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  1. On a plus note, both fronts stripped, cleaned, REBOLTED!!!, re-greased using silicone grease and bled. They now have far more bite and pull up straight and true. Would have taken it out for a good blast today but a morning of Esprit pottering followed by a similarly sedate Ducati potter around sunny Derbyshire scotched that plan. First World problems eh!
  2. Oh and as I moved the flex pipe I saw a lovely slice in it where it had previously been clamped with something metal instead of a line clamp.
  3. Slightly O/T but another cracking example of ‘Lotus Specialist’ work. My Elan had some work done by a well known to prep it for MOT pre sale including an overhaul of the front brakes. When I collected her last year the drivers front was seizing on but a few hot cold cycles sorted it. I noticed that she had started pulling to the left and assumed the slides had seized. First thing I noticed were the rear dust caps were missing so ordered a seal kit and cracked on. O/S had clearly not been looked at at all and the slides needed a good clean and correct (not Ceratec as they had used) silicone grease And back togrther, slightly confused as to why it would pull…. Then I saw the N/S Both 17mms holding the calliper parts together were hanging out. Why had they even taken them out as the callipers weren’t repainted 🤬
  4. 😂 It was my intention to try the standard back box after the rebuild as I’m not a massive fan of the overly loud Larini. I am however thinking of visiting a local exhaust builder to discuss replacing the tiny silencer with something a little larger however the straight through nature may defeat any potential gains. Perhaps once I have a Cat with some innards it might drop the DBs a little. The weight difference between the two systems is making me want to leave the standard zorst in the garage I must confess
  5. I recall reading somewhere that detaching the drive shafts is best done a different way to the workshop manual suggestion. Am I imagining this?
  6. Another couple of hours in the sun this morning. Pretty much ready for the hoist now. Anyone know a good vet? I think my cat is poorly Near side quarter window doesn’t seem to be leaking so I am optimistically fooling myself into believing the tank will be in good order However I have other plans for the rest of the day which may include coffee and cake 😋
  7. Surely you have run out of work to do on her now. Why don’t we do a swap and you can start the fun all over again. Always fancies the S4S 👍😂 Failing that I wouldn’t mind one of those camera mounts as compensation for messing me about on the car swap deal 😂😂
  8. As Barry eluded to in an earlier post i might as well get the turbo reconditioned while its out. Is it worth upgrading or having mine converted to hybrid or just a refresh?
  9. Nothing much planned today and a mechanic friend popped over for a coffee so we made a start ahead of schedule. Only a couple of hours but a good start. Spent a few hours re glassing the boot floor to reinstate the fixing holes, many of which had broken off over time. Got a little further in but didn't take a photo. That may be as far as we get for a few weeks as I'm stacked out but once the clocks go forward a few hours an evening should be possible. The plan is to extract the engine on the driveway as the roof height in the garage is somewhat prohibitive.
  10. Aye. and the clutch has 25K on it so we will pop a new one in while we are at it. Alunox only if needed.
  11. Now this will obviously go one of two ways. My Esprit was never meant to be a nut and bolter but anything that needs attention will get it so once the lid is off this could be anything from belts, tank recoating and general tidy up to, well, a BIG bill! I've already prepared by revisiting Ian and Barry's S4S threads so once my straight jacket and tramadol arrive ill be making a start. Wish me luck 🤪
  12. With Spring upon us and nearing timing belt replacement I have decided that the 'any more than 3 jobs ' theory applies and so after a re-tax for February and some enjoyable blasts between the storms the S4 is now re-sorn'd and its engine out time. Ill have the Elan to fill the Sunny day gap. She is about done now....
  13. Azure is my fave colour for the S2.. and the Esprit S4S (Norfolk Mustard for the S4 however)
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