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    Esa Väisänen
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    Lotus Esprit V8 1998
  • Location
    Jyväskylä, Finland

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  1. Sure. They do not have the suitable adapter, but the Ford Focus one supplied with the wheel is suitable basis, if You take the splines from original steering wheel. Subcategory :ratit. Subcategory : sisusta, ratit
  2. Now the new steering wheel is installed. It is not the model that would be most wanted, but still much better than the original. Adapter was custom made by my friend. These steering wheels are still available from one automotive spare parts store in Finland and the prize is little less 300 euros. Old stock I supposed. That prize includes one adapter which can be used as basis of modifications. If anybody is interested, I can provide the contact information of the shop. I have no part of the business and do not profit any of it, but I consider every hideous looking original steering wheel removed is favor to the everybody...
  3. Before I brought my Esprit I was very interested to buy DB7. I would have preferred 6-cylinder model, because I strongly believe, that more cylinders mean more problems. At the time those cars were much cheaoer than now, but so were the Esprits which is the reason I have it now. Maserati 3200GT:s somehow appeal to me too. They are cheap, but I supposed that there is a reason for this.
  4. I must admit that I have developed a bit hooligan habit. About half mile from my home is a roundabout when coming from a motorway and after that is the gas station where old geezers are sitting and talkin shite with the friends. This place is near but not visible from the roundabout. So, when I am heading home, I just can not resist the urge to do little power slide In the roundabout on the second gear or on third if it is wet weather. It is childlish I know, but so rewarding... The current tyres, Kumho Ecsta sports make quite a sound and when coming to the sight of the old men sitting outside the gas station, I just pass them In the fourth gear and near idle revs... I guess that next I will buy some tyres with better grip.
  5. As v8 owner I have not even though possibility it blowing. It seems so easy going and the possibilities of exploiting it's full potential is not really possible In our road enviroment. I am plannanning to attend a track day on next summer, so I might think different after that... I have done many with motorbike and they take that easily, but Lotus might be different thing.
  6. Lhd esprit would be highly desirable In mainland Europe...
  7. Is It possible to buy obd-scanner that can reset airbag light? I have nearly finished the steering wheel replacement procedure and the nearest Lotus dealers are located Sweden, so that is not viable option. If it is same system like Opel/Gm has it would make things easier. Any advice appreciated.
  8. How about Volkswagen W12? It is supposed to be shorter. Mercedes 5.5amg engine might be possible too.
  9. Sounds interesting. I have been on that track 2 times before with motorcycle. It is very fine track with smooth surface. There is also inexpensive accomodation In the hostel less than 20kms from the track.
  10. Strange looking carburettors? This car is advertised as JPS model. Imported in the nineties from the United States and the current owner has had it since 1996.
  11. I would be interested to know, what is this "gentleman's" preferred car?
  12. I have an opportunity to buy cheap and new Raid-steering wheel with airbag. However, I have to find suitable adapter for 1998 Esprit V8. Does anybody make these anymore? I could have one custom made here, but it takes some time to design, so It would be easier to buy one ready to fit.
  13. You have much more sympathy around the Europe than You might think. This European version of the democrasy where man can not have any affect of the policies by voting will come to the end sooner or later.
  14. Yes, I understood that You are concerned about the classic car prizes dropping because of the uncertain economical situation caused by Brexit. I am glad that You are not reading what the media in here writes about it. Bloodthirsty politicians and press wants to make it as costly as possible to You Brits, bacause You dare to leave this wonderfull Euro-socialist system behind. It is interesting that the Guardian and Daily mail seems to be the only source that our media relies when talking about Britain. I am sure that there are different opinions available there too? About the Esprit prizes, they seem to be more reasonable than here, but You must have the biggest market of the brand there, so it might be vunerable. In our market the best classic cars are usually sold abroad to the Germany or Sweden, because the prize level is better there. Applies to the motorcycles too. PS. I think that Your Isles are such a big market close to the mainland Europe that It would be foolish to not trade and do it with reasonable terms. With germans the agreement is likely to be easy, but the french are difficult.
  15. I doubt that the Brexit affects much of the Esprit prices, if You consider export sales to the mainland Europe. There are simply not much of the market for the cars with steering on the wrong side. Getting the spare parts here might get more expensive though.
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