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    Tom Neel
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    81 Essex Esprit #37 and 91 Esprit Turbo SE

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  1. Tom Neel

    Essex 37

    Essex 37
  2. Hi all...just coming back to the forum after a long time gone. Read up on your Essex. The car in the Doppelganger article is one I own currently. My understanding is that there were only two imported into the states. Mine was one of them. Here's a video of it that a very enthusiastic person put together of it. You'll notice in the article that it's missing the driver's side compomotive centers which I found and replaced.
  3. Pete-- I don't know you except that you enjoy some of the things I do, but I do know you in the sense that you, at the moment, feel what we all feel when such a loss comes our way. Three weeks ago we thought we would lose my mother, but she did recover and now is on a trip to the Middle East, the Holy Land...It was against my wishes but she and my dad went anyway...for them it may be the last trip although I hope not. You will be in my prayers. Please keep sharing and active and don't isolate yourself. Best, Tom
  4. Hey there-- I own a dry sump (1981 Essex) and there's a number of racing oil pumps to be had that can be substituted. They are fairly common as many racing engines are dry sumps--of course there may be some retrofitting involved--yet nothing too heady. These fellows might help...also there was an Essex burned up in the breaking yard in England--the oil pump might be intact. Steve Trynor on the list might assist... http://www.rrconnectingrods.com/oil.htm --Tom
  5. Good sense on this--you have started down the right trail...prior to my buys, I wanted to make sure there was someone who could work on them. I DO NOT recommend going to the dealers for service of any kind, unless they have a reputation for good work. Sure, they'll service your car, but will charge you an arm and a leg for it, and will probably not do the proper work or invent work that doesn't need to be done. There's a shop two blocks from house where I saw an S4 parked--I thought it was for sale but it was for service--the sales guy directed me back to these know-it-all characters who didn't know anything about the cars at all! they gave me some bull story about being the upcoming lotus dealers and servicers in VA, but they were full of it, on every word--how did I know? Because I had been receiving an education from lists like this and from a REPUTABLE mechanic who did good work. I have since heard horror stories about their every move--an independent dealer close to my home--a sevicer of "Euro" cars. I took one of the cars to the nearby Ferrari dealership for the state inspection and they took nearly three hours ( a job that takes only 10 minutes anywhere else!) and failed the car anyway--they were horrible! Although they had lots of Ferraris in there, they had a glass between the waiting room and the shop and I watched them--having once worked in a shop myself, their work was worse on a number of different fronts, not the least of which they couldn't perform a prpoer state inspection on my car! They were horrific! Yet another reason not to own a Ferrari... I have some friends in Tampa Bay who own and rent exotics--they may be able to help. Let me know if you need me to contact them for you. --Tom
  6. Hi Rick and Jim-- I looked at that one a few weeks ago via pictures--I had some of the imagery examined by a VERY experienced Lotus Mechanic. The salesman supplied some additional pics of the engine compartment that I hope you have viewed as well--these were of engine compartment an the underside of the car when the car was up on the lift. The salesman knew nothing about lotus cars and I had him read some of the receipts to me over the phone--the left gas tank was replaced around 98--but not the right. I'm always curious about the gas tanks, for obvious reasons...at least I hope they are obvious to you. His story at the time...we came to the conclusion that the car had been heavily heat pressure washed on the underside--not to mention some of the heat pressure washing gear was in some of the pictures...we thought the interior looked stellar. I opted to buy another G-body wherein it was rarer (one of the US essex models) that I REALLY had the complete history about...that only had 20K miles on it and had a dry sump with perfect history...There is another one that I think would be a better bet that is for sale from a private individual--serviced by Don Butler--a reputable mechanic..it looks very good in Yellow, as a matter of fact I would go for this one instead of that white one any day and knowing that Don butler Serviced it and coming from someone for the Yahoo list and a private enthusiast rather than a dealer, etc...his name is Dave Cicale his Email address is [email protected] and pics are at http://www.flickr. com/photos/ [email protected] N04/ I don't know anything else about the car but I'd bet it's a better bet than the white one--he just put it up on the list yesterday--I'd love to have it myself but I already have two and cannot afford another...The car has 61,000 miles. he's asking $18,000. The car is located in southern New Jersey. I only charge $2K for commission!!! hahaha...Tom Neel....
  7. Good day all, I just finished browsing the Douglas Valley Breakers site--and in looking there I saw the "usual" assortment of wrecks--envisioning how they happened, how, why, and so forth, but I did see an Essex 81 Esprit with a "light" engine fire and an 86 wherein it melted the aft of the car...engine fires seem to be common in the Esprit, for obvious engineering reasons (very tight compartment and mechanicals, very close to the fuel sources, etc.), but how common are they really, and what have other owners done to reduce the risk? I'm thinking of installing an engine compartment extinguishing system on both my cars--the 81 Essex and the 91 Esprit. I currently carry extinguishers with me in the passenger compartment--but getting the aft access open during a raging fire--even a slightly raging fire--raises questions in my mind about the probability of getting to the fire before a "meltdown" occurs. First, does anyone know the stories behind the G-model fires, especially the Essex? (I own one of the US "import versions" of the Essex--so I have a personal interest). Any fire stories about 91 SEs? The Yahoo discussion group recently had a member wherein his V-8 burned. I've also seen the YouTube video of the racer burning... Second, what have owners done to reduce the risk, outside of frequent fuel system inspection and maintenance? Third, what sorts of extinguishing systems have Esprit owners used, what's commercially available, and have they been effective for anyone-- Thanks and have great, fast, and fire-free driving--I'm looking forward to hearing what everyone has to say, and any advice on specifics... Tom Neel USA owner 91 SE British Racing Green 81 Essex
  8. Roger--I agree with you that the Esprit is the most beautiful car EVER constructed. Thanks for showing yours--it's beautiful.

  9. Hey Chris--Which car was yours?? HAHAHA....hope all is well...showing my cars at the Fairfax Fair on Saturday (one block from my house)--not sure if there any prizes for that, but I'm going to hang with the cars... --Tom
  10. Hey all--any secret to uploading photos here--this is the only one that made it-- --Tom
  11. Hi-- Tom Here-- I'm new on the Site--I have two Esprits--a 1981 Essex M72 G-Body (in Essex Colors and Decals--perfect condition) and a 1991 Esprit Turbo SE, British Racing Green, Perfect Condition. I bought the M72 from Bill Bonta in MD quite recently and the 91 SE about a year ago from Bob Worrest, also in MD. I thought this site was Brit-only, but I have been told to "get on here" and really find out what's going on. I'm looking forward to making some friends and accessing all the knowledge that is here oon the site. Great and safe driving to all... --Tom Neel [email protected] 703-731-2757 Cell
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