a pass card and temperature check, you are only allowed into a community if you live there. Communities are big, there are more people living in my communit
  7. Its the older system with the short manifold and wastegate manifold, the long GMP4 manifold came in with the Stevens cars I think. I put a bigger fuse in, it kept blowing for me too Another page if anyone's interested, it's a great thing to have with the car, especially as I know the guys who did the work and remember the car being around. Sorry Lotusfab, a bit off topic now
  8. Regarding the wastegate, Lotus Engineering owned my 87 HC for about 10 years before I bought it from them in 2014. Here is a photo of the work log of the car when it was being looked after by Brian and George Sharp. Top of the page.
  9. More perspective, as I wrote in my "I'm in China thread" I believe there are more people alive in China than would have been if the virus had not come. Approximately 260,000 people die on the roads in China per annum, assuming a reduction of 66% of road deaths for February (very conservative, I estimate road traffic is about 10% of normal) over 7000 people have not died on the roads, versus 3000 people dead of the virus. Of course I am not belittling the virus, its the reason I am stuck in my apartment and have only worked 1 day in the last 5 weeks.
  10. Quick update, I have an Employment Certificate now from my company so I can leave the community to work whenever I need to. I went to work today, reduced hours 8.30 until 3.30. 10 of our team of 12 were in, 2 are still in quarantine. We are the Manufacturing Engineering team, we specify, buy and install machining equipment to machine cylinder heads, blocks and crankshafts and support Production. There are not enough production operators to start the lines this week so we made a schedule where each of us will work 2 days this week, I will work again Thursday. Work was OK, temperature check
  11. USAndretti42, that sounds right. I get a text from Unicom (my mobile company) every day in Chinese, I have forwarded to friends and they say the texts say things like "wear a mask, don't go out unless you need to, contact a hospital if you feel unwell etc. People are desperately trying to return to their normal homes from their hometowns so they can resume work, there are many stories of people getting medical clearance, police clearance etc. to leave their hometowns and arriving at their work city to either not being allowed in, or allowed in but then not being allowed into their communi
  12. China is easy for me, I first came here in 2006 when I worked for Lotus, I have been coming back for work ever since, I spent halve of my 4.5 years at JLR in China, on 3 or 4 week business trips. The new job is a bit different as I live here, so no more business class flights, 5 star hotels and meals on expenses. During my traveling years I usually travelled alone, I soon realised that you just have to make things work, I've had a few issues, like checking out of a hotel, getting a taxi to the airport and finding all flights cancelled because of fog, returning to the hotel and finding it full
  13. A short update... I got my pass today so I can leave the community once every two days, so I went shopping. The one person per apartment allowed out once every two days rule is now Chongqing wide. This means that it is very quiet outside, I saw hardly anybody on my walk to the shop, which is not normal in China. Again the shop had everything, no apparent shortages (except fresh bread) although most people were buying more than the normal amount of shopping. Shopping here is very cheap if you shop in the local Chinese supermarkets, 24 big cans of decent local beer is under £4, f
  14. Hi all, Writing this because I am a bit bored and a few of you might be interested. I left a good job at JLR last year and began a job at a Chinese company in Chongqing last August. Chongqing is normally a fantastic place, very vibrant, great people, a great metro system and very picturesque. I get a long winter break, I left China just before Christmas and returned to China to start work after Spring Festival. I actually flew to China on the day BA said they were stopping flights to mainland China. I flew Heathrow to Beijing, then Beijing to Chongqing on Air China, I have never
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