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    Esprit v8, 911 991 C4S, Range Rover, 1972 Fiat 500 Abarth Rep, 612 Scaglietti OTO, E92 M3 v8, and a couple of GTMs somewhere.....
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    Chargecooled, Hybrid Turbos, Alcon/AP Brakes, OZ Novas, Centre Exhaust
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    Ascot, Berks

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  1. Thanks Ian... Im pretty sure the issue is a result of the much larger piston volume in the calipers than standard - therefore a long pedal is purely a result of having to pump a greater volume of fluid. The brakes have been on the car for a long time (fitted by a previous owner) and work awesomely but it feels a little over-braked at low speed and hard to modulate, so I'd prefer a slightly heavier and shorter pedal. An electric servo may cure the pedal effort problem, but not the travel. At the moment the ABS works fine and I'd like to keep it that way! I'll dig out the pa
  2. I think the standard brake master cylinder is 23.8mm diameter - does anyone know if the S350 and later '98-on Esprits have a bigger bore? The reason for the question is that my v8 has Alcon 6 pot front calipers and AP 4 pot rears, and while the stopping power and stamina are absolutely awesome the pedal travel is pretty long and very light. Ideally I'd like to fit a larger bore master cylinder to reduce the pedal travel and add more weight to the action. An alternative may be to change to pedal ratio, but I'd prefer a bolt on solution if possible......
  3. Totally agree with all the comments here - maintenance by workshops that do not know these cars is a lottery, not just as far as suspension goes but pretty much every aspect of the car mechanically. However, in terms of GEO setting they are even more specialised because so many adjustments require shims rather than tweaking an eccentric bolt or a few turns on an Dave, who do you recommend to do the job correctly? Northampton Motorsport? Centre Gravity? Any recommendations greatly received!
  4. Hi Mike, Are the ali pipes from the compressor outlets single piece or do they have a join (hard to see properly from the pics)? Mine have a silicone pipe joiner which as you've seen is too close to the exhaust manifolds and the whole thing needs refabricating with a single hard pipe from the compressor to the chargecooler. Dave.
  5. Call for help please.... A bit of a long shot but does anyone have the dimensions of the under-dash heater box for a later model (revised dashboard) v8? Im thinking about junking the entire original mash up and replacing it with a modern integrated unit with electronic controls but before I rip my dashboard apart I need to know if the unit I have in mind will fit. TIA...
  6. Wow...this one is unique - the ad says it has electric front and rear windows!!!
  7. If anyone knows of a good Porsche 964 C2 or C4, or 993 Im interested (only coupe's not targa or cab)...... Prices still seem to be very solid and the air cooled Porsches are selling, although there are a couple of modified cars that have been for sale for a long time at too high a price. I do believe the higher end of the market (£100k +) is very soft with E-Types going down significantly, but the mid-range which is not really investor territory, more the high end enthusiast market is pretty stable.....once an enthusiast sees a car they love man maths tends to take over (if they are
  8. I think half the problem is that cars are so fast these days that getting to the point where you feel you are challenging them almost inevitably means going over the speed limit. Im not talking about motorways here, Im talking about normal A and B roads at the national speed limit. We need a different class of vehicle to enjoy driving. In the good old days you could drift a Morris Minor around a roundabout at 25 mph and it was fantastic fun. In a modern car you'd have to be going twice as fast. What Im saying in a rambling kind of way is that you can have great fun at lower speeds. H
  9. On an Esprit v8 in this case.....(sorry not a great photo). I bought these so I didnt have to keep my OZ Novas on the car as they are pretty irreplaceable now.
  10. Still very classy even though its 12 years old......although the sat nav needs a PhD in Italian logic and regularly instructs along the lines of the old joke - If that's where you want to go you shouldn't start from here....
  11. Sounds like it may be hard to get an Esprit convoy together as we'll all be travelling in alternative brands (me included as it happens because my v8 has just gone into the beauticians for a long term make over!)....
  12. Hi Gents, Is anyone thinking of going to the Le Mans Classic 2020? Ive been a few times and its a fantastic event, very different to the Goodwood Revival but every bit as good, and IMHO much better than the Silverstone Classic. It would be great to get a convoy of Esprits (what's the plural??!?!?) to make it into a bit of a road trip. Anyone up for it? Dave
  13. Also try Robinsons - Based in Scotland and deliver across the UK. The service and design help I've received so far has been very good.....
  14. It wasn't me but a friend with infinitely better spannering skills than me. The car was a GTM Libra kit car running a 1.4 K Series engine at a track at Zolder. The engine was buzzed and ended up bending a couple of valves. One was straightened with gentle persuasion from a little tapping stick, but the second wouldn't move up and down in the guide so it was hammered back into the head.......then the lobe of that cam was ground off (with the engine still in the car) and voila - a 15v 1.4 K Series that completed the rest of the weekend and wasn't really any slower than before! Ive als
  15. She's looking a little sorry for herself at the moment and looking forward to the winter holiday - car spa, a bit of reconstructive surgery and some TLC.....Definitely not concourse at the moment! Be great to meet up and share some war stories though! Im taking her down to Surrey Rolling Road for a power run on 26th because I think she's not giving her best right now.
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