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  1. The foam inside the cover actually sits proud of the edges of the cover so is seals to the bulkhead when secured... I hope!
  2. Mine is exactly like this too. Put it back where I found it when I renewed those pipes myself. Just in the process of doing something similar to this myself.
  3. What captive nuts are you referring to @Escape? I can't recall any captive nuts on mine when I did the rad pack last year 🤔
  4. Good luck with the rad pack, it's not actually that big a deal I didn't think. The only really worry/issue you'll likely have is if the oil coolers cooperate. It's a lot easier to remove everything if half of it's missing in the first place 🤣
  5. How much bigger than standard have you gone? Guess they weren't six pot originally either?
  6. Looking forward to doing a tour when the Covid situations allows. "The Wing" really isn't very far from me. I wonder if they'd host a TLF tour there one day? They seem to like their motors and there seems to be plenty of people interested in their watches here too.
  7. The cost of the gauge itself is identical to the price of a new VDO gauge like I used in my conversion. Using a CAI sourced gauge vastly simplifies the wiring changes to get it working. If people are interested I could probably make up some small kits of all the wiring items to make it more of a plug and play conversion to go with these CAI gauges if we generate enough interest to buy some. I'm certainly interested in these gauges.
  8. The agreed valuation has expired on my Esprit's insurance policy and I need to submit updated photos and details to the insurer to renew the agreed value. When I first bought the car I simply got an agree value to match what I paid for it, but I'm not sure what to value it at this time around. Anyone that's been following my project thread will know the car is far from perfect cosmetically but its not a shed either. The main difference from the last valuation is that the oily bits are in a MUCH better state than they were previously. There don't seem to be any S4s's on the market at
  9. Nice! Fancy turning a new timing pointer for my bell housing for me? 😉
  10. Unlikely based on the most recent video 😬
  11. Looks like the engine cover. EDIT: Looks like @cweeden beat me to it 🤦‍♂️
  12. That one was a right game to get at. Took my knuckles several days to forgive me after that job. Getting a spanner on it was relatively simple, it was getting the bleed hose in there that I found more of a challenge.
  13. I did consider that, but the VDO oil temperature gauge is a subtlely different design from the rest of the CAI gauges and the OCD in me wouldn't like seeing two different style gauges that close together if I'd put it where the boost gauge is. By doing a straight swap with the clock it's less obvious on first glance that the temperature gauge differs from the rest. To be honest, I have fitted boost gauges in some of my other cars and having used it to check it was boosting correctly I found myself seldom looking at it after that. My personal preference is to be able to see the engine oil
  14. Time will tell how reliable the velcro is @drdoom. It is stiched on so glue failure shouldn't be a problem. Anyway, after nearly two years and two months off the road the Esprit has finally broken cover. Still plenty to do before its ready for an MOT, but its a big milestone having it in a drivable condition again While idling on the driveway it kept stalling and it took me a while to realise it was due to be a lack of fuel. The weird thing was the low fuel warning light wasn't on and I know that works because it was illuminated before I put fuel back in
  15. This is what I bought @cweeden I went for the 38mm inside diameter which was a perfect fit for the chassis tubes.
  16. Having now successfully fitted and tested my oil temperature gauge in replacement of the dashboard clock on my S4s I thought I would share the necessary steps in one place for anyone else that wants to do it. There are several ways you can do this modification, but I’ve documented what I felt what the cheapest approach. The wiring modifications have been done without butchering the original loom so that the clock could be restored should I want to in the future. You could cut into the loom and solder things together if you want to reduce the cost further, but I personally think that is a
  17. I've been struggling to find anyone who I feel comfortable to send my old ECM off for repair with and in a timely manner. I've not done an exhaustive search yet, but I've taken a risk and bought another ECM from the states; I might dust of my electronics skills in due course and look at my original myself. This time I've stayed away from Cardone branded refurbished units since evidence would seem to suggest they're not reliable and gone for an AC Delco Professional branded one which has a 24 month and 24,000 mile warranty on it and will actually work out cheaper than the Cardone one I bou
  18. They probably would be fine, but I know they accepted my CAD models last time 🙂
  19. Thanks Chris. I'll start creating the new CAD models and drawings for these extra parts at the weekend and get them over to the engineering company for a quote as soon as I can.
  20. If you can't find it all we really need is the hole spacings so we could compare my spare bumper with yours to check they're consistent.
  21. That's item 6 isn't @cweeden? Assuming it's in the top edge of the bumper as it looks to be, I've already one of those here that I can measure. Item 8 goes into the bottom edge of the bumper and bolts up into the frunk floor I think. I just had a quartet of M6 nuts and bolts in there on mine because that bracket was missing entirely. I sourced a new one from SJ, albeit not in stainless because I didn't have one to measure to get a stainless one made. Mine is now inaccessible for measuring having put all the front undertrays back in place in the last few days 🤦‍♂️
  22. While I wait for the ECM situation to get sorted out I'm doing some of the little odd-jobs on the car. First up was to clean and straighten the rear wheel heat shield and replace the shock absorber heatshield which was crumbling away. New alongside what's left of the old shock top heat shield. The new one required a little trimming to get it to fit. All back in place after a little panel beating to straighten out the main heat shield. I also fitted the tinted indicator lenses that my wife kindly bought me for my birthday
  23. Sounds like Cardone remanufactured ECM are to be avoided then.
  24. I got it from ebay @sailorbob. It came in a Cardone box but it did work upon arrival, but between me last running it that one and only time (about 12 months ago now) and the last week when I finished the engine work it has developed a fault. The main symptoms are it running really rough at idle (almost as if its only running on three cylinders), the fans come on after 30-60 second and stay on (no CEL light) and the ALDL connection refuses to work from either connector.
  25. Well I've worked out what the cause of my poor running is, my replacement ECU doesn't work 😞😠 I spent most of a day testing all the wiring to find no faults in that, all the voltages and earths were sound, but I just couldn't get the ECU to talk to Freescan or Espritmon. I finally decided to try the paper clip trick between pins A&B on the ALDL connector to check that it wasn't my diagnostic cable at fault and even that didn't result in the expected CEL light code flashing. I then swapped the ECU out for my original one, which has a faulty QDM on it and low and behold the ALDL connect
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