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  1. I don't know why but since owning my Esprit over the last ten years, I seem to replace the gas lifters on the rear engine cover every three years, but the last year of each three without any lift at all. I am now on my third set and even when I open the catch, I have to lift the back using the louvres as there is no room to get my fingers in and then I have fashioned a prop to hold it open when raised. Looking at the ones that I have used in the past they appear to be 250 or 300 nm. Is this too low? Apart from ordering expensive ones from Lotus, surely there is a make that lasts
  2. The other day, I went to lock the door on my 89 Excel and the key lock had disappeared. When I took the door panel off I could see that the plastic that holds the barrel of the lock and also the mounting of the handle to the door had all collapsed. We have an expression out here in South Africa that translates in English to "A farmer makes a plan", so I put all the pieces of the handle and lock back into position and using an electric glue gun, stuck the whole lot back together. Could someone tell me which car these door locks were originally intended for as I think I should try and
  3. Ever since I have owned my 89 Excel, which is for the last 8 years, I have noticed a problem that if I try and accelerate briskly when the engine revs are below 3 000 there is a grumble from the gearbox telling me to drop a cog or back off on the gas. As soon as the revs go over 3 000 the grumbling disappears. It does not worry me unduly as it has not got any worse and tells me to drive better. Any ideas what the grumbling can be.
  4. Once the pod is up I cannot access through the pod hole and the access point under the car just gives enough room to turn the knob should it jam. This has been ongoing for quite a few years now. I just wish I could douse the entire motor in WD40. I am sure that is all it needs.
  5. On my 89 Excel, the passenger side headlamp cluster is rather lazy in opening and makes a terrible squealing noise both going up and down. I have lubricated everything that I can get to but with no success. Any ideas what it could be and how do I get access to the motor itself, if that is where the fault lies.
  6. Some typical comments about LOTUS on the facebook page of the Air Show. It would appear that the Esprit had a petrol leak and rather than try and start the car, they moved it to a safe area. Is that an S1?
  7. On my 84 Esprit Turbo, the cam cover on the top bank appears to be fitted incorrectly. Surely all the Lotus names should be in the same plane. Unfortunately it would seem that it cannot be turned around as the oil filler would foul the plenum. Is this the case with all Turbo engines of is there something wrong with my installation.
  8. I must just relate a little episode that happened to me when I purchased my 84 Esprit Turbo with the engine that was blown. I trailered the car to a workshop in Cape Town where they removed the engine to check it over and not having the space to store the car they asked me to take the car home and bring it back when the engine was ready. When I collected the car from them, I attached a Y bar towing frame to the front suspension and with a chevron trailer board set off on the 150 kilometre journey home. As we were about half way home we were on a ridge with a rather strong
  9. Hi Rick. No it is just the binnacle that gives the reflection problem and I have seen them in black from the factory to overcome the reflection problem. On my Excel it is the same. Light leather and a black binnacle, bus some idiot took silicon to it and made it shine. It needs to be matt black.
  10. I know that my Turbo Esprit is a 1984 model, but I am wondering if there is any way that I can find the exact date that it left the factory. The VIN number is SCC082910EHG11789 I have never owned a car this long in my life (10 years) and I take her out regularly, at least once a month, for runs and, without tempting providence, she has never let me down once. This coming weekend we have a run with the local Garden Route Motor Club and we are going to lunch at a small village called Storm's River and we are driving through two passes, the Natures Valley and the Bloukrantz Pass rather
  11. The last owner and I believe the first owner of my car went to Connolly Leather in the U.K. in 1994 and purchased a pile of hides. He then brought them out to Cape Town and had a local upholsterer completely re do the 1984 Esprit Turbo. The only problem was that the instrument binnacle was also covered with the same colour leather and driving the car in sunlight, the reflection of the binnacle on the windscreen is like driving through fog. I have had to place a small piece of charcoal material over the binnacle to stop the reflection.
  12. Just wondering if anyone has removed the cover from the original steering wheel and what it looks like as my outer covering is rather sun damaged an I must either remove it or replace the wheel itself..
