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    Richard Naylor
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    '88 Esprit Turbo
  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Hi Gordon, I use Imagicon from It does what it says and is free. Regards, Richard
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. I am a bit surprised to see the comments about the cost of Chris Foulds. Unless he has suddenly become an official dealer his prices have always been much less than someone like JCT600. Just as an example I was quoted
  13. Is this the same car I saw auctioned at Silverstone some years ago when Lotus had a big clear out? If it is that went for about about
  14. I was at the Silverstone Classic meeting this weekend where Lotus had a big display and one of the things on show was a new product that Lotus Engineering are working on... There have been complaints that the new electric cars are too quiet and people with hearing difficulties are tending to walk in front of them at crossing etc. as they don't hear them coming so Lotus are developing a system that makes electric cars sound like petrol engined cars. That's right they are making a sound system so your car can sound like something else. At last you can make your 4 cylinder Esprit sound like an V8 TVR (if you want to). I hope it is a serious project as I have visions of a Prius sounding like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang or a Harrier Jump Jet taking off. Richard
  15. Esprit Turbo X180 1988 Calypso Red Chassis #: SCC082910JHD13036 RichardN, North Yorkshire, UK.
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