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  1. Geez, It's not my style or taste.... that being said, that car is already one of Lotus's most ugly cars to see in real life..... Can't blame him for trying to polish a "****" :0 Ok let the flames begin Paul
  2. If you pause the movie, you see that the roof is just A and B pillars, no center transverse break until the rear bulkhead. Sooo..... I wonder if this is how Lotus got away with the low roofline single piece windshield and roof glass to not be in violation of the DOT safety requirements of hitting the head on the roof front in a crash like the current (old Esprit) which lived with the DOT waiver for the last few years on this.... never thought that our Stevens Esprits would now be regarded as the "Old" version Hmm, Now I need to update my Esprits styling cues to resemble the new Esprit
  3. Also, I'd like to see what he did to bring the hK (HP) to 400 horses.... with only 980 kg, the 0 to 60 should be somewhere in the low 3', must controll envy ............
  4. WOW! On the thread, go to page 2 and 3.... there are tons more pictures there, I especially like the one showing the underside (beautifully clean) showing the 3 pneumatic pistons which lifts the car off the ground to quick change the tyres. Also, neat to see the frame and sheeting that replaced the wood bulkhead. Paul
  5. Hey there, I've always gotten great thumbs ups with these wheels. I just wish that I was able to find more for sale..... I dread the day that I get a bad curb damage or other and can't find a replacement. I do know, after looking at cars, that the F-40 used almost identical wheels, and there was a factory custom Aston Martin from the 90's that used these wheels on a limited edition model, sorry don't remember the model name. If anyone has any info on how to reach speedline(if they are still making this wheel, or have old stock) that would be great! I also love the way that they disguis
  6. I like the idea of a clear cover.... I will see just how much work it would be to do. If it's feasible, I will take a high speed shutter movie, and let's see what's happening in there! Paul
  7. I've been just wondering as I look at my plenum box over my carbs....... how can the air from the chargecooler(or turbo) possibly balance pressure to all four air inlet horns? It comes in a small rectangular inlet right between #2 and #3 cylinders, and there must be a whole lot of turbulence getting to the 2 farther air horns. I wonder if there is a lean/rich imbalance going on...... How many of you all have had burned cylinders/ valves, etc, and which cylinders were they? If enough replies, I will make a graph, and let's see if there is any anectdotal data that can make some light on the
  8. Hi All, I am looking through the Esprits on Ebay, and I'm noticing that the AUTOCHECK Scores all seem to be bad......Even when there is no problems found the score is bad.....Why do they ruin the chances of a seller to sell at a good price with low scores that don't reflect the condition of the car??? Case in point, a 89 Esprit on EBAY item number 380261402856. It gives a score of 64 but then in the score details section, there are NO problems at all........ If I were this seller, and the unjustified low score caused people to not buy my car, I would be so livid that I'd be tempted to tak
  9. Well, I must say, good job, and not being afraid to experiment, even when you don't know the final outcome is very commendable! Since none of us knows what a custom mod will liik like until it's finished, as it exists nowhere else in the world is a gamble, but only those with the imagination and courage to take it to there will have any satisfaction of creating something new... I like the wing, rear defusser, and the matte color. I also happen to like the side exhaust. What would finish off the exhaust is if you put a high temp rated material in an oval downwind of it... like the gt ra
  10. Yes there is definitely a clear coat as mine on my 94S4 is taken to peeling just where the A-pillar meets the bonnet..... It just keeps getting bigger, bigger, bigger........... Paul 94S4 85TE
  11. I also have noticed this phenomenon in both my stock suspensioned 94 S4 and heavily modified/lowered 85 TE suspension. Especially after not driving the cars for several weeks, I get in, and for the first 50 miles or so the ride is very harsh... feel every little pebble and paint lines in the road..... bangs the car harder..... then, after the 50 miles or so, the ride gets smooth..... stays smooth for up to a week or so(if not driven). I tried to figure it out, and I came up with the thought that the shocks are much stiffer than normal suspension cars, and with a very light weight of the c
  12. Here's some pics of my car, and before paint.... You will notice I also sculpted in extra air intakes behind the doors for the intercooler radiators located just over the fuel tanks. (That may not be to everybodies taste) I also put some ground effects straking and splitters under the car. Paul
  13. Be careful when blending body seams "chamfering". I know that there are schools of thought that "modern" cars have an all smooth body...... But if you have ever seen people blend their car's body lines/panel lines, then you knnow that the overall end result is that it Really, Really ends up looking like an upside down plastic "thing". Gordonie did it to his yellow V8 aka"Mello Yello" and having seen the back side, where he blended the panel lines, bumper, etc.... it really ended up looking like a "kit car". If you really want to smooth and blend the car's panels, I suggest that you pu
