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As I wrote I may be wrong, but I cannot get to the car today, but will take a look and a snapshot asap. My car is unassisted, so no servo.

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Jacques


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What year is that black Turbo Esprit en what is her condition? I just love black turbo esprits with gold decals and cream interior.

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10 hours ago, gvy said:

What year is that black Turbo Esprit en what is her condition? I just love black turbo esprits with gold decals and cream interior.

Geert, the turbo Esprit is a '86 if I'm not mistaken. It's been an ongoing project for some years during which ownership changed a couple of times as well (due to a divorce). It has been with 2 specialist, but neither got it running correctly. My friend has a Megasquirt and all (most) of the necessary hardware to convert to electronic injection and ignition. But he lacks the time to go through with it. He's got a Stevens N/A as well that hardly gets used.

Exterior is pretty much OK, should clean up well, apart from a few scratches (storage scars). Not sure if the interior could be fully restored without retrimming. 

BTW, 2 more Esprits will be visiting the workshop soon. 😎

Filip


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8 hours ago, Escape said:

Geert, the turbo Esprit is a '86 if I'm not mistaken. It's been an ongoing project for some years during which ownership changed a couple of times as well (due to a divorce). It has been with 2 specialist, but neither got it running correctly. My friend has a Megasquirt and all (most) of the necessary hardware to convert to electronic injection and ignition. But he lacks the time to go through with it. He's got a Stevens N/A as well that hardly gets used.

Exterior is pretty much OK, should clean up well, apart from a few scratches (storage scars). Not sure if the interior could be fully restored without retrimming. 

BTW, 2 more Esprits will be visiting the workshop soon. 😎

Filip

Nice,

To be honnest, Although my esprit is running great and I have reconditioned my two dellorto's when I got the car years ago, I have always been curious about an EFI conversion.

I have my opel GT 2.2 running on a vintage Bosch L-jetronic EFI system and winter,summer, cold ,hot, weeks of no use..... don't matter. It just starts almost first turn. I admit, that old L-jetronic is not as accurate as a modern EFI with lambda.

So I sometimes imagine my esprit with throttle bodies and 4 injectors, LSU4.2 lambdasonde, TPS sensor, VR sensor, airinlet temp sensor , wasted spark ignition with DIS bobin ..... In the past I had a look at KDFI V1.4 system ( This is based on megasquirt) and I looked at about 900€  on materials and a lot of fun in the conversion.

BUT:

  1. It would almost certain reduce the value of an S2.2
  2. That S2.2 is running as good as an engine with 2 double carburators can run when new. It Idles stable, pulls without any hesitation with a lot of grunt and quick, redlines in high revs if asked and sounds like only a double carbed 4cyl can. I have those dellortos syncronised all the time.

With KDFI and wide band lambda and DIS :

  1. It can be finetuned for almost spot on fueling , lower emission and  higher gasmileage., with a self adjusting loop . More accurate then playing with jets ...
  2. It will start better in all conditions and can be made running the same in all conditions. ( carbs never do , because they don't take outside conditions into account)
  3. I can get that high tension from below the carbs (fuel fire risk reduced)
  4. If tuned good, it is also healthier on the engine mechanics. ( I know if not....it can destroy the engine quick f.e. lean conditions....)
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17 hours ago, Jeanvm said:

Jean, Please don't....🤤

I have seen it and I just don't have the space left to park it and to work on it. 

I have pressed in a motorcycle between my two oldtimers  in the garage and that is it...no more....

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I wonder how many 2L S4s exist. Are they included in the 50-60 european LHD S4s? There are a few for sale currently on autoscout (about 3 if I remember well)

@RS blu > love that Hethel sign :D

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Are you sure it's "only" 243bhp? I think this is the standard power of the 2L but as the S4s has a bigger turbo and a specific ported head I reckon it should be a bit more powerfull than the GT3? Or maybe it's the standard 2L engine from the S4?

