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    Richard Naylor
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    '88 Esprit Turbo

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  1. Hi Dunc, Just seen your posts about your SE. I've just changed the wheels on my non SE Turbo which for some reason had 16" SE rear wheels. I wonder if you would like the SE wheels as spares as I have no use for them but don't want to throw them away as I know they are very rare now. They do need reconditioning (blasting and powder coating / painting) but come with two hardly used tyres. Don't want money for them but you would need to cover the postage costs if you are interested. Richard
  2. Your wish is my command... This is the knob I'm after and yes, it does seem to be bonded to the shaft like the V8 one! RIchard
  3. Just to finish off this thread... I have bought and fitted the Vredstein Sportrac tyres and have been really pleased with them. I can't feel any difference in normal driving (not a track day person). I fitted four new wheels which were cheaper than restoring my old ones. I paint cars for a living so thought I'd experiment with white wheels instead of the normal silver (the rear wheels were only available in pearlescent white so I had to paint them anyway). I know it's not original but I really like it. Richard P.S. If anyone can use some 16" rear wheels and tyres (barely worn) from an Esprit SE let me know. They need stripping and powder coating but they are yours for the cost of collection. I don't want to throw them away if I can help it.
  4. Hi all, The lettering on the top of the gear knob of my 88 Turbo X180 has mostly worn off and I'm looking to replace it. If you know of anyone who might have one please let me know or if you can tell me what else used it that would be good. I was told it was off a Renault but can't find any references on Google. Not wanting to use a third party knob by the way. Thanks, Richard
  5. 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
  6. 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...
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Hi Gordon, I use Imagicon from It does what it says and is free. Regards, Richard
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
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