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Hi all,,
Well my 83 Turbo Esprit is well on her way. I said I would post a continuing blog on her progress and consider this the first opening post.
I have a bunch of pictures and will start posting her progress back to the road. I thought this blog would have been up already but nearly a month into this rebirth I have spent more time under, in her and over her then in front of a computer screen. Let me say it is all good to see things finally being put right. I am hoping to have her out on the road before Xmas but it may or may not happen. I have certainly spent money with a furry of get it done and my neighbor who is a motor head keeps saying,, "Your burning the oil on this girl seriously."
I have always believed in do it right once and that is how I look at Penelope's rebirth. No corners and done right. My next post will out line where we have journeyed together. We look forward to hearing your comments and suggestions.

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Hi all,,
Well my 83 Turbo Esprit is well on her way. I said I would post a continuing blog on her progress and consider this the first opening post.
I have a bunch of pictures and will start posting her progress back to the road. I thought this blog would have been up already but nearly a month into this rebirth I have spent more time under, in her and over her then in front of a computer screen. Let me say it is all good to see things finally being put right. I am hoping to have her out on the road before Xmas but it may or may not happen. I have certainly spent money with a furry of get it done and my neighbor who is a motor head keeps saying,, "Your burning the oil on this girl seriously."
I have always believed in do it right once and that is how I look at Penelope's rebirth. No corners and done right. My next post will out line where we have journeyed together. We look forward to hearing your comments and suggestions.

Jenna
I'm guessing your Penelope Pitstop reference is lost on many. Do you remember the Thunderbolt Grease-Slapper?

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I thought it was a picture thread for grid girls!
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Ha,, I bet the 82 Brunette cost more to maintain then the the other three combined. If not her and I have to talk serious. Shoot straight always
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I had to look him up again. Yes I remember my brother watching him on tv I really think he looks like Jay Leno. My daughter name Penelope and I added Pitstop. I need to boot up the other computer and load up the pictures today and get this blog headed in the right direction
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I'm subscribing to this Topic by posting this info as a Public Service:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penelope_Pitstop

A star of the Wacky Racers, her car was actually named The Compact Pussycat.




EDIT: I guess Jenna will need to install a set of Headlamp Eyelashes to "do it right, once". LOL

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I heard south park did a story with Penelope.
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Atwood's been in the cooking sherry again,, Good job on the attachment. I quess I have to cut the roof of my Esprit
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So we start our journey late in the day after a 14 hour drive to Sussex Wisconsin to look her over and load her up. This really marks the beginning of my new love affair, to hell with sex, this is a Turbo Esprit. I met the folks that rescued her from Minnesota and after talking and Shane taking lots of pictures we loaded her onto the trailer and tied her down, (tied down, sounds like something Atwood might do) Anyway I thanked them again and headed to the hotel to do some private gazing and some cream ale to help put me to sleep. A local guy was looking her over when I came outside the hotel to head for a sip of Ale. He asked if he could driver her and we both laughed and he said, Really can I sit in it. I told him sure and took a couple pictures of him behind the wheel on his Iphone. A few beers later and I was back in my room finding it hard to keep my eyes open and I knew 3:30am was coming on fast and that dreadful trip home. But she was all mine and I was beyond excited like a kid xmas morning.
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We made it home 7:30pm Saturday night and had dinner and left the car on the trailer and put my feet up and planned my attack in the morning. Friends were on the phone bright and early' They came over first thing and we rolled her into the garage and that afternoon I got her up off the ground and onto jack stands so I could access what needed to be done. Fiberglas cars look great mostly forever if garaged and covered. The underside is a different story and I have to admit since I couldn't get the car surveyed in Wisconsin I was a tad bit nervous. I did a complete look over and since the car sat fifteen years and the brakes and clutch didn't function any longer that was going to be where I jumped into it deep. I ordered rebuild kits for both the brake and clutch master cylinders as well as the calipers and slave cylinder. Included with that was the stainless slave cylinder line to replace the red tube. A local friend offered to let me watch them work on a newly acquired Esprit, but I had enough work of my own and wanted to get right to it so I passed the invite. Plenty of time for that in the future. It was time to do surgery. I started on the clutch master cylinder and worked my way back. No fixing the slave cylinder it was beyond scrap and it was a rusted frozen mess stuck in the clutch release position. Phone call later RC Enterprises had one on the way.

