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    1984 Lotus Esprit Turbo

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  1. I'll move it to front compartment...there is space there for it. I'll just have to secure it next to the spare tire. === As for the fellow with the burnt car...uh no...I was happy knowing I did what I could. If it wasn't for me and the young fellow with the other extinguisher, the car would have been completely destroyed. Where we were at was semi-rural, and the police & fire crew still took 5 minutes to arrive (actually fast for not being in a large city). A rural fire department house was about 2 miles away. I think the fire crew was actually partly volunteer. Each truck large fire truck had just 1 crew member/driver. I think the fire house had just a staff of 1 per truck and any extra crew was volunteer. The way they might work it, is the driver goes to the site of the fire and volunteers drive themselves from where ever they are directly to the fire location. The guy with the burnt car was in shock about what had happened to his car. 0 to near scrap metal in 3 minutes before his eyes. Plus he was starting to get busy with the Police and Fire crew on how the fire started so they could determine how best to suppress the remaining hidden fire. Fuel, Brake or clutch fluid may have dripped into the passenger compartment through their respective plunger holes in the cowl and soaked the carpeting under the dash. The small extinguisher was a $20 USD variety. My new replacement extinguisher was $49USD. As long as I or anyone wasn't injured, the extinguisher cost is the least of my life's worries.
  2. I initially purchased the fire extinguisher in my car because a local car club's show scoring & rules encouraging participants to carry a fire extinguisher in the cars. I thought it was a good idea, bought a few more small extinguishers for each car in the garage and hoped I never had to use these devices. On Saturday night, the wife and I were returning from a nice dinner in Algonac, MI when we came upon a car pulling into the lot with orange sparks and a small glow from its under carriage. There was a plume of smoke above the lighted intersection from which that car had turned off M29. I thought that was too much smoke and orange light for a dragging tail pipe. So while I turned around in the next parking lot, I asked my wife to take our fire extinguisher out of the glove box (the Lotus Esprit does have a deep, big glove/map box). In about the 45 seconds to turn around and get back to where the other vehicle was, the other car owner had the hood open, there were 3 foot flames coming from under the carburettor, all along the lower windscreen edge, and through the hood vents. I initially thought the Kidde extinguisher (3lbs or 1.5kg 'ABC' type) was going to be useless, but surprisingly, it put out all the fuel burning in the engine compartment. The small Kidde extinguisher, intended for kitchen and small garage fires, had enough pressurized contents for about 10 seconds of use. I was impressed, even though I aimed the extinguisher at the left front lower shock tower and cowl panel, little licks of flame on the under side hood insulation and at the radiator hose connection to the radiator were smothered by the fire extinguisher's contents. Even if the Kidde had more to give, it couldn't help further because the fire (I think) had started to burn into the A/C and interior heating ducts in the dash board. The interior was continuing to fill with thick smoke even though no flame was visible. A young fellow from a nearby party store showed up with a larger extinguisher and kept the engine compartment fire that re-ignited about a 1minute later from growing again. Sadly, even though I responded within 1 minute and the fellow with a larger extinguisher within another minute...the Metalic green, 1969(maybe) Pontiac GTO had suffered major damage. When I left the scene, the a fire truck crew decided their very large fire extinguisher wasn't going to be effective and they were pulling out the heavy water hose to douse the interior, dash board and maybe the engine compartment again. As a result of this experience, I just purchased a medium sized fire extinguisher for my car, a Kidde 340 (15 lbs of fire suppressant?) to replace the spent extinguisher. Due to its size, it'll have to be stowed in the rear boot or trunk. Just like the first extinguisher, I hope I don't have to use it. For any older, sports or classic car owner who reads this, they should seriously consider inspecting their vehicle's entire fuel line route for potential leaks or hose cracks annually, and carry not a small extinguisher, but a medium sized extinguisher or few small ones at the very least. One little fire extinguisher isn't enough.
  3. I use little rubber feet for putting on the bottom of things...available from the typical home hardware store. I believe one needs about a 3mm pad or spacer. I think these are the items needed
  4. Its horrible to see a nice collectors car get damaged. And for the Esprits and other GRP bodied cars, there is no healing or recovery from a fire. I'm in the USA...I keep a KIDDE "Dry Chemical" Class 5-B;C Size 1 extinguisher in each of my cars. It takes up 50% of the space in the Esprit's dash storage box, fits behind the seat of TR7. In the Jag club I'm in, at competition and scoring events, if you don't have a fire extinguisher in easy reach in your car, one is penalized 1 point for safety (this is to promote fire protection and safety). Below is car of 1985 Esprit Turbo engine fire result (not mine) but from a fellow that was parting out what remained.
