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I sure hope it runs.......lol.
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That's always the hope after a long project! It will a sight to behold when done I am certain! Any anticipated completion timeframe?

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I have a demonstration in San Jose ( 130 mi from home ) at the Glass Art Society, in June. It would be great to pull up in front of the convention center in Her. Wow that sounds kinda nasty!
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1. Washed and detailed it

2. Fixed a sticking headlight switch and added Stabil 360, a fuel additive that releases a revolutionary vapor that rises above the fuel line protecting the entire fuel system from corrosion caused by ethanol blended fuel and believe me, we Esprit owners need all the help we can get on this issue.

3. Drove to the local shops to pick up my wife's dry cleaning, then went for a 30 minute spirited drive along the back roads.
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Sprayed all the bolts and nuts underneath the front end, to aid the complete dissasembleing of the cooling systems. Will repeat for a week.

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Got some 1/4 aluminum rod (6063 it's softer)yesterday. Hand formed it, to make a grill frame. Have been using a perforated aluminum honey comb pattern for all the various screens/ grills. Not very strong, very expensive but very light. I'll have mounting tabs welded to the frame as well as tacking the mesh to it. It will bolt into nested T nuts, that I'll put into the bumper from behind. A couple oval shaped cut outs from aluminum sheet tacked to the mesh where the splitter supports pass through.
Probably black powder coated.
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Got most of the lighting back from the tint shop. Looks so much better! They were not finished with the plinth yet, but wanted to get the other pieces on the car.... So ready to drive her, but.....
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I think they do look much better dark. I still have to sand and clear em.
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I set up the fuel side ( passenger) of my tank today. Just a trial fit.
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This is the elec control side (driver) tank top.
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ordered a set of stainless bolts and bits for all the coolers up front, as I am taking them down for cleaning, and some of the bolts broke in the process. Nasty old stuff, but should get much better when finished

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Hey Art really like the dark tail lights...

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Thanks Noob, I prefer the 2002's like yours but I know how much cutting and fitting they require as I installed them on my old SE. Hopefully I can appreciate them for a while before I feel the urge to retrofit again!
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I have a demonstration in San Jose ( 130 mi from home ) at the Glass Art Society, in June. It would be great to pull up in front of the convention center in Her. Wow that sounds kinda nasty!
I'll be looking for you if I can make it.

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Thanks Noob, I prefer the 2002's like yours but I know how much cutting and fitting they require as I installed them on my old SE. Hopefully I can appreciate them for a while before I feel the urge to retrofit again!
DO IT! All the cool kids are doing it!

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I probably will end up doing the retrofit sometime this summer as the weather permits.... I dont know that I have seen an Azure Blue Esprit with the 2002 lights installed. I bet they would look awesome as usual! I am also looking at doing the center exit exhaust soon. The stock dual outlet non centered can is just too quiet!!! Damn the list has grown quickly!
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I should have sanded mine down first! Those look great! I like the red turn lens. I did that to my old SE tail lights before I retrofitted the 2002 lights. Much sleeker than the rainbow approach with the yellow, red and clear!
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I should have sanded mine down first! Those look great! I like the red turn lens. I did that to my old SE tail lights before I retrofitted the 2002 lights. Much sleeker than the rainbow approach with the yellow, red and clear!
I used one of the 3M kits from AutoZone which clears up fogged plastic headlights to polish the tail lights and side lights and also to remove stamps with "Toyota", etc. on them.

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I sanded mine down to 400 and removed all the branding. Then sprayed Nite Shades red, three coats. It'll get another sand to 600 then 2K clear. Also after the body paint at final clear, the entire car will be coated including all lights and carbon fiber work.
I'm not a big fan of the round tail lights, or the whole fiberglass panel fit. In fact I removed the center panel all together and just slightly moddified the tail light itself with small curved finishers. Saved a couple pounds, that's the most important thing to me, besides looks.
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On the trans now. Got the bell housing back from the polisher's yesterday. Just a test fit, as the exhaust is pretty close. Have a lot of choices to make on the box now.
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