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Sparky

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  1. Your hearing is tonight, 2000, at The Horns Court and Tap House in Watford. You're welcome to attend to plead your case and enjoy the mature dancing girls. Non-attendance will guarantee a guilty verdict, and result in a dishonourable discharge from Exotics International. Call me Skippy.
  2. Clearly a man of singular breeding and outstanding taste.
  3. @Chillidoggy You've let me down, you've let Exotics International down, but most of all you've let yourself down.
  4. It's possible you may have read something involving my GT3! Of all the Esprits I've driven (a few), the GT3 is absolutely top of the tree for me. Subjectively, of course. Not quite as perky from a standing start, but really makes up for it in the midrange. S4s is a different animal, and the S4 is not to be discounted. Best would be to try a few. Where are you based?
  5. Shame! On a bright note, I may emerge from the shuttle journey sans physical and mental scars.
  6. Ohhhhh yes. 2 menu forms completed, usual Premier Inn booked! 1, 2 & 3: Bibs, Rachel & Chloe 4 & 5: Sparky & The Ayatollah
  7. They need to be shown mate - especially to an audience like this! Amazing attention to detail.
  8. Welcome to@Gjk who visited me yesterday for a quick check over his lovely SE, on which I sorted out a couple of issues. It's fair to say he's had a rocky start to Esprit ownership, but it's all coming good now. And thanks so much for the lovely gift that arrived today! A firm favourite of mine; how did he know? And finally the request. I've seen some pics of Grahame's hobby, and they're pretty astounding! So, Grahame, get some posted here, as I know people will love them...
  9. You want pathetic? Here's Watford:
  10. First attempt at shortening the exhaust by cutting out the O2 sensor(!) section was wildly successful until I ran it and discovered the flexi is leaking like a sieve. Finally resolved by cutting a further significant lump out of the downpipe, grinding out a bunch of welds, and fitting an off-the-shelf flexi of appropriate dimensions. It was a lot of hassle finding common 48mm dimensions to accommodate the generic flexi. The downpipe had obviously been cobbled together out of a parts bin and wasn't fit for purpose. Finally, a functional exhaust! Still waiting for the master cylinder though. Nick @DiMarco visited today to help me get the wheels off, as my knees weren't up to the job. Nick had to kick the living crap out of the powder-coated wheels, and I think will be suffering tomorrow. Once they were off Nick made sure to get rid of the interfering powder coat, and I checked all corners for steering/suspension security and adjusted the handbrake shoes. Finally, back on her feet...
  11. Sparky

    Coffee?

    Same here, but my spoon is silver.
  12. T-piece received, so brake pipes fitted. Still awaiting master cylinder though. The new T-piece mounting hole is in an entirely different position, so I'll fab a plate to use the original drilling. Extreme violence with grinder, saw and multiple drill bits finally rendered the replacement exhaust fitment-capable. at this point I discovered the downpipe is too long and forcing the rest of the exhaust too far back. The centre silencer section won't sit on its rubbers, and the silencer itself fouls the rear hanger. It's impossible to shoehorn the pipes between the Y-piece and the rear silencers. I did suspect this as the downpipe looks like a bit of a mongrel. If we carry on down this part-matching rabbit hole I'll start heavy drinking again, so I'm going to cut a (questionable) section out of the downpipe and sleeve it. In hindsight, a complete new system might have been a better idea. Time for gin.
  13. Just one small issue: now I can't get the bloody wheels off. Anyhow, been making some progress on this one, albeit somewhat glacial. Engine is now all sorted and runs sweeeeet. Brake master cylinder has been sent for bore & sleeve. Exhaust downpipe is blowing plenty. Nick has sourced a replacement but unfortunately the current system is a custom built mongrel and every joint is a sleeve instead of a flange, and none of it is a fantastic fit. Except for the rear silencers. I discovered after 20 minutes of heave-ho with them that some evil human had tack welded them. Removed the lot. Had to cut the downpipe to get a good handle on 2 very reluctant K-locks. Nick sourced a full correct replacement, but even that is going to be fun as bolts have been tacked to the flanges and then cut, so more stuff to do there. Meanwhile, I was able to fit the replacement parts back to the Y-piece. So, more fun with grinder and drills imminent. Old stuff: New(!) stuff, bloody annoying: And fitted so far: Nick has already dealt with the calipers and hoses, but left the rusty rear pipes to me. A modicum of violence and half a trade pack of expletives dealt with them. Rather pleased that I was able to release all the cable clips and screws without a single casualty, using a bit in a ratchet driver. The T-piece is toast, so I'll be sourcing an alternative. I made up the replacement pipes today. Now waiting to get hold of the brake T-piece, the master cylinder, and some more exhaust mountings. And more expletives for the next bout of violence. Then, hopefully, MoT!
  14. Surely it's simple to assemble a QRF within 30 minutes or so of these pricks kicking off? If 20 of them turn up, you just need 40 'concerned citizens' to keep them off the road. I'm available...
  15. Please tell me she's not with you again?
  16. Coolant brand depends on availability, but in these it'll generally be blue or maybe green. I'm not too precious about coolant type in older cars. Many come to me with virtually none, or incorrect, by which point most of the damage has been done! I've flushed some amazing muck out of cooling systems, one in particular recently that was gross.
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