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  1. I wouldn't pay extra for a 'classic' battery. Instead measure the available depth, width, and height, and note the orientation of the terminals. Then look up the dimensions on a battery supplier site (I use Interstate Batteries, below, in the USA) and find the equivalent size and CCA rating that you desire. (The more CCA, the better, of course) I don't know if the UK has their own size or group designations. But, I do know that most varieties of G-car place its battery in that smallish well in the boot floor. That is why I didn't just tell you which battery size I use in our 1988 Stevens. I found this UK site that shows the dimensions of your present battery. Apparently, the LP075 is equivalent.
  2. Sorry for the late reply... Later Stevens 4-cyl Esprits had two piece cables (with an extra 'joint' halfway in). Not sure of the timeframe, but I bet that an '89 SE would have a single core from the trans to the binnacle, as our Citroen-trans '88 does. Maintenance simply entails pulling the core out (best done on our '88 from the binnacle end). Assure that the core's ends are 'square' and not rounded. Wipe the core clean. Obtain some drip type graphite lubricant (Lock-Ease is a common brand), wherein the liquid carrier evaporates after a while, leaving the dry graphite that will not attract more dirt. You can use any leftovers on throttle cables and door/ignition locks. Cover your instrument panel leather (the lubricant will stain), then coat the cable as you insert it, turning, pushing, and pulling it as you go. On the Citroen trans , best practice is to connect the cable to the instrument FIRST, then the transmission.
  3. Since you are pulling the transmission, don't forget to install the heavy duty input shaft circlip. Call JAE and ask. I would also recommend replacing the crownwheel bearings (output shaft). The original 'Polish Bearings' are decidedly weak.
  4. We broke our original HT leads soon after we got the car. That was around 1994. 😙 At that time we bought Magnecor leads (they had different lengths depending on year of Esprit IIRC). They are still running fine, amazingly enough. 😍
  5. In our polluted neck of the USA (NYC area) we have only been able to buy E10 since around the mid-1990s. As mentioned, USE YOUR CAR enough and you won't have any worries. (We haven't, and our Esprit is set to turn 100,000 miles soon) Any NEW rubber that you buy will surely be resistant to Ethanol.
  6. One thing to remember is that whatever coolant you use needs to be compatible with both aluminum (aluminium) 😇 and brass (used in the original radiators) I lie awake at night thinking about these things, too....
  7. Still no main beams? You either need to flash or honk at slow traffic to get them out of the way...☚ī¸
  8. And...that no one has tried to swap the dual-contact for the single contact relay fitments?
  9. No personal experience, but Barry Spencer, the well-known Esprit expert on the west coast of the USA likes them (as do some other owners). Barry did a Group Buy of the 123 dizzies s a few months ago, and set them to his 'best specifications' for whatever Esprit/Jensen they were destined for.
  10. In our smog-encrusted locale of New Jersey, USA (NYC metro area), we have run E10 since the late 1990s. The key is to drive your car regularly so that the fuel circulates and does not cause issues from sitting in one place. (It's a tough job, but a task that is worthwhile!) 😇 Whenever you do a repair, replace all the fuel lines you can reach with modern rubber lines.
  11. That's why, after removing and cleaning our ROV, I vowed to be 'busy that day' if any of my Esprit friends wanted help with theirs. 👀 Despite placing a magnetized blanket under it, I must have lost 10 kilos of washers into the bodywork while doing the job. Should have realized that this needed to be yet another Engine Out Job! 😅
  12. I have to ask (again) Do ROW GM MPFI Esprits have a roll over valve in the RH sail panel? I KNOW that USA models do. I have seen the ROVs get sticky from long periods of Esprit dis-use. That can cause the type of intermittent issue you are experiencing. (Our car had an idle issue on hot starts and that is what the issue turned out to be.) I was fighting the issue (which only happened maybe one a MONTH) for over three years...
  13. I know, right? A true PROFESSIONAL would have smoothed that RTV with a wet finger. đŸĨ´ Not to mention, putting the sealant in the correct spot...LOL
  14. This is tongue-in-cheek...🙄 But why not take the carpet padding that Lotus installed on the top & bottom of the gas tanks, put it under your new carpet. If you need more, I'm sure other owners would be willing to donate! Fix TWO issues, all at once. 😂 Colin would be proud of you.
  15. Where is that connector? Would a thin zip-tie hold it together temporarily (and enable the fans)?
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