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Malc Holmes

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  1. Just back on the scene after a few years out of it. The ESPRITism kits I did a few years back (referred to earlier on) were supposed to be continued by Mike when I sold ESPRITism to his Lotus Bits empire. I guess he never got around to making them? Sorry to those of you who have sent e-mails to me on my long out of date e-mail address. I have switched this back on again now, so I wont miss any more of the mails. Anyway, thinking of making up the kits and offering them again. I need to get the rod ends specially made though, so not cheap (but by far the best on the market). Does anyone have a spare translator assy they are happy to sell? Of course all my stock has gone and I don't even have an Esprit at the moment! Could really use a translator to check out the new bits on.
  2. Much appreciated Andy. Just wanted to check the correct carbs were on it before blaming that for the low power. Probably just need a damn good clean out. Starts perfectly but just rather gutless and rather lean on MOT emissions check.
  3. I must admit part of the cooling circuit was made out of domestic copper water pipes and there maybe a bath plug in their somewhere too. Glad you found the missing screwdriver, I have been using a chisel for the last 8 years.
  4. SO pleased to see FOXY is still alive and well. Would love a reunion some day!
  5. Wow! Thanks guys! Bibs you even managed to re-instate my old profile! Ta. Look forward to catching up on a few missing years soon.
  6. Hi, Can anyone confirm the correct carb numbers for an Excel SE from the metal tabs on the body. I have 5382A and 5381P. Ta
  7. Old timers will remember me as the owner of a wonderful Pacific Blue 1989 SE Turbo and a business called Sadly the car and the business needed to go to fund flights to Japan to visit family. A few things have changed in recent years and I now have inherited my Dads Excel SE since he is no longer able to drive it ( back injury while decorating!). Although I have no where enough time I want to dedicate (and used to dedicate) to the Lotus, I am really excited about having a Lotus again and getting involved with the community again. Hope to catch up with some of you guys I used to see at events and meeting many newer members of the community. Malc
  8. Cheers guys, Set the O2 to about 1.9% and ignition timing to about 10 and there has been a small improvement (was running a bit lean before), but I still think there should be more. I guess the carbs could do with a clean up and re-build after 20 odd years. Starts easy and runs smooth, just a bit gutless. I'll do a carb re-build some time over the winter. I will have more time to lavish on the Excel since the Esprit SE Turbo is going up for sale. Sad but true. Finances will be better in a couple of years time, so maybe I will get another then, though I must admit, I do like the relaxed driving style of the Excel! Malc
  9. Thanks Chris, Your right! Just found the info in the owners manual. However I still could do with the CO spec from the carb setting section in the manual if anyone can help. I managed to sort the headlamp problem, just very slight corrosion on the motor which is now working again after rotating the motor spindle with a pair of pliers for a few turns.
  10. My Dads Excel SE is with me for the weekend to resolve some problems. Front brakes drag RH headlamp not popping up Short of power Front caliper replacement needs no explanation, but I need pdf copies of the workshop manual pages for:- Headlamp and side lamp system circuit diagram Carb settings (for an SE 1989) and CO levels Ignition timings for the above Would anyone be kind enough to e-mail these to me at [email protected]? I used to have workshop manuals for everything, but sold many thinking I would never need them again, that was before this Excel came along! Thanks Malc
  11. OK, I'm an old fart (at 42), but a realist. Come back after 1 year of Esprit ownership as a student and tell me how its all been fun and games and I will buy you several pints. Of course if your flush with cash and not a 'typical' student, anything is possible. I'll still buy you a few pints though.
  12. Get real! Esprit does 20mpg at best and its going to be used as an every day car. Road Tax £210. Insurance, god knows how much for a student! Its going to parties, its going to be parked in dodgy areas, its going to be the victim of jealousy and petty vandalism, its going to be trashed in no time. Its just about the worst possible choice for a student! Has nobody considered how the hell a student can afford a sports car of any kind? I had a bus pass, a bike and a Lada for the last 3 months of my 4 years and even that was way beyond my means. If you love the Esprit you will wait until you an afford to own it without all the risks of student life being thrust upon it. Get a cheap heap and thrash it to bits. Save your Esprit passion until you are in a position to live the dream rather than turn it into a nightmare.
  13. Wow, great to see FOXY is at last getting her new suit that all us PO's promised her over the year but failed to deliver. When I got her, over 10 years ago now, she had been neglected for many years and and ignored in the back of a garage for about 4 years. Did a fairly good fix up job on limited funds and had great fun with the car for a few years, but the cosmetics where always going to be beyond me. Matt too had plenty of fun and high hopes, but had far more bad luck than anyone deserves. At last FOXY is with an owner who is realising all the dreams of the PO's! Cant wait to see her on the street. Well done and keep up the fantasic work!
  14. I was thinking the split would possibly be allowing large amounts of air to flow into the manifold rather than small amounts of fuel vapour as it should be if it where drawn in through the restrictor rather then the down stream split. In summary, I thought it could be leaning the mixture before boost came on.
