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    Paul Maurice
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  1. Update on the tyres. Ordered the R888r, sidewall is about 11mm shallower on the rears than standard - but they have a good roundness to them so it’s hardly noticeable. Done my sidewall stickering today using the new dry sump range by and they look great. Obviously look a bit out of place off the car and in bright white, but that’ll soon change. Thought about doing them after tyre is on the wheel but this made it all a bit easier. They took about two hours to do and was a really easy process, can’t even get a pick underneath any to try and peel them off. They’re stuck fast
  2. I can confirm these are R888Rs with a 50 profile, I asked the owner.
  3. Yeah sorry I just mean they’re much closer to a Matt than a gloss. Technically Matt is 0-10% sheen and gloss is 70-100%... so ‘satin’ can cover a huge range from near Matt to slightly dull gloss. I’d be interested to know what % sheen Steve is using. It does look so so good! I’d guess it’s about 10-15% (egg-shell sort of sheen)
  4. Ah that’s good to know. More sheen will pretty much mean more durable too, near matt will be tough to keep uniform over a few years, especially across a large flat area like the bumpers etc. Yeah I think this will be it - keeping them that matt will be tough - but they do look incredible.
  5. Yeah they said the sideskirts were tough! Thanks for that additional pic, anything like that will help them get it right back to stock. Yes rear louvres has the single support post. Yes keeping the green carpet from factory, tempted to change it to matching beige/sand but decided to keep it all original.
  6. They look incredible, almost matt. Thanks for these, I’ll send them to the painters to steer them in the right direction! Cheers
  7. That’s great to hear. I’ve contacted them to get a cost/timescale and I can keep the original manifold and waste-gate etc for future originality etc. Thanks so much for the info, it’s exactly what I was looking for.
  8. Bit of an update (and some advice please)... Car is stripped and all removed panels are back to gel coat ready for primer. Body is still to be prepped. Engine is getting fully rebuilt with a few internal upgrades including lighter Carrillo pistons and rods. Turbo has been fully rebuilt. Questions that I can’t see info for in the forums: - On the dry sump compomotive wheels, are the faces of the black centres, diamond cut or polished back? - For the bumpers, mirrors and louvres, what is the sheen percentage level of the satin black used? - Has anyone got the
  9. Hey Guys, Just an update on Dodgy Dave’s dry sump as I know a lot of you know the car. The car had not had much done to it for the last few years, so it’s condition had dropped off. The fuel hoses were cracking, the turbo was on its way out, the carbs out of balance, crud in the fuel tanks, most hoses perished, most pipes corroded, the front suspension had virtually collapsed, the rear dampers were shot, the brake hoses were leaking on the rear, rear discs were warped, front pads were dead, clutch slave was gone, paintwork was really bad with micro blisters allover, windscreen was le
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  11. Cheers guys ...and thanks for the advice. I know it's a tight squeeze, but happy to take my time over the winter and allow the knuckles to heal between sessions!!! Assuming I am just doing the new head gasket, apart from a full gasket set, cam belt and tensioner, are there any other parts you think I'll need??? Also, apart from torque ratchets and usual paraphernalia, any specific tools you think I'll need? Cheers guys!
  12. Hi All, Brand new to this forum and brand new to Lotus ownership! So, I've just splashed out (6 weeks ago) on a 1986 Turbo Esprit, in black with cream interior. It has only done £27k miles (verified) and is absolutely mint. She's a keeper and one I'm happy to spend money (invest ;-) ) in. Long story short, it was running incredibly well (for circa 400 miles not all one trip), then 10 mins in to a journey it blew a hose which I didn't notice as temp gauge didn't move and it appears hose was loose. Engine then overheated (only for circa 1 minute) and the head gasket went (confirmed usi
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