  5. so is this a bolt in replacement of the Lotus pop off valve?
  6. Mine stay full 100% ON after the door is shut, then fades to OFF in about 5 seconds. All it takes is a slow discharging capacitor across a FET transistor gate...4 parts minimum...nothing fancy...I never thought too much about it since some US luxury cars during the 1980s started to have this type of feature.
  7. How exactly does a rust hole happen in an Esprit exhaust manifold? Example, I have 48K miles on my car, the car is 23 years, is stored in doors, not driven in snow conditions, and when used, used for 20 mile type drives to insure that the vehicle is well heated. What are the driving and storage characteristics of those who get rust through on their exhaust manifolds? It seems like these manifolds are heavy, thick enough castings.
  8. That gas meter fellow is a "car guy" to be able to ID the car with the cover "on". He appreciates "art on wheels"...vs the other guys that drunk and insultive in the bar scenario.
  9. Its caused by a leakage current / voltage that controls the "theater" style dimming feature when the light dims down or fades from full 100% ON to what appears to be 99% OFF (but really isn't 100% OFF). Mine leaks 0.2mA or 0.0002 Amps, not much relative to all the other key off loads draining the car battery. Its not a perfect infinite resistance, or perfect open circuit, but is more than 50,000 Ohms. Why 2.1V? well, that can be a sense voltage by a car alarm system and/or 2.1V is 3 diode junctions, or 1 diode and a transistor Vbe. I don't have a schematic to know exactly whats in the electrical circuit.
  10. Yes it is the fiberglass type bumper...its all I could find. I think I paid $700USD. I haven't replaced my cracked 1984 bumper yet to compare weight. I'm a bit lazy. But I do have one for when ever I get around to getting the under bumper area resprayed to fix all the tiny stone chips. I figured that I should buy a replacement bumper while I could.
  11. Turbo Esprits are quicker than their competitor's 308s/328s. Much lighter too. The front wheel wells on the 308/328 intrude more into the passenger compartment than the Esprit's. Those different characteristics are very easily sensed when driving. Every car has their + and -, strong and weak points. But you are the wiser to the BS'er talking about an automatic Esprit version.
  12. I bought a 1986/7 US Esprit Bumper from Dave Bean Engineering in California last year...
  13. Most jealous types put down any nice car...simple because they don't have a nice ride or toy, pleasure vehicle themselves. Cars are like "artistic expressions" and not everybody likes "art". My brother has gotten a few "thats not a new one" for his Ferrari 308 & 328 GTS's. Recently a 4 yr old kid shouted out to his Dad to look at the Ferrari while I drove my Lotus down his street to give it a spring test drive (took it out of storage). Well at least the kid knew its something special and not a Chevy, Nissan or Kia. He's young, he'll learn. Most people (99.9%) here in the Motor City (Detroit) give + comments and admiration for the Esprit's good looks, surprised that this car is 20+ years old, and are curious about the performance (HP and top speed). About 95% of the people recognize the Lotus brand from the 1980s era James Bond movies and few other high profile movies, and they know its not made by the software company. Any nice car is a "labor of love" to keep them running well and looking good. Whether it be from the 1940's or 1980s. Just ignore the dullards who don't know the pleasure of having a "pleasure" vehicle. That pleasure is reserved for the 1% of the population who do have their social, "artistic" expression on wheels.
  14. What are your spark plug gaps? my 1984 likes a 0.025" or razor blade thickness of gap. Get an in line spark plug monitor...this is a little glass tube filled with Neon that can be placed in series between the spark plug and the spark wire to each cylinder. When the spark energy is high it flashes "pink", and when the spark is weak, it flashes "orange" every time there is supposed to be a spark discharge. No energy, no flash. I had a similar trouble with my old E type...very weak spark...a terminal on my Ignition coil was loose such that with a shaking engine or warm engine it would go "open circuit", else it was a high resistance (bad) connection. When cranking and holding a spark plug against the head I would see a blue/purple spark through the air. I originally thought it was OK, but it was actually a very weak, poor quality, low energy spark. In normal atmosphere it made a spark, but in a compressed cylinder of air/fuel, it really didn't make any spark at all (monitor tube showed a tiny orange, hair line sized spark...not good). Check for bad connections at the ignition coil primary and to ignition firing module too. Check the resistance of the ignition coil to distributor cable...should be maybe 2K Ohms. After cranking the engine and not getting a successful start, does your exhaust pipe stink of un-burned fuel? If yes, you know there's fuel getting into the cylinders. If no fuel smell, then there might be a fuel supply issue.
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