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Hi Bibs,

Tried that, but my pocket camera looks like s..t indoor in neon lightning. So please wait for a blue skies day. No fuel on the car now, so hard to push uphill into the garage, certainly so as there's snow and ice outside and trying to turn those narrow 315 tires. ;)

Meanwhile at the mancave, I undid the fuelhoses and the fueltube. Need to bringmore tools to undo the rubber flaps, the ring clamps and the rivets holding them in place - 8 in total. Guess' I am officially now a rivet counter ;(

Kind regards,

Jacques

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So small update. Today Little Red Riding Hood got the new coilover suspension kit. That should hopefully tighten things up a bit. As far as I know, she's had new dampers and springs many years ago, so

A few late afternoon winterpics when darkness fell, hence the bad resolution and grain. Just to show the fitting of the new Wheels. Kind regards, Jacques    

Made a quick stop at this working mill. Old used up stones behind the Esprit. This type of landscape with curvy narrow hilly backroads are my favourites for taking a good fun drive in the Esprit.

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Being really cold outside with -11,9 deg. cel plus a chill factor, it's nice to spend a little time in the garage working on Little Red Riding Hood. I had taken the lower fuel cross pipe off, together with the old fuel hoses, and circular flaps for the tanks, the circular clamps drilled out, and cleaned up the ground wires from the tanks to the frame. Nothing wrong with the old parts, but after 30 years, I think it's time to renew them.

The new fuel hoses I had ordered as originals (always), but received something else. Now I donøt know if they are a newer type or some aftermarket stuff. Time will tell if they hold up. They do seem to be well made, sturdy, woven on the outside, and not even my new super sharp knife would cut into them, so used a hacksaw, which made a nice clean cut to shorten them a bit towards the fuel cross tube. After inspecting the gromets for the new pipe and lubricating them, finding them good, and after installing the new lighter aluminium fuel cross over pipe, I held up the old fuel hoses to see if they would fit and they did, so used them as measurement for cutting the new ones.

The fittings had been cleaned up over a couple of days, inspected and felt tight and fresh, so used them again. Fuelhoses went on with a dab of lubrification, and went on to the two aluminium fuel tanks' connecting studs/tube ends. Tightened up and all is good for the next 3 decades. Aluminium cross over tube is anodised inside out, and should hold up nicely over time. I am ever only running clean 100 octane with no cow pee in it, and lower engine cover is on, so everything is protected. Saving 200 gram on that fuel cross over pipe.

Very sorry for the small rusty screws for the sound deadening and the handbrake cable bracket; I'll get to that as soon as I can actually buy some new ones. Everything's shut down now.

Then I went on to refresh the center leather pocket with the famous "cd-holder" pocket. Now looking a bit more tidy, just needing 4 new fresh screws and a dab of glue.

Polished up the side mirrors today with the 4 step from earlier plus UHD wax.

Kind regards,

jacques

 

new rubber and clamp on fuel tank stud.JPG

fuel tank tap and ground wire.JPG

fuel hose installed.JPG

fuel cross over pipe installed.JPG

middle pocket.JPG

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Yes, that seems to be the tool for working with fuel hoses ;) Have you had them long enough time to say something about the quality?

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Jacques

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Afraid not. They've been on the car about six months but it's also been stuck up on stands all that time too. They might see the road this year...

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Sadly not been in a position to put fuel in it yet :(

I had been using shell v-power on the two occasions I filled it before it was taken off the road for various reasons.

There wasn't anything particularly wrong with the original hoses on mine but I decided to change them as a precaution while they were off to replace those doughnut seals.

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Bibs, you're still the man, when it comes to helping! Without you and your friends new beemer, I wouldn't have had those wheels. I promise you they grip the asphalt SO hard.

Cheers,

Jacques

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:thumbsup:

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Yeah, you know the kind - tourists who lie down at the road side in their smart camuflage clothing, with a huge binocular to spot some very rare small bird. You simply don't notice them. The Esprit hammers through a corner, the deep frontspoiler creates a vacuum that sucks up the poor guy, gets a twist and a carousel tour around the drive axles and is then spat out between the exhausts. Noone notices really, apart from removing a bit of the strap from the binoculars twisted around the radius arm, when doing your next oil change. Pretty normal.

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Jacques

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Hi Jacques,

I have seen stainless steel crossover pipes, but enjoy the thought of matching aluminum fuel tanks to aluminum. Was your anodized crossover pipe a bespoke piece you made (or commissioned another to make), or is it commercially available?
 

If commercially available, would you be so kind as to note its source? 

Thank you (and try to avoid getting any tourist teeth in the oil cooler fins!).

Scott 

 

 

 

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Hello Scott, I originally noticed pnm advertising for hte stainless steel fuel cross over pipe on the webshop, and since that is also heavy, I wanted an aluminium version instead. They don't make that, and when I asked them, they said it's because the raw aluminium does corrode. When anodize it, I replied, and so they did one anodised aluminium fuel cross over pipe for me. Quite some waiting time, but if you want one, they'll make you one. It's very nice made and works perfectly.

That is the only source I know of. Perhaps someone else can make you one, if you cannot yourslef. I don't have the tools nor the skills to do it, so I have to kindly ask someone else to make things like that.

Anywya, I am most satisfied.

Kind regards,

Jacques

ps: so far, no teeth found ;)

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Will we be burning E85 in the not too distant future? If so, perhaps someone had better be producing stainless tanks.

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That may be, bit I think they are already available. Meanwhile, I am sticking to old school 100 octane as in V-Power. Well not so old school, but certainly better than the coming cow pee.

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Thank you so much for your detailed reply, Jacques. I truly appreciate it, and shall be contacting PNM shortly to inquire about producing another piece. 
 

Cheers, 

Scott 

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Axminster specialist panels were making alloy crossover pipes too. That's where I got mine. They were listing them on eBay, but not sure of they still are.

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A problem have arisen. I have to leave my garage with pit and all, as the building is going to be used for something completely different. I have trouble finding a proper place to store and work on the car, so thinking of maybe selling it all, but it would be a pity as I am neither finished with the car, nor finished driving it. Trying to figure out what to do. I have 3 high maintenance sports vehicles, and I like them all, none more than the other. Finding a proper space in or around Copenhagen is hard and very expensive, say 400-800 usd per month, which is bleedingly expensive in my humble eyes. No way I am ever leaving my cars or motorcycle in the streets. It's gone in 10 seconds or vandalized by militant vegans, children or envy people.

We'll see.

Kind regards,

Jacques

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You're a great problem solver Jacques, fingers crossed this time for you too :thumbsup:

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