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  • Birthday 11/07/1961

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

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  1. If the EU this week could state: 1. No extension unless UK has a general election now. 2. That they will not negoiate any changes to the current deal with any future UK government. Then MPs would have to vote on No Deal, Deal or Revoke, the top 2 go through, probably Deal or Revoke. At the very least politicians go into the next GE where voters know what they preferred - it will get it done so we can move on. P.S. I'm undergoing tests for IBS at the moment through my GP/NHS - I now know it stands for Irritable Brexit Syndrome
  2. I used an Essex based company a while back for Elan M100 turbo work and Excel SE tuning and was very satisfied. There were a few older, experienced guys at Benchsound Stanford-le-hope who grew up on these engines. You may be interested in a quote, but I emphasise that I have no first hand knowledge of full rebuilds at their hands?
  3. I watched this on Ebay and notice that it failed to meet its reserve - I've contected the seller to ask for any pics or comment on servicing/suspension/brakes etc. as I'm still looking for an upgrade from my N/A and guess this is an excellent example and a good time of year for buyers. It seems from some comments above that some members may have first hand knowledge of this car? Any recommendations from the forum officiados would encourage me to deepen my pockets.
  4. Awesome work Neil - fantastic attention to detail. Much appreciated.
  5. Thanks Neil - Don't go out of your way, but I would welcome your opinion.
  6. Nice photo and thanks for the kind thought regarding your old wheels - I've sent you a PM.
  7. Was considering taking a trip to Milton Keynes and taking a closer look at this currently on auction (Dutch). I think that I may have seen this car mentioned previously o/a the bespoke rear lights - are there any members here who know any history about this with information that could save me a trip?
  8. Appreciate the comments. I will let this one pass and follow up on some of the other suggestions.
  9. The above is currently on auction at £8k. What do the experts think about this as I want to upgrade from my N/A to something quicker. Would circa £10k on refurb be a reasonable estimate assuming 80 percent of the work done by professionals?
  10. Looking for carburettor air intake box and any associated airflow parts for my 1988 N/A Steven Esprit. Not sure if the air box from anything else like an Excel would fit? The last owner removed it all in favour of K&Ns, doh!
  11. Excellent comments and much appreciated. Now leaning towards a new buy/exchange but I'll need to double my budget I feel.
  12. I'm looking for previous posts or advice from anyone who has converted their normally aspirated X180 to turbo charged. It must be that this has been done before so I'm interested to know the options for moderate turbo boost (nothing extreme) and therefore greater reliability. Could it be a DIY with engine out? Buy refurbished turbo engine and swap out (I guess several thousand for this less whatever you get for old plant)? Cost and recommendation if outsourced to a specialist? Buy another Esprit turbo and sell or trade in your own N/A? It seems like some of the turbo kits would work but I'm guessing a host of other components and complication would be involved. My budget is up to £5,000 would that be enough?
  13. My N/A Stevens Esprit came with aftermarket K&N air filters, the original air-box probably sitting on a shelf in someone's garage somewhere gathering dust. With original carb back plate and air filter box/intake as rare as hens teeth, and some rubbish second hand examples at rip-off prices on Ebay, can anyone recommend an alternative that delivers colder air to the carbs? With the prices being so high for replacement originals and the number of owners with either broken or missing air intakes, I'm surprised that there isn't a company out there that hasn't thought to re-engineered these?
  14. Looks like someone knows something here that I'm missing? Unfortunately, I now have the whiff of petrol. Annoyingly, I put the sump protector tray on too soon and had to take it off again as my off side tank now has a slight weep from the drain plug it's because I didn't replace the copper washers (I didn't have any new ones) and they are obviously compressed enough already and I don't want to over tighten and risk breaking something - would be a world of pain! Could I get away with rubber washer, adding some silicone tape/sealant or some other plumbing washers, does it have to be copper?
  15. Any finally, I do smell of petrol but I found the problem. When I disconnected the off side tank pipe to the T join with the near side tank near the pump only petrol came from the near side. When I disconnected the fuel hose from the off side tank nothing came out, so I removed the drain plug and after a gush of petrol (I'd not managed to syphon it all) it was apparent the block was inside the tank to pipe connector. With a bit of a blow what I can only describe as 2 tiny lumps of jelly came out as shown - goodness knows what/where they came from?
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