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1985 Monaco White Turbo Esprit

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Hi guys,

Its about time I started a restoration thread.

 

1985 Turbo Esprit in Monaco white with full red leather interior, glass roof and aircon.

Andy Graham from Lotus gave me info that there were 6 white cars with full red leather in 1985. 

 

I bought this as a restoration project last year. Im not putting pressure on myself with a deadline.

The car has been off the road since approx. 2006. It had an engine rebuild in 2004.

It started roughly when I bought it but wouldn’t start when it arrived in Ireland as the fuel pump was shot.

Replaced the fuel pump, HT leads and plugs and the car started first turn but carbs need work as it was running mostly on 2 cylinders.

Didn’t leave the engine running as the timing belt needs replacing and the radiator leaks.

Engine compression is good which was a relief.

I spent the winter going over the electrics, most issues were corroded connectors and 98% of the electrics now work.

The radiator has been a bitch to remove as most bolts in the area are rusted. The fans practically fell apart in my hands when removing them so will replace with Tripac fans or similar.

 

I have read Buddsys restoration thread multiple times and am using it as a great source of info and inspiration.

I have plenty of questions but wont bombard you’s with them at the moment.

 

Work list:

Recore radiator, new rad frame, new fans, new silicon coolant hoses

Replace front and rear suspension, ball joints, bushes etc

Rebuild all brake calipers, new front discs, stainless brakes hoses and a few copper pipes to replace.

Change timing belt, oil and filter change

Rebuild carbs and balance

Clutch master & slave inspect/rebuild

New tyres & alloy refurb

Full respray

Interior refurbish – passenger seat, headlining, dash, bulkhead etc

Aircon overhaul

 

Plus a lot of other smaller items.

 

I will post some new pics as I progress but don’t expect daily updates!

Last picture shows my other baby, 1981 Delorean

 

Kenny

 

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Hi Kenny .fine looking car great colours .What did you use to recolour your seat .At least the car will be getting the care it deserves Mike

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Hi Kenny I was about to say I done a similar think on my 85 Turbo. Glad its of use and glad you will work some magic on your great looking car.

 

Buddsy  :thumbsup:

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Looks like a great project! It's funny as when I looked at the first pic the first thing that came into my head was the Deloresn in Back to the Future due to it looking like its hovering!!!! Then what do we find in the last photo - only a bloody Delorean!!!

Best of luck with the project!

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Best colour exterior.

 

Look forward to the progress reports.

 

Chris

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Hi Kenny .fine looking car great colours .What did you use to recolour your seat .At least the car will be getting the care it deserves Mike

Thanks guys, it's a good solid base, a complete car so hopefully wont bankrupt me too much!

White with red interior is my favourite colour scheme as well.

Mike,

The PO had the drivers seat recovered. I think the passenger seat is too far gone to save and will be a pain to try and get it recovered the exact same as the drivers seat. Most of the rest of the interior can be saved and redyed.

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Kenny - very nice, enjoy your restoration - it will be fun.  By the way, 2 post lift in your garage ? Respect !

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Small update.

I have been “trying” to remove the radiator as it is leaking.

 

Removed the cooling fans, 1 connector broke on removal and the other fans are in bad shape.

Cooling hoses to rad looks perished so ordered a new set of silicon hoses.

50% of the bolts in the area broke or the heads rounded off and needed to be cut off.

Removed the horns to get better access for the grinder, and one of them disintegrated in my hand.

A stud snapped on the radiator mesh screen when removing the nuts.

1 of the hoses to the oil cooler came free ok but the other one was seized solid and the oil cooler now has a hole where it was stressed at the base.

 

So far, the radiator still hasn’t been removed fully and now I also need to replace the fans, horns, coolant hoses, oil cooler. Gotta love old cars!

On the plus side, it would be much worse if Esprit’s were made from steel instead of GRP.

 

Also looks like I will need a new radiator mounting frame and I have my doubts about a radiator recore as a lot of bolts are snapped off in the side walls of the rad.

 

Is the oil cooler a standard unit or will I source from a Lotus specialist?

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Great topic! just because i am also doing a esprit from 85, and i am allready busy with the respray, (or better saying: my painter is allready busy with the respray) and i will make the car the same as yours with a full red leather interior and also monaco white,

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Tocus & Kenny 

 

Interesting to see the interior. Your seat came up very nice. Your interior look less "Squashy" than some mine included. On the door panels and seat its less creased and tighter. Tocus and I (an some others) have been comparing notes as to when things changed on our cars. 

 

I note you have the slightly later wing mirrors. My car came of the line Feb 85. When was yours done? Slightly later?

 

Buddsy

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Looks nice, keep up the good work. :thumbup:

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Here buddsy now you see the seats without big bumps into it,

(on the red leather the picture above)

 

my car is from aug. 1985 (then it came on plates) so its build maby inside juni 1985 ?

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Could it be down to individual trimmers who produced slightly different work?

Buddsy

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Tocus & Kenny 

 

Interesting to see the interior. Your seat came up very nice. Your interior look less "Squashy" than some mine included. On the door panels and seat its less creased and tighter. Tocus and I (an some others) have been comparing notes as to when things changed on our cars. 

 

I note you have the slightly later wing mirrors. My car came of the line Feb 85. When was yours done? Slightly later?

 

Buddsy

  

Here buddsy now you see the seats without big bumps into it,

(on the red leather the picture above)

 

my car is from aug. 1985 (then it came on plates) so its build maby inside juni 1985 ?

Hi guys

My car is 2109 and came off the production line in May 85.

The interior leather is dry and cracking in places so it's hard to tell how much different it is but it definitely looks less "squashy"

If you want to compare anything on the cars let me know and I'll take some photos

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