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  1. I know there are lots of posts about electric windows on this forum. I have read most of them, but not all of apologies if this is a repeat. If you are new to electric window problems, I would highly recommend you read the other posts in conjunction to this one. PROBLEM: Windows very slow in rising up and eventually stop before fully closing. Needed to wait a 4-5 seconds before being able to lower window. SOLUTION (Part 1): I removed the window motor and lift mechanism (other posts cover this) and attached the motor directly to 12v supply. The motor performance was improved, but not significantly and when the window arm reaches its limit, it still cuts out and cannot be moved in the opposite direction with out waiting a few seconds. The cause of this was the copper thermal switch inside the motor housing (it is about 20x10x4mm). This is covered in another post, so I'll not go into it here other than to say I soldered in a new thermal switch (from Amazon HERE). It needs to be mounted externally as there was is enough space inside the motor housing. I've never opened up a motor before, but they are surprisingly simple and robust inside. Mine was filthy inside and looked like it had some water ingress. SOLUTION (Part 2): Having replaced the thermal switch and reinstalling the window motor, it was still very sluggish....but no longer cutting out. I removed the whole mechanism again, and also removed the motor from the lifting arm. Without the motor attached, I was expecting the lifting arm to rotate easily about the cog mechanism. In my case I found this to be really stiff, even after I released the coiled spring. This is not something that can be dismantled, but I did managed to work in some grease and improved it quite a lot, but to be honest, it was still a bit to stiff for my liking. After trying out the mechanism again, it improved, but not by a great deal. What I did realise at this stage was that although the window is very slow going up, it really flies coming down......this is how I came by an easy modification. The coiled spring on the mechanism (see photo) is intended to tighten and build resistance when the window movement goes down. This resistance is then released to assist the window going up. With the window mechanism on the work bench, I found that the spring was just about overcoming the rotation stiffness I mentioned earlier and would be of little help in actually lifting the window. To improve the performance of the spring, I used a grinder to cut a further groove (90deg to the existing one - see arrow point in photo) in the pivot point. This allows the spring to be rotated 45deg before slotting back in, which gives it much more tension than it had before. I reinstalled the mechanism and was really please with the results...its not perfect, but much much better than what it was. The upwards lifting is much better and the downward stoke is a tiny bit slower, but barely noticeable. To improve this further, I feel the solution is to further release the resistance when the window arm rotates about the cog mechanism. It seems far to stiff, but it as previously mentioned, it is not something that can be dismantled or adjusted, but I am sure there is a solution out there. Anyway, I hope this is helpful.
  2. I do follow the auctions and have sold an Austin Healey through Silverstone's....very pleased with the result. If you feel the car has a good history and presents well, then I would suggest either Silverstone's or Historic's. I do follow Anglia Car Auctions... there offerings tend to be more modest and perhaps don't have the 'buyer reach' that the other two have.
  3. Wow, looks really good. When you say the cost is reasonable, what sort of £££?
  4. I have some suspension parts to shot blast and powder coat. Does anyone know who could do this in the Berkshire/Bucks area?
  5. Hi guys, I'm about to replace the rear springs, shocks, discs, pads and bushes on my 88 Esprit with 64K miles. While I am at it, I just wondered if there is anything else I should be doing. e.g Wheel bearings: there is no evidence they need doing, but at 64K miles, should I do them anyway? Radius Arm Rubber Mounts: they look in reasonable order, but should I do them anyway? Nuts, bolts, washers: Should I be replacing all these whilst doing the bushes. They came off fine and have some surface rust, but seem in reasonable order?
  6. I have the paper 'Service Note' manual for this year and it is without doubt the bible for these cars. Unfortunately, I can't part with it, but I got mine from South West Lotus Centre for around £80. Not that I would have bought one, but there seems to be cheaper (probably pirate copies) service note manuals on ebay for all the other Esprits, but not the 1988 x180. If there are a handful of pages/sections you need, I'd be happy to scan and email them to you.
