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    Keep telling myself I should get a life.....

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    Esprit v8, 911 991 C4S, Smart, Discovery 4, 1972 Fiat 500 Abarth Rep, 612 Scaglietti OTO 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. Very nice! I really like the BBS wheels, but I need them to be bigger than 17" for the V8.
  2. Hi All, Im running a set of OZ Novas at the moment but a) they need a refurb and b) Im worried that if one gets damaged by a pot hole I wont be able to get a replacement, so Im looking for an alternative set for regular use so I can preserve the Novas. Im sure lots of you out there are running non-standard wheels in non-standard sizes so how about a show and tell? Pics with sizes and offsets? There are some great looking wheels out there but tyre sizes seem to be getting more restrictive. Any help appreciated gents!
  3. BUMP...... How did you get on with the tubular manifolds - any difference in sound or performance?
  4. Modern ethanol rich fuels do not mix well with old rubber hoses. All old hoses (especially from pre-2000) should be replaced with new, ethanol resistant ones. If you don't do this and continue to use standard pump fuel you are asking for trouble. Many "super" unleaded fuels such as BP Ultimate do NOT use ethanol, but 95 octane fuels do use up to 5%. Here is a great article for reference:
  5. Morning All. I suspect that this has been asked a million times because a quick search came back with 47 pages of results for "alignment" at the risk of sounding lazy because Im not reading through all 47 pages can anyone recommend a specialist that is familiar with Esprit alignment and can do a full set up? Preferably in the South. OR...has anyone done this at home themselves using lasers and tape measures? I've done this before, but on a car with much simpler suspension! Thanks, Dave
  6. At tickover it has a general shake which is enough to make the mirrors vibrate. It idoes it evenly enough and is smooth mechanically (if you can have such a thing as a smooth vibration). It's not like something is touching the chassis - not a mechanical vibration, it just feels like a rough 4 cylinder at tickover. Its had new engine and gearbox mounts fitted by PNM but no difference. As a V8 I would have thought tickover would be supersmooth. What tickover speed to others run at? Mines around 1000rpm. Thanks.
  7. No way the H6 will fit - it is far too wide and the heads would end up right where the radius arm mounts are, so you would have to completely redesign the engine cradle and suspension. However an Audi v6 does fit and then you have the choice of 6 speed gearboxes of various strengths.....
  8. Problem solved. The primary fuel pump was not giving enough pressure, so it wouldnt rev past 3500. When the secondary pump kicked in it took off, so new pump now and it pulls like a train. Its a properly fast car! Thanks to Esprit Engineering for working out what was wrong and fitting the new pump.
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    Phone mount

    Hi All, Does anyone have a phone mount in their car that they would recommend for use in the Esprit? My phone is a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 so it's a bit of a heavyweight. Thanks
  10. Likewise Roy. Good to chat, and many thanks for talking through the mods - you built an awesome car and I want to keep it that way.... Although when you said you were from Finningley I had my doubts - you boys were too busy playing with Vulcans than cars....and Harworth was under the flight path! I'll keep you posted on the diagnosis of the misfire.
  11. Our technology moves massive amounts of data around our customer enterprises: over 3 billion events per day for one of our investment banking customers. Daimler and PSA connected car implementations, NASA weather satellites, earthquake detection in Japan, Singapore Smart Cities, FAA, pretty much all investment banks, consumer banks, Bet365, Hong Kong Jockey Club, William Hill, SAP - they are all customers that have massive real-time data movement requirements and who can't afford to lose a single event or "message" even if they have a complete data centre or network failure. Its an "Event Mesh" that runs in any of the popular clouds, or on-premise (or hybrid) and its very, very cool!! (If you're into that kind of thing)... Thanks, Dave.
  12. Hi David, I should be at PNM sometime around 3.30 - 4pm tomorrow. Be great to say hello and share war stories if you can make it. If you can find Roy's details it would be great - did you ever talk to him about the mods? Our 991C4S is a Gen1 car, so 3.8 nasp....its a fantastic engine that loves to rev and rev, well, its actually a fantastic all-round car. It lives outside and get used as a daily driver that just shrugs off that kind of mundane use and polishes up beautifully when it gets an (occasional) clean! Thanks for the comment...I'm just defenceless when it come to interesting cars...
  13. Thanks Chris. My thoughts exactly on the actuators, so like you, not sure what the cause could be....I'll leave it in PNMs good hands to have a quick look and see if there is anything obvious. I'll be sure to take some pics when the car gets here, if only to see if anyone recognises the set-up, because I'd still like to track down who did the work. I tried to get the Sport 350 that's been for sale for a while in Canterbury, but its on its way to Oz - it just took them a long time to get the Australian Import Permit.
  14. May be old news but I was talking to UK Sports Cars (Canterbury) and they told me the Esprit Sport 350 No 009 they have for sale is being exported to Australia (probably on the boat now).
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