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  1. I have several sports cars, but this year I've been driving my '85 XJ-6 SIII about four days per week. By the way, that's a three-legged cat.
  2. Hello Nigel. You bring up an important point. Over the years I've attended and taken my Esprit to many exotic car shows and, while observing the usual Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches, etc., one thought occurred to me: only enthusiasts buy Lotus. Sure, enthusiasts buy other marques as well, but one never really knows if that Ferrari or Porsche owner bought the car for its perceived investment value, for the badge and status, or whether he's an enthusiast. With Lotus, it's a fair bet he's an enthusiast that knows a bit about cars and driving. Also, we both share Cayman S ownership (mine's
  3. Hello all, Through the kindness of the Lotus archivist many years ago, I obtained a Certificate of Provenance for my Esprit plus other details in an accompanying letter. From this, I learnt the date of manufacture, the date of sale, and the selling dealership. I was also pleased to discover that the engine, transmission, radio, and everything else on it today is original. The letter states the car was first sold in Antwerp to a Mr. Woensel and was destined for Saudi Arabia. This makes sense, as my car is a RoW car and, in the VIN, the letters EHH indicate 1984, Hethel factory, and "hot"
  4. Returning to this forum after many years, I would like to add some perspective to this topic. First, in 1991, I bought a 1984 Turbo Esprit which I still have today. In addition to monthly drives of 50+ miles, I've taken many 300+ mile trips in it at least once a year and even a 2000 mile trip. Overall, in these last 24 years of my ownership, there hasn't been much anguish. Bad or poor maintenance by previous owners or unknowledgeable or uncaring mechanics have been the bane of many foreign cars. Also, in the 1950's through maybe the 1970's, many if not most Americans didn't realize Euro
  5. Hello all, I need to get the tach repaired on my '84 Turbo Esprit; , can the tach be removed by taking the fascia screws off or does the whole binnacle need to come off? The parts and service manuals don't make this clear. Thanks! Dave -- Once you start using Windows, your brain has a half-life -- Every time a new Windows OS comes out, I feel like a stroke patient: I have to relearn everything. Yet, I have UNIX manuals from 1976 that are still correct today. New functionality should build upon an unchanging foundation.
  6. Thanks - nice to know the Pertronix isn't the problem. So, can the tach be removed by taking the fascia screws off or does the whole binnacle need to come off? The parts and service manuals don't make this clear. Dave -- Once you start using Windows, your brain has a half-life -- Every time a new Windows OS comes out, I feel like a stroke patient: I have to relearn everything. Yet, I have UNIX manuals from 1976 that are still correct today. New functionality should build upon an unchanging foundation.
  7. Hello all, A while back, my '84 Turbo Esprit came to a halt with what was diagnosed as a bad coil. Possibly the electronic ignition module was also bad. I agreed to have this, along with the distributor bits, replaced by a Pertronix system (though, in the interests of originality, I might consider going back if parts are available). Anyway, the car runs but the tach is dead. Occasionally it will swing wildly between 0 and 2k. Maybe the tach died when the coil did or maybe it doesn't work with Pertronix? I really need the tach to work. Can it be removed by taking the fascia scr
  8. This information is excellent! Thank you Jon and Steve! I do have the manual on order, however it will take three weeks to arrive. Thank you again, -Dave
  9. Thanks for the replies, everyone. This is what has me and the mechanics baffled. They've tuned the car before and adjusted the carburettors, so they have the experience. Yet, before the floats sank the car was running fine. I didn't know my car had an HEI module, I thought is was just ordinary points. Anyway, the symptoms that I had that required me to bring it in were rough running at low RPM (under 2000) and an occasional odd sensation of power cutting out very briefly while just cruising along. I could've lived with that for a while, but I had to bring the car in anyway so th
  10. How many cars were needed for Group B homologation? -Dave, wishing I had one of the Audis
  11. Nice fix, Peter. On a somewhat related note, many years ago I retrieved my car from my mechanic and started to leave. Noticing that the fuel gauge was reading surprisingly full, I asked whether they'd put gas in it. No. That was strange, but I drove off anyway. Minutes later, I noticed the temp gauge reading high. After getting scared, shutting the car off, checking things, and then restarting, both gauges read normal. Then, on a later date, after about 30 minutes of driving I noticed the same phenomenon: I look at the temp gauge, get scared because it's reading high, then also notic
  12. I already have the shop manual for my 1984 Esprit, but I've been told there is a "parts manual" that goes into significantly more detail, hopefully providing part numbers and sizes for my Dellorto carburettor jets. My car has been in the shop since June 2nd, where they've been trying to diagnose what's going on with my carburettors. This is a shop that has done great work for me in the past and has been able to tune the engine and carburettors before without problems. What is happening now is that back in late May, my car was running very rough. So, the first thing my mechanic discov
  13. Stunning, Tony. That one's worthy of the Lotus museum. The video was well done - very professional. regards, -Dave
  14. Very good - it's a Lamborghini LP560-4. The eGear on this car is outstanding! regards, -Dave
  15. Much more horsepressure than an R8 or GT-R. Also faster, and more expensive. Sorry for the ratty photo - it's a frame from my low-res video.
