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  1. With your low annual mileage what about the softest "R" spec tyres you can find? Yokos have them down to 50 treadwear rating here in oz.
  2. Somebody we're all familiar with...Dany B.
  3. Yes. The crossshaft finger slots into each of the shift rods so, with all rods in neutral, I'd expect you should be able to move the 5th rod and fork back and forth. 5th is the gear set you can see when the cover is off. Look closely to see if something is jamming. Maybe that finger is catching on two rods. I've been thinking about grinding a slight chamfer on the finger edge next time I rebuild a box. (If your box is dry of oil and clean that can stiffen changes when testing the shifts.)
  4. The book specifications gets you into the ball park and covers various inconsistencies between boxes pretty well. I found though I could achieve a more precise adjustment by firstly disconnecting the cables and links to operate the cross shaft and confirm each gear could be manually selected. It's quite a smooth and accurate system. (The change in the Renault Alpine works better than ours and demonstrates how good it can be. Being an outboard engine and gearbox like the 911 does that.) Once I knew the crossgate shaft can easily select each gear I measured the cross movement for each gate
  5. Don't know if it's already been mentioned but I think it wouldn't take much to change to the generic look of the Esprit, which until the Evija I reckon was the most beautiful Lotus made. Adding the small window behind the door and tinkering with the curves to make them more wedgie and the side scoops could do it.
  6. Much the same...
  7. Popular with motorbike mechanics here especially on the older British ones with split gearbox cases.
  8. A new Esprit, after a break of 16+ years by the time it's released, yes. It's an icon. Wasn't a problem for Bugatti. And it has to have some sort of wedge look.
  9. I thought it was due to a service maintenance issue. Checking and filling oil level on a dry sump needs to be done quickly before too much drains back into the sump. So when this wasn't done properly it'd be overfilled. I also thought there were a number of stuff up's and claims during the warranty period.
  10. What a coincidence. I have a Cressida and just swapped a Ford Courier van diesel motor and gearbox into it.
  11. Interested but for some reason I can't send you a message. Can you do so to me? Thanks.
  12. I reckon that guy was a tyre kicker. When the time comes to sell mine I dread having to deal with that breed. I'm thinking no test drives before an agreed price and refundable deposit. Any ideas how to cull out the dreamers?
  13. Great control cornering on two wheels...
  14. Small non-related point. I've seen a couple of cars with the plastic cover cracked where the bonnet strut attaches to that cover. Flipping the ball joint 180degs so the load is more in line with the stronger side of the cover is something I do as a matter of course.
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