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molemot last won the day on February 10 2016

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  • Birthday 10/08/1946

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  • Name
    John Douglas
  • Car
    Lotus Esprit turbo Josette, the Peugeot 407 diesel estate
  • Modifications
    Upgraded front brakes
  • Location
    Always near the water....

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  1. Pretty much exactly what I ended up doing...drill jig is the way to go. Have seen it done freehand, but would rather use engineering than hope the skillset stretches to that! I have a number of special tools I have made up over the for pressing back the rear caliper pistons painlessly...some for greasing bearings...cylinder liner extractors, etc.etc.
  2. It can be done in to be very careful about swarf and keeping the drilling at 90 deg. to the face. All down to the skill level of the operator...
  3. Try phoning the RSPCA.... worked for me, with a fox....
  4. The otter switch doesn't "trip". When the coolant temperature exceeds it's calibrated value, it simply turns's a bi metallic strip..and when the temperature goes back below, it switches OFF. Nothing to be externally reset... They do go wrong and can fail in the OFF position. Testing it is easy...remove it from the pipe, put a test meter across it and check it is OFF...then put it in a saucepan of water and heat that to boiling point and check it switches ON just before it boils. If that works, the switch is OK...otherwise it needs replacing. Make sure the connections a clean and secure... The otter switch operates the fan relay, which in turn makes the fans work. Again, clean and secure connectionsare essential... Easy way to check the relay and fans is to remove the connections from the otter switch and connect them together. Relay should operate and the fans come on. Work your way through the system bit by bit with a's about as basic as electrics get!!
  5. Talk to Steve at S&J. He has some really great zero thickness a treat.
  6. Logically, of course, you are quite correct. The whole thing has to be coincidental. I still remember my mother saying "But it's GREEN..." and explaining to her that the colour couldn't possibly have any effect, adverse or otherwise. I had bought a bottle of champagne to celebrate the new arrival..."demi sec" as Dad wasn't into really dry wine, and we were sipping this when he remarked that this car would see him out. This was on his birthday, 27th July...and exactly a month later, 27th August, on the evening of the wedding, he collapsed and died. I wasn't there but only found out on my return, hours later...and all our lives had changed totally. Completely impossible that the pigment of the paint on the car could have had any influence, of course, utterly illogical and superstitious poppycock. As I had explained to my mum. However, green cars are for other people; not for me.
  7. My Dad bought a green Renault 16 TX as a 57th birthday present to himself. It was his ideal car...he drove it home and said to me: "This one will see me out".... Mum said..."But it's GREEN..." His heart gave out a month later. On the evening of my brother's wedding. I wouldn't touch a green car with an 11 foot bargepole.
  8. Lots of fuss going on about the floral tributes to the poor dead burglar. His cronies seem to be putting them up, and others tearing them down. The Police have said they should be allowed to remain???!!!!
  9. molemot


    Although the incident DID happen, both of the Hunter photos are faked,'s how...
  10. These gearboxes have some selectors that are not indexed to the selector shafts, iirc. If they aren't in the right places, things could grind together...I have a feeling that reverse gear may be the culprit and the teeth are grinding together. Taking the top off the box is quick and easy and you could then inspect what is going on....good luck.... I've had another listen to the video; don't think it's gears grinding together. I would suggest you try to isolate where the noise is coming from...a mechanic's stethoscope is useful, but you can also use a large screwdriver...put you thumb over the end of the handle and then into your ear!! Push the blade against the gearbox and you will hear the innards...move about until the noise is loudest...can give a useful clue.
  11. When I had my head sorted back in 1988, we decided core plugs were only there to get the casting core I had then welded over, along with the damage to the mating face where the head had rotted around the manifold studs.... then remachined the stud holes. No problems since!!
  12. Start with the rear LH...then rear RH...then front LH and finally front RH. The underneath bloke is in control...take length of rubber hose and fit to nipple. Put end of hose in jamjar with fluid in, make sure it's submerged. Open "Brakes ON!". Inside bod pushes pedal slowly to the floor, and holds it there, calls out "Brakes ON!" Underneath bloke closes nipple and calls "Brakes OFF!" and inside man releases the pedal. Bubbles will have appeared in the fluid in the jar as the pedal is depressed. Repeat process until no further bubbles. Check as you go to ensure that the fluid reservoir doesn't run dry...refill as necessary...if it does run dry, start over...and DON'T DO IT AGAIN(!) Then proceed in sequence for the remaining calipers... As has been said, only use the top bleed nipples as air rises. On my Airtourer aeroplane, the nipples were only at the bottom, and the only way to bleed it was to pump the fluid in from the bottom nipples and fill the system that way...sometimes it even worked(!) Have fun......
  13. It's enough to make you gibber.....
  14. molemot


    Now due to launch at 2045 UTC, supercooled fuelling under way.....
  15. Back in 1988 I bought the Esprit Turbo...drove it home down the M1. Had to stop for petrol. Pulled up by the pumps....Key wouldn't come out of the ignition. Tried everything I could think of....apart from the silver button underneath which I didn't even notice. Ended up removing the keys from the ignition key by taking it off the key ring!! Then I was able to undo the fuel fillers and add more pushwater. The next day I found out how the keys came out of the ignition and drove it to my brother's place to let him see it....on the way back home, the fans failed and it blew the otter switch out aong with the coolant. Two weeks later it broke the cambelt...then I found the "full service history" was a forgery..... and I've never looked back....(!)
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