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  1. 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 spooling of the turbos). I babied the car home (4000 km from Sarnia, Ontario to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) using minimal torque and modest engine speeds and it drove fine.

    What I wish to know is who else (other than Lotus) makes/sells such a V8 clutch disc? Renault and/or Valeo perhaps? Anyone know?

    Also is there a cost-sensitive alternative to going with a later car's twin disc clutch? I am told I will need a different bell housing, throw-out bearing, clutch (of course) and flywheel to use the more robust twin disc clutch design as none of the single disc bits apply. If people have done this swap . . . is this true? I haven't been given a price for these bits but I doubt my pregnant wife will find the part price to be reasonable. Is a guess of $2750 Canadian too low?

    Many thanks for any suggestions.


  2. 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 labeled. Other Esprit owners in/around Edmonton, Alberta, Canada visit me to borrow my valve shim collection and micrometer whenever they do a major tune-up. This keeps everyone but the owners of SAAB 99's happy.


  3. 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 buster) will.


  4. 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).


  5. 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.


  6. 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.

  7. 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 replacement injector . . . ideally a set of 4 of them?

    Many thanks.


  8. 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.


  9. 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/is now a crook.

    2) Lotus key chains (something like $5 or $10) that were paid for but never sent from (claimed to be) a former US Lotus dealer.

    3) a Brit dealing in Lancia and Lotus bits who refused my US money when it arrived but then never mailed the part or a refund ($5 loss plus the estimated shipping fee).


  10. 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 style mirrors, black paint on the sills, inboard rear brakes, no chargecooler, it is not Delco injected, it has the wrong bonnet badge (for the year), the wrong wheels (for the year) and old-style rectangular foglights. He claims to be the original owner yet he got the model year wrong. It is most definitely a 1st generation Stevens with a Citroen transmission. He claims that the car is in perfect shape without any issues or flaws and it is dead reliable (um . . . . we can't be talking about a Lotus here). Claims you can drive it anywhere but will sell the car only by having it delivered by a trucking company to your address at his expense.

    I never bid on the auction, merely e-mailed him to point out the the car can't be a 1990 model as stated in the ad. After the ad gets pulled from e-Bay, and he mails me an offer to buy it now for $4200 and requests an address to ship the car to. 5 hours later he claims a check on my bidding history ensures I can be trusted and the car is mine (still I have never said yes to any such offer). The e-Bay motors contract that is mailed to me has many spelling mistakes. He refers to the car as an "Esprite"; not an Esprit, but the correct year (1988) is now given. The e-Bay motors bill does not fully load, it has no security features and my firewall recognizes it as junk mail.

    He never supplies a phone number. Never asks for mine, but still requests that I send him $2700 through Western Union money transfer in order to secure the car. In an effort to protect my money I should also fax the Western Union contract info as well as the all important release number to a Arizona number supplied on the e-Bay motors bill (that looks faked) even though the car is stated to be in California. For those that do not know a Western Union money transfer doesn't need ID or a bank acount number to be cashed . . . all it needs is the security release code.

    When asked why/how this is the case, the seller explaims that this person in Arizona will act as a safe contact for my funds and will only release the money to him when I recieve the car. Wow! sounds great, huh?

    In summary avoid this loser at all costs. His claimed name is David French but, now, all AOL messages bounce back to his supplied address and he is lost in the ether of the internet to rob again. David French might even be a legit Esprit owner that this joker has downloaded images or info from.

    Just in case you are wondering, I never sent him a dime because this rosey deal smell like sewage to me.


  11. 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.

  12. :lol: 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 anyone has a spare could you please tell me thread diameter and pitch.

    Many thanks.


  13. 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 coupons the rider won for winning production 750, superbike or open class races which I then sold for my profit- but the experience was fun.


  14. 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 and the Lotus V8 are rather similar (for good reason because the same minds worked on them). The Isuzu 4 banger and the Lotus M100 are closer than twins and, correct me if I am wrong, but doesn't Toyota supply the Elise's engine?

    Lotus use, borrow, steal, copy from all convienient part sources as well as a few oddball places. The AC condenser on my Esprit is a refridgerator piece (probably the same piece as the $75 junker fridge that came with the house I bought 10 years ago).

    If Lotus can do this and create a "pure" Lotus then why are we critical of owners shade-tree engineer something that works for their own cars? The one thing I can say is I expect resale value will plummet . . . . but I guess that is the owner's worry.

    If it were me I'd keep all the old Lotus bits, then try the Audi conversion. Time would allow a change back if it was a "bad" idea in the end.


  15. 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 end; a style they have used since the mid 1980's. In this regard Lotus looks to be aping a close rival. I also fear the round lens look is coming to be a fad (see the new Chevy Cobalt for a modern example). In 5-10 years round tail lenses might look cheap & jaded; a problem an owner with the original Toyota lens need not worry about.


  16. 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.


  17. :blink: 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.


  18. 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 firewall to below the engine. Realize that the pan is only 1/2" at the deepest.

    Some will tell me it comes close to defeating the purpose of the vents . . . but that is my best idea to date. Ideas?


  19. 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 glassing these areas in over warm days last summer. The results look good but it is (I am?) slow as all heck. The job is ugly and tedious.

    To finish the look you need the areo "bib" that caps the deck and fills in the recess left over where the glass lay in. There are 2 sizes (I am told). Measure carefully before ordering. SJ Sportcars can make these bits as, I'm sure, Lotus can.

    For reference: I bought a '90 rear deck in very good shape for $250 Canadian. Deals exist in the Lotus underworld.


  20. 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 sure to steer the start of the hole if it is not perfectly centered. It is amazing how a fresh moly bit will cut laterally with mild pressure on the drill.


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