free hit
markt's Content - The Lotus Forums Jump to content


Full Forum Member (FFM)
  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


Everything posted by markt

  1. Results are incredible - Amazing attention to detail that's definitely paid off Question - How did you recut the panel gaps?
  2. With wedge shaped magnificence on the cover Haven't got my copy yet, but looking forward to reading our new best mate Harry Metcalfe's tale. My new desktop picture below -
  3. Welcome - from a current Esprit and former X1/9 & MR2 GT owner
  4. After an eight week COVID-19 shut down, imagine my surprise when it started first time. What was supposed to be a quick round the block ended up a two hour drive in the countryside Photo to mark the occasion. Good car!
  5. Does look radically different to the Domestic / Rest of World covers and engine bay surrounds. @kalypso - Nice example you've found there. Assuming it's in good shape mechanically, you can enjoy the car now and sort the details as you go. Get it bought
  6. Well done I assume you bought it back? Get a restoration thread going - Looking forward to seeing it brought back to life.
  7. markt

    Piston Heads

    I did smile when I saw that article, and all very positive comments so far. Mine's 2 years older but exactly the same spec
  8. Post up a photo of your control panel, but there should be a tiny flathead screw on the side of the small round fan knob, unscrew and pull off. For the larger rotary dials for temperature, there's something similar on the sides which you need to press with a small jewellers screw driver to release, then they should just pull off. Couple of screws behind where the knobs went attaches the graphics panel, and that's simple enough to remove. All in theory - mine where epoxied on by a PO at one stage, so first time I needed to get to the panel, I had to use brute force and break 'em of
  9. Looking lovely I read that thread on the weekend. The state of the frame Absolutely shocking! Was beyond saving in my opinion - hope, sheer determination (and some serious welding skills) were the only things that brought that back. I'd have been looking at a replacement frame - no doubt about it. Thanks for that barnfinds link @williamtherebel Looked pretty good for the money, although would need full recommissioning. Reading the comments section, sounds like a dealer snapped it up to turn a profit. Can't be too many 7000 mile DMC's about, will be keeping an eye out.
  10. Keep the ride height, change the wheels back to original (or maybe even a set of Rotiform's in a decent offset), interior back to original black, remove side badge and done! That'll do me nicely
  11. Good info @internets Sounds like they rolled out quite a few prototypes, where the test drivers (I mean owners) where left to complete the development work. (Same would apply to a few other British sports car manufacturers at the time. Yes Lotus and TVR, I'm looking at you.) I'd imagine most of the bugs and build quality issues would be sorted on the surviving early cars by now. Too bad that ground effects kit was an option and no longer available, but not a deal breaker. I do love the sheer 80's ness of my Turbo's side skirts. Good to see @krytensmeghead got a few more links to suppliers
  12. I prefer the hinged petrol filler flap version, so that would make it an early model? (Considering it only had a two year production run). Manual, black interior and side skirts would be my ideal spec, but a well sorted car is more important than anything else. It's taken me years, with life getting in the way etc... to get a rough Esprit up to a standard where I can enjoy it. Thanks for the suggestion of getting in touch with DMCMW - When I make some progress on this, I'll take you up on your offer and will clutter up your inbox. - Now watch me go buy a tatty grey interior auto needing restor
  13. Thought there might have been a few knowledgable folk on here What a great response- Thnaks so much. I've been keeping an eye on US sales for a while, and would probably import from there when the time comes. Even though it would be left hand drive, it shouldn't be too much of an issue getting the car on the road over here. No dramas getting my Esprit complied and on the road last year. Will have another long chat with a mate in the trade before committing. Thanks @internets , @krytensmeghead and @Bazza 907 for the info links. Have spent a leisurely Sunday on the UK owners website
  14. And if anyone else feels inspired to rip out their interior 'cos Ed did it in a morning with no more sustenance than a cup of tea and some biscuits, think again.
  15. I''ve been looking quite seriously at a Delorean DMC12 for a while - and now that my son has started to develop an interest in what I'm tinkering with in the garage, is of the opinion that there's nothing's cooler than gulling doors. (and an easy pitch to the Mrs ) I never really had an appreciation for them until recently, and that's inspite of growing up near the factory in Dunmurry in the early 80's. Should be part of my cultural heritage! Further investigation shows that condition varies enormously, like the Esprit, they're inexpensive for what they are, have comedy build quality, but unl
  16. Nicely done with the roof - You put in alot of effort to get that sorted
  17. Oh dear - I didn't know Moley had passed. Genuinely sad to hear this. Thoughts out to his family - Rest in peace old chap.
  18. Might be stating the obvious, but have you tried Mark at LotusBits for an original one?
  19. Quick question for anyone who's pulled an interior out of an Esprit - I don't see any obvious fasteners for the A-Panels and cant rails. Is it a question of just pull and hope for the best, or am I missing the obvious. The bits marked 3,4 and 7 in diagram below. Have taken my brave pills and tackling my interior re-vamp. Cheers
  20. Hi folks - I'm keen to get hold of a Giugiaro steering wheel and crash pad, as fitted to the '86 and onward Excels. Can anyone help? Thanks
  21. Maybe have a look here End result looks pretty good. I can take a photo of my dash if it'll help to show what goes where - It's an '84 though
  22. Another recommendation for @Steve V8 Full set of carpets for interior and boot in the production line for me too. (And I'm in Auckland NZ, so shipping not an issue)
  23. Thanks for suggesting SWLC - New wastegate manifold courtesy of Kathy in my spanner man's grubby mitts this morning Just under a week from enquiring on here to delivered - not bad eh? Seems they're readily available. SWLC, SJ have new, and JAE have good used ones for anyone else looking.
  • Create New...