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Old 11-27-2012, 02:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I imagine I'm not the only owner that keeps a running list of ToDo items for their Esprit. It's infinitely long; perform 1 task, add at least 2 more...

Thought it worthy to share for ideas and "oh crap, haven't thought of that" moments.
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Here's my current list, in no particular order:

Maintenance
  1. Install rear upper poly bushes
  2. 4 wheel alignment; check toe in/out
  3. Repair windshield crack
  4. Renew tranny fluid
  5. Renew PAS fluid
  6. Renew brake fluid
  7. Renew coolant
  8. Lube blower fan; after verifying its a maintenance item
  9. Lube clutch pedal
  10. Replace Timing belt @ next 'A' service
  11. Tighten bulkhead mounts
  12. Install Denso Iridium plugs; verify firing order/wires
  13. Compression test
  14. Record baseline ECU values
  15. Install glass top seal; AWOL
  16. Install new pax side window channel seal
  17. Repaint driver side window trim finishing plate
  18. Replace front bonnet plenum seal; KIA
  19. Fix center rear view mirror; wobbles
  20. Fix pax side mirror; adjustment range too small
  21. Check shift linkage bushings
  22. Have car cover dry cleaned
  23. Detail underside chassis

Mods
  1. Get new key; program new FOB
  2. Install PLX MultiGauge, A:F, Boost, AIT and A-Pillar mount
  3. Replace interior and boot lighting with LED
  4. Mount garage opener
  5. HID headlights?
  6. Install alloy dash mask
  7. Install alloy pedals
  8. Install heat-shield material and wrap the turbo oil line
  9. Fashion accelerator peddle brace (TPS)
  10. Install oil catch can
  11. Install Forge BOV's
  12. Install Forge turbo actuators
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Old 11-27-2012, 04:42 AM   #3 (permalink)
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that's a pretty healthy list.

It does seem that the more you do to maintain your Esprit in top condition, the more you find the "next project" on your Esprit.

Here's what I've done in the last 7 months:

Oil and Filter
Tranny Fluid
K&N Air Filter
Brake Fluid Flush
New Brake Accumulator
Adjusted clutch slave cylinder pushrod
New Clutch Fluid
(still need to lube squeaky clutch pedal)
Adjust Shifter translator
bought used shifter (complete) just for a new stick. my reverse lockout plastic piece was missing.
When Installing new Stick Shift realized that the old one broke off the plastic reverse collar because of sloppy bushings.
So, installed complete shifter stick and mechanism and housing. Much more precise shifting and reverse lockout works!
New Protech shocks and springs due to left side sag....and now lowered! :-)
Installed rear adjustable upper control arms
new bushing in rear upper and lower control arms
4 wheel Alignment
Coolant Flush
New Blue gates "race" timing belt
New accessory v- belts
Green Dot cam pulleys
replaced sagging sunroof headliner with alcantara (suede like fabric)


items for fun:

rehabbed a set S4 wheels ( had rears widened to 11" and powder coated)
Custom billet wheel spacers
custom exhaust
Greddy Type RS Blow Off Valve
"ram air" mod
tinted windows
replaced Pontiac "lotus" steering wheel with Momo Trek R (w/ lotus horn button)

I think that's about it.

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Old 11-27-2012, 06:17 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Where did you get the "lube the blower fan" from? Most electric motors don't respond well to having their bearings lubed. When the bearings go, they go. Adding lube usually attracts dirt that speeds up their demise.
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:27 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Where did you get the "lube the blower fan" from? Most electric motors don't respond well to having their bearings lubed. When the bearings go, they go. Adding lube usually attracts dirt that speeds up their demise.

Dry Lube:

Interior heater blower fan access
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Cool. In my experience that lube will be a very temporary solution for his problem. And I still believe that adding lube to good bearings that are not designed to be lubed will cause more harm than good.
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:30 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Haha, the old Esprit to do list...a never-ending list, I might add...

