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Steve V8

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

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  1. I'm no roofer either, but I do repairs to my own roof. Looking at that rot I'd say that's been leaking for some time, the roofers had no choice but replace the flashing on your sisters side, and they could and should have had the decency to inform her. I see a couple of the cuts on her side of the ridge are broken and need attention, they could have easily been replaced while the ridge was off, but without getting up there are physically taking off a few tiles to have a look, did they damage the felt? is the lead wide enough?, it's just a guessing game, don't blame the roofers until you have some evidence of their wrongdoing.
  2. For me The Emira is just stunning, a masterpiece of design, not quite Bertone or Pininfarina but they're getting there, just needed to loose the still slightly over rounded "boat face" front end and it would have been perfection. The Evora from day one a disasterpiece, an amazing GT but just a bit ugly, beginning of the round boat face front end with too high a waistline leaving a flat and unflattering front clam, the screen angles up rather than flow to that awful bulbous roof line which always reminds me of the cut off top of a pumpkin, down over the over curved engine cover to the high rear end which although aggressive looks a bit like Peppa pig. Sorry deffo not an Evora fan.
  3. Heat soak is a problem with mid mounted turbocharged cars, I'm lucky enough to have a coolant recirculation pump on the V8, but that is Very good advice, something that hadn't ever crossed my mind.
  4. All Esprit with A/C, S2 onwards both RHD and LHD have the little cover on the passenger side sill only, to allow for the passage of the A/C pipes. I should mention up to the face-lift (S4), which then had those covers on both sides.
  5. I painted these magnesium alloy wheels with Smoothrite in 1987, still good after 35yrs.
  6. I've not seen soundproofing under the seats on any post 1994 cars. If you're going to put soundproofing there make sure its between the raised areas or you may hamper seat movement.
  7. My old bellhousing went to the scrapyard months ago, the slave mount had a damaged lug so went with it. I didn't think to make a precise comparison, but did take this photo of the old and new, they look the same.
  8. Yes 1996 V8 (september), I was expecting to find a single plate clutch and that the recall had been missed, but was surprised to find a twin plate under that cast iron housing. The recall for reversal of the recirculation pump had also been missed.
  9. This is where I'm at with my transaxle upgrade, I can confirm the the ball shaped pivot from the cast iron bellhousing does not fit the later alloy one. I had considered fettling (bodging) the old pivot in, but thought better of it, and am currently waiting for a later fork and the later cylindrical pivot. The slave or slave mounting bracket may also need changing or adjustment, but as those parts are external I'll cross that bridge later on.
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  11. Steve - attached is a photo of the interior.


  12. This sign made me chuckle, it was hung in a bachelor pad I was working in today.
  13. Yes it's glued to the wood on the later cars, but you may be able to get to the brackets and remove those panels complete with carpet attached. I've come across two board layouts in the S2, the first having one large piece of carpet folded up the rear and sides and held in place with press studs to the wooden panels. The other has a separate floor and transom carpet glued to the boards, both have piped carpets fitted over the rear arches. We're still searching for a carpet to match the original Lotus loop pile, Martrims Ford/Lotus loop is stupidly expensive and not quite right. We use the black cord as fitted S3 onwards.
  14. Sorry to hear this Barry, its a load of hassle one can do without. Have a great break.
  15. Yes, my 96 V8 had the same sloppy gearchange problem. Removal of the master unit revealed these damaged nylon bushings (the other half had dropped out into the tunnel). The replacement bushings set is available from SJ sportscars, easy job to remove the master unit, easy job to do, be careful when removing the rubber boot (I tore mine, replacement was TR6), selector movement is now faultless crisp and tight.
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