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Clarky5150

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About Clarky5150

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  • Name
    Shaun
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    Esprit S4, Aston V8 Vantage, Porsche Cayenne Turbo S X 2, Cayenne diesel, T5 camper van.
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    Chesterfield

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  1. I think there are a few of us Aston/Loti owners here. I have had a few Vantages and find them very reliable once you know the ‘foibles’
  2. Top mancave right there. Good luck with your new project.
  3. Ive found it mostly amusing myself. Engine out and on trolley single handed in 38 minutes. Not bad for a first time. I recon i could crack 20 now i know what im doing!
  4. Just popped in to catch up on all things Lotus. As happens my last few months have been hijacked by family matters, specifically Daughters first car. Being a bit of an oddball like me she wasn’t happy with a modern chariot so this transformation was undertaken. From this mesterpiece complete with entire front end held on with self tappers by previous owner... To this.. Old Yeller has been tucked up in the garage since June but work on rad fans and the high tickover issue are planned in the very near future
  5. Jack nut Rivnuts are much more of a pain to seat. I assume they are called Jack nut as they collapse like a scissor jack. Can of worms opened??
  6. Question for the faithful (things that pop in your head in the wee hours) My handbrake handle when knocked off doesn't sit flush to the sill top and has no spring to pull it back toward the sill. On my Aston (slightly different set up as its a true knock off handle) it is pulled flat to the sill when not in use. Should the Esprit one do this or at least sit flush as it annoyingly catches your foot when you enter. I think the gator may add to it sitting proud.
  7. You can fit them with an overlength hex bolt, allen key, ring spanner and a 13 mm nut Ian. Far easier than using the unwieldy tool. Getting the old ones out not great fun tho.
  8. New Jacknuts arrived for boot floor yesterday along with a new weather seal. will have a happy morning grinding whats left of the old ones out.
  9. No matter how much lube/heat/pry I gave two of the lock nuts and one end were seriously mated. Having finally freed the end I had to resort to cutting off the locking nuts. Probably a good job as the threads underneath were shot. Lots of easing oil, patience and a Dremel later the threads were recut, the ends zinc painted and the adjusters re assembled and replaced. I had one spare nut the right size but need to order another. It can get popped on when I have the rear properly aligned. A good coating of chain wax to help with future corrosion was applied after.
  10. Todays lockdown job was to finally get round to tackling the rear upper links which were just a mass of seized rust. Believe it or not that is after a good wire brushing on the threads. Time for some alchemy with Mr Orthphosphoric. overnight soak for the rest and hopefully there are enough flat faces left on the nuts to break em free
  11. I spend a lot of my life on motorbikes 12 months a year and for many years suffered from having to layer up to avoid the cold. I use one of these now which is a god send. I never put Winter linings in my gear now just have an thin armoured waterproof jacket, this and a t-shirt. soo much more comfortable. The seat pads work on the same principle, carbon fibre elements which take very little power to heat up. My jacket has a 10amp fuse and its never blown. On high it would broil you after an hour!
  12. Bloody hell Barry I knew id forgot something!
  13. Hog rings, pliers and heat pads arrived this morning. Refit was slow and careful as it was a new type of job for me. when putting in the hog rings and green clips it gave me the opportunity to tighten up the cover a little to compensate for the natural stretching of the leather. now nice and taught and looking much more factory. Heated seat tested and working great. Really simple to fit. The pads have self adhesive edges but I supplemented that with high temp carpet adhesive. Rather than cut into the dash I have left the switch protruding and fixed to the console side of the front of the
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