For me, happily it's short currently, and mostly subjective to me personally, and not needed...

Anywho...

Change oil
Change gear oil
Rebuild speedometer (bastard just went out on me...)
Charge A/C

And the dreamer project...

Get car on my lift and thoroughly clean chassis (not that it's bad at all, it is in fact clean, I just want it to look as good underneath as it does on the outside). While this is being done, remove and powdercoat susp. components, ie. contol arms, links, etc.) Who knows if/when I'll ever get to this...
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...adding lube to good bearings that are not designed to be lubed will cause more harm than good.
That is absolutley true. Thanks for reminding me of that rule.

Do we know the blower bearing is a non-maintenace type?
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That is absolutley true. Thanks for reminding me of that rule.

Do we know the blower bearing is a non-maintenace type?
Unless it has a big grease nipple sticking out of the side of it, I would say it's a safe bet that it's the non-maintenance type.
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:13 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I have this list:

1)replace interior blower fan resistor
2)replace all suspension bushings, upgrade front to V8 AP split tapered bushings
3)redesign and manufacture rear top spring perches to work better with JRZ Doubles
4)install Accusump
5)install catch can
6)replace front wheel bearings
7)permanent/removable mount for PLX A:F gauge on binnacle.
8)new windshield
9)paint touch up, fix rock chips
10)install new fog lights
11)re-align hatch
12)new tires
13)de-squeak-ify interior
14)reconnect stereo to speakers, install iPod compatible stereo, haven't used it since 2005.
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I have been really impressed with Dr Colorchip for fixing the small rock chips. Doesn't work on scratches or really big chips.

For the squeaking interior, I have been getting good results with felt sheets that have a mild adhesive on one side to keep the leather on leather squeaks away. My car is much more civil now.

As for rattles, they seem to pop up faster than anyone can find and fix them.
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I was planning on using felt for the squeaks.
I also have a rattle near the speedo that i need to fix, goes away if I push on the carbon fiber veneer.

Dr Colorchip did not have my Vulcan Grey metallic A67 color, and I have some larger rock chips from 81,000 miles of fun, that I plan to airbrush. I bought a touchup bottle from automotivetouchup.com
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what's this about the felt?

My driver's seat back squeaks as it rubs against the firewall. Unofrtunately, I have to drive with the seat all the way back and touching the firewall....and the squeak is annoying.

Vulcan, What are the V8 AP split tapered bushings?
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put a piece of felt between two separate leather pieces to prevent them from rubbing and squeaking. Your seat squeaking might be against the trim around the window?

When the V8's went to AP Racing brakes on the front in 2000 (1999 on the Sport 350) the front lower wishbone bushings would wear out very fast due to distortion caused by higher braking loads. Lotus went to a split tapered bushing, with a dual taper inside the wishbone to help the bushings survive longer.


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You can go to hobby stores and buy felt sticky sheets in many colors. Cut out a template with scissors so it looks professional.

It's really nuts to design a car that has so much leather on leather contact. It's always going to squeak up a storm. Applying leather conditioner liberally is a temp fix that will last a week.


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I am currently doing:

Cam gears, blue timing belt, all new fluids, and factory brembo upgrade.

In the winter months I am going to tackle:
Rebuild speedometer
Bulkhead repair for the clunking noise...
Might as well give it a full detail as well

Always a project to be be found!
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...powdercoat susp. components, ie. contol arms, links, etc.) ...
I think this would be cool project; very satisfying to see everything nice and squeaky clean...well, not squeaky; but you know what I mean.
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...impressed with Dr Colorchip for fixing the small rock chips...
I bought this based on one of your previous posts; have not used it, yet. The PO touched up blemishes the old fashioned way and it looks like crap where it was done... waiting for a new rock chip so I can try the 'new' way...
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...7)permanent/removable mount for PLX A:F gauge on binnacle.
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nope, I'm going to hang mine off the underside of the right hand part of the binnacle.
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