  15. I Kind of hope Derek is correct, and this is my reason for asking the question. I went to a small car show yesterday and noticed the smell of fuel in the cabin. Breather pipes of course where the normal suspect, so decided to check them all when I got home. Sure enough a couple of big splits and a smaller one. The small one was between the restrictor and canister. All pipes now replaced, and restrictor re-fitted. The split between the restrictor and the canister would have allowed unrestricted amounts of air in and , I kind of hoped, could account for the stumble I get on very low loads, under gentle acceleration before any boost kicks in (after the boost kicks in there is never any problem). My theory is that this unlimited air is flowing into the manifold and messing up the mixture to some degree when there is manifold vacuum present. Unfortunately as soon as I finished the pipe replacement last night the heavens opened, and I wont get a chance to try it again till the weekend. If, by any chance, its improved, it could be a good pointer for many more folks out their who have a similar stumble (I know there are several) and have either not checked the pipe for splits, or replaced the pipe and not noticed the restrictor in the old pipes they have thrown out. Views, opinions? Are my hopes well founded or will I be disappointed come the weekend?
  16. There is a small metal pellet with approx 1.5mm hole drilled through it, acting as a restrictor, inserted in the breather pipe between the fuel tank filler on the RHS and the roll over valve. After the roll over valve, the pipe goes to the charcoal canister and from there, on to the inlet manifold. What is the purpose of the restrictor? Only fuel vapor travels down this pipe on its way to the charcoal canister. Take a look at the picture below from the pats book. The restrictor is part number 21. You may have never seen it unless you have needed to replace your breather pipes and even then its very easy to mis since its pushed down inside the pipe. I have my reasons for asking, but want to see if anyone else understands why its there.
  17. I use non bio washing powder on a wet rag. Works pretty well, damages nothing and cost almost nothing.... Seriously, give it a go!
  18. Nissan Connect, offered on Qashqai, Note and Micra,and recently launched on a number of US models. Comes as a pack with bigger alloys, full length sun roof etc (depending on car). Fit rate currently running at around 50% on Qashqai. Developed in Cranfield, Beds, UK with wonderful suppliers based in Germany. It proves that there is still a very definite demand for built in navi if it can add other functions (ipod control, Bluetooth connectivity, reversing camera etc) , offer the benefits of full integration and still be offered to the customer at a price that isn't too far removed from that of a high end PND.
  19. Just to be totally clear on this, its was from all the family, not just me. In fact my Mum financed more than her fare share, despite hating anything remotely car-ish. I just had the pleasure of the shopping (and no doubts the hours of maintenance to come) and finding the funds for my share of the bill. Don't think my Dad will be on the forum any time soon. He loves his cars but anything more technical than a remote control leaves him stumped. I don't think he has ever ventured on the the new fangled internet without my Mum to hold his hand. He may well be out on a few events though in his car, he has come along with me to a few in the past and went to the 60th Anniversary bash while I was away in 2008.
  20. A bit late with the outcome of last weeks surprise. He was utterly lost for words. Pure silence for a few minutes, then he could only come out with 'how many miles has it got on it'. After about 3 hours it started to sink in. I honestly think he though we where pulling his leg to start with. One week on and nothing has broken yet, so its a good'un!
  21. Here is my one. I have no idea what should be in those pockets. Mine had a genuine parts paint touch up stick in one, that had set solid about 15 years ago I think!
  22. I got the same cover for the handbook with my '89 SE Turbo Esprit. Maybe they used it for several cars, I imagine the owners manuals were all the same size.
  23. New car in the drive today. '89 Excel SE in Steel Blue. Picked it up on e-bay for under £3K, bit of a bargain I think! Drives very well, hardly any rattles or bumps and near silent compared with the Esprit! Front brakes where binding on the way home (I loath those Toyota calipers, the are always sticking!), but after a strip down and clean up all seems well. Anyone know the history of this car? Seems to have spent its life in Merseyside. Actually, I have bought it for my Dad (gift from all the family). He had to part with his previous Excel a few years back and has been pining ever since. Last week he had to part with his S-type Jag and he was heart broken! He knows nothing of this yet, so will come as a bit of a surprise when it arrives on his drive tomorrow. Malc
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  25. I got home yesterday morning after a very long trip back from Korea via Hanover. I got to Hanover on Thursday morning about the same time as the UK airspace was closed. I phoned a meteorologist friend who confirmed the wind direction was not changing any time soon, hence unlikely to be flying for a few days at least. Took a quick decision to rent a car. Lucky, the airport car rental companies where already having a run on cars! One way car hire from Germany to an undecided destination in France is not cheap, nearly 600 Euro infact! After completing a meeting in Hildesheim very quickly (the reason why I stopped in Germany), I took a couple of hours to research options and decided on Caen as the perfect escape route (they still had space for foot passengers!). Booked tickets for the ferry, got 2 hours sleep and then departed for Caen at 3am on Friday. 10 and 1000Km hours later arrived in Caen without hickup. Left the hire car with a local hotel (thanks Europe rentacar for being so flexible!) Picked up boarding passes from the port and spent 2 hours nursing a couple of bottles of red wine in a near by bar. While waiting in the bar I phone my local Taxi company from Milton Keynes and asked for a pickup from Portsmouth. Boat departed 4:30pm. Resembled a Dunkirk movie with refugees from all over Europe littering all decks. Couldn't sleep on the ferry (brain was on overdrive and didnt want to switch off) Arrived in Portsmouth (with a bad head)at about 10:00. Not a regular route for them, but they agreed. Getting off the boat and through immigration took 2 hours. The port was completly over run. The bussiest night in their history apparently. Found the taxi at about mid night and was back home in Milton Keynes just before 2am. Journey started in Busan, south-east Korea some time on Tuesday. arrived home early Saturday morning. Thats enough travelling for me for a while! Looking back on it, I can only think how luck I was to get everything booked and make all the connections. There are thousand of folks who didnt get so lucky and who are still there. The unscheduled part of the trip cost about 1000 Euro all in, thank god it was on a company credit card. Malc
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