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    Gordon
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    1984 Turbo Esprit
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    Charleston, SC, USA

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  2. Hi Dean Try look around this website for some hints and tips. http://www.autogeek.net/ Yes, its American based. I would certainly recommend using a clay bar with the detail spray. First time I used a clay bar I was amazed at the difference. You might want to consider a couple of grades of polish to tackle it in stages. I find Meguires and Griot good products. I had a black Jaguar XJS before my Esprit and I used a black polish and wax system, and it was good, Meguires I think, something to consider. I have one of the 3" and 6" Griot orbital polishers and they are great. You don't
  3. I set the fuel pressure regulator per the service manual to 4-4.5psi with the ignition on but the engine not running. I have test driven the car and it feels 'flat' on hard acceleration (I did post about this on the Lotus Esprit FB page). The car is getting boost, well at least the boost gauge shows full boost under hard accel and I hear a whooshing nice in my right ear. The car takes off but it seems to lack the thrust I think it had before. Now, I have attached snippets of the service manual and I think I see a discrepancy in the notes, perhaps you can concur? In the fuel system General
  4. @jcslocumJon, slight thread highjack, but how long did it take you to remove the carbs on your car? Big pain in the a** or just a slow process?
  5. This weekend I had a look at things. I found the idle jacking solenoid mounted at the front of the air box on the carbs. All connections look good. Started the car and warmed it up. Then turned the ac on, and well, guess what, the high idle kicked in again. I pulled the connectors on and off a couple of times and maybe that cleaned them a bit. Anyway, problem fixed. I also found out that SJ does these solenoids still and perform about 3 tasks.
  6. This weekend I replaced the diaphragm. Photos attached of the difference. I haven't driven the car yet, but it seems I will have to check the fuel pressure is correct. Maybe time caused the old one to harden, or maybe the newer ethanol fuels?
  7. I noticed this summer when I turned the aircon switch on ('84 US spec) that the high idle appears not to be kicking on. It worked fine last summer. A month or so ago I noticed when I rotated the switch that part way through turning it I could hear like an electrical buzzing, as if power was trying to get through a switch with a bad connection. Now, when I turn the switch, you get the initial click as it rotates from the off position then after a about another quarter turn I hear the AC fans cut in, but the idle does not kick up and actually drops a bit. The buzzing noise has stopped, so I
  8. @AndyW, I started a new thread in Engine with photos of the engine bay of my US spec car.
  9. Some of you have expressed interest in the differences between UK/ROW (Rest of World) and US (Federal) Spec Turbo Esprits. So I thought I would post a few photos of the engine bay of my US spec 1984 Turbo Esprit for your viewing pleasure and we can play spot the difference. Main items are probably going to be the air pump and catalytic converter. I think everything is still on my car even though there is no emission testing or MoT in my state of SC. I have a carb rebuild kit on order and I will be replacing the fuel lines too.
  10. I'll post a few pics of the engine bay and we can play spot the difference. Around the late 70's or so, there were what were known as 49 state cars and California cars from what I have seen with British cars over here. Not sure about Lotus, but I have seen TR7's with twin Strombergs and air pumps etc for the 49 states and SINGLE carb TR7's for California! Its pitiful looking under the bonnets of later Spitfires and MGB's over here. Around 1980 there was a Federal requirement that speedometers only went up to 80mph! Seen those too on TR8's.
  11. Attached are two photos of my 1984 US spec Turbo. Looks like my cover is the same as the blue one Chris J posted. Yes, I believe the fan is there to extract heat. There is a bimetallic(?) switch for it under the cover, lower left. Harness plugs in lower right. The metal latches are factory. Buddsy is right in that you would only want the straps to hold the cover up for access, not every time you opened the rear hatch. I have seen maybe 3 different cover styles on US G cars depending on the year.
  12. Attached is a photo of my 84 that prompted the question. See the gold coloured screw head to the lower left of centre? That is what made me wonder if there was a cord of some sort originally attached. Now my engine cover has latches holding it down, so the cords could not lift the engine cover when the rear hatch was released. I thought it would be handy to have cords to hook over some sort of fitting to hold the engine cover up when checking the fluids etc. Apart from the gold coloured screw there is nothing else on the main hatch. No evidence of the strut mountings being used either.
  13. I have a US 1984 Turbo Esprit. What do you mean by noise emission? Decibel levels? What are the requirements? In the US if you import a car over 25 years old its exempt emissions and such. I think its slightly unreasonable to expect a car to perform to the same levels when its at the age these cars are now. Sorry I cannot be of much help. I have the 1984 owners handbook, and repair/service manual but I am not sure it would have anything in there for noise. As stated above, I don't think the US had/have noise emission requirements. The only shred of help I can think of is that the US c
  14. Is there supposed to be some sort of strap or cable for holding up the engine cover once the rear hatch is opened? If so, does anyone have a photo of what it looks like that they can post? 1984 Turbo Esprit. I currently use a wood stick!
  15. I opened up the fuel pressure regulator on my car and found the rubber diaphragm was like hard leather. I have found out you can buy a replacement for about 15 pounds and even a new spring. I will be replacing mine. Just thought I'd share as this will save buying a new regulator for 55 pounds or so.
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