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    Esprit V8, TVR, Porsche, Land Rover, Ducati
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    200 CEL Cats, K&N's. Centre Exit Zorst, OZ Superleggera split rims
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  1. Hi Chris - got mine from SW Lotus Centre. And Thanks Filip - Warmer weather arriving here again soon so they say, so although the cars needs a couple of minor jobs, I hope to get a few trips out before the winter arrives.
  2. Thats what I was aiming for Dave but the bloody gates were closed so the car park was my photo shoot location. Came out okay all the same.
  3. Probably about 5 minutes before you lot. Another time perhaps chipp ....
  4. Thanks for that. Colour is Midnight Blue Metalic ......not a common colour but quite subdued comparred to the reds, yellows etc etc
  5. Another one for the thread. ....Just to prove it runs okay after the last few weeks headaches ! My 97 Esprit V8 taken at the late Colin Chapmans home yesterday (Kettringham Hall) & former Team Lotus HQ ( hallowed ground indeed).
  6. If you get stuck Bibs and an early V8 might do the job........Im 10 minutes from Lotus so fuel costs would be minimal (that should keep the magazine happy !) and since the car went to the late Mr Chapmans home today, another Lotus outing to its birthplace (assuming the photoshoot is @ Hethel )......just let me know.
  7. Just to complete the post & the satisfactory conclusion to the Esprits (and mine) past dramas. MOT passed okay - a few shortish trips to shake down and car runs about 95% + good. Just a low boost issue to resolve ( suspected bank #2 wategate diaphagm/spring) and the wiff of unburnt fuel when on boost. (looks like I will be viewing the old girls underside close up again soon) The car that is, and No ! not her's indoors. Starting has never been better, car pleasurable to drive and best its ever been other than the low boost. Love it !
  8. Yes at long long last Mike. Hope this is the end of it as it has taken some time to resolve. Reasonably confident but have said that before as I seem to recall ! Cheers Paul
  9. Latest news ....after much work, head scratching, head banging, requests for assistance, cuts, bruises, hands/arms that look like I have been fighting a Wild Cat, I can report today the latest episode of "Man vs Esprit" ended in my favour. About effing time too and subject to an MOT next week, some much deserved drives. Not a quick job to do on axle stands - New alternator installed ( no need to move or remove anything, just spanners, 8,13,17mm & sockets, tape to hold the nut/washer on the top mounting and a 1/2wrench to slacken/tighten the belt - string comes in handy to allow the alt to swing over and hold when installing the top bolt/nut), partly fried signal wire cut-back, repaired and soldered, replacement bulb for the charge "idiot" light (yes I know should have checked this first but in hindsight..... ) and engine purrs, no smoke haze, no popping from bank #1 cylinder bank and voltmeter confirms 14.6 v. .......charging. Thanks to you all for your valuable input and help. On inspecting the rattly old alternator it appears the brushes or similar have broken up ........this I suspect was the high pitched/dentist drill sound I heard when first running the car in July this year. Smoke haze from turbo possibly residual oil from standing for months and the new fuel pumps, coils, plugs, relays etc etc should prevent issues in those areas for a while. Looking forward to test drive on route to the MOT ( the long way )
  10. Thanks for that info Tony. Not an easy job unless you have a ramp as access is limited but is possible with patience but I wouldnt want to do it twice and a valuable tip on checking the charge light once the new alternator is fitted.
  11. Thanks Alan, thats very helpful ......but mine doesnt ! Been more than a bit transfixed over that engine check light which should perhaps have a demons head lit up, a £ sign or a miserable face emoji rather than the soft yellow glow Completely overlooked the charge tell-tale light in my haste to resolve the engine running issues. More than a bit tired of it tbh and something it seems no-one else other than @tmusc had thought to mention .....but I suppose why would they. Always the small things that are overlooked ......and I think ramp required (thats if I can get to a ramp)
  12. Good point Tony - my brother mentioned similar 5 minutes ago and asked if the charge warning light was on .... which it wasnt. Other than instrument binnacle removal is there any other way to check this bulb ? Out of interest Mike, in the above post .....was the alternator warning light illuminated ?
  13. New alternator on order. Also checked voltage from battery - ve to engine block with engine running , 0.02 volts so nothing unusual there. Maybe the going round and round in circles has stopped. We shall see
  14. Battery voltage checked this morning before starting - 12.4 volts. Cranked okay, fired up and engine running smooth (8 cylinders !). Alternator voltage checked across battery terminals @ idle 11.4 volts similar @ 2000rpm New alternator required ! (cross reference anyone)
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