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    Richard Naylor
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    '88 Esprit Turbo

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  1. Ok - no replies to my original post about restoring the seats and headlining. It really is proving difficult to find someone local to do this job. So, let's look further away. Can anyone suggest a car trimmer anywhere in the country who can do this job? Someone must have had their interior replaced/repaired??? Richard
  2. Hi all, The drivers seat and headlining on my Esprit is in a very bad state and I am looking for someone (professionally) to replace it all. I've tried several local places (North Yorks) who claim to do this sort of thing but either get no reply despite chasing many times (don't they want my money?) or the price is ridiculously high (I don't have that much money!). Can anyone suggest a car trimmer in the Yorkshire area who would be able to do the job? I don't need one of these top end guys who do show cars for Ferrari and Bentleys etc. who are way out of my price range just an old style trimmer. Any suggestions gratefully received. Richard As you can see the seat will need totally recovering...
  3. Thank you everyone for the replies. It's such a shame the original tyres are not available any more but at least we can keep our cars on the road one way or another. At the moment I'm probably going to go for the Vredstein Sportrac 225/60 R15. I looked at the Pirelli 600's but they are over twice the price with no great difference in performance (or so it seems). I'm not doing track days etc or high milages don't need to worry about wear etc. and can always change to Pirellis or something else in the future if I'm not happy. Richard
  4. Hi all, haven't been on here for a good few years but have just decided to replace the wheels on my '88 Esprit Turbo (Stevens). The ones I have are shot after having been reconditioned several times. For some reason I have 16" SE wheels on the back (it's not an SE and I bought it with them on) but as these don't seem to be available any more I'm going back to the standard 15" wheels with 235/60 R15 tyres. Obviously the original Goodyear NCT tyres are not available any more and the only recommendations I have found are for replacements that are also no longer available. So, I'd be interested to know what people are using and recommending these days? I've seen the suggestion of going to 225/60 R15's. Is this the best option and what make and model is best? Just for info I have been using Falken tyres and have been very happy with them. All advice gratefully received. Richard
  5. On a similar subject to this, I am having a problem with the temperature gauge that seems connected to an earthing problem. If the car is standing or stuck in traffic, the temperature naturally goes up. However, the gauge can be showing as 100 plus (sometimes approaching the 110 mark) but the fans never kick in. If I switch off the engine and turn just the power back on the gauge shows as about 90 which is what I would expect (note that there is nothing wrong with the fans as far as I know). I'm confident that the car is NOT running that hot and it's the gauge before anyone tells me that I can be damaging the engine at that temperature. I've also noticed that the temperature gauge is affected by the headlights. If I turn them on the temperature jumps by anything up to 10 degrees. Turn them off and down it goes again. Revving the engine does not affect it. Does anyone have any suggestions as to where I should start on the earthing system. I would think it's more likely that the strap to the engine would be affected by corrosion rather than ones in the front which are not directly in the damp (or are they). A pointer to the best way to find and get to the engine strap would be appreciated. It's an '88 Turbo by the way. Richard
  6. Well if it's in the same place as a late 80's Esprit then there is a wire loop under the dash on the right hand side of the steering wheel (in front of your right knee!). It can be tricky to find but it should be there. Just push it forwards (it's hinged at the top) and this releases the front bonnet. Richard
  7. Hi Gordon, I use Imagicon from It does what it says and is free. Regards, Richard
  8. I'm sure I'm not alone in being a bit confused by Paul's post's here. You are being told that you can expect up to mid 20's MPG but you are happy with 16 MPG!!!! I have a '88 Turbo and can get up to 26 MPG on a run if I take it easy (ok, a lot less if I push it). If I was getting 16 MPG I would be taking it to the garage. Paul, would you mind explaining why you are not concerned about such a relatively large difference in fuel use. If you think of it in "normal" car terms it's like a car you expect to do 50 MPG giving you 30 MPG. Rich
  9. I've been going to Donnington just about every year for the past 15 years and, as many have said, have noticed that it had become rather stuck in a rut and "samey" but there was always something I hadn't seen before so I didn't mind too much. I didn't attend Malvern this year mainly because of the extra distance. I run my own business so time is important especially at the weekend. I could just about justify the 2 hours travel to Donnington but it would have been about 3 1/2 plus hours to Malvern and that killed it for me. I doubt I'll be able to attend in the future if the show stays at Malvern so I would support the idea of moving the show each year if it was possible. And there lies the problem. My brother-in-law has organised several of the Morgan Club shows and the work involved is enormous. Shifting the show about would create no end of problems and, as the CL has already said they had a hard job finding Malvern, I cannot see it happening. It's a shame but I know for everyone like me put off by the distance, there are plenty that are now a lot closer. Win some, lose some. Richard
