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  • Birthday June 12

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    Steve Margary
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    '96 Lotus Esprit V8 turbo, '91 Rover 827 Vitesse, Kawasaki Z1300, transit workhorse
  • Modifications
    None, all original
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    Midsomer Norton

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  1. Hi Steve,

    I have been looking around for replacement carpets.

    I have a 96 Esprit v8 Azure blue, Tan leather with blue carpet and worn mats.

    I would like to replace the the 2 main middle pieces in the rear boot luggage compartment. I have read that the original colour isn't available. How close is the colour you have to the original? would it stand out for the wrong reason if just the 2 main pieces were replaced.

    The interior would be better suited to a tan colour matching the leather. I have considered changing the carpet to a tan colour but settled for a clean to see how it comes up first but have decided to try tan coloured mats. Do you by chance or is it possible to make reversible mats tan one side blue on the other? 

    I would like a quote for 2 boot carpet pieces,1 set of tan mats and for consideration  a full replacement tan coloured carpet interior.



  2. Hi Steve,

    Are you able to supply carpets for Esprits? Interior and boot? Mine is a 1988 model. Have you shipped to Australia before? I imagine shipping cost might be a show stopper...


    Steve G

  3. Ah, there's a colour matching issue here too, the anthracite corded boot lining has been discontinued, there is only a slightly lighter dark grey available now.
  4. Welcome to the joys of carpet fitting @RobinB5 , make sure when fitting the new carpet to have it correctly positioned before gluing it down, contact adhesive is instant and permanent, if you try to pull it back up the tufts will pull through the backing as you have already experienced with the old. @Giniw only the front section of the footwells has sound proofing mats, there is none directly beneath the seats S4 onwards.
  5. I can't send a photo of it cos I'm on it. This Samsung phone, specifically the camera, for reference images, to see areas of the car you just couldn't see without it.
  6. I'm not familiar with carbtune, I use vacuum gauges, (on multi carb bikes not Lotus) balance is normally achieved at tickover, but I notice from your video on throttle your mercury is dropping where I would expect to see it rise.
  7. Your joy could very quickly turn to pain if you jam something in or snap something off in those roll pins, use the correct sizes of punch. Separate the driveshaft yoke only as a last resort.
  8. A nice looking peice of kit, one of the better looking Chelsea tractors.
  9. I think I'd bite the bullet and invest in a new dizzy.
  10. Hi Brett, in my experience with the AB14 in Jags, they either work or they fail completely (no spark), and as far as heat soak goes on the early V12 jags the AB14 is situated between the heads so a much hotter spot than the Esprit, I'd be looking elsewhere.
  11. A standard engine crane won't reach over the luggage compartment so from the side with the car jacked rear wheels off , a load leveler will help if you have one.
  12. Happy birthday young Bibs and congratulations 🍻
  13. The plastic cover @Eriklrefers to is the cover for the A/C pipes, it's located at the forward edge of the inner passenger side sill on all Esprits with A/C up to 1992, it's a good tell tell, no extra hump on the passenger side sill means the car left the factory without air conditioning. However all JT facelift cars '93on with revised tubs (including your S4 @RobinB5)have those extra little covers on both sides attached by 2 rivets to the front of the inner sill cover and a couple of self tappers to the shell. The inner sill covers including those extra plastic covers should be removed as one to fit the new carpets, it's not necessary to separate them.
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