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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 right
  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 doe
  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.
  15. I have a Federal '86 and it has the gas-strut, but it doesn't have the threaded ends like Jonathan's car. It has a ball-joint on either end, and when I bought the car the strut was knackered and would not hold the bonnet open. I took it to the auto-parts shop and compared to what was in stock and found one the right length with the right ball-joint sockets on either end. The thing works really well, and while I have to lift the bonnet initially, at about half-way up the strut takes over. The only problem I had around the mounting points was that the jacknuts in the bonnet were loose in t
  16. If your drive keeps popping out, I wonder if it isn't being retained by the bolt. If yours is like mine, getting the bolt out far enough will require removing the muffler (silencer for UK folk reading along), which is not a difficult job. Behind the transmission there is a plate upon which the muffler attaches, and there is a hole in that plate that allows clearance for the bolt to come out. Back the bolt all the way out and remove the drive unit. Take care at this point, as the driven-gear isn't secured to the drive unit and may fall back into the hole. If that happens there is no nee
  17. BRAVO Charlie! Your car is looking really delicious! :clap:
  18. I'm pretty sure that the factory recommend using new bolts, but I don't have my manual handy to check this. In any case, JAE carry a nice set of bolts made by ARP which are great because they have a smaller head than the original bolts, making them much easier to get tools onto in close proximity to the cam-lobes. I found that they made the re-assembly job a bit easier.
  19. Yep, did the O-rings at the same time that I did the gaskets.
  20. For the sake of comparison, by 1986 things were a bit different. On my car the alternator belt comes off first, THANK GOODNESS because I have to remove the alternator to do so many other jobs. I'm pretty sure that I remember the water-pump belt coming off next, which would be easy except that it is tensioned by the vacuum-pump, and the fastener on the vac-pump is almost impossible to reach up on top of the pump behind the pulley and I need a filed-down allen wrench to get it (don't get me started about the whole process with the vac-pump!), then the aircon belt, which won't come off unless I
  21. Not sure if there's any difference between your '81 and my '86, but no, the tanks are not visible through the holes. Each speaker has its own 'socket' behind the plywood.
  22. Have you tried RD Enterprises or Dave bean? If neither of them can help you, try SJ over in UK.
  23. Rick, here's his info:
  24. I can vouch that LCU don't really know much about the special dip-stick. It was a mystery in a friend's car for a while. Where is the oil level light located?
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