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The Veg

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    '70 Elan Plus 2
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    CV axles, de-smogged, head rebuilt to big-valve/sprint specs
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    Atlanta Georgia USA

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  2. Car was sold in 2014; moderators please delete this thread.
  3. Lotus Turbo Esprit (1986) Date Added: 17 February 2014 - 05:45 PM Owner: The Veg Short Description: *FOR SALE* as of February 2014 This is the only 1986 Turbo Esprit in USA in this colour, and the only one in the world any year with this combination of paint/leather/carpet according to Andy Graham at Lotus (I have certificate of provenance and a letter from Mr. Graham verifying these facts). I've had the car for three years and while I love it, it needs to be in hands that can provide better stewardship than I can give. I've spent countless hours of hard work caring for this car and righting some wrongs committed by a previous owner, and it is in much better condition than when I bought it. Here's a list of what I've done: C-Service performed less than 10K miles ago Green dot (Euro-spec) cam sprockets JAE silicone cooling hoses JAE blue cambelt Rebuilt water pump Turbo intake duct upgraded to smooth-flow metal design Alternator upgraded to Bosch AL299 90-amp Clutch line upgraded to JAE braided stainless New temperature sensor New intake system gaskets New oxygen sensor New plugs and wires New intake system vacuum hoses New auxiliary air valve New throttle cable New fuel tank vent hoses New fuel filter New rear suspension bushings New ball joints New shift-linkage bushings New dual-trumpet air horns New solid-state gauge-voltage stabiliser Headlights upgraded from sealed-beam to H4/H1 New COBO UK-spec (amber/white) front turn signal lenses (original lenses inlcuded) Speedometer rebuilt, cable drive upgraded New upholstery approx. 50% New amplified hidden radio antenna New Kicker DS-Series loudspeakers (front and rear) Radio updated by previous owner to Alpine CD circa 1996 (original manual and detachable-panel carry case included) Clutch master cylinder rebuilt The car spent most of its life in a dry climate and has NO corrosion of the chassis or suspension. Cosmetically it is not perfect, but condition is still very good with only minor chips in the paint, no warps/wrinkles in the bumpers, etc. This is a 28-year-old car and does have a certain amount of 'patina,' but it still receives plenty of compliments wherever it goes- especially about the paint-colour! My main focus as owner was the mechanical condition, as I bought it to drive rather than to look at- but it looks good too. I have addressed the interiour condition though and have had some upholstery-work done in areas where the original leather was perished beyond hope. I have retained the original leather in all passable areas. The upholstery-work was done by a former interiour-trimmer from Panoz. Also included: a small stash of spare parts and memorabilia, outdoor car-cover, repair manual/parts list CD-ROM, and a set of body-protection panels that were once used by Lotus dealers when performing engine repairs (I don't recommend using them but they are a VERY rare piece of shop-kit as most were discarded years ago). This is an exciting, sweet-driving, wonderful car that will bring you joy for many miles. Contact Ben at View Vehicle
  4. Problem solved. The big flat ring is a reservoir-cap gasket, and the smaller mystery-bit is not used as the kit was not specific to this one application.
  5. H'lo gents, long time no see! I'm rebuilding the clutch master cylinder and there are more rubber bits in the kit than in the clylinder. Specifically, there are two items in the kit that don't have counterparts in what I've taken apart. They are indicated with red question-marks in this picture: The larger one is just a flat ring, doesn't fit anything on the M/C and it doesn't seem to go anywhere. I'm not worried about that. The smaller one has a tapered outer diametre and I want to know if it is supposed to go somewhere. No such part came out of the cylinder, but that doesn't mean that the original part might not have completely dis-intergrated, although given how much of the other bits is left I'm not sure of that either. Anybody know where this part goes, or if it's needed at all?
  6. Anybody know what else might use these lower joints? I already know that the uppers are Spitfire bits.
  7. I've just found this thread too. I've seen the JPS car in Atlanta owned by this James chap, even met him a time or two. I don't know specifics, but I've heard some mumblings that he's perpetrating a fraud and that it isn't really Andretti's car. So what ever happened with the car Barryj was after?
  8. Hmmmmmmmmm, I wonder if this explains the mysterious oil-drip I have? I recently did a whole bunch of gaskets and cleaned the living daylights out of the engine...and a big drip keeps coming down the front-right corner of the pan and I've been going nuts trying to find the source. Will have to look into this.
  9. Between the too-skinny-for-the-rim tread and the angle of the rear wheels it almost looks like a Yank teenager's 'tuned' Civic. Beautiful otherwise; congratulations on the win and it's good to see our cars get some well-deserved recognition.
  10. I don't think that there was any particular vehicle. The auto-parts store simple had a display of lots and lots of struts, arranged by size/type. There may have been a book to determine what goes on what vehicle but I don't remember. I just brought my old strut in and compared until I found a close-enough match. I do remember that it was at an Advance Auto Parts store though. If I remember to, I can look and see if there's any identifying marks on the strut itself that will help you.
  11. If it was my car I'd either leave them all silver or do gold centres like my original wheels...but more likely all silver, brilliant natural metal colour rather than silver paint.
  12. My '86 has two different threaded pieces of metal inside the knob- one anchored in the wood, the other merely inside the wood but not attached. This second piece seems to serve as a locknut, and in fact has a slot across it so that a g-wrench or similar tool could probably manipulate it. I'm with Luc on this one; get a really good grip with something soft, and put some good torque on it.
  13. Jonathan- no, mine aren't threaded on like that. Luc- it wound up not being as bad a job as I'd expected. I popped loose the end that attaches to the hatch, and managed to hold the hatch higher than it usually opens with one hand and re-assemble the strut with the other hand. That said, the brackets to which the struts attach on the firewall are looking a bit tired and have bent a bit from years of stress. Might have to make up something fresher at some point, but it's not urgent.
  14. *SO* tempting -as if I didn't already spend enough on this car- but just not in the budget unless some sort of miracle occurs.
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