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  1. I think it may be a simple case of me expecting to much from the handbrake. The esprit has been the first ( of hopefully many ) old cars that I have worked on so still learning about the good old ways
  2. Thanks for the replies everyone Thats great steve. By the looks of it the original cables are still in place so looks like i will need to swap them out. The joys haha
  3. Hi everyone, I will apologise in advance, I have searched the forum and internet for the answer but cannot find it, so if it is out there already, my mistake. The final big piece in the 1988 esprit project is to get the handbrake to work efficiently enough for an MOT. The rear brakes have been converted over to the Brembo calipers from a v8 at some point. the manual I have got for the 1988 esprit shows the standard caliper. The bit of information that the manual gives is a MM value from were the caliper should be measured and then the slack taken out of the cable on the adjusters. I have searched high and low and cannot find out if there is a similar value for the Bremebo rear calipers? The other random thing is that where the handbrake cable fixes onto the lever on the caliper there is a spacer. Should this be there? I can get the handbrake to hold but it is easy for the car to power through. Even tried in anger to wind the adjusters to the tightest possible and it still will pull through. To add I should mention that both calipers have been refurbed and working. Thanks in advance, Marc
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    Fallout 76

    I took the plunge and got it. I like yourself kimbers play it solo. The map is so bit that i have only came across one other player online. I see what you mean about the food and water. Its a very slippy slope if you forget to collect water and food. After playing it, its a decent enough game. Good fun exploring and finding a moleminer when you are out of ammo haha
  5. There has been alot of good and bad things about the fallout 76 game. Anyone getting it?
  6. I ended up going for a mishimoto catch can. Its nice and compact so easy to fit in. For some reason it wont let me upload a picture of the instal the now. Its mounted on the side of the air filter cover. A hose with a valve runs from the bottom of the catch can to bottom of the frame so i can access it easily. Only time will tell if it works, fingers crossed.
  7. Hi everyone, I thought i would share the progress of the lotus esprit 1988 restoration project. It was never supposed to be a full restoration project. More just a tidy up, then one thing led to another and alot of money and parts down the line it has become a restoration. I am looking after the mechanical things and the old man is doing the electrical and interior side. Big job to do: - Exhaust manifold repair - rear calipers refurbished - full suspension re build These big jobs led to lots of smaller side jobs. Picture of how it was at the start. Not bad on the surface. But the mechanical side of things needed alot of TLC. One thing let to another. Front spring was burst bit in taking the hub off the lower ball joint fell apart. This lead to finding out all of the bushing bolt has corroded to the bush sleeves so had to be cut out. This then led to wanting to change the upper wishbone bushes and ball joint. O ly to discover that the upper wishbone stud was solid inside the mount. After lots and lots of heat and force the pin came out. All front suspension components have been changed. The lower wishbones had to be changed after the balljoint collar was found to be enlarged so wouldnt accept a new ball joint and hold onto it. Much better now. Thanks for reading. Lots more to follow. Any advice, hints or tricks greatly appreciated. Marc
  8. Might be a bit of a late reply for you but i am currently running the straight through centre exhaust pipe. I have a video of but dont know how to upload it as it says its more than the total mb alowed. Sounds good and never had any problems with it. Marc
  9. Hi everyone, Just looking to see if anyone has had any sucess in fitting a catch can to prevent oil entering the intake? I found this resting in the air intake pipe. This was along with a turbo that looked like it had an oil leak. I have fitted a baffled catch can into the PCV system and a new PCV valve. So fingers crossed it works. Thanks Marc
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    Hi, The original plan for the esprit was to put it off the road one winter and fix a few niggles and under seal the chassis, 4 years later we had not got round to it yet and then the radiator decided it did not want to hold onto coolant anymore. From that point it quickly went down hill, getting the radiator out resulted in the oil cooler connections snapping off due to being seized, then the cowling wouldnt come off the radiator frame without a fight and we found out two of the three fans were siezed. Then onto the front suspension, the front spring was broken so needed changed. That opened up a whole new world of mechanical pain, bottom ball joints self destructed getting the hub off so the lower wishbone had to come out which led to cutting out bolts that were siezed into the bushing. Soo all in 90% of the mechanical side of the car has been stripped and rebuilt. Mostly there now apart from the rear calipers that i need refurbished but the company i went through is having supplier issues.
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    Hi chris, I will need to get pictures up soon. I am currently in livingston, scotland
  12. Hi everyone, Thought i would introduce myself. I am marc and i am currently going through the pain staking process of restoring an 1988 esprit for my old man. Hopefully back on the road in the next couple of months. Cheers Marc
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