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  1. This is my block 1 CTS Automotives class (grades 10-12). Quite a few are missing this Friday morning. More pictures will follow.
  2. I will try, later tonight, to provide you with some digital photos. These were taken perhaps 1.5 weeks ago. Sadly, I am not a strong computer person, so Mrs. Podor is the one I will be asking to preform this -admittedly- simple task. Should things not work out, then at the latest these should appear tomorrow. Generally I would say that motivation is the easy part. Getting the proper spare piece . . . now that's the real issue. AP
  3. Parent-teacher interviews have slowed things for the last 2 nights . . . . so no new Lotus work. Also, I keep forgetting to take the digital camera to school. With regard to your transmission bits and a clutch, I may just swing by and see them/meet up with you this summer. I am driving the truck east with a set of new VW rims to my father (in southern Ontario) while also dropping off a set of worn V8 Esprit wheels for refinishing in Regina. It will be a two week holiday in Ontario (also picking up Esprit parts there) before I drive back west. Please be aware that you were speaking to a
  4. Has anyone tried to update their exterior door handles? If so, how many modifications were required and how did it work out? Mine are the out-dated TR7/Morris Marina versions. Hinton-based vandals tested out if they could survive a prying from a large screwdriver. Well, the door handles lost that competition. The pivot pins outwardly buckled and the alloy handles eventually split. Has anyone tried to install exterior door handles from a Pontiac Firefly Turbo/Geo Metro? Based on appearances, the later Steven's cars used these (S4 on up to my '97 V8) . . . though this is a speculative
  5. Hey, you can always e-mail me for a possible part cross-reference. Also I "might" have a spare (or 6-7 spares) hiding in my basement. Just don't ask me how many exterior mirror sets or wheel sets I own. Those who know the answer still shake their head in disbelief. AP
  6. Heck, I'll take it. Andrew Podor (780) 790-1839
  7. Hello to the rest of Canada; especially those other Lotus folks here in Alberta. I am the Automotives teacher at Father Patrick Mercredi High School here in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Besides Fort Mac, we also have a residence in Edmonton (where my red '89 Esprit and silver '97 V8 are known to hide out). Last summer I had the chance to purchase a really well-used (maybe this should read very well abused?) Esprit Turbo SE from a rather uninformed gentleman in Hinton, Alberta. Some of you might recall seeing this car for sale on Kijiji. It started off for sale at $15,000 but -some 4 months
  8. Okay, here is my $0.02 on the issue. Stock plugs wires are of fine quality, they last usually 10 years (plus), but are still very much over-priced at the Lotus dealer. Magnacor are a premium replacement but they are rather pricey. Try this company "Kingsborne". They can be found on-line and are located in southern California if I recall correctly. Kingsborne has absolutely first rate customer service (i.e. the telephone was answered quickly by real humans who know the products they sell). They sell virtually every plug wire set for Lotus cars (plus most other exotics like Ferra
  9. The clocking issue can be easily solved when using the 1991 ('88 to '93) Pontiac LeMans 1.6 SOHC TPS unit. I did not know the Quad 4 one has to be rotated so much for it to work. The vertical alloy flange that the Lotus piece bolts to can be marked to fit the LeMans unit and then drilled and tapped (M4 size, I think). I did this when cleaning my intake manifold a few years back . . . it was out of the car at the time. The spare set of threaded holes are invisible when the stock Lotus unit is installed and are blocked by the plastic back of the TPS. No water entry issues here. The sto
  10. Keeripes . . . . Baden, Ontario! I grew up 2 km from there. Fisher Hallman Road and Queen's Blvd. in Kitchener. I also own a Lotus (or two); a red 1989 Esprit Turbo SE and a silver 1997 Esprit V8. Good to hear another Lotus is so close by. AP
  11. At one time, I used Pirelli 6000's on my 2007 SAAB 9-3 SportKombi. The car came stock with them but we switched to summer performance tires after 2 months. These are switched every 6 months for winter snow tires here in northern Canada. The Pirelli's are just sitting there in the shed and slowly dry rotting. They are good -but not great- tires for dry pavement, with predictable braking and modest noise, etc. Good in the rain. Also good in the dry cold. Poor -at the best- in fresh or hard-packed snow. AP Edmonton & Fort McMurray
  12. The rear bearing of an 1989 Esprit turbo SE as well as a 1997 Esprit V8 (um . . . both my cars) is the front wheel bearing off of a: Renault Fuego 1987 to 1990 -I think- (a FWD car) Dodge Monaco (only the early 90's FWD version) Eagle Medallion (FWD) Eagle Premier (FWD) I hope this helps. AP in Edmonton
  13. For 100% certain it is the front wheel bearing from a Renault Fuego. A number of unusual American cars were made when AMC and Renault merged. These cars used the exact same front wheel bearing . . . they were all FWD cars that didn't sell too well. So the list extends to: Renault Fuego (1987? to 1991?) Eagle Medallion Eagle Premier Dodge Monaco (a really rare car that was made for a max. of 2 years) These all have the same bearing that is used on the rear wheel of my 1989 Esprit SE and also my 1997 Esprit V8. I got the bearings for $90 each (I think) at a local Bumper-to-Bumpe
  14. Does anyone know this exact info? This is an attempt at a clutch friction disc cross reference from alternative manufactures to AP Racing. AP
