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  1. Are the Esprit V8's front bearings still off the 1982 Toyota Celica/Supra (like those of the SE's) or did Lotus source them from some other more modern car? AP
  2. I'm the new owner of an early-version 1997 Esprit V8. I still own my 1989 Esprit turbo SE, but the V8 car is a whole different vehicle to me. More complex for starters . . . plus it is in poorer shape than my SE (my V8 was a stolen car recovered and sold as an insurance write-off). Though I cannot say for sure, I suspect I have the single plate clutch. The clutch readily slips at engine speeds past 4000 RPM in nearly every gear. Sometimes it is as little as 2800 RPM in taller gears when tire traction is good. It makes no noise when clutch slip occurs (other than engine whine and the sp
  3. The 907, 910 and 912 Lotus engines use a 15.5 mm diameter valve shim. More common cars use this size as well: * some (but not all) Jaguar XJ-6 and XJ-12 engines . . . after a certain date they changed to a bigger diameter shim it seems * the Triumph TR-7 uses this exact size * the SAAB 99 (NA or turbo) use this exact size as well * rare British cars like the Imp use this exact size shim (but I have ever seen on of those in Edmonton) By tearing apart worn engines in self-serve auto wreckers (over the past 6-7 years) I have managed to collect over 350 such shims. All are measured and
  4. I used an off-the-shelf citrus cleaner on my 2 day old powder-painted wheels and it stained/etched the paint. Made them look pale white in the places I left it on too long. Nothing ever solved the blotchy stain, so the wheels were stripped and repainted. That was an expensive mistake I suggest you try to avoid. Either heavily dilute the citrus cleaner or use Simple Green. I love the Simple Green product. Not expensive, sold everywhere and easy on paint . . . plus you can use it full strength and it will not strip your skin of oils like a caustic auto cleaner (such as Castrol's grime bu
  5. SCC082910KHH62688 1989 Lotus Esprit Turbo (non charge-cooled) Calypso red with two-tone camel and sand leather interior Owner - Andrew Paul Podor Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  6. I can confirm the Jaguar XJ6 works for my Lotus SE, but only the 8-tooth version which is comparatively rare in Canadian auto wreckers. Maybe one in 10 Jags offer the 8-tooth window motor. Though I cannot tell you the exact application and year of the depicted motor . . . . they look very much like a Porsche part. Particularly the material (glass-reinforced black ABS? body), the screws connecting it to the regulator, the electrical side connection, etc. Try 944 or 928 (but this is speculative only). AP
  7. At the wreckers find a German-made Ford Feista. Maybe from the early 1980's. That econo-box has a thick rubber shifter bolt that is a really great alternative to the Esprit's thin and junky shifter boot. AP
  8. Molly-nuts . . . . these are an alternative to riv-nuts. Molly-nuts have 4 "wings" that spread open (from the back), and cinch tight to the back of the panel when a bolt is threaded into them. They are low torque, however. One can solve that problem by applying epoxy glue to the outside of the wings. When they spread open, the glue bonds the Molly-nut to the panel and nearly doubles the torque they can now hold. Another suggestion . . . . apply a lot of Copperslip (anti-seaze compound) to the bolts. They won't rust to the nut and shear it off the panel when removing the bolt. AP
  9. Having the throttle cable casing seperate so that the outer plastic sheath split from the metal inner lining. End result . . . . . had to rip the carpeting (which is glued to the floor of the car) into 20 seperate jagged-edge pieces. Fun, fun, fun.
  10. I own a 1989 Esprit Turbo (non-chargecooled). After a long search for an intermittent fuel leak it was discovered that one of the Lotus-fitted fuel injectors was split. The injector has "0078-5235364" written on it. The split extends 70% around the top of the plastic-bodied injector and is nearly horizontal. Strange. Has anyone else had the issue of a split fuel injector? I imagine more than a few cars have burnt if this problem exists elsewhere. No one I have spoken to seems to be able to provide a reason for a split injector like mine. Also does anyone reccomend a suitable replace
  11. Although my tastes might be accused of being chauch (over-styled to the point of gaudy). I have to say I rather like the look of the twin wing. The combo looks balanced and proportioned from the dark silver car's photo angle . . . . low and from the back. I expect that at high speeds there will be bag fulls of dead-air drag. The car might even "hammer" with turbulance because of this. If it did, I would take the 2nd lower wing off. But sitting still, I still say it looks really good. AP
  12. I guess I have a new policy as to buying big ticket items (like a used car) on e-Bay. It I can't see the car and hold the pink registration slip in my hand -all at the same time- then it simply isn't real. I'll still use e-Bay for part purchases, but the risk is probably too great when buying pricey items. So far e-Bay has been a bust for only small ticket items: 1) a Maserati guy in Austria who cashed my $50 cheque but never sent a "Lotus Over Time" colour poster. I was the start of a long list of people who were taken by this guy who was probably a former exotic car dealer who was
  13. There is a loser that uses e-Bay to "phish" for people interested in buying an Esprit. He posted an ad (with about 10 photos) about 5 days ago claiming to sell a red 1990 Esprit turbo. There was no reserve and the starting bids were low after 2 days. The person then removes the car from e-Bay and contacts anyone and everyone who e-mailed him offering them the car for $4200 US (which includes free delivery to anywhere in North America). There are a few issues with the seller in the first place. One is he claims the car is a 1990 model yet (based on the supplied photos) it has the old sty
  14. I would suggest that the glass fastback is likely to retain heat as well. The V8 tunnel back has two louvered holes that vent directly into the atmosphere. Hot air exiting the glass fastback has to do a sort of s-shaped series of bends before it vents to the atmosphere. Maybe enlarging the radiator or doing assist to the waterpump (in-line electric pump?) might negate this issue.
