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  1. I've got a few prices recently regarding respraying my Esprit. My quotes range from £2000 to £6000, and that's me stripping the car and reassembling the car! I am getting my done, but am going with solid two-pack paint which works out a lot cheaper than base and lacquer for a solid straight colour. It's fine, you just need to be careful how much you polish or cut the paint as it will remove it over time. Also my paint work is tired, but not bad, so prep is minimal work, reducing cost as well.
  2. They can't look any bigger than the Honda 2000 that they come from. I would say that's a smaller car than the Esprit. I like them, the originals are Citroen, so it's all borrowed stuff, mine are just borrowed from a Honda!
  3. No, stopping at arches, not having them is what says it's not a pretend V8. People look and go, 'is that a V8 and wonder, but it doesn't have arches???' I've gone as far as I want to go with exterior look, nice changes, but not too much. It's getting a full respray next year so will look even better being one shade of yellow again.
  4. I assume it's in this 50th magazine, the photo competition was to do with the 50th celebrations. I entered on a whim, didn't do any Photoshop work to the image, straight out of the camera and it won along with the other two. They can use the photo how they see fit in publications, but the competition had to have some Norfolk connection, hence Blickling Hall, perhaps the most known of all the halls in Norfolk other than Holkham Hall.
  5. I'm not a purerist, I turn all my cars into how I like them, not always how they came out of the factory. In away when they come out of the factory most cars are not pure, people add optional extras and every car nowadays is different, no two are the same, a pure car would be nothing added, that's rare. The wheels were on the car when I bought it, so were the mirrors, which are from a Honda 2000, most people like them and say they suit the car, it also has V8 seats fitted from new. The splitter I fitted, I prefer the late v8 version to the plastic one originally fitted, mines an SJ version,
  6. It was Simon's car featured, but the entry was a photographic friend Simon knew, so it may be him. I don't think he collected his prize, level 1 Driving Academy day, I did and it was awesome, pity it's finishing.
  7. Ordered x2 and paid, one for keeping mint and one for read and thumbing through. I look forward to my read and hopefully spotting my photograph in the book which was a winner in the Lotus photographic competition. I know Simon's car is featured, so would guess the others are that won.
  8. With My car Perhaps the best one with regards to James Bond Lotus connection, Caroline Munro
  9. I had no end of problems with my ABS system, but sorted it in the end. What new ABS switch have you fitted as they are no longer available? I have a two switch system fitted, but some people are now finding switched that can do both pressures switching. Also what accumulator did you get as some are different pressures, mine came from America and was the right part number, but i understand some other car makes do fit, but unsure of the pressure. I got mine al working, then disconnected the solenoid switches with the resistor by pass mod, so now I have a good solid pedal and no ABS, so much
  10. As my car is getting on at 18 years old, the steering wheel has obviously had a hard life and worn the top coat through over all those year to the point it was becoming very horrible to hold, with a sticky feeling when driving. Having slightly sweaty palms during the summer month doesn't help, even after a good clean it would eventually go back to feeling horrible to touch. I found methylated spirits to clean it up the best, but not long lasting. I've looked at a few Momo steering wheels as a replacement, also looked at every wheel available nearly to buy on eBay, but decided my first mov
  11. My original Powerflow system was £700 in total including the CAT. The extra work I had recently done was an additional £300, still all guaranteed for life I own the car. It's now been on the car 9 years.
  12. At the moment no, looks like I'm the owner for a little longer. Respray looks like it will happen around Christmas time if I can get my garden sorted to store the car once it comes back from the painters, as it won't be going on the road straight away. Stage two will be engine out and fuel tanks serviced, plus the engine head as well as a list of other items on the engine, not bad, just jobs I want to do.
  13. I've had my car nearly ten years, enjoyed every minute of owning it, even when there has been a big bill, I might have moaned, but driving it again brought the smile back. I've spent easily over £10k on maintaining it over that time, but now I'm wondering if the work needed now can I justify the cost or is it time for someone else to take over the work? I want to remove engine, do the petrol tanks and some engine work. There are some head valves that are weak, plus new clutch and anything else I find, also replace cambelt again. Paintwork I've had figures ranging from £2k cheapest to £5k deare
  14. A lot of these posts are old, so don't know if the view of this company has changed, some of the resent posts seem more positive. My current Esprit ownership is at a crossroads, regarding whether I spend a load of money on it or not, or let a new owner do the jobs. The jobs are not critical, mostly I'm unhappy with paintwork and feel it looks tired, but loads of people have said there is nothing wrong with it. I've been looking at what's on the market and liked this one sold by UK Sportscars: Esprit Advert This car looks from the photos fine to me on the surface and having had a lot of
  15. I've got a Powerflow exhaust and CAT fitted to my GT3, sound is not that bad a bark. I asked for it to be moderate, not too loud, but not too quiet. I've recently had it converted to twin centre outlet and it still sounds nice. The CAT is the smallest they make and steel internal.
  16. Thank you. I just have to give an idea of numbers to the organisers.
  17. Hi everyone, If you wish to join the convoy of cars attending the Yarmouth wheels festival as part of the EALC display, please meet at Dunston Hall car park (NR14 8PQ off A140 near Norwich in the top car park furthest away from the hall) by 8.15 am for prompt departure at 8.30 am. Members attending from other areas are welcome to travel direct to the venue but please ensure you arrive at the venue by 9.00 am. This time applies on both days. Apparently the EALC area is near to Classic Team Lotus if you arrive before I do. Phil and Scott, what day are you attending?
  18. I replaced all my door seals including the sunroof around a year ago, so know they are good. My exhaust is not stock and never likely to be as I have the V8 rear valance look twin centre outlet, so no GT3 system will fit. Also it's guaranteed for life so not going to spend anymore money on exhaust anytime soon. My wife does use gel ear plus in the car, I tend not to. I was just wondering if anybody had tried to address the level of noise other than personal wearing equipment. When I have my fuel tanks out I will check the seat belt openings. I think when my car comes off the road I will a
  19. Hi, as my wife and have got older we are of the misfortune to suffer from tinnitus (to many night clubs and bands in our younger years), which doesn't help when owning a loud car like a Lotus Esprit. It's not so much the level of noise my car produces in the cabin area, but the length of time we are being subjected to it. I've measured my noise levels and generally I get around 70-80 decibels all the time, regardless of speed. Apparently this level is normal office chatter level. I'm considering when my car comes off the road soon on improving the rear bulkhead sound deadening, which is t
  20. Anymore interested in attending this event? Long range weather is forecast as good.
  21. Hi all, Great Yarmouth tourist board is holding a wheels festival this 3rd and 4th of September, all along the sea front. Lotus Cars and Classic Team Lotus are the star feature of this event this year, last year they had the new land speed record Blood Hound full size replica displayed. Classic Team Lotus is having five racing cars displayed, with most of the Lotus display featured around the Britannia Pier Plaza, with CTL next to Joyland and the American diner. I will be attending the event with my local club EALC on both days, but knowing there is 75 spaces for Lotus cars and not enough i
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