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  1. ... to this. Sorry for crappy pics but losing light fast. Will finish paint on roof and polish out the bonnet this weekend. S2 lower rear spoiler to mount. Interior final fit and hopefully MOT Monday. Full new braking system including lines, master, slave and fluid, new clutch slave, bushes dampers and springs. Ready for a weekend off and then winterising the Esprit to be done.
  2. A year to the week since I picked up the Esprit. Spent most of the Summer just enjoying the car as oppose to taking her to bits. Still a few 'niggles' to sort but they can wait till Spring. She is going under cover for the Winter at a friends place. I was going to do an annual service but having only clocked a few thousand miles since the last I think Spring will suffice for that also. In the meantime this years Winter project has taken root on the driveway. Sorry Barry but another Pork has found its way to our door. She was too good to break for parts so I had to save her. A months hard
  3. the entire strip could be held on with sikaflex but the reposition would be critical
  4. The glass was scratched initially by the outer finishing strip metal retaining strip rusting and twisting. while the window was out I removed any rusted parts and due to unavailability of the strip reattached the weather strip to the body with sealant.
  5. Now drop the new glass into the door and roughly realign the frame. Wedge the glass in the upper part of the frame and apply a bead of sealant to the lower inner edge of the glass and to the opposing edge of the glass mount which you degreased earlier. Now operate the window regulator into the window closed position and as it reaches the new glass help it seat correctly. I measured mine before smashing the old glass. The front overhang was 115mm and the rear 35mm. I put two small pieces of tape on the new glass bottom before reinserting it into the door to mark these measurements for mounting.
  6. Once clean apply a smear of white or graphite grease to the slide (too much will cause interference with the slide. Now reinsert the slide into the regulator. Use heat again and plumbers grips for the rear slide The front slide will be obscured by the door inner panel and is very difficult to apply enough pressure to pop the ball in the socket. I made a hole in the inner panel through which I inserted a drift, place a piece of wood between the slide and the main door beam and tapped the ball home with a decent hammer blow. This is where the hole needs to be created..
  7. The front of the frame is hels internally by two 10mm nuts. All the 10mm nuts are on threaded bar which is fastened to the alloy main door beam. They have a 10mm nut part way along the threaded bar which acts as an adjustment for frame angle. Contrary to what others have posted you can alter the angle of the frame quite some way and providing you adjust the upper retainers in the opposite direction to the lowers the frame will remain true from front to back and the glass will open and close without undue tension. I moved wine inward by about 4mm on the top of the frame
  8. So here's what I did. Remove door panel (well documented) Heres the controversial part.. Unbolted and moved the window frame but didn't have to remove from the car! If you lift the front by about an inch and raise the back of the frame up to the elbow in the frame itself the glass will clear it by twisting it. Ground and repaired this localised rust in situe with epoxy metal putty. looks a lot worse than it was from the photo. The frame itself is held at the rear by a 10mm nut inside the door and an 8mm on the door edge. The centre bar has two 10mm nuts an
  9. Another month rolls by. Been happily driving the car rather than taking it to bits. One job has been completed tho and that's the replacement of the mightily scratched drop glass. Bought some nice new glass from Lotus, very reasonably priced Unfortunately the mounting channel which attaches said glass is no longer available.
  10. Ive seen them remove bonded in side windows on campervans with cheese wire. I have plenty of guitar strings around so will try that method. Its a tight channel so cant see an issue with alignment. The window itself has positioning dimples on the bottom edge so rebuild will be fairly painless. Paul, don't forget a stripe of window primer on the glass before using the Sikaflex or it may not adhere properly. rather than buy a tin you may want to call past a windscreen fitting company for a quick application in return for a couple of quid to their tea fund ;)
  11. If all else fails it will be vice, hammer and dustpan/brush action. Heat gun should sort the remnants.will have to wait til after family holidays now. Yet another ‘should take an afternoon.....’ special.
  12. Thanks Glyn. Its actually the weather strip retainer that corroded and curled back creating steel claws that have gouged the window over the years. However the po could stand it was beyond me and 2 minutes trimming off the offending items cured the cause. The damage however is very deep, I would say over 1mm so no chance of a flat and polish im afraid. Still need to figure out how to remove the guide trim from the window once its free.
  13. Ok after doing some research and applying a little warmth I have managed to pop the mounting balls nylon retaining slides so glass is free to move. No amount of adjustment on the rear of the frame seems to assist the window leaving the vehicle. Have I got to completely remove the upper window frame to jiggle the window glass out?
  14. The drop glass in my Esprit S4 is scratched to death. I have managed to purchase two new panes but immediately noticed they come without the metal guide trim on the bottom. I will need to somehow remove the old one from the glass as new ones are now obsolete. Can anyone give any advice on: the removal of the actual window (I have already removed the door trim etc) and if it is possible to remove and refit the metal trim from the bottom. Thanks, Shaun.
  15. Good call on 5 3/4 light surrounds Barry. Might need to mock up a prototype but well worth the effort
  16. Wow, not updated the blog for a while I notice. I must admit the running resto has given way to just enjoying the car over this lovely weather (and a bathroom refit). I have however completed a few little jobs including... 1. finally finding the last of the leaky breather hoses and giving the cockpit a full valet to finally rid the exhaust/fuel smells. 2. New door seals. 3. Engine general clean and spruce. 4. MOT (first pass without advisories on the car for about 15 years so must be doing something right).
  17. That Raptor stuff is fantastic. The Yanks cover their pick up backs in it from new. Next time I have the wheels off yellow peril I will be applying some. Smell is everything when it comes to car products but for the love of god what makes us have a sniff in the first place???
  18. With the Esprit you end up redoing most jobs at least biannually anyhow so get used to the 'twice' scenario. If god had wanted us to play with reliable and easy to work on 80s style coupes we would all have 944 turbos.... but where would the fun be in that. (love 944t btw)
  19. Welcome to the 'FFS how hard is this (insert job title) on an Esprit compared to every other F'ing car I have ever worked on' club. The bad news is its always the same. The good news is all jobs on other toys become laughably easy from here on in! OMG I see you have an Alfa.. I am preaching to the apologies.
  20. Its a few hours work and then piece of mind. Barry is right once that belt has been run on that sprocket its scrap as its integrity cant be trusted... Like the board says you have recently removed all the hardware so should come away without issue. Good luck.
  21. Spotted whilst looking at a possible property purchase. Looking at the ground erosion around it I would think its been there a while.
  22. I use a Gibson LP as one of my gigging guitars. Bought it after years of grief from our lead G as I play a PRS CE24 mainly with a couple of Hamers as fall backs. The Gibson is a nice guitar no doubt but the Hamer SATQ double cuts I own (both under 250 quid second had and then fitted with SD re-issue bridge pups) are as good and a damn site less fragile for stage work. The PRS is in a different league. Same goes for customer support. Best guitar I own by a country mile (and I have a fair few). Just my two penneth.
  23. ....The car that coined the phrase 'Lots Of Trouble Usually Serious', Top Gear circa 1993. Press car used in several articles...
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