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Choppa

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    Colin Parry
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    Esprit S3
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    As close to original as I can keep it!
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    Surrey/Hants UK

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  1. Sparky will need to fly someone in whose good with glass fibre to sort that hinge out correctly and do the sort of tip top repair you'd expect from Watford Exotics. Those experts only fly first class you know and they charge travel time from the moment they leave their mansion. Also because of Covid-19 all the shelves have been stripped bare of GF matting and resin so Gary will have to incur some additional expense to get it from his "sources". I don't think you'll have much left from £25k at the end of all this.
  2. Q = character who makes all the gadgets in the Bond movies
  3. Q would be able to modify those exhaust pipes to fire mortars at chasing baddies with ease. My worry would be what happens when its parked and they get full of rain water.
  4. Unlucky, I've never heard of the gauge casings breaking like this before. I'd be wondering if, at some point in the past, a PO had tried to lever them out using a screwdriver under the black outer rim rather than taking the binnacle off and removing them like you are supposed to. Even so you'd have expected them to stop once they'd bu**ered up a couple of them. I'd be tempted to try a bit of Araldite to repair the cracks on some of them before spending that sort of money on replacements. Even if you only successfully repair one of them you'll be quids in, and once refitted they shouldn't need to come out again any time soon.
  5. If Plan B, or is is Plan C fails, I'm not at all sure anymore, and you find yourself forgetting about making the racks, as a last resort you could try these if you really need to carry the Olins on the back of your car https://www.seasucker.com/collections/racks/products/ski-rack I think Harry used them on his trip to Cortina.
  6. Neal's in South Africa, so it's a bit of a trek over to Lotusbits to pick up a new shell or get them to help with a respray, not impossible though!
  7. Interesting, one of my recent lock down pastime has been playing Fallout 4, I got a cheap pre-owned copy on the recommendation of a mate who also suggested I'd probably enjoy Witcher 3 and Skyrim as well. Just yesterday I just finished F4 on normal level following the Minutemen Final Quests and I've been wondering which of the other two to try next. As Dave has found Skyrim worthy of multiple repeat plays I'll probably give it a try next, especially as Bethesda did it so I'll have a tiny bit of a head start on how the game mechanic work.
  8. On a similar Alpine unit that was in my wife's old car I seem to remember you had to press the foot brake a couple of times as well as having the handbrake on to bring up the settings page. Maybe the same with the W505?
  9. I'd expect nothing less from a Watford Exotics franchise
  10. Over the last few weeks my wife has been making scrubs for our local Scrub Hub team. She's made dozens in loads of different material prints that the Hub sent over, and I'm very proud of her. I'm modelling an "Esprit louvre" style mask made with some left over Big Digger material from one of the scrub sets. All my own work but I was closely supervised while I put it together using her sewing machine. It tickles me that in a hospital somewhere in the home counties there are some NHS staff wearing bright blue scrubs with pick up trunks and diggers across the front of them. As for me all I need now is something to go out and protest about while wearing my face mask.
  11. Hi Mate Not sure if you are aware of this but as you are a Full Forum Member you can use this link and download a copy of the S2 Parts Manual which should have a section which shows how those bits are all connected
  12. Finally go to the bottom of the problem I've been having recently with the after market central locking system which I fitted to the Esprit back in 1992 according to the date labels on the solenoids! Didn't realise it had been on the car that long. Here's to another 25 years of trouble free locking and unlocking without having to stretch across the car to get to the passenger door handle.
  13. Not that I have a V8, but out of interest I downloaded the ZIP file from Peter's link onto an old Win7 laptop, extracted the files to a folder on the desktop and installed the software, ignoring the .DLL errors as mentioned above, and it installed OK. From that screen shot it looks like you are running the setup.exe from within the ZIP software?
  14. As an alternative to a new one, I've used the Burghfield Starter and Alternator Centre near Reading to refurb a Vaelo unit like yours and they did a good job. Not sure what kind of service they are offering during lockdown, but there are lots of other companies across the UK who will refurb an alternator for you. The fuel leak is most likely down to the needle valves on the float chambers, you can get replacements from Eurocarbs.
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