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  1. Thanks Bibs! Looking forward to receiving it. I'll send a pic when I'm back on the road!
  2. Hi Mike, I'm sure Bibs is, and I certainly acknowledge all the hard work and dedication he has put into this community. My frustration really comes from lack of communication rather than anything else. I ordered the part because it appeared to be in stock. It's the last thing I need before I can get the car back on the road and enjoy some nice weather before winter arrives. Now a month later I'm still not sure if it'll be arriving at all. I did try to search for the part locally but couldn't find anything. I see you're in Victoria as well - any recommendations?
  3. Thanks Bibs. Any updates yet? Coming up to a month since I ordered the part.
  4. Having a pretty disappointing experience with the shop. Placed an order for a slave cylinder push rod on the 10th of Feb. Followed up on the 18th as the status hadn't changed to shipped yet - no response. Emailed again on the 23rd - no response. Sent another email on the 1st of March - no response. I know my emails are being read because I have tracking on. Can't think of any other way to get this issue in front of the admins than to post here.
  5. Hi gents, I'm starting to turn my attention to doing my interior, and would like to restore to factory spec. According to Andy Graham from Lotus my car originally had "Raven leather with a dark grey contrast band with slate grey nylon carpet and grey head liner". Does anyone have this interior combo? If so I'd love to see some pictures. This is what the interior looks like currently:
  6. Hi Clive, Because my car is imported I'll need a VASS engineering certificate as part of my initial registration, even to go on club plates, which is what I intend to do anyway. No luck unfortunately.
  7. I know right! Caught in the bureaucracy of our 30 year old import laws unfortunately.
  8. Thanks Michael. I've come across Steve before. Will give him a call.
  9. Went for my first engineering inspection today and apparently my 89 Carb Turbo won't pass emissions for registration in Victoria, Australia The engineer, a nice guy who was very knowledgeable, says putting on cats and going for the test probably wouldn't work - and that the test is around $2000 per pop! My options are to drop in a US spec engine (fuel injected + cats), an SE engine, or to find the parts to convert my Carb to FI. Has anyone gone down this path before for emissions or otherwise? Would love some pointers and recommendations. Is it difficult to make a Carb turb
  10. Thanks guys. Tricky situation I've gotten myself into for sure. Ian, I do like your idea of cutting away the GRP, putting in the Rivnut, then glassing over. If I were to do this I'd try just to cut out around the holes with my dremel. Time to research how to do fibreglass.
  11. So I was adjusting my tailgate and the bolts were so rusted that they all snapped on me. I managed to get most of them out by drilling, but got cocked one up real bad by snapping a bolt extractor head in it. My only option was to drill it out completely. I thought I could tap in some new threads, but my drilling was off centre and went past the existing thread walls. Without a way to get inside the tailgate to access the rubber thread mounts is my only option to glue in an M6 rivet nut? Ideas appreciated.
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  13. I just did the rear linkages and translator bearings over the weekend. Couldn't get into reverse. Luckily I'd ordered the kit from PNM on my last order as an upgrade I knew I needed to do down the line. Let me know if I can answer any questions.
  14. Reporting back for those interested, and in case someone else stumbles upon this thread with a similar problem in future. Managed to get the switch out. Everything looked fine. Played around with the wires and reinserted. The old fuse looked fine too, but to be safe I replaced it with a new one. That got it working! Thanks for all the recommendations guys. Glad the solenoids weren't out.
  15. About to do this with mine too so watching with interest. Hopefully you can post some progress shots for my benefit Jeff
  16. Thanks Filip. Super helpful. I'm overseas for work but can't wait to sort this out when I return later in the week.
  17. Hmmm, I can't seem to hear mine at all, which again leads me to think that they're not getting power either due to the switch or some other reason.
  18. Cheers Atwell. Will give that a go. Hmm, could be the flaps, though it's strange they both stopped working at exactly the same time. Will try that too. Thanks.
  19. Think that cables been there since I got the car, and the switch did work for the first few days so don't think it is related... I do need to find out what that cable's actually for though. Cheers Derek will check that fuse.
  20. Strange one, but both my filler flaps stopped working. I've managed to open one manually from inside the boot. Cables and solenoid look ok. Sprayed some grease on - no luck. As both sides stopped working at the same time, I think it may be the switch, but I can't figure out how to get take the switch out to inspect/test the connection. According to the parts handbook there's a bracket behind the leather, but not sure how I can access from the front. Has anyone taken out the switch before? Pointers appreciated. Is there a fuse or relay for the flap solenoids? Couldn't find a
  21. Hi Jacques, Thanks for the detailed post. Am slowly working through the list. So far, I've - Replaced boot struts Installed the PNM headlight kit including new backing plates Replaced door handles Replaced a side repeater Replaced the broken gear knob and rubber gaiter To do before going for roadworthy - New tyres all round Replace transmission oil More to come!
  22. Yeah I'm leaning towards the Kumho's too. Have also come across these Hankooks: Though I don't think they're as performance orientated.
  23. Thanks Rohan. Working on the car now to get it sorted for roadworthy. Notice you're in Melbourne too. Are you in the club? I ended up with a Pearl White Esprit Turbo 1989. Wasn't aware on the stamp duty perk. Does this mean I'll be able to get it paid if I've already paid for it during the import?
  24. Thanks guys. From what I can tell it's also when they changed the rear glass. Have found BF Goodrich Comp-2 make a full set. A little pricey here in Australia though. Anything else come to mind?
  25. Looking at my tyres today, which unfortunately all need to be replaced due to cracking, and discovered that my model (1989 Esprit Turbo) was not meant to come with different sized wheels. Is this correct? My car has 15" front and 16" rear, which from reading various sources was only standard on SE models. The build date on my car is Dec 1988. I've been offered a set of rear 15's, but to be honest, I really like the staggered look. Any inherent disadvantaged to me keeping this set up if it wasn't factory? Finally, the only full set to accommodate the 245/50/16 of the rear
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