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  1. 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.


  2. 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.

  3. 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??

  4. 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.


  5. 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.



  6. 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. Unfortunately the Ginger wine ? I used to steel me against the cold whilst working prevented a test run but the school run tomorrow will reveal all.

  7. 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. 





  8. 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 expensive repair.

    Ive attached a copy of the receipt to show just how much the p.o was ripped off.... £50 to remove and replace seats. A 10 minute job ffs and they broke 3 studs off without replacement. £50 to replace the expansion tank caps!!!!!

    Bibs, I will remove the garage name if need be but I do feel we should show poor service and good in equal measure.



  9. 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!







  10. 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.

  11. 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 driveable (although handling is still awful...suspension for Christmas please ?) 

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