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  1. Even if it's tatty it should fetch 15k plus....Then 5k to sort it and return it back to S4 spec ?
  2. Chillidoggy 2,054 Posted Sunday at 01:38 I'd be interested to see those front damper bushes if you can find them, Barry. The parts manual shows something similar front and rear The rubber is formed into the inside of the top mount. Mine was shaped to the end of the pigtail on the spring but that might be wear as oppose to design.
  3. Changed plenty of springs in the past. Yes they are long goddam springs. It took 2 of us to get the top nuts on so not looking forward to disassembly to put the aftermarket ones on. Will get the rear height set properly and see how she looks.
  4. Just a pair of sealey spring compressors, small ones. Did em nice and gently with the air gun. Think I might end up changing them out for the pro tech aftermarket ones. Will they fit on the larger adjustment rings does anyone know please?
  5. Woohoo. Good good news! Got around to fitting the Protechs yesterday. Good bad news. Front still looks very tip toey. Maybe keeping the standard springs not a good idea. Bad bad news. Reintalled my iPad and lost the photos from the fitting so no pics to show alas ?
  6. Threw it in temper. Bolt holding front damper in place. Will sort this week. Honest. Thinking keeping the standard front springs with the pro techs may have been a mistake. Horribly high on the front at the mo. Will retention everything at the weekend to see if it drops a little.
  7. Ps. If you’ve got a nut with a very fine thread to fit the bolt holding the front lower bush in the suspension in your box of bits I’ll gladly give it a new home In the name of originality I agree with your solution but drilling out them bolts be a lot of work when you can just drill 10mm to the side ?
  8. Big bar on socket. Shear off bolts. Remove seat. Unbolt subframe. Drill and tap runners. Insert stainless m8 bolts. Drill new holes in floor. Refit. 1 hr max. Lotus specialist would charge 250 for the privilege.
  9. Body to chassis mounts in rear both now repaired using steel plate sandwiching the glass fibre. Tiger sealed riveted and bolted. Well over engineered and reminds me of a girl I once new. She ain’t pretty but she sure is strong! rear end now raised a good 20mm and no longer looking tip toed. Suspension feels far more compliant too but might be just placebo...... on the subject of sussies. New toys from SJ arrived today. Early Christmas pressie from the long suffering Mrs C. Spangly new coil overs. Next job I guess.
  10. Hated it when I saw it in acid yellow launch photos. Much better in the tungstenish grey. Still hate the front end. Interior looks chav corsa. in fairness I hated the DB11 from the launch photos but it looks far better in the flesh. Fingers crossed for the same here. I guess the difference for me is when I saw the press launch of the 05 vantage I was so smitten I put a deposit down the following day. Glad I didn’t this time around.
  11. Still getting a whiff’o fuel from the engine bay. I’m hoping I have disturbed a breather pipe while sorting the HVAC. Will investigate at some point. I do have RC injectors and noted when they were fitted that the specialist was concerned about their sealing and suggested they may leak. Anyone had similar experiences??
  12. Light deteriorating so sorry about the photo quality. Top plate offered up ready for shaping. Both bits from u/s items Some bending, fettling, sikaflx and fibreglassing and we will be ready for the anti vibration mount. Plates will be riveted together with a fglass filling to make a strong and permenant repair.
  13. Had some time off this week to do some jobs on the car.... spent most of it fitting a bathroom. Go figure. Did get an hour while the tilers were doing their thing. Made a start on the body/chassis mount Out with the amazing £450 Lakeside engineering repair ? Lower plate cut and shaped
  14. Spotted the above while doing the school run through Markham Vale at J29A of the M1 yesterday. Was in my T5 transporter and my daughter was amazed at the diminutive proportions of the Lotus... Looked fantastic. ?
  15. Cash money awaits for the following parts which I am struggling to locate. If anyone has a spare they want rid of It would be much appreciated. For Esprit S4 1) heat Shield for near side rear wheel arch (held on by 3 10mm bolts I believe) 2) ice warning probe. regards, Shaun.
  16. Hopefully another ‘niggle’ sorted tonight. Although the first job I did was the fuel vent hoses I had a strange issue of coming back to the car after it had been parked say at the shops and having fuel smell in the car. Nothing while I was driving. Got back after a lovely and cosy ride in my newly heated cockpit and did some sniffing. A definite odour emanating from the off side hatch Louvre. Nothing on near side. Suspected it was the carbon canister so upon removal of the boot floor found a split in the flex connector between the ridged pipe with the one way valve and the canister. Unfo
  17. WE HAVE HEAT!!! Some of the pipes were missing and some elbows crudely blanked off with bolts pushed in. The system actually works quite well which has suprised me as most vac systems I have used before are slow and creaky. Took the opportunity whilst the seat was out to tidy up my rear speaker install. Timed removal and refit of seat at 4 minutes flat. Shame on you DT&DS.
  18. Outside now trying to rectify my heating woes.... in freezing conditions. I must be mad. I have the unusual problem that the t piece was missing under the steering wheel replaced by a single pipe to the fresh air flap plunger which had a nail stuck in the other side to make a vacuum. Special thanks to Dartford tuning and Diagnostic Services for this mod! Not sure on the name and shame rules here but I do wonder why we protect garages when trip advisor and the like help avoid bad service. This company also did a cam belt swap which broke after 2yrs and 1500 miles causing very exp
  19. Hijack away Ian. Yours is a far more elegant solution to mine which slightly resembles Ross Halfords codpiece. If you ever make any more I would take a pair off your hands.
  20. Sometimes an item needs modding to improve its performance. I had noticed that the arse trumpets (for want of a better name) were allowing water down the sides and making the carpet in the boot damp. I drilled out the rivets and cleaned out the old manky gasket. Revealed with some clear RTV sealant but was not happy with how the edges had warped. I introduced extra rivets and plugged the rivet tops with sealant. Hose pipe test reveals a good seal. It ain’t pretty but it is now fit for purpose. Even my rivet gun is colour coded!
  21. The metro turbo lump/mini conversion was most popular in the late eighties in our manor. That will give the local yoof in their type R Golfs a bit of a wake up.
  22. Noted Barry. I have a feeling that the melted bump stop through missing damper heat shield, two weaping rear dampers, a front on its tiptoes and geometry set by Ronald McDonald may also be contributing factors. Tick over rpm is massively better with the new IAC valve. No more 25000 revs at red lights. Does feel a little flat at the bottom end tho and still uneven at tick over. Will disconnect the battery for an hour at the weekend to give the ECU chance to relearn.
  23. Haha. I watched Chesterfield briefly when I was at college because I couldn’t afford to go to Derby County. It’s not a cylinder thing for me Alan. I bought the Esprit completely on a whim in fairness. I have been a petrol head since I was a teen and my first ‘proper’ car after Mk2 escorts, MG Metros and XR3is was an M100 SE at 24. I had a number of car programs on video and Clarkson racing an Astramax van in a yellow Esprit was one of my favrorites. When the actual car he drove came up for sale and I fell a cross it I knew I had to burden myself with it. After 6 weeks of slog she is now drive
  24. Boom!... I salute you Alan with the Starbucks egg nog latte I bought with some of the savings. Whether it stops the exhaust fumes is another matter.. the gaiter, not the egg nog.
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