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Esprit Turbo project car - part3 - the further continuation

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Thanks GIS, I'm glad your keeping a watchful eye. Yes GIS is correct 40 H for the carbs.IMG_6200.thumb.PNG.8d0e03266a702d251c041af9577afa53.PNG

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Have just ordered engineering oil stones to prep the mating surfaces for reassembly. The carbs are off fof aquablasting today. A big thanks to Bauke on here who has facilitated getting me the missing wheel lip! After almost three years of searching I have found one. I may not have time to. Disassemble the wheels before the first display, but I'll have a dammed good try to get it all done. I seem to be taking mire of this car to pieces than putting back together at the moment! 

For those of you who missed it their were two types of front wheel lip. The 1.5 inch with the cx500 on the outside( later and better design) andthe earlier 1 inch Essex Bond lip. Notorious for leaking. Although I have to say the way they are assembled has a lot to do with it. No leaks on any of my wheels about 9 months on! Without further adoo the Bond lip......IMG_5824.thumb.PNG.f25d0cbe29dbd8d0dfc3f736b5b25969.PNGIMG_5825.thumb.PNG.d0b0677653541b8fb56df3de6d9bdcdc.PNG

Thanks Bauke!

The top wheel is the Bond museum car in Miami!

So who has an Aircon knob I can have? Need two of the upper ones in the picture. And I need the Aircon panel the same text as the picture. Nearly there thanks to the help from so many people. This has really been a global effort spanning from Seattle to Singapore! IMG_5620.thumb.PNG.6abf7b9bba4b54cf75302fd32185857d.PNG

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If you have a Marshall amp please pull all the knobs off and give them to me, they used the same Bulgin knobs! You might nit be that keen though. That particular amp is worth serious money! Itsbto a good cause though! 

Maybe our American friends who love to customise might do  a knob upgrade? I can get you some very nice aluminium knobs made by PNM in exchange for these old plastic ones? 

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Great work Fabian, :thumbup:    And well done Bauke for sorting him out :thumbsup:

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13 minutes ago, Lotusfab said:

If you have a Marshall amp please pull all the knobs off and give them to me

I want one too! Marshall JTM45 amp.

The originals were taller as they had a skirt area to hide the potentiometer nut. You can see on the Esprit ones where Lotus sanded off the skirt to make them less tall because on the Esprit the nuts are hidden behind the graphic panel.

Trouble is, if you search on the web there are also people wanting these for restoring the amps!

 

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IMG_6081.thumb.JPG.5be668cb097c73f06ef8b4f5747cf01b.JPGHi Thomas. Is that a panel the same as the broken one in the picture?  I have this one above. The right corner has a slight chip. I'm using this to copy and remake the Dry sump panel, so it could be available in a few months. Otherwise I could source another or get you a new one as below?

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19 minutes ago, snowrx said:

The pleas are starting to get to me-  Would you have a tall (~85mm) HVAC panel to trade for the knobs off my 85TE? I could make new ones later from powder coated aluminium. You can't have my mirrors, they now have motors in them rather than the clicky solenoids..... 

 

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They look real pretty! 

😀😀😀😀

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Or how about a set if these very shiney knobs?IMG_6220.thumb.PNG.a165a48216af8b660288c4c5006acd0b.PNG

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If I wasn't making a Bond car I put them on!

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"They look real pretty!"    Well I suppose I should of shined them up and set them on velvet for sales appeal 💎

I was just thinking you might have ended up with an extra panel as you were searching for just the right one. I don't have the LED to put in the panel hole, and I seem to recall yours were 75-77mm ,which would likely expose untrimmed areas on my console, so I'd have to get a taller one. Seems a bit much to buy another panel to trade, but if you're so inclined I could post these over the pond to you if you don't find another knob somewhere.

The broken panel has been a low priority as I work on engine projects, and I've been too cheap to source one from SJ or JAE yet.  

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Hi Thomas, let me see what I can do. I will try and find one the correct height with no LED. Believe me compared with some of the other costs another panel is not a consideration. Mightake a week or two, will be in touch. Thanks! 

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That would definitely work. Silicone molding is the right way to do this kind of part, not 3D printing.

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very cool and much cheaper than 3d printing also,  You just have to make sure that the products you purchase air designed for use without a vaccum chamber,  as most of the new descent resins will not get air bubbles in, so dont need a vaccum chamber anymore  :thumbup:


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I was looking at this. The problem is time. Thanks to Thomas I don't need to go down this route. 

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I'm going on a company visit to Marshall's a week on Monday taking some of our students on a jolly. I'll see if there are any old cardboard boxes on the shelf covered in dust hahaha

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Lotus Esprit [meaning] a 1:1 scale Airfix kit with a propensity to catch fire

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There's probably a JjTM45 amp there with a couple of knobs missing! 😀😀😀

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IMG_6238.thumb.JPG.209583a66dca3f9e28f21a6eb9bcfc1e.JPGCarbs

Finally hi around to dismantling the second carb. Good. Job I did. I found a lot of damage and a very poor repair to the float holder. Also the bearings are shot. A lot more expense and work! 

The bits are in the sonic bath, before the aquablast. This carb has not been cleaned for some time.

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Graphics panel

Is anyone interested in getting an exact copy of the James Bond graphic panel. I have found a company that can make it. I would have to pay a substantial cost to make one but subsequent ones would be much cheaper. If there is enough interest I could sell on the other panels to bring to costs down. If you interested please pm me. 

 

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Carbs

ok, well the tops are not available, even from Euro carb. So the only way to go is a specialist repair. I'm trusting this to Eurocarb as they are the foremost Dellorto specialists in the UK. You definitely don't want a float problem with a Turbo Esprit! The other problem is the bearings they feel rough so I'm getting Eurocarb to replace them. They might as well do the aqua blasting also. The bearings have a rubber seal on the Turbo Esprit. Eurocarb can supply it! Slowly getting there!

I could do the bearings but with time being limited I might as well just hand it over! They will also be supplying a new emulsion tube. Why people put back broken parts I'll never know!

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Went to see the Chaps at Eurocarb. They know the carbs inside out. They matched the emulsion tube. The carbs will be blasted, broken tops repaired professionally and bearings replaced including the pressure seals on the inner sides. They also pointed out that all parts of the casting where is a possiblity of it leaks were originally sealed with resin. Has anyone come across this and what resin was used to resell them?IMG_6244.thumb.JPG.18e3e56ac75466cbfbf8d981c67aebce.JPG

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Graphics Panel

Got a quote for an exact replica. It was £500 plus vat for 10 panels. So to recoup the expenditure I would have to sell nine for about £70 each. I don't think there would be nine sales at that price. The good news is Andy on here found a panel which he said I could have, thanks Andy! 

More carb cleaning today. 3-4 weeks for Euro carb to finish the carbs.

in the meantime I have detailed instructions from Pete at PNM for the engine reassembly. The biggest job will be cleaning all of the parts. I have engineering oil stones to prepare of of the mating surfaces. I'm in no rush so will pedantically prep everything.

The wheel lips will be going for a polish today. Then I will have to take the front wheels apart, split them and reassemble. Shame as they have perfect seals! I will be selling the 1.5x15 lips which are the later Esprit type if anyone is interested pm me.

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