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On 19/01/2020 at 17:59, NickJBar1 said:

1983 Esprit Turbo - Long shot I know but mine has just failed, wondering if any out there? Will be stripping out soon to identify the failure!

I know that you would easily get one in Malaysia brand new.

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Hi....the radio needs 12v to run and the usual source for this is the white/pink wire. The 12v is switched though the radio's on/off switch and this output (typicvally also white/pink but only live if the radio is on) goes to the boot to power the antenna relay contact. The other side is of the antenna relay winding is grounded.
The brown/purple wire provides power to antenna motor to either move the antenna up or down. This is done by way of a dual pole dual throw relay.

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I have one from a '89 SE. Have to check it still works. Partnr is A082M661SS, different from the earlier ones, but maybe close enough to fit?

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I have made many mistakes in my life. Buying a multiple Lotus is not one of them.

 

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A slight deviation from the main subject...........

 

When I had my car resprayed during restoration works, I had the aerial hole filled. Are there any recommended windscreen aerials available that are worth considering?

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Just picking up on this old thread. Does anybody know the easiest way to test the aerial. Mine is stuck down so not sure if it is the aerial, relay or fuse. Where's the easiest way to put power to it to test?

P.s also a 83 Esprit Turbo 

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Make sure that the switch under the dashboard is turned on - as it isolates the aerial.

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Just bringing this to the top, as it’s always interesting to see how things turn out.
 

Has andynewsome found the source of the inactive antenna motor? 
 

Did ekwan find any useful aerials? 
 

Inquiring minds want to know😁
 

Cheers,

Scott 

1986 Esprit HCI (Bosch-injected)

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I found the switch and the aerial then it started to make a noise but didn't move. I then noticed I could just pull up the aerial by hand but I can't get any radio signal.

So the conclusion is... I think I need a new aerial. I was going to do some research to see what would fit but also was going to plan and repair the original if at all possible once its off.  I just wanted both options once I have the door off and the car in bits..  

If anyone knows of a possible replacement aerial?

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Ah ha .... you find yourself in exactly the same situation as me (and a lot of others). It should make a noise when you turn the radio on or off - when the aerial is trying to go up and down.

I do get some reception with the aerial down, but I don't really bother with the radio (never really have) and I used to have the centre pocket full of cassette tapes, but have upgraded to a USB stick and Bluetooth.

There are a few people on here who have replaced or fixed the aerial - some have installed a digital one as a replacement.

 

 

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I’m with andynewsome—even if I replace my Blaupunkt with a Bluetooth unit, I still want the antenna to go up. 
 

One thing I originally “poo poo’d” was the antenna—along with the “anachronistic” pop up lights. I even lamented the cassette player....until a group of high school kids saw my car and wanted to know about it. 
 

The way they “Ooooo” and “Ahhh”’d and were blown away by the cassette being sucked into the player...the lights sweeping up and down...and the antenna whirring up convinced me these were as cool now as when I saw my first Esprit in I think ‘84. So, the antenna stays 😎
 

Cheers, and thank you for the updates!

1986 Esprit HCI (Bosch-injected)

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I repaired mine using strimmer cord. The repair was a lot easier than taking off the door and refitting it to remove it!

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