  10. Hi Mark, That was my reason to get it done professionally. It's now 3 years plus since it was done and the car still looks like new. I've had the car for nearly 15 years and don't plan on selling so £2000 wasn't a lot if spread over time. I would definitely think twice if it was a "toy" that I was going to get rid of when something newer came along. I think that if I had, say, an old Elan or Europa or something from that period I wouldn't think twice about rollering it. The new paint would be better than the original however the Esprit has that clear lacquer finish which you are never going to recreate with a roller so it would only be an option if price was the deciding factor (which it might be next time it needs new paint). RIchard
  11. You don't use household paint for this. It's not right for it at all. Rustolium is a paint designed to be rollered and is normally used for coating industrial machinery, bridges, railings etc. It is hardwearing, flexible (so no cracking if the panels move or get a knock) and, although not much use to us, is anti-rust. It goes on directly to the surface without primer and covers any old paint without reacting. That means that you can just sand the existing paint down lightly to provide a key and start rolling. Hang on, I'm starting to sound like an advert - I'm nothing to do with the paint manufacturers - I'm just very impressed with it. Have a look at the internet links. They show a number of nice cars that have been painted this way (mostly American as they seem to have been doing this longer than us). You really would have to look hard to tell the difference and it only cost them $50 (or so they claim). I had my Esprit professionally sprayed a few years ago and it cost me about £2000. As the cars get older and less valuable it takes some thinking about before you spend that sort of money (and more) on a car worth, realistically, only 5-6 thousand. The next time it needs doing, not for a long time I hope, I will certainly look into rollering it. Richard
  12. I know you guys will probably laugh in a derisory manner at this but, for the older car, if you don't want a concourse finish, you can roller your vehicle rather than spray it. As well as my Esprit I also have a VW camper and have been rollering it using this method. I've shown some of the rollered panels it to a paint guy and he went very quiet then said he couldn't believe I'd got such a good finish without spraying. It's really easy, there's no overspray, hardly any masking, no toxic fumes annoying the neighbours, you can do it whenever you have an hour spare (and in the street) and, if you get any damage ,like a scratch, you just get the paint out again and give it a few new coats. You can also drive your car 2 hours after painting. Ok. it's not perfect, you still have to do the normal preparation that you would with spraying but, with care and some flatting back you can get just as good a finish. The pro's would do it better I'm sure but, so far, I've only spent about £100 to do a complete recolour of my campervan. Try getting a quote like that from a spray shop. The biggest disadvantage is that, once you've used the recommended paint you cannot use normal car paint again without a complete strip back to bare metal (or fibreglass in our case). I wouldn't suggest using it on a car you intend showing or for concourse but, if you use your car everyday there is no cheaper way to give your bodywork a new lease of life. Take a look at this website which explains how to do it. A search on google for "roller painting your car" will also show you lots of info. I was skeptical at first but am now a convert! All the best, however you do it! Richard
  13. I just thought I would confirm the use of a Land Rover slave cylinder on the '88 Esprit Turbo. I've just fitted one to mine and it works perfectly. The part number is 266694G (that's the Land Rover number). It's from a LR Series II (or IIa) vehicle. Make sure you get the Series II not III as the later one is different and will not fit. The only difference between the original Lotus part and the Land Rover one was that the thread on the connector between the clutch pipe and the cylinder was smaller on the new part but this was easily solved as I just swapped the existing connector with a male/mail connector (used for connecting brake pipes) from my local parts shop. This might not be applicable in all cases as it will depend on what's on the end of your clutch hose. Richard
  14. Thanks for the help guys, I've managed to get one of the last two pairs of springs available from Lotus so I'm sorted. It's a bit worrying though. This means that when they go next time (not for another 20 years hopefully) it's unlikely that last pair will still be available. I'd better start saving! I've also found a local garage who have a great big spring clamp thingy which is more than up to the job. They use it for trucks and all sorts. Richard
  15. Well it looks like I ate all the pies. I dropped into the Esprit this morning and nearly had a heart attack as there was a big bang that sounded like someone had shot the car. Of course, it was one of the front springs giving up the ghost but it wasn't half loud. I have definately got to go on a diet. Anyway, I now need to get two new front springs. I'm only going to replace the springs as I cannot afford the full "new" suspension at the moment. I assume that the only springs now available are the new ones but will they work with the old dampers etc.? I saw something about them needing some adaptors but cannot find any details on this. Can anyone help? Also, I'm not going to try tackling this job myself - I'd have to do it in the street and I don't have any spring compressors anyway - but I know that Esprit springs can be tricky because of the tight spaces between the coils. Is there anything I should suggest to the garage who will do this job? I don't want them either breaking something else or hurting themselves if they do this the wrong way. I've seen what happens when a suspension unit explodes. All help appreciated. Richard
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