(nice parking! :wub:)

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4 hours ago, gvy said:

Jean, Please don't....🤤

I have seen it and I just don't have the space left to park it and to work on it. 

I have pressed in a motorcycle between my two oldtimers  in the garage and that is it...no more....

That's the same problem I have and with a lot of parts lying around... I wish I had the space like that:

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5 hours ago, gvy said:

Nice,

To be honnest, Although my esprit is running great and I have reconditioned my two dellorto's when I got the car years ago, I have always been curious about an EFI conversion.

I have my opel GT 2.2 running on a vintage Bosch L-jetronic EFI system and winter,summer, cold ,hot, weeks of no use..... don't matter. It just starts almost first turn. I admit, that old L-jetronic is not as accurate as a modern EFI with lambda:

  1. NO: It can be finetuned for almost spot on fueling , lower emission and  higher gasmileage., with a self adjusting loop . More accurate then playing with jets ...
  2. YES: It will start better in all conditions and can be made running the same in all conditions. ( carbs never do , because they don't take outside conditions into account)
  3. NO: I can get that high tension from below the carbs (fuel fire risk reduced)
  4. YES: If tuned good, it is also healthier on the engine mechanics. ( I know if not....it can destroy the engine quick f.e. lean conditions....)

I woundn't go that far because with a decent electronic ignition you can get that almost what you saying here.

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I would suggest that EFI will correct air/fuel mixture for altitude, nice when hopping up over the Alps, plus deliver a lower emissions output at idle and low load due to timed delivery. Jetronic have proven to run fine on just about anything but the snappy sharp throttle response of multiple throttles will not be there.

Cheers

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Filip,

simpel...WOW

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Fantastic picture,   The G car still looks like the boss in the room though :P

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The Range Rover is the boss in the room :whistle:

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On 17/02/2019 at 23:51, GTK said:

The Range Rover is the boss in the room :whistle:

Bad thing to say when restoring an Esprit,   When they know you have feelings for another car they will cause trouble,  Enjoy the the extra dramas during the s2 restoration now you have jinxed it !  lol.   

 

 

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2 hours ago, silverfrost said:

 Enjoy the the extra dramas during the s2 restoration

If it gives me any trouble I'll drag it off the mezzanine with the RR

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3 hours ago, silverfrost said:

Bad thing to say when restoring an Esprit,   When they know you have feelings for another car they will cause trouble,  Enjoy the the extra dramas during the s2 restoration now you have jinxed it !  lol.   

 

 

Actually I agree with that. Superstition aside, they react in interesting ways to what you do for them. When I picked mine up after I bought the car, the very first thing she did was blow a headlight lift fuse upon turning the key. A warning? Then there was a temper once in a while until I started investing some real quality spannering time and parts. She’s been happy ever since and not missed a beat. Oh, almost forgot, she dropped an exhaust manifold bolt right in the spot where I parked her. Unbelievable. Once in a while she even winks at me with one eye when the light pods are up as like to say she’s happy. 😉 Guess we just have to pay proper attention to them...

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1 hour ago, Gis said:

Actually I agree with that. Superstition aside, they react in interesting ways to what you do for them. When I picked mine up after I bought the car, the very first thing she did was blow a headlight lift fuse upon turning the key. A warning? Then there was a temper once in a while until I started investing some real quality spannering time and parts. She’s been happy ever since and not missed a beat. Oh, almost forgot, she dropped an exhaust manifold bolt right in the spot where I parked her. Unbelievable. Once in a while she even winks at me with one eye when the light pods are up as like to say she’s happy. 😉 Guess we just have to pay proper attention to them...

Enough about the wife, what about the car?

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On 06/01/2019 at 20:31, Mark Blanchard said:

I understand this was the same car at Castle Combe a few years back:

Lotus_Esprit_V8_Champagne.jpg

I hope it survives, there is a tailgate at Douglas Valley Breakers that colour and Lotus cant have made many 😥

 


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