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About Choppa

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  • Birthday 14/05/1955

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  • Name
    Colin Parry
  • Car
    Esprit S3
  • Modifications
    As close to original as I can keep it!
  • Location
    Surrey/Hants UK

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  1. There is a capacitor across the brake switch on my S3 to stop the interference you are talking about but it doesn't look like that. It's item #12 on the diagram P/N A074M6008Z Capacitor 1uF stop switch. No idea what the markings on the capacitor in your photo mean. It doesn't look in very good condition and it can't have been doing anything if it was in the passenger footwell! Maybe it was wired across the brake switch, removed at some point and never replaced hence the noise .
  2. Looking at the photo It may be just dirt on the contacts and the switch is actually OK. Also inside the boot there are some black earth wires for the reversing lights with bullet connectors on the ends that might need a clean. I suggest you clean those, them pull off both spade connectors from the switch and give them and the terminals on the switch a good clean with emery paper or something similar. If you want you could also gently use a wire brush to clean up the body of the switch. To test after cleaning and reconnecting the wires, turn the ignition on but don't start the car, put it in
  3. @BibsI think quite a few of us do something like that each time we start them.
  4. Just been out and counted them and there are 18 LEDs in the strip attached to the underside of my glove box and that is the perfect length with no excess strip dangling around. You get 6 LEDs per 10 cm so I must have fitted a 30cm strip on each side and I was totally wrong when I said earlier that the strip I fitted had 9 LEDs, sorry, I did get the length right though!
  5. @skiingThese are the people I got my LED strips from.
  6. @thebartmanThe LED strips had two wires on the ends, black wire to earth, red wire to the switched positive from the alarm which stays live for 30 seconds. The strips come in multiples of 3 LEDs, and are available in several different colours other than the warm white I chose. The strips I fitted were both 9 LEDS long, which measured about 12 inches. If you order a strip which is too long you can cut them to fit, the strips have the cut point marked, you can't just cut anywhere otherwise they apparently stop working. The adhesive on the strip stuck very well to the underside of the glove box.
  7. I don't know if I'm unlucky but since 89 when I got it I've never had a delay to the interior lights on my 86 S3 they are either on or off depending on if the doors are open or not. However recently I had to replace the after market alarm and door lock relay control module which failed 25 years after I fitted them. The alarm I fitted as a replacement had a wire for interior light delay and so I wired it up to some warm white LED strips that I've stuck above the foot wells on each side. I left the standard interior light alone. Because the LEDs take so little current, way less than the s
  8. I was getting mine MOT'd today, passed with no advisories which was a result, however I did get teased for only having driven 250 miles in it this year. I have an excuse ! Interesting footnote to the above pass. When I checked it over yesterday the only thing I discovered was that the washer nozzles seemed to be blocked and did not respond to the usual poke with a fine needle. I found I had a load of strange black stuff lurking in the bottom of my screen wash bottle which clogged up the jets the moment I pressed the button. What ever it was seemed to be growing in the Tescos pre prepared
  9. I have Blackvue dashcams in my Esprit and my daily drive, both have Wifi and using the Blackvue app I can log in to the cameras to view live footage or any of the recorded clips. The one problem I have with them is that as my phone recognizes them as a preferred WiFi connection, if I try and make a phone call it tries to make a Wifi call via the camera which isn't connected to anything else! Same sort of thing happens if I want to use Waze or Google Maps, I have to remember to drop the WiFi Connection to the camera in order to do anything.
  10. I remember commenting about 100 pages ago that in the film the bell boy never looked like he could fully open the tailgate because of the skis hitting the roof. Just something you'll get use to I suppose. BTW I do hope you are going to get those bolts on the upper mountings painted in Copper Fire as well !
  11. If you don't think the standard gasket will do the job you could try fitting the neoprene gasket that I think came out of the Jensen Healey community. I'm sure a search on here would turn up a thread where someone has tried fitting one.
  12. I believe they get the information on that site from the info recorded on the vehicle registration documents. For my S3 it says Make : Lotus, Model : Esprit, no mention of S3 and so I've always understood it is included in with the hundreds of vehicles counted in the Lotus Esprit column on that site.
  13. Brett, looking at the photo of the rear of your car it has the later style cut out on the body under the rear of the tailgate, the same as on mine. The release mechanism does not push the tailgate up as much as it does on the earlier S3s which do not have the cut out. On mine when I pull the release handle both retaining latches unclip and I can just walk round to the rear of the car, put my hand in the recess and open the tailgate. No need for me to hang on to the release lever while trying to lift the lid. If when your pull the release lever the weight of your tailgate is enough to close on
  14. No idea on the trunking but would a drain pipe fitting work for the mould? Something like this
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