  16. Yes, this one was lots of fun; with a test drive to come soon regards, -Dave
  17. Nine minutes is good. How many laps did you do before you felt very confident? regards, -Dave
  18. I think the "randomness" being referred to was only in regard to digits 13..17. regards, -Dave
  19. I'll bet an Elise or Exige would embarrass that Viper. And 4.x for 0-60? Yawn. When people at work start quoting 0-60 times, I just tell them about group B rally cars. Anything over 3 seconds and you weren't competitive. Someone in town here has an Audi Sport Quattro group B car that they drive - very sweet. regards, -Dave
  20. Yes, the non-sequential nature of the last digits (and possibly not starting with 001) would explain these cases and would explain mine in particular. Mine is a RoW car, SCC082910EHH10xxx There were 522 Lotus Esprits made in 1984, 301 were for the UK (197 were Turbo, 104 were NA), 174 went to the US, and 47 were RoW cars, of which mine is one. However, my last three digits are greater than 522 even though Lotus made only 522 cars that year. I've corresponded with Chris Brown at Lotus and he was able to provide me with a surprising amount of information about my car. regards, -D
  21. It could be that the knocking is external - the plastic air intake/duct is very close to the cam towers and is loose; I am hoping that was it. As for the rough running and low RPM behaviour at startup - my mechanic tells me both of my carburettor floats were sunk and was surprised that car was as drivable as it was! He has been trying to get floats for my Dellortos for a few weeks now and, after much searching, it sounds like there are none to be found in the country. So, he's getting them from the UK and we are just waiting on delivery. regards, -Dave
  22. Lancia is way cool; BMW not so much. BMW may be brilliant engineering and performance, but is antiseptic and cold. Like the cockpit of a Bf109, a horrible place to die. Italians have soul. On a summer evening, pull up to an outside cafe in BMW or a Vespa scooter - the Vespa gets all the points. TR6 is cooler than the Healey. Healey has nice two-tones, but is an old man's car. regards, -Dave
  23. For the last 17 years I've had nothing but positive reactions from people, usually a thumbs up or a wave - even from motorcyclists. It is very common now for people to come up from the passing lane and then pace me when viewing the Esprit from its rear oblique angle (which is its best presentation, I think). It's also very common for them to be taking photos or videos from their cell phones. There is a similar thread to this on another forum inhabited mostly by Elise owners. I was quite surprised that they get almost as much negative reactions as positive ones. However, it may be due to
  24. Hello Mike, Very sorry to hear about the incident with your daughter. Although I don't have any children, I can imagine how angry you must feel that someone would do this and that it's being handled so poorly. There's always been bullying, but in the past there were consequences and these days the bullies know (or think) they can do whatever they want and they won't have to suffer for it. A few months ago there was a well publicized incident here where a girl was lured by her "friends" into a house and about a six other girls beat her unconscious and damaged her hearing. Plus, they pu
  25. Outstanding photos; beautiful cars. regards, -Dave
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