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  1. I fitted Gaz height and rebound adjustable dampers along with 180 Lb / 328mm springs from CoilSprings in Sheffield at the rear and am very happy with the results.
  2. Thank you Dave and Megan, thank you Chris. Great to see everyone and look at some wonderful cars. Fantastic location and the drive there and back was fabulous - much better than the M25 was last time!
  3. Seats and centre consul finished. Dash is going to be a winter job. Process was easier than I thought it would be and pretty easy to get a good finish. The dye has soaked into the leather so it doesn't look or feel like it's painted on. I'm very happy with the result so far.
  4. I kept coating the leather with Rejuvinator Oil every day for about 7 days. When none of the leather was taking up any more oil I cleaned it all off with their Pristine Clean. I think 250ml will just about do my half leather interior, but it will be a bot tight. You're going to need at least 500ml. I have sent them a cutting of my leather to match. It should arrive end next week and I hope to start the recolour over the bank holiday weekend. Will post pictures when it's done.
  5. I've been looking at the Esprit for a few years now and the one point that kept nagging at me was the way the rear wheels are inset so far into the wheel arch. My car runs about a degree and a half of negative camber (the way I like it) which exaggerates the issue. I have resisted spacers until now, but a few weeks ago the itch just had to be scratched. You don't seem to be able to get spacers to fit the Esprit from any of the usual suspects, but I found a company called SuperForma in Devon who offered custom spacers at a very reasonable price. I wanted hub centric bolt through spacers an
  6. It's a bit difficult to photograph the change in feel Stephen. As soon as I have done the recolour and installed I will get some before and after pics up.
  7. So I met @Hornsey Boy at the Essendon breakfast a couple of weeks ago and he persuaded me that I just needed to give the leather a damned good clean and get some oils back into it again. After a bit of research I settled on Leatherique as the company who really sold themselves on the refurbishment of old leather rather than colouring it. The reports from those who use it are very good, so worth a go. I started with the centre arm rest and have moved on to the drivers seat. On each item I have rubbed in the oil every day for 7 days until it wouldn't take any more and then cleaned with thei
  8. Great morning thank you @ChrisJ. Good to meet a few members and look at some of the cars we see in the threads. Learnt a few things, thank you @top-plumber and @Hornsey Boy. And thanks to @neilread for confirming that I am throwing flames out the back when I put my foot down
  9. Thanks again Fabian. I have spoken with Andy Graham at the archive and he has confirmed that my build spec was Calypso Red with Lotus Gold interior. Unusual I know, but that's from the horses mouth and looks right against the less faded areas.
  10. Fabian, thank you for that. Can you please send me that colour code from Furniture clinic. What "chemicals" did you use to remove the finish? I was under the impression that there was no finish applied to the leathers until 1993, but having done the job you should know. I can't see a "finish remover" on FC or Gliptone websites. Would be great to get a Big Ears to Noddy guide from you on exactly what you used and how you did it as yours looks great. Thanks, Nigel
  11. Been doing some more hunting. Found a photo of a restored car with Lotus Gold interior: If I can get close to that I will be very happy. Gliptone will not try to match to the photo, they want a colour swatch to match and suggested I went to a DIY store and picked something from something like a Dulux card. Dulux don't have anything close enough but Farrow and Ball do, Sudbury Yellow: Has anyone out there got a Lotus Gold interior in good condition and can they confirm that I'm in the right ball park in
  12. Thanks guys. Now talking to Gliptone. The next challenge is colour. Mine is badly faded and I want to get back to somewhere close to the original Lotus Gold. There appears to be nowhere that remains close to original, not even under the seats. Gliptone don't have a reference for it and Connolly are happy to sell me 5 hides for £2k but can't sent me a cutting to colour match. I have this photo which I found of a Gold interior on a red car. I think I might end up going to a DIY store and getting a Dulux colour that's close to the photo for Gliptone to match. Anyone got a be
  13. Thanks @Hornsey Boy. Gliptone it is then. So in terms of process: 1. GT12 intensive cleaner. Lot's of scrubbing and make sure I get it really clean. 2. GT11 conditioner. several applications until the leather becomes soft again. 3. Scuffmaster leather dye, rubbed in thin coats and dried with hair dryer between coats. Do I need to use the GT23 Precoat as well? Anything else before I go and get my hands dirty?
  14. @CarBuff I can't see that we can get 409 over here. Not sure what the equivalent would be.
  15. Thank you @Hornsey Boy, so the Scuffmaster works without spraying?
  16. Thanks Bibs, looks fantastic. I was leaning towards the FC Reconditioning Balm as it's rub in rather than spray on. I don't have a spray gun or compressor so was hoping not to have to go down that road.
  17. Thanks very much for the recommendations guys. So we have recommendations for Leatherique, Gliptone and the Furniture Clinic. Would be nice to get to some sort on consensus if anyone else can chip in with their experiences.
  18. Starting to turn my mind to the interior as the exterior job list is starting to dry up a bit. Interior is "Lotus Gold" half leather. The carpet I was going to attack with Chemical Guys Lightening Fast cleaner & stain remover. The reviews I have read all say it's very good and I will probably finish with SWMBO's carpet cleaner. Hopefully that will take care of the carpet, door inserts and seat centres. The leather has faded and gone a little hard. I'm still scratching my head over this one. Is the leather coated? I have tried the absorbtion test and I think it's absor
  19. You were right the first time @ramjet, you need to get out more often. I will give them a good clean and then resubmit. it will be very interesting to know who they look like and what they're saying then.
  20. Your's is far more boingy than mine is. I'm hoping the new springs will restore the boingyness required. Thanks @ChrisJ
  21. Needs a deep clean and leather treatment. I will get there eventually but there are plenty of other jobs on the list before that.
  22. Hadn't spotted that @ChrisJ. He's got that joy yet to come then.
  23. Lockdown has not been kind to you has it
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