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  1. This car doesn’t have an M.O.T but would see no reason why it wouldn’t pass straight away as is. so tell me why don't they do an m.o.t. on the car as I am willing to believe that it would make more money with an m.o.t. that without? please enlighten me.
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  3. I have the austin princess calipers with gt6 disks on my spitfire, they are very heavy.
  4. the pre 85's are Girling calipers and the later one's are bendix, same calipers as renault 25/21/espace but with a bigger piston (from the matra bagheera and alpine A310 if my information is correct) ) used on the early stevens esprit as well on the outboard.
  5. I am a bit surprised that the pre'85 esprit rear brakes have just 36mm pistons at the back as my '85 has 45mm at the back, (and single pot 57mm at the front) wondering what the pre'85 has at the front. there are some french cars around that have the handbrake on the front caliper and have a bigger piston diameter (like the BX has an 50mm piston. so maybe there is a better caliper around for the rear when upgrading the front.
  6. lotus-62

    Pyrenees trip

    Castellane to Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon over the D952 is a very nice drive, the southern alps/verdon natural park is a nice place to drive and in between Grenoble and the south.
  7. Hi Paul and Bibs, thanks but got a call this morning that my trip to the UK was cancelled instead I am coming over somewhere next week.
  8. well he has a 912 lc engine (like me) so no turbo talk please 😁
  9. I have HC piston with steel liners so no need to go for HC liners.
  10. so what is this? looks a little like yours: is it the same kind of esprit or totally different?
  11. 27Nm seems a lot to me for m7 (test on the bench with a m8 in steel and see how it "feels"....) is the aluminium already damaged? why not helicoil it, because of the bigger tread from the helicoil (or the like) you can put more torque on it
  12. so what is the strenght marking? an M8 in 8.8 has 25Nm but in 4.8 its only 13Nm. if it is wet (oil) reduce with 10% so 27Nm seems high for a M7 or is it 10.9? btw is the bolt going into a cast aluminium treath? and how deep? i
  13. there is an G-esprit gearbox on ebay uk (b'ham) for 500 sterling.
  14. no it is not, even on the capri there are different one's, apparently capri v6 rack's are beafier. if you look at the pinion shaft lenght you see they are different in lenght. (escort very short. capri very long, esprit somewhere in between) AND the escort rack is smaller /shorter
  15. Kevin, just google for a picture from a capri rack and a tr7 rack. don't think it is a tr7 rack, I used inner ball joint parts from a capri to repair my '85 esprit rack (nylon cup's and springs) is it a burman steering rack?
  16. btw it is not an capri unit, (pinion shaft is different in lenght) look for a manufactures name in the alu casting near the pinion. i have seen at least 2 different manufacturers so maybe they have different parts inside as well
  17. looks like my "85 esprit, I got most of the parts from a specialist up in B'ham (Kiley - Clinton Engineering I asked for capri parts (inner ball joints, springs and all the nylon parts as well) there are a few different style's, the cheap one's (lotus) have 1 needle bearing and 1ball bearing the later one's (capri) have 2 tapper bearings, I redrilled my casting to use 2 tapper bearings as it is much better to minimize play (a normal ball bearing has a little axial play) this is not a problem on the (way to expensive) new units that are available because they have straight cut gears but on the better and beefier old units with helical cut gears you don't want your pinion to go up or down first before it moves the rack. btw on the new units the rack is 19.05mm (3/4") on the old one's the rack is 22.2mm (7/8") search for a capri manual in pdf there are good drawings that explain everything
  18. thats only 1/3 of it. this is the other side and the view outdoors.
  19. Gotti, I will, believe me I will. I have been to the lotus museum a few time's when I was visiting a customer in knittelfeld (öBB) I always took a detour through bad aussee to visit Jozef. (last time was 2 months ago) unfortunately that machine at öbb has now been moved to hungary. I went to the bergthrophy 2 years ago, lovely meeting with nice cars. this is what I call a hillclimb, 6 miles up the mountain to the top I plan on going this year again if the weather is good.
  20. Gotti, hartberg..... I have a customer over there (stahlbau Grabner) I use to go there for maintenance, hope they have a little problem with that machine so I have a good excuse to visit hartberg in the near future. btw are you going to the lotus club austria bergtrophy as that will give me another good excuse to go this year because I would love to see your car.
  21. I am the opposite, searched long for a good N/A s3 because I do not like the look of a turbo. for me an s1 or s2 is the best looking esprit but I wanted a glass roof and an trunniun less front so went for a late s3. please do not convert your s3 to turbo looks (there must be esprit owners out there with s3 turbo look a like's that are happy to swap with you) maybe thats a cheaper option
  22. I had to reweld a broken weld on a friends esprit (where the T meets the backbone) so when it was time to work on my esprit I made this , it is a copy of what lotus did on the later esprit chassis , I think lotus was aware of the weakness in this part. so if you are still at the beginning of chassis work you can do this as well before you put any coating on it, this is what I call chassis preparation..... :-)
  23. Hi Nic nice you'r still around. I had spacers on my 85 front, sj list them as "A082C4069F INSULATOR (between top of spring and top cap)" I replaced them with an 1mm thick teflon shim to make the front lower.
  24. good luck with the esprit, be careful for a little project called "new girlfriend" as it is a known to take away all resources (money and time) love the exhaust btw,
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