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  1. Advice please. 1988 X180 N/A normally starts cold with a tickle of throttle as fuel pump runs over. Starting it now requires two to three goes. Then - normally - when it has been for a run starts first time. Not at the mo. Takes two or three goes and today got a bang. Once running, clean as a whistle. MOT and service coming end June. Do I suspect fouled plugs? Car has had oil change and service every six months by Allon White. Something is not quite right and any steers much appreciated.
  3. On page three of today's Telegraph...
  4. Taken this week at a certain other car maker's F1 team's HQ...
  5. Hello Peeps, Just picked up my 88 N/A X180 from storage - after six months - ! - and have just returned from a jolly to Silverstone. Opened up my three year old Coverzone Voyager waterproof cover and have realised it is on its last legs. Car lives on driveway in the summer. Can anyone (please) give me a steer for a waterproof cover? Have looked on line and prices vary from £33 (Amazon) to £250 ish. Any help much appreciated.
  6. Just purchased on a whim the March - April edition of Practical Classics Magazine. On page 28/29 they claim the following values for an S1 Esprit: Project: £5,000 Usable: £12,000 Excellent: £25,000 Anyone else think their estimates a little - or a lot - low?
  7. My penny in the pot: My N/A Stephens' starter motor conked out 2 years ago. Luckily at home. Ordered replacement from SJ Sportcars and had a classic car engineer come and remove the old one and replace the new one. His major comment was that it was a pretty easy task as all he had to remove to gain access was part of the airbox. Some older cars of other makes can - he told me - make much larger jobs in replacing starter motors...
  8. Will throw my hat in the ring with some stuff I was told by Don McLaughlin - in about 1978. Sardinia started with one car (working) for chase sequence and one shell for (air cannon) pier scene. The working car struggled with over heating (once Roger Becker had been given the gig) and EON put an SOS out to Hethel for another one. The only match belonged to Colin Chapman - and he agreed to lend his as well. Pretty sure the "camera car" - often seen in pictures of rear hatch missing - was Mr Chapman's.
  9. I'm in your neck of the woods - but my car is an early Stevens. However - the folk who look after mine - Allon White Sportscars - have a red Esprit of the vintage you are after, on their site - for sale. Maybe you could ask them? Maybe good promo for them to shift it!
  10. For UK based folk sans Discovery + the show is being aired on Quest TV on Wednesday, 5th January 2100. FreesatChannel 167 (SD/HD) Channel 168 (+1) Channel 172 (SD) Sky UK and Sky IrelandChannel 144 (SD/HD) Channel 244 (+1) Channel 834 (SD) Astra 2E (28.2°E)11426 V 29500 8/9 (HD)
  11. Unless I am missing something - this looks like a very attractive deal at that mileage...
  12. September's stupid question. My 1988 X180 N/A's gearstick knob is getting loose. It rotates a little bit and also moves up and down. On gear changes I have to push it down (a bit) to keep it from moving (apart from the required gear change travel). Any tips?
  13. Thanks for that - and yes - had read to CLOSE the bonnet before lifting light... THANK YOU!
  14. Here comes August's stupid question. Took my X180 for a spin and at some point flashed someone to say thank you for giving way - and got a bucket of water effect on the windscreen. Once home, found the offside light well full of water so examined the forum and read the explanation of getting the headlight well hole unclogged with a long pipe cleaner. With the lights on, with the help of a torch, managed to find the drain hole and after some wiggle action managed to drain the offending H2O. Light well now empty. However, I have spotted a loose screw sitting in the well - which I assume is off the back of the light - which is working fine - MOT was in June. My stupid question is: Am I correct that if I unscrew the headlamp pod link rod (pictured from forum image) I can manually lift light to retrieve screw and investigate where it is from? Also, once I have undone pod link rod - then reattached it - do lights then need to be professionally re-aligned? Sorry to one and all for my stupid questions.
  15. Just spoke to SJ Sportscars and you are right - no adhesive required!
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