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  1. Okay - so wheels and tyres done! Full write up under the wheels tyres forum but a few pics here, delighted with the result.
  2. Hi Guys, Tyres fitted today and everything balanced up. Only needed 0g, 5g, 15g and 30g to balance, which is very impressive given they’re 40yr old 3pc wheels! Images show the Toyo R888r tyres fitted that everyone was asking about. Not on the car but you can see the nice ‘balloon’ side walls they give. Actually on the wheels the net height difference vs my old Goodyear’s is just under a cm - about 8mm, so only a very slight difference. I think this is helped that the older tyre has less tread so probably taken a good 8mm off diameter there (say -4mm each side). Details of who and what: Tyres: Toyo R888r (F: 195/50/15, R:225/50/15) Wheel refurb: Voodoo Motorsport Bolt ‘hat’ washers: Jo on this forum: Email: [email protected] Tyre Stickers: Tyre Wall Stickers Compomotive wheel stickers: I say Ding Dong Hope this saves some people some time, I’m delighted with the result! Now I just need the car to be finished!
  3. Mine aren’t fitted yet and the car isn’t back from paint - but if you scroll back a page or two you’ll see the green turbo with these size R888r on. Hope that helps!
  4. Absolutely - I must’ve contacted twenty companies, most had stopped doing 3pc wheels, the few that did still offer it sounded like they didn’t understand what these wheels specifically needed. Voodoo hadn’t done these wheels before but clearly knew their stuff on 3pcs and were willing to listen to what I wanted/find ways around problems etc. Great guys, definitely a good find.
  5. Machining is flat and doesn’t leave a pattern, diamond cut leaves ridges and creates a circular ‘pattern’.
  6. Wheels are done... took three months in total! Thanks to this forum I managed to get the black hat washers too! Not cheap but a great result! These were done by Voodoo wheels - great guys and experts in 3pc wheels. They genuinely moved mountains to figure out the best way to redo the wheels including finding a new supplier to properly machine (not diamond cut) the face of the centres, like originals are. Cost was around £1000 - not bad at all considering the work involved.
  7. 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 tyrewallstickers.com 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 but only time will tell! Got new aluminium centre caps and badges too, so I’m ready for the 3pc wheels to come back and get it all assembled ready for the car to be done at paint.
  8. I can confirm these are R888Rs with a 50 profile, I asked the owner.
  9. 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)
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. They look incredible, almost matt. Thanks for these, I’ll send them to the painters to steer them in the right direction! Cheers
  13. 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.
  14. 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 Alunox manifold and wastegate system? How is it holding up, how many miles have you done etc? Thanks guys!
  15. 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 leaking, interior was very tired, one front light pod didn’t work, handbrake didn’t work, exhaust blowing and other bits I can’t remember...... needless to say, she needed some love! so currently: - Car is fully stripped of glass, trim and as many panels as possible and getting taken back to gelcoat for a full respray in factory correct silver. - Engine is out and getting fully rebuilt - All intake will be back in crackle black - Turbo is being rebuilt and manifold and wastegate likewise - Carbs are being fully rebuilt - Full set of fuel and water hoses and aluminium pipes ready - New aluminium fuel tanks - New discs and pads all round - New exhaust - New Gaz coilovers rear and Gaz shocks and springs for front (custom springs for dry sump ride height) - New bushes throughout - Interior being fully reupholstered - New body trim and seals all round - New clutch and flywheel skimmed - 3pc Compomotive wheels getting rebuilt ....I think that’s it?! Needless to say I’ve thrown the kitchen sink at her to get her back to her former glory. It’s my second Esprit and the idea is this ones the keeper! I’ll try and get photos but here’s a few pre going for paint with some roller wheels on the rear. Hope everyone is doing well. This forum was a god send on my last restoration!
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  17. 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!
  18. 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 using proper kit). As such I've been doing a lot of digging on head gasket replacements. I've never done one before but I'm happy to take my time and I want to learn more along the way ...I can't imagine this is the last time I'll be delving in to the engine. I don't have a huge amount of space (a double length garage) and so want to (try) and do it with engine in situ ...or at least get the head off and see what I find, then make a call if I then need to do more work. I'm hoping to not get the head skimmed (as recommended due to issues) and my fingers are crossed that the liner nip is within tolerance and I can clean up the faces and use a new gasket and sort myself. ...that is the hope! Grand plans for the car are to keep it as standard and original parts as possible, barring sensible (nigh on mandatory!) upgrades (braided clutch hose etc.). I thought I'd introduce myself anyway and let you know the plan! Look out for me popping up and asking stupid questions in the very near future!!!
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