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  1. I bought it primarily because the sills and inner arches are all solid and have been wax treated from new. The p.o 'lost' the seats and wheels when the local trimmers went bust. The seats I have used are actually 986 boxster (were blue, now re-connolised black) half the weight at look fit perfectly and a third of the price of old and sagged 944 seats. This is my 4th 944 but first Lux (turbos and S2s before but their rocketing price makes them overpriced or complete basket cases). Love em.... sorry Barry!


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  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 work has turned this....





  3. 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. 


    Don't worry I then ran a gloved finger along the sealant to tidy up (it cant be seen when the door is rebuilt) and left in the closed position overnight to cure.

    The following day check the alignment of the frame and adjust if required and replace door trim.

    I would also recommend spraying silicone lube into the felt tracks as the new glass will slide more freely then (don't do this if you are painting any bodywork there anytime soon tho).

    Job done!


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  4. 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..



  5. 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 to create a better frame to body weather seal.

    The glass metal guide channel is mounted onto the regulators scissor arms with two white hard plastic slides which move within the channel. They attach to the arms with a ball and socket. This can be popped apart to release the glass but the plastic is very hard so application of heat greatly assists the levering!

    Once the glass is removed the fun begins.

    The glass is not an interference fit as you would expect but bonded with enough mastic to take the weight of the entire car. The frames runner is very soft metal and any attempt to knock the runner from the glass will damage it and stop the slides from moving. 

    The only method to do the job is to hold the pane inside a wheelie bin or similar and smash the glass!!

    You will be left with some chips of glass and the sealant which can be levered out with a screwdriver and hammer.






    once out thoroughly clean and degrease the glass channel, slide and plastic slider as the white grease from the factory will have hardened over time. Brake and clutch cleaner is ideal.



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  6. 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 and a 10mm bolt which attaches to a floating guide spaced with packers (large washers)


  7. 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.


  8. 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 ;) 


  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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).


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