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  1. I've spoken to the guy who made the anti slosh units for the Esprit but he no longer makes them. He does however produce a better generic version and sent me the following reply: Hi Shaun, we don’t make that particular module, instead we make a more generic unit. the new unit has adjustable damping covering a much wider range, it is more accurate and has more features. the downside is that it takes a bit longer to set up as it is not specific to the Lotus the gauge wizard if someone were to g
  2. A very neat install Barry. You would have certainly failed the TVR spaghetti birds nest wiring course with those skills.
  3. Well done Barry. Amazed at the speedy turn around. Looking forward to your detailed wing mirror repair as I have one exactly the same. Also have big wind noise from the door seals. must be a mustard thing with the wind.
  4. Ahhh I see you are recommending the number 2 tapping stick. I'd go with a number 3. Requires more effort but better precision. Would also suggest having a 3rd leg to agitate the brake pedal whilst the thraping takes place. Should do the trick. Does the S4s have a bias valve for the rear brakes. Could be jammed if so.
  5. Went to the launch of the new Porsche Cayenne at Sheffield Porsche last night. Mrs C was out in ours so gave the Esprit a run to test the new lights. Was running late and as I haven't detailed the paint properly yet I broke my own rule and took it to the local Polski wash. Give the lads there due they were very good and didn't start at the bottom and work up as I've previously witnessed. They all took turns having their photo took with the car. At JCT600 I watched as several parties (including staff) walked past the row of Gt2RSs, Caymans and Macans to look over the Esprit. As
  6. Had a dabble with fitting SMD Led headlights. Had to butcher the heat sinks to fit and looked very chavtastic. Removed and replaced the completely knackered lights with a set of classic car lamps from t'eBay. Only 5 3/4 jobbies but all 4 cost half of the cost of one PNM lamp. Look fine and work brilliantly.
  7. Lip on bonnet returned to textured black instead of body colour Lip on bonnet returned to textured black
  8. A dose of bacterial chest infection and lousy weather have slowed jobs to a crawl of late. Not great for pictures either but.....progress! rear wheel bearings done. No more 'whump'ing at speed. Tracking redone so the steering wheel isn't a quarter turn out (thanks to Stevie Wonder for the first effort but I would stick to the keyboard pal). abs sensors cleaned. No more random yellow light activation. sunroof lining retrimmed in tailors grey alcantara (incredibly close match to original but shagged trim) Coil packs now sorted. new bracket made and fitted for Larini exha
  9. Barry the picture of your new toy outside for the first time looks epic. Your blue S4 is nice but surely you have seen the light when it comes to Norfolk Mustard.
  10. Looks great Pete. I need to get the O2 sensor back to you. Snow sort of got in the way. Will you be at the garage Sunday?
  11. Managed to get the replacement pack for 2/3 on and the new O2 sensor before the rain came. Still an intermittent Miss on tickover but back up and running. Will get second pack on asap. Managed to get a quick spin out. Feels more responsive again. Placebo effect? Looking forward to getting the second pack on. Certainly testing the new pack by removing a lead from plug showed a significantly stronger spark than the old pack.
  12. Did both Barry Pack 2/3 still down. New packs en route. No point playing the guessing game. On an aside finally got the coilovers set about right. Felt nice today on the way home from work.
  13. Well the pack went from weak spark to no spark with a dousing of contact cleaner so something is definitely amis there.
  14. Ok coil packs taken off and cleaned. Noted a small amount of cracking in 2/3 packs rubber shell. Sprayed liberally with contact cleaner. Rebuilt. Now firing on 2 ? Here is a close up of the pack in question. Would these be significant enough to cause the misfire/cold start throttle issue and by dousing them with contact cleaner will it have exasperated the issue? Hoping the answer is yes.
  15. Interesting Barry. I used to have an XR3i back in the day and when the rammle motorcraft leads went bad you could see the spark tracking down the wire at night. Looked great and made me think how cool a mod it would be to have clear spark lead sheaths....... I was young and it was 1987.
  16. Very little progress due to the first proper winter we have had for a few years. Managed to test fit Petes spare O2 sensor and there seems to be some improvement. Less pops and bangs on the overrun and generally smoother all round. New Bosch sensor en route. Still have the mystery hiccup at tickover and still hesitant when started from cold. Coil pack next on the list. You may recall me mentioning the loose O2 sensor when I first bought the car which I duly tightened up. Having removed it fully now I got chance to inspect it.... Guess it had been loose some time prior to my ownersh
  17. Saw this in the flesh today. A very nice job indeed! Makes my transit headlining trim look rather poor by comparison.
  18. Noted. Hope its more reliable than their shonky dishwashers.
  19. I think ive found a suitable replacement on Alibaba Barry. Is 'The Hammamatsu Lawn Mower and Dangerous Toy Company' a decent brand or should I go for one of them BOSCH jobbies??
  20. Its a long and not very interesting story but due to contractual idiosyncrasies I have no choice in what time I finish. Don't get me wrong, I don't have to dig holes in the rain and am paid reasonably well for my efforts. I have a plan to reduce my hours a fair amount upon reaching the big five O but that is a few years away yet.
  21. Big thanks to Sailor Bob who came over today and ran his technical eye over the car. A clean bill of health in the diagnostic department save for one thing. my Lambda sensor seems to have a lazy lob! at cruising speeds the graph spikes and dips as expected but at tick over my 'pulse' slows considerably. Maybe good for an athlete but not normal it seems for an Esprit. The general consensus is an aged O2 sensor. Anyone else had similar?
  22. Washed and dried 'Damien' today. I might have to rename the car now because now the suspension is about dialled in and geo something like an amazing transformation has occurred. The car no longer wants to kill me every time I take a bend!
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