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    Esprit gt3 & Elan+2
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  1. But only via boot port, passenger... and of course the convenient port, is totally unresponsive... any ideas ?
  2. Just fitted one of these this week in the engine bay: 2mtr Plus a 50 second firestick fitted by driver seat and a 2.5 kg powder in passenger footwell.. That should cover it.. Both links for example only, so you know what i am talking about.
  3. Love child of an AC3000ME and a TVR wedge....
  4. I used four wheel ramps.... Of course, you cannot drive onto them ! You need to jack up until they can be pushed under, then load up and tighten.
  5. Hi I have all the original dampers and springs from my 1998 GT3 Work perfectly, but rusty. Springs will blast and powder coat well, dampers are rusty, but could be rebuilt ? I blasted a set of bilstein in similar condition on a DB7 and they came up well once painted. Free to a new home, but must be picked up north west London.
  6. Deep creep over 2 days then an impact screwdriver should do it.
  7. during lockdown I decided to tackle some larger jobs... I had the engine and box out late last year and when I put it all back together I had 4th popping out... so engine and gearbox out last weekend. To discover the lower rubber gasket on the lever had snagged and was causing the 4th gear to drop out.. Nice easy fix . Engine and box back in... and the other 100 bits that you need to do... Only to discover on test drive that I had developed an annoying creak from Near Side Front.... So I greased all the joints. . No So I figured the spring was scraping on the damper (new springs last year) so I greased the springs... No So I bound the spring in tiewraps... No Then I tried to make it squeak when off its wheels.. no squeak, but I tried the body mounts anyway and found the body mount bolts were not tight... so I nipped them all up a quarter turn and now I have no creaks !! I guess it is usually cold when I test drive before !
  8. It has definitely had a hard life, but the only area that gave me pause for thought was driver side sill.. once that is fixed you are facing a long period of repairs and reglassing the entire body. It looks like someone has used paint stripper and grinder and you have lost your gel coat, with a ton of repairs over repairs (your replacement nose then had another repair nsf), so new matting and gel is the best way to fix that body. Its not a total loss, just a lot of work !
  9. Laika

    E5 PRT

    A 1998 2ltr silver lotus according to Makes it a GT3, I believe
  10. that reminds me i need to get the in-cabin port working... at the moment i have to leave my laptop in boot ! freescan says 82, but i now need to do some spirited driving to see what it says in standing traffic
  11. so the thermostat replacement (including a jiggler) made no difference, the temp stayed at 80, including in standing traffic, with aircon off. so I replaced the sender still no difference maybe my GT3 is just a cool car ?
  12. While we have a couple more weeks of lockdown i decided to tackle my leaking seal today. Found that the large splitpin was cracked and the inner splitpin was twisted/bent in the middle. Removal of the old seal was relatively easy. Following advice from Southwest lotus I cleaned up the spline thoroughly , no grease, no oil. Put on the inner ring, a dab of gear oil. Put in the new seal with a smear of sealant on the outside edge... Just in case. A blob of sealant on the end of the splined shaft (apparently addresses oil leaks up the splines) and put it back together. Seal went in just fine, once you only have a mm or two left to go it goes in far too easy, you need to be very careful, I went in .2m too far, but after a test drive the seal is dry. I found that I could use shrink-wrap to hold the pins on the end of my parallel punch to get them going.. The gearbox drain was a pain as I didn't have the correct socket, but I managed to make one up using a socket set in reverse. For the refill I used an oil pump from Lidl, worked a treat. Gear change is improved with the new oil, that surprised me. Surprisingly easy job.
  13. If re-using the alcantara (I did as it matches my headlining) the secret is not to try and re-stretch it, as you will not get the marks left by 20 years of being pressed on by the door panel to line up again, so I made sure the holes on the composite sheet that it all mounts on lined up with the new foam and the alcantara before I glued it all back together.
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