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    Mitch messer
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    2000 Esprit
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    Salem, NH

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  1. Steve,

    looking for a complete carpet set for my 2001 V8, including the rear boot. Black carpets. Include new floor mats. Could you please provide pricing and lead time. 

    I’m located - Salem NH, 03079, USA.



  2. Out of curiosity, have you checked the inertia switch?
  3. Could be as simple as the FOB battery. The touch key is for programming new FOB's and does not disarm the alarm.
  4. Mike, looking to purchase an ECU and  the dampers. Not sure how to do it.



  5. Installed the PNM 4 pot calipers with larger disc's and the Brembo bracket. New one piece bracket for both calipers and you flip right and left Brembo's. 2000 V8 mitch
  6. I'm a V8 owner, I recently rebuilt my engine and would be willing to give you a hand. I live in southern New Hampshire, but work in Ma. I would love to go see your project in person.
  7. Stu,

    i just ordered a OE set from SJ Motorsport . At first they told me only aftermarket gaskets were available , then I got an email from Steve a couple days later saying Lotus still had a few left. Part # A918E0029F, they were 600.00 GB. About $900.US. I placed the order, haven't received them yet. 

    1. stugilmour


      Thanks very much. Will phone Steve next week; too late today.  Monday is a holiday in both Canada and the U.K.  

      Was the ~ $900 US for both gaskets? I assume Steve can put a kit together pretty easily with all the other gaskets included; but I expect that would be more than $900?


    2. Mjmech



      my email is 

      $900+\- for the two. I think aftermarket HG's are only $200. Haven't had a problem with the other aftermarket gaskets. 

      Good luck, also make sure the two mating surfaces are as clean and smooth as possible. From what I read, that's very important when using MLS gaskets.

  8. Mitch, just got contacted privately by another forum member who mentioned he had an issue with the JAE supplied head gaskets as well. We assume now we got aftermarket ones from JAE last winter as we are having identical issues to the other car. He also solved the issues with OEM gaskets.

    I cannot source the OEM gaskets locally as our dealer does not stock or source any parts for the older cars. If you get a lead on a gasket set for sure let me know. 

    I actually recovered two pieces about 1/4" diameter of what looks like head gasket material from the coolant header bottle. 

    Real pain. May have to re do the head gaskets. 


  9. Stuart,

    did you use OE or aftermarket head gaskets. 

    1. stugilmour


      I believe they were stock from JAE in CA, but I will definitely check. The shop sourced all the parts directly on the last service job. 

    2. Mjmech


      I don't like to talk on the forums. I rebuilt my V8, with aftermarket head gaskets. They failed after defore 100 miles. Changed to OE head gasket and it's been 1,500 miles now. I think the aftermarket head gaskets are junk.  The OE gaskets have a much thicker citron coating. But I'm not sure that there are any more available. According to Ralph at RS motor sports, I got the last set any where. I actually have a spare motor I would like to rebuild , but I'm waiting for this gasket situation to be figured out.

      also do the combustion check on the coolant system with the engine at temp and the Rpms over 2,500. That's the only time I would see the combustion gases . 


      Spell check changed a bunch of words. Gaskets are MLS with a Vitron coating.

    3. stugilmour


      Thanks and will do on combustion check. We have had rain here for like two week; hoping to get back to the car this week. 

  10. I think your header cap is not sealing properly. Pressure test your coolant system with the header cap in place. Cut a tee into the top hose on the header tank and attach the tester there. If the cap doesn't hold 17-20Psi you will boil over.
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