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  • Birthday 11/07/1961

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    Damien Kavanagh
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    Lotus Esprit X180 1988
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    Suspension / Brakes
  • Location
    Hutton Essex

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  1. Was curious to see if my old X180 had a valid MOT, but the plate no longer exists F280 SBE according to DVLA. Perhaps this means it was sold and the new owner had a plate he preferred? Would be good to know its still together.
  2. DaKa

    Engine swap

    Having seen on the TV recently putting a Tesla motor into a Delorean, it seems that the same would surely fit into an Esprit. I'd be keen to hear about anyone trying this on a decent Esprit body where their engine and gearbox was broken. They would need to get the speakers inside to recreate the wonderful noise of course!
  3. What happens to these crystals if they are warmed (say place your red plastic dish into a larger bowl of boiling water like you're melting chocolate)? If they dissolve and become fluid again you are probably not going to have to drain and refill.
  4. Last reduction before Ebay - it seems most members have the spares they need already.
  5. Reduced again - will keep reducing until sold.
  6. Thanks Filip, I'll find a home for these bits hopefully if nobody wants them here - I'm going to keep reducing the price until someone asks.
  7. Hi FFM, I'm hoping that someone can use some of the parts I'm clearing away now that my 1988 Esprit has gone. I've put the details of the parts for sale link shown: https://www.lotusforsale.com/ads/stevens-esprit-x180-garage-clearance/ If any existing members in Essex or near enough to make the trip to my home CM13 2SF are interested please send a message and we can agree a deal that suits you.
  8. Hi FFM, I'm hoping that someone can use some of the parts I'm clearing away now that my 1988 Esprit has gone. I've put the details of the parts for sale link shown: https://www.lotusforsale.com/ads/stevens-esprit-x180-garage-clearance/ If any existing members in Essex or near enough to make the trip to my home CM13 2SF are interested please send a message and we can agree on a good deal for you. Sorry moderator if I should have posted this elsewhere!
  9. Interesting, they are looking for a quick return then I guess with minimal investment - good luck to them. Whoever buys it will not have to do too much to keep enjoying it - they may of course have already quickly attended to the imperfections. If any forum members are thinking to buy and have questions about the car I'll try and help.
  10. It was my Lotus that sold here - I let it go fairly cheaply in the end to some newbie traders from Watford who plan to address the few paint imperfections and do it up for sale early next year - no doubt they will turn a decent profit. I do have a shelf full of parts that due to the sale price I kept, some new like handbrake cables and some old like rear brake calipers/discs to find a good home for. I'll be detailing what I've got and placing it here for members to find first. I'm now Lotusless but I'm sure it won't be too long before I buy something else - perhaps I'll buy my old M100 back as my wife actually liked that one!
  11. I had the same problem, not sure though if mine had been glued into place by the previous owner of they are normally just a pushon fit? I pulled the knob off my stick carefully and completely (hard to say that without smiling) and then rapped a strip of silicone tape tightly around the top end of the stick. It make the size wider meaning that when I pushed the knob back on it was much tighter fit and has stayed solid for more than3 years now. I did look into replacements, but not sure it's an easy swap o/a the reverse lift?
  12. Hope refit goes well. May I ask, while you are in the area, to picture your left footrest for me - is it as below image taken from another post on this forum? The previous owner removed mine as he said he kept catching it when depressing the clutch - I recall something about the car not being suitable for farmers' boots! I still have the black metal block in place, but not sure what is the thin rod that seems to help hold the rubber on top in place is - presumably a hollow pipe for the accelerator cable?
  13. That's a great idea Greg, I hope that someone with a decent example is up for the swap. I'm a bit too far away and my normally aspirated 1988 Stevens is more style over substance - try and get a drive of a quicker model so you're more tempted.
  14. Agree with last comment, change the belt while you are at it, as once loosened it is straight forward to slip off/on. I also agree a second person above the engine is ideal to help push on the alternator to add tension to the belt while underside the nuts are tightened leaving the pivot nut top to be tightened last.
  15. With a free RHS entry pass, I popped along to check out the classic car show at Hyde Hall in Essex today, apparently now the 5th year running. I've not seen too many classic car shows advertised in Essex this summer, albeit some bigger events are coming soon that I hope to attend. I was disappointed not to see more variations and 60-90s cars or indeed any Lotus clubs represented, mainly Jags, MGs, Bentleys, Triumph and Mazda. There was just one Lotus twin cam engine in a mk1 Cortina police car However, some very nice cars in the car parks and first class sausage rolls (pork and apricot with chutney) and cream teas in the Thatched Barn who coped admirably with the large number of attendees. I mention this meet as perhaps someone knows someone that next year perhaps the Lotus owners club may get an invitation for our members to display 🙂 In any event, not a bad way to spend a few hours on a Sunday.
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