  13. Thanks Andy. That top bolt / stud, does that run through a tube between the two halves of the upper section wishbone? Whilst it was up on the hoist it looked as though there was but it does not show a tube in the attached general layout in the workshop manual. Any ideas how to unseize the rod / bolt from inside the tube and bushes on that top one? We put a long extension on the socket but it would not budge. Diesel oil as a lubricant?
  14. I received my new front suspension bushes and took them through to my mechy to install. Well, that was the idea and it should have been easy. They are the ones marked 14 (two of them) and 21. On inspection, the bolt marked 15 on the attached is not a bolt but a threaded rod with a nylock nut on the rear and two nuts on the front. Unfortunately, the rod has seized inside the front bush and even with the nylock nut at the rear loosened, the rod will not turn as it appears to be seized solid. On the passenger side, it is exactly the same with a threaded rod, not a bolt as shown, but at
  15. All I am missing is the outer pad anti rattle spring as shown in the attached. Is there not a company that sells second hand parts from damaged Lotus cars? Thanks for the help. Have you any idea the cost of the complete front kit.
  16. When I had my front springs replaced the fitting garage lost one of the clips holding the one front brake pad from rattling around. The one that is missing is the driver's side front and the top outer brake pad clip. Can anyone help or point me in the right direction for just the missing one. Unfortunately, the Toyota Celica or Supra was never imported into South Africa.
  17. One other point and hoping someone can help. When the spring company refitted the new coils they lost one of the brake pad retaining clips causing one hell of a rattle when driving. Unfortunately nether the Celica or Supra were brought into South Africa and hence no spare parts. The one missing is on the driver's side outer pad top clip. I wonder if anyone has a spare one knocking around or can point me in the right direction to get one. Thanks.
  18. I know on my Excel that there is a small lever behind the glass that when moved disengages the mirror and plastic backing from the motor control. The two motors on mine have only three wires, a common wire and a wire from each. The polarity is changed within the interior switch so the motor can go in both directions causing up/down and left/right. Hope you come right.
  19. Thanks for all the information. I have been doing a bit of research and it would appear that the Ackerman effect on most cars in non adjustable just bult in to the steering geometry. I do have a bit of a rumble on the one side when in full lock going forward and I think that the wheel may be turning just a little to much. Just in passing, the fellow who designed the technology was not Ackerman. Ackerman was the lawyer who patented the idea of his client. I had a lovely drive yesterday with the car up to my daughter's farm returning quite late last night and I realised the m
  20. Mine has a bellows thermostat that opens at 80 degrees C but it would appear that the electrical fan switch comes in around 83 degrees so rather close. I must see if the temperature in the coolant is correct and then get another switch for a higher temperature fan cut in, possibly around 90 degrees. By the way, I don't know if you have resolved your wiper parking, but I don't think that is the switch itself but a separate control. I have owned my 89 Excel for 8 years now and really enjoy driving it and we use it as a touring car. My 84 Esprit Turbo is so much more powerful though and
  21. In a previous post I mentioned that my front springs had sagged by 25 mm (1 inch) and I took the car through to Port Elizabeth where new springs were made to the original specification. I am pleased to say that the wheels are no longer fouling on the bodywork and the car now looks level. One of the perks of living in South Africa is that things like this are quite cheap, £ 100 for the removal of the old springs, the manufacture of new ones and the refitting. One disadvantage is the quality of the labour as the idiot who refitted the assembly lost the lower brake pad clip and I now ha
  22. After having the front springs replaced as they had sagged by 27 mm, the car is having the water pump removed to replace leaking seals. Is this an easy job once the bonnet has been removed. Not that I am doing the job, just curious as the last time the mechy replaced my water pump on my Esprit they had the engine removed to find a serious oil leak.
  23. Took the car through to Springwell in Port Elizabeth and when they had removed the springs they confirmed that they had measured the old springs and they were 300 mm in length when they should have been 327 mm. They are making new springs and the car should be ready next week. Total cost for the new front springs plus removal and installation was just over £ 100
  24. Sorry to say that I am still "forbidden" to access the web page using that address. .
  25. Thanks so much for the information. I will get a pair manufactured and report back.
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