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Ha,, I bet the 82 Brunette cost more to maintain then the the other three combined. If not her and I have to talk serious. Shoot straight always
Honest.....less! She's a prior Army pilot. After numerous deployments, she's happy with a place to sleep. I'm blessed!
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Honest.....less! She's a prior Army pilot. After numerous deployments, she's happy with a place to sleep. I'm blessed!
Thank you for your service x100
You military folks go a step way beyond and you certainly are not compensated nearly enough for your risk and level of training. On a side note,, next to my love for driving sports cars I would die to pilot a helicopter, not planes. All my flights in them have left me in awe and a burning desire for more. It is one of my missed opportunities in life when I was to young to know better. I thought just being a wrench on one would get the fix I needed but it never happened.
She still needs to ratchet up her accessories haha

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Okay back to Penelope.
I digress soooooo easily.

I am told to use Red Line MT90 in the gearbox by the previous owner who races a Z car. Anybody else have thoughts about this??? Also how much lube actually goes into the gearbox and I see the drain,, where is the fill? The service manual left out that little piece of information (how British of them) I just put the car on the ground and it won't be back in the air again for two weeks until I sort out the front tires. I did buy Pirelli P600 236/60/15 W tires for the rear that will be here on the 11th. I am doing some home work on what to put on the front now. Aslo as an after thought shift linkage lubes,, wet or dry lube and what do you all thing is the best??


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Welcome to the group Jenna.

I have heard of owners using Red Line, on my '87 I've always used Mobil 1 Synthetic oil. The fill plug is on top of the transmission, just pull the boot carpet up and you will see the access hole on your left.

There are two plugs on the left side of the transmission, one is a blanking plug and the other is the fill level plug. I forget which is which but I can look it up in the service manual if you need to know.

Be sure to replace the timing belt before trying to start the motor. JAE had Gates make a special belt for our Esprit's. They are more expensive than the regular black belt but made much heavier, the belt is a beast. It's called the 'blue belt', many of us have installed them with no major issues.

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Most people use Red Line or Mobile 1 for their transmission from my limited experience.
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While I use Redline MT-90 GL-4 as many do, it is readily available at CarQuest autoparts stores. I have also used M1 or Valvoline synthetic gear lubes, GL4/GL5.

The plugs you touch on the transmission were painted yellow at the factory. The level plug is on the bottom left side of the trans, only a couple inches above the bottom. (There is a higher bolt on the left side of the trans but that is for reverse detent, DON'T TOUCH IT.)

I would need to look up the capacity but I believe it is ~3.5 qts. On the Citroen tranny, a little more won't hurt. Do you have a shop manual (AKA Service Notes)?

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While I use Redline MT-90 GL-4 as many do, it is readily available at CarQuest autoparts stores. I have also used M1 or Valvoline synthetic gear lubes, GL4/GL5.

The plugs you touch on the transmission were painted yellow at the factory. The level plug is on the bottom left side of the trans, only a couple inches above the bottom. (There is a higher bolt on the left side of the trans but that is for reverse detent, DON'T TOUCH IT.)

I would need to look up the capacity but I believe it is ~3.5 qts. On the Citroen tranny, a little more won't hurt. Do you have a shop manual (AKA Service Notes)?
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I do have the shop book parts book and the owners manual. I will look again. I did not see it the first time through in the service manual. Is touching the reverse like crossing the beams in Ghost Busters or worse??? Inquiring minds want to know.

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I do have the shop book parts book and the owners manual.

The Service Manual ("Lotus Service Notes") is the actual shop manual. Capacities are listed there.

Parts List is separate (but is often useful to 'see where things go').

PM me if you don't have it.

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No I have it,, found it in there. Thanx
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Okay so without throwing rocks (or boulders) when ordering rebuild kits don't sell me a kit missing crucial parts or a mixed kit of parts to fit a plethora of other cars. Unless of course you want me to beat you with a 12 in cast iron skillet. My angst has to go someplace your head is fair game as far as I am concerned. I got the front caliper kits and they were missing the seals between the caliper halfs. All my internet searches showed them being discontinued with warning not to take them apart. Well bull**** to late. After a day of searching a company in Mass called The Wedge had tons of them. Needless to say I am now a full retail plus seller of them (ha). The calipers all around were rebuilt and after fifteen years or so getting the pistons out was a bear. But in time, lots of time, they came out and astonishingly they were in purfect (cat owner) condition. Looks like dot 3 was used and everything was a frozen mess and the seals were like concrete. So back in the car rebuilt it all went with silicone fluid and I will admit dealing with the parking brake cables inhaled huge. My son did a great job of bleeding the brakes and clutch out and all functions well. JAE supplied new stainless braided flex hose for all the calipers at a very reasonable price. I am happy with the results. Win for Team Penelope Go Team
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