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  1. Hi all,

     

    Am I in a time squeeze... My 91 Esprit SE now closing in on 6 weeks at the repair shop due to parts sourcing problem!

     

    The garage changed the clutch hydraulic hose for me; when de-airing the system the master cylinder blew. The repair shop has tried to source a new master and slave, the only supplier apparently SJ sportscars - who after a month or so after the inquery confirmed by e-mail they had the parts. Immediately asking for a quote and order about a week ago, including reminders still no response from SjS. The garage has worked hard in trying to help me (it's a Ferrari garage, the only local joint that are used to handling exotics).

     

    The season is soon over and I want my car back! Does anyone know where I can find a reliable supplier for the master (5/8) and slave who can expedite the parts by express to Norway?

     

    In addition, the brake pedal light switch needs replacing (SjS said they had this) - and the wiper motor (see separate in relevant thread) which I give up. My car is LHD, there are only RHD motors on the market...

     

    But again - the clutch M&S is the critical item - any advice is appreciated!

     

    Bregs Atle.

  2. Hi all,

     

    The plastic drive on the window wiper motor in my 91 SE is ruined. I have had the garage take it out for me (didn't have the mental strength to do it myself), the garage can not source a replacement motor. SJs says they are out of production with no spares available. There are RHD motors available, but they do not fit LHD vehicles.

     

    So, does anybody have any good advice? It is after all just the drive wheel that has failed. 

     

    Atle, Norway.

  3. Lotus Esprit Turbo SE (1991)

    Date Added: 13 April 2008 - 10:55 PM

    Owner: Atle

    Short Description: Model: Lotus Esprit Turbo SE

    VIN: SCC082910MHF60325

    Price new in the UK (1991): GBP 46,300

    Price new in Norway (1992): NOK 1,243,500

    Number of SE model units produced in all: 1608

    Number of SE model units produced in 1991: 113

    Owned since July 2007, purchased from Lotus Garage Pfenninger, Zumikon Switzerland with 54,000 km on the clock - in pristine condition. Left the production line February 28th 1991; was however not registered before January 2nd 1993. Swiss registered since new, I am the third owner it appears. It is safely warm-garaged in winter. In its fourth season, I have had no problems at all.

    This car is a piece of historic, automotive art.

    Engine:

    The unmodified 2,2 liter 4-cylinder charge-cooled turbo with 246 BHP regular/280 BHP boost and 345 Nm torque. Performance 0-100 km/h in about 4,7 seconds, top speed 265km/h. Curb weight 1265 kg.

    Modifications:

    Remus 4-pot exhaust and Avon tires (by PO); a blow-off valve and tailgate lifters (Ramspott & Brandt); and the AC/vent display panel (Telstar One, New Zealand). Ventilation knobs (LotusPerformance), gear knob (Moto-concept), and floor mats & door sills (Ramspott & Brandt). Furthermore, Flamebeater fire extinguisher (Elise-Parts), Momo Fighter Zebrano steering wheel (Torshov Bilrekvisita), Enamel Union Jacks with Lotus logo on the front wings (Auto Regalia); alloy gear surround from Lotus Prepared by Claudius; hand brake lever from Ramspott & Brandt; Blaupunkt Bronx stereo with Morel Integra and Magnat speakers from local stereo shop. I have moved the Design by Lotus badge forward of the rear wheel arch. All modifications are reversible.

    Service:

    First service after buying the car was a full C-service in June 2009 (at 62,000 km), carried out by Lotus specialists "Norsk Chassis Teknikk" (Solbergelva). Front left wheel bearing was also replaced. Otherwise the garage stated that the car was very well kept and in excellent condition. 2010: Re-Connolized leather interior by Swissvax leather dye, blended accordig to submitted sample. Expensive but worth it.

    For surface treatment I use the Swissvax range (Swissvax Concourse)

    Flash June 2011, OZ Futuras with brand new Conti Sport 3's. Like getting a new car. The difference from the old Avons is titanic. Now I know !!what this car is all about

    For more please see Lotus Esprit World Owners http://www.lotusespritworld.com/EOwners/AtleEllefsen.html

    View Vehicle

  4. The thing has to be kept in isolation for the rest of its life. It will not last an hour if left with inmates. It could be a live display (in a say 3-foot thick vitrine cage) at British Museum as an example of DNA malware.

  5. Hi all,

    So I finally got around to changing the bulb in my left door cigar lighter. However, it lights up when the car is turned off, and shuts off when I push the main light switch. In other words, opposite of what it is supposed to do. Not only that. When I dim down the cockpit lights, the cigar lighter brightens up. When I dim up, the bleeding light dims down. The right light works as it is supposed to. What is this? I can't figure it out. Anybody have a solution? I have to disconect the battery now, when parking!

    Thanks,

    Atle.

  6. Being a builder and collector of ship models I used to report certain eBay sellers for their alleged "museum quality" models and "built to original drawings" and "meticulous to scale" on items that looked as they were carved out of a log in the Amazon. But I gave up! There are people who buy the junk anyway!

  7. Living in Norway, which is a very small country we bump in to celebrities almost every day. In shops, bars, on the street. Passes with a shrug of the shoulders. As a former amateur musician, I have played with many of our famous artists with our big band - for audiences including the Queen of Norway.

    Of course few are international fame; but I once sat next to Liv Ullmann on a plane (well, for all it's worth) - and in front of Leonard Bernstein. I have had AHA star Morten Furuholmen for tea in my home, and chatted with the former prime minister of Norway and ex head of WHO Gro Harlem Brundtland for like an hour when she arrived too early at a ball we were playing at (she came alone in her little Pugeot 205).

    My son shares class with son of huge Norwegian football star Jan Åge Fjørtoft; my daughter shares class with daughter of famous Norwegian finance acrobat and cruise-line owner Atle Brynestad, and my 6-year old niece is best classmate with the princss of Norway Ingrid Alexandra - so every day my brother has small talk with the crown prince and Princess.

    But again, not so much a big deal. We see'em every day and in egalitarian Norway nobody really bothers that much. They are just actors, singers and royalty. Nothing more.

  8. And what a success! 10 Esprits participated. Great to meet you guys - as you know the gathering is so busy with meeting old friends and walking around not much time to power-chat. Hopefully we will get to know each other better at smaller meetings!

  9. It's out!!! After 5 months in winter storage it fired happily, eager to be lurked out into the splitting spring sunshine from the murky basement it has shared with a dozen other tarpaulin-covered motors (including the only Lancia Stratos in the land) during the polar season. For the next 7 months, my drive is a Lotus Esprit.

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