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"Hey, mistah. I got's to know." (guy at the buisness end of Clint Eastwood's 357 magnum in "Dirty Harry"---tell me THAT doesn't take you back).

As near as I can tell, the pushbutton on the center console that opens the fuel hatch is totally electric (no cable involved). Knowing that "Murphy's law" will always prevail in the long run, is there any way to manually open the hatch (short of a crowbar) if one encounters switch and/or solenoid failure (or even a simple wire break or short)?

Related question: if the rear engine hatch cable release mechanism self destructs, is there any other way to raise it?

Such are the questions that keep (some) Esprit owner's awake at night. I wouldn't be so paranoid if they weren't out to get me!

Cheers!

John


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Hi John. Yes there is. You need to remove the access covers in the engine bay where the ECU and power steering tank is located. Look down the channel past these fuel pipes and you can see the silver solenoid with a little cream plastic lever sticking up vertically. The lever is the manual contingency.

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If you have long/slender arms (or don't mind a bit of skin removal!) you can reach the solenoid lever from the boot (trunk).

As for the tailgate cable, there are a couple of methods some more brutal than others. LEW has a painful looking one here.

There is also the option of using a similar way in but coming up via the boot (trunk) floor.

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Many thanks, Paul and GKP! The pics and the link were both extremely helpful and informative. Guess I'll have to find some other Loti quirks to keep me awake at night now (which I'm sure will not be a problem). For the record I STILL love the car, and continue to go out hourly to look at it!

Cheers,

John


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For the record I STILL love the car, and continue to go out hourly to look at it!

This is a common problem! After the first few months I knew that I couldnt go on taking every coffee, sandwich, aperitif etc out to have a look at the car.

So, something had to be done:

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If I have any paranoia, it is that the check engine light comes on. Never thought about losing access to boot or fuel tanks through malfunction.

Definately pays to read all the threads here :thumbup:

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Is your car in your house rather than garage? :thumbup:

I like!


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No that is so damn cool !

Very, very nice. :thumbup:


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Everyone laughs at me for the thought, but when I finally get around to building my house, it will be having glass doors on the side large enough to accommodate the Esprit. Where else do you think I would store it all winter long!!!

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That picture is priceless, Pete. Tres bien mon ami. Magnifique!

Kylie, tell us more about the "hot rod" (Ford? Merc? Highly modified Lotus?)

John


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IS that your house or a really well outfitted garage?

Well it was planned to be a sort games room but ended up as dog's room/garage/tack room. Madame decided to furnish it with some left overs so I decided to park beside the table.

What was the garage is now the lounge. I'm sure that with judicious use of a few planks I could still get the car in there :) But I am equally sure that the first drip of TAF-X on the tiles might just get me in trouble :)

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That picture is priceless, Pete. Tres bien mon ami. Magnifique!

Kylie, tell us more about the "hot rod" (Ford? Merc? Highly modified Lotus?)

John

Geday John thanks for asking, its a 1932 Ford Roadster hotrod on the build (the other halfs project). Its powered by a modified Lexus V8, link computer, paddle shift loads of shiny parts and everything billet/custom. Simon polished the whole engine by hand! I feel guilty as I have taken some of his hotrod money which is now spent on the S350. Whoops :) So I have to be nice to him :) The Rod just needs body paint, wiring hooked up and interior fit out. Everything else is sort of painted and complete and ready to bolt on. Engine has been running and is bloody loud! In its current state the money he spent on it we could have another S350!! Rodding is not for the faint hearted!! Its going to look amazing when its finished. If you want to see some more pics of it let me know.


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Heck yeah, Kylie. I'm sure there are other LEF folks out there who'd appreciate some more pics as well. Fire away!


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Didn't Dirty Harry use a 44 Magnum (not that it matters!)


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I think you caught me fair 'N square on that one, Paul. My "sometimer's disease" must have kicked in again.

Regards,

John :)


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