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Esprit Turbo project car - part3 - the further continuation

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40 minutes ago, Lotusfab said:

NEC largest indoor classic car show. Next month. I thought  you might dipslay it?

https://www.thenec.co.uk/whats-on/classic-motor-show/

No, it's of little interest to me TBH. Besides I wouldn't know how to display it as I am not a member of any car club.

I just drive them!

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I do intend to take the S1 over the Pennines next April to this event though. Hence all the road testing whilst there's fine weather. It'll be an "adventure" for it that is for certain.

https://www.starsandcarsevents.co.uk/

They are lining up many cars and props from the movies in aid of Derian House, a children's hospice in Chorley. https://www.derianhouse.co.uk/ As the event is the week that Bond 25/No Time To Die is released in the cinemas they've got quite an impressive Bond car line-up planned and were wanting an S1 to complete it. They posted last year on the Facebook Esprit groups asking, but only I responded unfortunately. So I've been busy trying to get mine up to speed, so to speak. Fingers crossed....

 

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On 25/10/2019 at 14:41, Fridge said:

I do intend to take the S1 over the Pennines next April to this event though. Hence all the road testing whilst there's fine weather. It'll be an "adventure" for it that is for certain.

https://www.starsandcarsevents.co.uk/

They are lining up many cars and props from the movies in aid of Derian House, a children's hospice in Chorley. https://www.derianhouse.co.uk/ As the event is the week that Bond 25/No Time To Die is released in the cinemas they've got quite an impressive Bond car line-up planned and were wanting an S1 to complete it. They posted last year on the Facebook Esprit groups asking, but only I responded unfortunately. So I've been busy trying to get mine up to speed, so to speak. Fingers crossed....

 

This is the first time Ive seen anything about it. I certainly don't want to steal your thunder, but if your unable to make it I would be happy to show my S1. Its only down the road from me. Although not in as pristine condition as yours and doesn't have the tartan interior, it wold probably do if they couldn't get a 'proper' one.

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It was mentioned and requested in the main Facebook Esprit groups @williamtherebel

I'll let you know, a backup plan may be useful, as I don't want to disappoint them.

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On 26/10/2019 at 19:21, Fridge said:

It was mentioned and requested in the main Facebook Esprit groups @williamtherebel

I'll let you know, a backup plan may be useful, as I don't want to disappoint them.

No probs!!

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Fuel guage not working!

Ok so I have investigated this heres what I discovered. the Turbo has a Low fuel light and a fuel guage. When the fuel is low the light comes on. The sender is a variable resistor. ie the resistance changes as the arm moves up and down. It also has a switch built in. When the arm is at its lowest pointbthe switch activates. Because of this the W and T connections must be the correct was around and the sender must support the switch function. Im in the process of removing the new sender to test it as allmif the wiring to the guage and Low fuel light is working. Easily tested by shortingbthe two sender wires to earth. Better to do this before you have built is all! 

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Well I have teted the sender. It has a W and T terminal. It doesnt work because the plate isnt earthed.  If I connected the green /black to one terminal and the earth to the other the fuel guage would work but the Low fuel,light wouldn't. The correct sender for tye Turbo has a spade earth connection on the top. I have one arriving tomorrow. I was discussing this with Andy on here. It might be possible to test the low fuel light by driving quiklynaround a roundabout. The fuel should drain from the right tank. Mightnlook a bit odd to onlookers thought! Ill think Ill test it before I install it! 

Its very frustrating how many new parts dont work 100 per cent. Always better to use original parts if at all possible.

Now back on to the ski racks!

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I fitted the new fuel sender, as per the above picture. I have extensively tested it and it appears to work perfectly giving accurate indications.

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Depends how many legs you have 😉

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Ok I can reveal I made a mistake earlier on in this thread. It was made because of a restored car that you might know ,which had Olin skis with RD380 bindings. I assumed the restorers had researched the car, I was wrong. From the  movie shots the number on the bindings couldn't be seen. But thanks to Roo on here, bit of a ski expert,  I now can confirm the correct bindings are 360s. They are a day glow red/0range  in the movie. Luckily I was able to aquire some which need to be restored before they go back on the skis. One pair is the correct colour. I have the RD380s if anyone needs some. They are almost the same.

I have almost completed the plug for the lower racks. Its made of styrofoam. This is then covered in epoxy and glassfibre cloth, which is extremely fine. The imperfections are filled in using epoxy resin and micro fibers. You can't use polyester on styrofoam as it melts! Once the plug has been smoothed its then used to create a mould. The problem here is that due to the recess in the design a split mould  has to be used. Its complicated and will take some working out. Once I have got the fiberglass lower racks done I then have to decide how it will hold the skis.  At the moment Im thinking of a metal slot bonded into the fiberglass. This will connected to a bracket which will be secured under the tailgate louvres at one end and bolted at the other. All the bolts will be invisible. Unlike the Deezer car which unfortunately suffered damage and was repaired. The original ski racks had no visible fixings.  The upper racks will be much easier except they are handed to fit the roof curve. That means the process has to be reapeated for each one! Im going to be in the garage for some weeks.

It had crossed my mind to construct the racks from carbo fibre, but I think it would offer little advantage at a much increased cost.

I cut the styrofoam using a hotwire cutter which I made from three pieces of wood, a guitar string, spring to tension the wires when its heated and an old power supply.  

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Hi Roo, thanks. That scary I was just looking at the binding pictures! Need to restore them now as the ski racks wont be long. Have just cut templates for the styrofoam plugs on the upper racks. They are quite complicated. They are shaped to fit the roof curvature so the skis are perfectly horizontal. 

Well took the car out for drive. Removing the filter springs from the pump jets has made a big difference. The speedo and fuel guages are now fixed. Its all runing really well. The gearbox is really smooth. Starts really easily hot or cold.

The onlys issues left are the suspension set up and a stumble in acceleration which seems to be a common fault. I will fit new idle jets and see how this improves the situation.

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Do take care when placing those skis on that lovely paint work. The edges, even an old set of skis like those, could still be sharp enough to scratch the paintwork, and if you've taken then to have the edges sharpened...... 

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Normally Aspirated - and lovin' it!

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Just made the first cut of the upper driverside rack. Really tricky to do it as the original. Its cut to fit the roof curve on all sides. I still have to fettle it and make the other side! This is only the foam plug! 

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Have just picked up the louvres. Very pleased. I would say the interior support is better thn fctory finish, but I probably spent about six times longer getting it correct!

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They are not fixed yet. I have to paint the area underneath black.

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