  7. Hello Pete, to be honest, I have not had to get under the car since I took this photo. I had hoped to crack on with refurbishing the rear suspension, but have been pottering with other things and not yet got around to it yet. I was really please with it, only two things to remember: Set the lifter so it lifts on the overlapping join between the sill and the floor pan. This is where the strength is. Get some long axle stands to transfer some of the weight once lifted. I bought Sealey AS3000 Axle Stands
  8. Thanks for the response Atwell, I'm not sure, but have attached a photo of the seal.
  9. I have an 1989 X180 and I get a sort of crackling noise in the cabin whilst driving. It seems to come from the glass roof, but I wondered if anyone had found a solution to it?
  10. If you can't dehumidify or concerned about electricity costs, then the next best thing is good ventilation. I large vent on two opposing walls, allows natural through air ventilation. If you think about it, by and large, that's what a cocoon is doing.
  11. It's rare to see one Esprit in an auction, but there are three for sale in this month's CCA Auction A pretty good condition S3 has a guide price of £14 to £18k which sounds like a bargain.
  12. Just to add to what Barry mentioned......ebay is great for low volume and low delivery cost of fixings (particularly stainless steel)
  13. I keep seeing this e.g. 1988 M.Y cars. It's clearly so obvious, that no one seems to feel the need to explain what it is?
  14. It certain was the Rebellion....never new it was so populated by Esprit owners. Tim, I think the difference was the members nights gets about 800 pissed middle aged men talking bollocks and in need of a distraction.
  15. As some of you know, I'm pretty new to the Esprit thing...... so I was unprepared for the reaction its gets. Two weeks ago I was at my local micro brewery members night with a mate. I was driving, so we took the Esprit and parked up. We only had the one pint and we went to leave around 8.30, just as it was getting dark. We turned the corner to walk towards the car only to find about 15 half cut men standing around and near it with pints in their hands. As it became clear that we were the ones getting into the car, there was general hubub and light hearted cheer of ooohhs and weyhays. At which point my mate received further laughter when, in sign language, he pointed out 'that I must have a small tinker'. This all grabbed the attention of a further dozen or so merry people who turned to see what the excitement was about. We got into the car, turned the ignition....and with the help of a performance exhaust, it roared into life. The previous light cheers was turned up in volume quit considerably as more people joined in. Strangely, there was then an eerie silence and everyone stared at me...... I started to sweat a little as I knew every person in the crowd was willing me to stall the car as I moved off. To buy a few seconds and since it was getting dark, I searched for the headlight button and turned on the headlights.....up they popped to the shear delight of the crowd, now numbering about 40 people. In amongst the even louder cheers someone screamed 'its even got pop up lights. Respect' as he and his mates held up there pints in a salute as I drove by with a new found confidence. We laughed so hard all the way home. Completely true story.
  16. Isn't the standard HC N/A car around 175HP, therefore a 15% increase would put it around the 200+HP Andy mentions
  17. Thanks Andy, appreciate that.....perhaps maybe 80/20
  18. Many thanks for the input guys. I think I am currently sitting at 60/40 in favour of doing this.
  19. I'm thinking of getting my engine (1988 2.2 HC N/A 63,000 miles and currently generating 143hp at the flywheel) professionally reconditioned this winter. I've spoken to Mike at Lotusbits and Steve Williams Lotus, but I still have a bit of a dilemma. I'm thinking a standard rebuild will hopefully get the engine nearer 170hp (right?). So the dilemma it also worth getting the cylinder head ported while the engine is out? Its a pricey additional thing to get done and I know it needs a new inlet manifold to go with it. So I wondered if anyone had any opinions or first hand experience of getting this done.....or even what sort of performance gains they experienced? If its 10-15hp improvement, I probably would not bother.....but if it is +20hp, then perhaps its worth it?
  20. Great post James, welcome to the forum. I'm a newbie myself and found it invaluable. In a short space of time I've been truly amazed at members enthusiasm for the Esprit and assisting others in keeping them going.
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