  15. Sounds about as bad as the experience I had with Electro-Lift (of Germany). A local supplier had me pre-pay this special order for a pair of rear hatch struts. They arrived after 14 phone calls and 6 months of waiting. AP
  16. I am in the process of modifying the oil cover gallery (#A910E2368K) taken from a G-bodied Turbo Esprit ('85?) to fit my '89 Esprit Turbo engine. The oil pressure sender switch differs between these years . . . the new switch is larger in diameter. According to the Lotus parts manual the new oil pressure switch is #A082N6058F; though #A082N6062F appears an alternative after engine #25317. The switch in question looks like a 2" round steel barrel with 2 electric spade ends sprouting out the top. On the engine, it sits below the knock sensor and is forward of the starter. If anyon
  17. Red 1989 Esprit Turbo (says "SE" but no chargecooler) and a blue/white 2001 Suzuki GSXR 750. I track race neither. Take them apart and enjoy the challenge of improving on their design. A long while ago I worked for two summers (while doing my Masters) as a race mechanic for a Canadian Kawasaki 750 superbike privateer. Did all of the superbike engine modifications as well as most suspension tweaking. Helped out in the pits across the eastern US and Canadian region for tire changes/crash repair/re-fueling on endurance races/etc. Can't say it paid well -I was "paid" in Bridgestone tire
  18. It is a little ironic to claim a Lotus with someone else's engine is, now, no longer a Lotus. Isn't the basis of Lotus' long and varied road car history essentially that? Think of the variety of engines that graced sevens to elevens. Besides the well known Kent Ford and Coventry Climax's, there were/are owners with Elva modified Ford engines, Cosworth, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Mazda rotary, Ford Z-tech, etc. We all considers those cars as 7's or 11's; don't we? Even today the 910 design was so heavily borrowed from Vauxhall that "stolen" might be the better term. The GM-backed LT5 engine an
  19. I guess I'm on the less popular side of this opinion poll . . . . but the new rear-end with the round tail lenses is the far better design of the two. Style wise. My '89 has the Toyota lenses and, although they are well suited to the lines of the car, they most definitely do not scream exotic car. They scream Toyota was robbed. Guys with that year Corolla have stopped to ask me if I build a kit car using these lenses as a starting point. I kid you not. The round (newer) version does look exotic. One "problem" I see with the round look is that it very closely mimics Ferrari's back en
  20. I'm pretty sure this is not available in the US of A, but I use HSBC Canadian Direct for my 1989 Esprit. No office branches . . . they are phone-in only. It is one of two cars used soley for "pleasure' (i.e. not for to work commutes). I pay a slim $550 Canadian a year for the Lotus, and they charge me $575 Canadian a year for the daily driver (a 2004 Chevy Optra) that is driven 10,000 km a year for to-work commuting. I have never found a cheaper company, however they insist on a vehicular inspection about once evry 5 years on the Esprit. AP
  21. I had the belt tensioner go "to toast" on my 1989 Esprit SE. Seems from more than one Internet source claimed that Lotus got it from a Ford Transporter van. I think a 2.3 litre diesel if memory serves me correctly. The year 1981 seems about right. I could not confirm this part idea because in N. America we never got such a beast. So I ended uo buying it at SJ (in England). It was very close to reasonable from them (maybe $50). . . even with shipping to Canada it was far less than any other Lotus part place I got a quote from. Fast delivery too. AP
  22. I too prefer the more modern tunnel-back look to the glass-fastback look. The tunnel-back might disturb air flow . . . . but I rarely attempt top speed runs. You can (after removing the glass fastback) create a thin alloy pan, which lies below the deck, to direct rain water away from the engine. Mine mounts in tandem with the bolts holding each on-deck louvered vent. Those vents were another reasonable e-Bay buy ($21 US for both). By shaping the base of the pan into a wide "V" and having the far end be deeper than the proximal side a rubber tube can drain collected rainwater along the
  23. I did exactly what you are talking about . . . . bought a cheap spare rear deck (used) and took the glass fastback off of it. This way I will have the original and the "newer" look. I can say Lotus' body panels are beautifully smooth except in the hidden corner areas like where the glass fastback bonds to the deck. Perhaps the tools used to remove the glass are to blame but . . . surface pin holes, fiberglass voids, dirt and stress cracks abound there as well as in the flat black areas around the vertcal rear window. I took a dremel and routed out all such imperfections and have been gla
  24. I am confused as to which bolt requires drilling. In cases such as this (rock hard bolt and soft alloy housing) you can heat up the offending bolt with a micro butane-powered torch till it almost glows light orange. Protect the alloy as much as possible with reflective tin foil or other sheeting. While the bolt is still warm drill away with a quality bit. In cases as important as this, I would use a moly drill bit from an industrial supply house rather than the common HSS bit from a hardware store. Moly bits are 5x the price (or more) but you will get the bolt drilled cleanly. Be
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