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  1. 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)
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Spotted whilst looking at a possible property purchase. Looking at the ground erosion around it I would think its been there a while.
  5. 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.
  6. ....The car that coined the phrase 'Lots Of Trouble Usually Serious', Top Gear circa 1993. Press car used in several articles...
  7. Mine are the struts for the winged tailgate sourced from SJ but just not quite powerful enough to do the full lift.
  8. I am trying to find a better version of the clip from Top Gear where JC races an Astramax van in an S4. The ones on Youtube are quite poor quality. Can anyone help with this please??
  9. I think we have crossed ideas here. Here is a photo of how high the tailgate lifts by itself. Maybe 60cms, not 30... This is how high with a little human assistance... The company who make the aftermarket struts is based in a town near to me. I intend to visit to see if they can make a set with extra pressure to do the full lift as in the video. Will post my results.
  10. I put new struts on mine about 6 months ago. on a warm day they lift the tailgate around 30cms. I have never seen an Esprit tailgate open so far as the video. I think an out of shot hand may have 'assisted'
  11. Listen to the gremlins in your head... 'Go ORANGE my son'. Its what you wanted. I don't think it will affect its value one jot if the resto is good.
  12. Now that I can believe! Amazing what you can buy for a few quid now Barry, that would have been hundreds prior to eBay and such.. If the gauge in the car does read low is there any way to put something inline similar to the anti slosh for the fuel to rectify? I can hear Barry gasping in despair but I always have an eye on what a potential buyer would think come sale time. Red light spells danger to the uninformed. or find a more suitable sender....
  13. I hear what you are saying however in this recent hot weather I have been getting the red light illuminating briefly when up to temperature when pulling away from standstill. I appreciate this may be within specs but they couldn't have done that when new or owners would have been returning them. There must be something that can be done in 2018 to sort this 1980s engineering issue (pulling the red light is not an option)
  14. Nicely done Barry. Did you sort the low oil pressure when warm issue?
  15. I know the SE and S4 engines can show ridiculously low oil pressure when warm at tickover.. Saw this on a performance site. Would one be a possible solution??
  16. Yes it does matter but does it matter enough to stop you from creating the car you want. For me an S1 always looks perfect in white. An S2 however looks amazing in Yellow. Just the addition of the extra black trim on the S2 and the black centred wheels does that for me. S3, Essex or JPS, Stevens calypso or white. S4 Norfolk mustard or Silk red S4S azure blue. V8, quite liked the greeny grey and the lovely light metallic blue for the facelift cars..... Sorry got a bit carried away there but to me colour makes or breaks a car even by different models.
  17. Old man gold as my wife calls it
  18. I couldn't see it either but it should be trapped by the glass unless someone has removed it. If not here are some more photos for reference.
  19. Here's a link to a walk through to repair the lacking detente. Hope it's useful for someone. about halfway down page 7.
  20. Put a walk thro for the mirror repair on my resto blog Barry.
  21. I used a large head rivet and shaped the head to fit. A rivet gun won't fit all the way in so add a small nut to the rivet shaft to give the riveter nose something to push against. Rebuild is simply reverse order. once the detente is working you may need to fine tune the position of the body. This can be done by sliding up the black plastic collar (very brittle, patience required) and loosening the small hex head grub screw. Twist the body to the desired position and re-tighten. Jobs a good'un!
  22. the Spring tab lives here Drill out the old rivet supporting the frames from behind so as not to stress the monkey metal main body and do the same for the spring.
  23. The tab can be seen at 9 o'clock on the image. The ring is quite stiff and the plastic brittle so I advise lining and freeing up before relocating at the end of the repair. Next remove the glass adjust motor ring by removing three small torx screws. Remove the 3 Philips head screws securing the painted outer cowl.
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