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  1. Last place I expected to spot one.The beach carpark at Tratanto soth east Sardinia near Carbonia,last Saturday! Before I had a chance for a closer look it had gone (I was soaking up some rays!) .But it was red G (fairly sure!)car with a wing.Its rear number plate was dark yellow but not UK.It looked realy odd lined up with all those Puntos and Clios!Anyone on here? Paul.
  2. Thats the place,dont get that way often these days!But it was a good day for a blast down the A120.
  3. In a car sales yard, A reg S3 N/A with sun roof for
  4. Hi,also dont forget to resilicone it before pop riveting otherwise it will leak. Be careful not to trim the rail too close to the chrome bit or water will get in and discolour it as I found out!I actually slid my rails in the slot by the hinges,front to back,if you see what I mean!Hope this is not too late,only just saw the thread. Cheers Paul.
  5. Could be the cowling covering the heater blower is not sealing tight enough and letting air through into the hole in the bulkhead that gives access to the heater hoses,this is just above your feet.I assume it should have some sort of blanking grommet.Mine didnt and I sealed it with gaffer tape as the hole is about 75mm across by memory. Paul.
  6. I replaced mine a few years back,it is almost identical to those fitted to a Lotus Sunbeam Talbot which is where I got mine from, so I assume any other similar vehicle to that with a hatch could be the same.Mind you they are just as rare as Esprits these days!But more likely to be found in a scrap yard.Only a minor mod to the bar that operates the catch is required if I remember correctly! Good luck Paul. There is a club that races the Sunbeams and they remove the locks when modifying them,I believe.Could be worth a web search.
  7. Sorry guys,was hoping to meet you all but cant make it this time.I will keep an eye on the forum for next time.As my heater is useless I would probably have died from hypothermia on the way anyway and I am having trouble engaging the four wheel drive also,that is what the lever is on the arm rest isnt it??! Cheeres Paul.
  8. Cats used my old cover as a scratching post on all four corners,had to stand wooden blocks in the way! Havnt touched the new one though,perhaps because they are both ex cats now! Paul.
  9. Thanks James for the offer,I may take you up on it but as yet havnt decided when to go.I will have a long chat with them on the phone first, I need some figures! Cheers Paul.
  10. I will go along with the brilliant cover bit, but when I got my second one last year I had to send it back twice as it was too small and they had to put inserts in! No I havnt got an ironing board on the back and a roo bar at the front either! All said and done they were most apologetic and the alterations were done very quickly. Paul
  11. Thanks,thats the name I was after. Cheers Paul.
  12. Hi all,I went to the Hemingham Hall car show last August and was recommended a mechanic in the Newmarket area who is well up on Esprits,of course I have now lost the note! Any ideas as to who it could be? I am sure I will recognose the name. Cheers Paul.
  13. Ohms law !!!! I left college in 1970 and have just taken early retirement to get away from formulas,regulations and especially Health and Safety GRRRRRRRRRRR!!!! No the problem with auto electrics is methods of switching etc, which are not permissable at higher voltages.And I never did get to grips with power generation especially where no load is present on 3 phase systems! Lucky the Esprit is not positive earth!!... (or perhaps somebody has got a special edition!!) Cheers Paul.
  14. I have noticed a variation when revving the engine,but only slight.I assume that the alternator is charging OK as I normally have no trouble starting, or any other electrical problems,except the rear screen heater not working but who uses it anyway??!! I tend to lean towards a miscalibration.I noticed yesterday that after starting the gauge climbed to 13v and stayed there for half an hour before dropping back to 12.5v,I assume this is after it has replaced the drain put on by starting. Cheers.(You wouldnt believe that I am an electrician,industrial and domestic,never could understand the peculiarities of car elactrics!)
  15. Thanks Andy, I used a digital meter this morning and got these readings from the battery-- Ignition off -- 13.3v On tick over -- 14.7v -- 13v on dash. Headlights on tick over --12.5v -- 11v on dash. The voltage rises with revs as you would expect back to 12.5v on the dash.But will go lower with more load. Belt and connections seem OK,havnt checked the dash volt meter connections yet though. This would seem OK to me assuming my digital meter is reading properly! I suppose the actual battery reading of 13.3v should be the baseline figure,what should a fully charged battery read?I have it in the back of my mind that 13.3v is about right. Cheers.
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