  15. On a V8 Esprit behind the steering wheel is a thin alloy piece that holds a caged bearing riding on the steering shaft. That same piece clamps the signal stalk switch (L) and wiper stalk switch ® in and bolts to the ignition switch (which lies below it). I am pretty certain that piece is off an Opel car; however the only recent examples in North America have been the Cadillac Catera and the Pontiac Lemans (FWD). Both differ in construction . . . the Catera's is made of yellow plastic and the Pontiac Lemans' is a two piece design. Does anyone know of where Lotus gets that part from, or
  16. This is what I have found out. The Momo hub #4603 is the one that will fit an airbag-equipped Esprit, including the V8. It contains a 15.5 mm outer diameter hole with 28 splines. However the Momo #4603 hub is rare . . . likely because they are out of production. That hub was meant to fit the early-90's Isuzu Impulse and the to-mid-90's Geo Storm. Both these cars came with airbags. By visiting a local boneyard I found the Geo Storm comes with an alloy-spoked steering wheel with an intergal alloy hub. This allows me to cut apart the Storm's steering wheel and lathe the Storm's hub i
  17. It's pretty difficult finding a steering wheel hub when the car you own now has no steering wheel (long story . . . had it mail the old one back to the previous owner). I know for sure that the 1989 car's hub (which I have spares of) will NOT work on the 1997 V8 car. Also I'm sure I am not the only V8 owner who needed to replace a steering wheel or hub. The PO had a Grant hub cobbled up to a Momo wheel. Though the engineering was a little rough, it did work. According to him the only hub he could find that fit the V8 was from an early 90's Isuzu Impulse. I have no easy way to confirm t
  18. Yup . . . 95% of the GM TPS "look" like they will fit but actually rotate the reverse direction to the Esprit one. These 2 sources rotate the right way and "should" bolt right in and work. 1) 1988 to 1993 Pontiac Lemans (front wheel drive car from Korea) also sold as the Passport Optima and the Asuna GT but these might be in Canada-only names for all I know Either the 1.6 litre engine or 2.0 litre . . . they have the same TPS 2) Olds Quad 4 engine (years made are unknown to me) Really common in auto wreckers where the part would be $2 or $4. AP
  19. Umm . . . on a new rebuild wouldn't the oil lines and oil cooler(s) be pretty much bone dry? If so, add your 7-8 litres and then spin the engine (with the plugs out) for a few short bursts and then re-check oil level. I suspect as the pump primes it will supply oil to the oil lines and oil cooler and, in the process, the oil level in the sump will drop. This process will need repeating a few times to fill all those lines and might require a few extra litres of oil. I recall my 1989 Esprit SE taking over 12 litres of oil to fill the oil supply lines and singular front oil cooler (on a r
  20. Corrosion on the spade of the oil pressure sensor can give an alarmingly low (and wholly false) oil pressure reading on the oil pressure gauge. On my 1997 V8, the pressure sensor lies about 2 cm away from the cast iron turbocharger housing. The sensor is next to the boss where the oil filter threads to and can be easily removed with a 16 mm wrench. Likely the extreme heat cyles of the turbo speed up corrosion rates of the sensor terminal and supply wire. My sensor was pretty much uniformly rust covered (it appears to have been cad-plated when new) plus the spade connection was "fluffy"
  21. I noticed that both the coolant temperature and oil pressure gauges on my 1997 Esprit V8 do a "good" amount of on-and-then-off readings. On the highway, with a warm engine, the oil pressure is a steady 1/3 gauge reading (with previous owner installed 5W30 oil), then it falls to just above zero for short intervals, then you hit a rut in the road and it returns to 1/3 gauge reading. It always seems to work well in cold conditions . . . the warmer it is the more likely it is to have these issues. The coolant temperature readings also flicker and move yet the car is travelling at a steady speed
  22. I used only the highest quality wrenches with tight fitting closed ends . . . personally I like SK's but I'm sure Snap-On wrenches are fine too. I found Craftsman full-length wrenches (even their premium line) to bow and flex far too much, thus robbing turning force applied to the nut. When possible fit a 6 point closed-end wrench to the nut on the turbo to manifold . . . in some cases access is from above, sometimes it is from the left side (remove the SS heat shield for a better view). Break the nut free after a night of soaking the fitting with some penetrating oil. I always buy the
  23. Mine's missing . . . was removed and sold on e-Bay by the thieves who took the car (no kidding). The chop-shop was later raided by the police and the car returned but with no wing. Andrew Podor, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada [email protected]
  24. I'm in the process of doing all 4 Brembo calipers now. Mine were painted (poorly) a bright yellow and I figure that this is just not right on a silver car. I will return them to gloss black by wet sanding the yellow off and smoothing any nicks or burs from stone chips. The allen bolts holding the caliper halves together were stupidly tight with blue Loctite. Loosen them 1/4 turn ON THE CAR as it is safe and easy to do this way. Then extract the calipers off their mounts. Expect to replace the allen bolts (I did on mine the hex head looked chewed) . . . they are a common size. Popping
  25. With stock horse power I am using 5W50 and worry that it is too thin an oil. The original owner used mineral 5W30 ($14 a jug junk at Walmart) and it was much too thin. Two or so oil changes with 5W50 should clear out that mixture from the oil coolers and oil lines. Mobil 1 is still my favorite. With 450 HP I would go for a heavier oil like 10W50 or perhaps 10W60 (this a BMW specific oil) but I'm sure someone will flame up for this suggestion. AP
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