  14. Hi Christopher, Give me a call anytime.... phone is always on (951)206-9156 Paul
  15. I think that Detlef at Lotus Prepared by Claudius has a personal G-car carbed that is there on the power level. One thing to remember, though, is that the G-cars are a Lot lighter than later models so true 300 hp will give any later model Esprit a run for the money. Paul 85TE 94S4
  16. Hey Chris, Give me a call at (951)206 9156 One way to prevent heat warping issues is to do a heat soak cure. On your negative molds, what are they going to be made out of? If they can take extended high temp, like up to 250 degrees, then you can heat cure the vaccuum injected pieces in an autoclave / One technique that works well with CF layup is to use the higher temp clear resins, I believe you can still get them from Reynolds Advanced Materials. Some of them have a longer cure time (over 20 hours), but if you do a layup into the mold with the resin, then vacuum CF cloth over it, w
  17. Hi Christopher, Where in California are you? If you are near Los Angeles, I have a special effects studio where we do all sorts of things in a similar vein.... even Vaccuforming machines up to 4 feet by 8 feet. I make all sorts of parts using all sorts of manufacturing processes... this link shows an armour suit I designed and built (and ended up doing the stunts in as well). The dark musculature undersuit was vaccum infused into nomex and nylon matrix. I am also making many custom pieces (air dams, spoilers, side skirting, quarter window surrounds, custom engine bay venting etc. T
  18. Give us a call, we can show you around, perhaps enjoy supper at one of your choice restaurants on thursday. Paul (951)206-9156
  19. Hehe...... I only live 2 miles from that dealer....If anyone wants me to go look at the car and answer any questions about it, I'd be happy to drive there in my wife's 1994 S4.... show them the difference........ also ask to see it's power steering pump and rack By the way, has anyone here actually seen the car in person? or know it's history? Seems to have had some strange things done to it....... Paul
  20. Ok, give me a call anytime... This offer also is for anyone else who wants to as well! (951)206-9156 By the way, I've got kids, and when our daughter, Sienna Sky was born, we picked out a Peg Perego car seat that color matched Julie's Calypso red 94S4..... It's all in the attitude and what you enjoy.......... let your wishes be tempered by the responses on the net, and when you're finally out of residency and the exhausting hours, you will have something super fun to look forward to! All the best, Paul
  21. The best way to go, if you're on a budget, and to feel safe if you ever needed to get anywhere is to also buy an auction clunker you can keep at home for emergencies... In today's economy, our car auction site here in Sun Valley consistently sells cars for about $300, mostly the old, unwanted vehicles like Chrysler minivans, old geo's, hyundais, etc..... Cost of the car (even giving the benefit of the doubt) $500; registration, less than $100; cost of liability insurance, especially if there already is 1 car for every driver on the policy could be as little as a couple of hundred dollars a y
  22. Dear AHG, Where do you live in California? If you are near Los Angeles, then I might be able to help you with some of the scary issues that the other listers are warning about. I also have had lots of experience working on my 2 esprits (94S4 and 85TE). I have a special efffects studio where I am able to do complete auto work (have rebuilt the esprit engines many times there). It you want to buy an Esprit, you're welcome to bring it to Pasadena and I will help you do a cam belt change...a must-do no matter what the previous owner says, unless he has the receipt to prove that it was don
  23. Well, hey there! You're welcome to say hi if you are in the Los Angeles area. We live in Pasadena, and have a special effects studio with some fun old prok=ject bric a brac lying around from movies.. I have an 85 TE (highly modified) and my wife has a 94S4. We always love to see new friends, so feel free to give a call when you are in the area. If you happen to be here on friday evening, we will take you to a neat car show at Bob's Big Boy in Toluca Lake. Tons of fun cars, all types, and celebrities like Jay Leno and others often drive through with their interesting cars as well. All
  24. Nope, The answer is simple. My 85 TE does it too. Your son blipping the throttle gives it away. If the engine is revving fast when you turn off the ignition (at least on carburetted cars) then the engine can pull up to 50 or more revolutions before it comes to a stop. All that unburned gas goes through, and into the red hot exhaust manifold where it flash ignites, creating that awe inspiring bang. The way I prevent mine from doing it is to leave the car in second with the clutch pushed in, and slowly let out the clutch until I feel the disc start to catch. Then I simultaneously release t
  25. Don't know if the issue has been fixed, but on the youtube video of the drivearound with your friend, the recording does sound like it's missing on a few cylinders..... I used to work on Countach's in the 90's with similar missing problems, mainly because the (on the EFI cars) O2 sensors off each bank were sending different ratios, causing a lean/rich condition that sounds just like what I heard on your video. Other than that it is awesome! Paul 94S4 85TE
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