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post #701 of 709 (permalink) Old 02-04-2019, 12:22 PM
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Well done Erik. Less causes for future problems. I've done the same to mine, when I bought it. Not that it had a problem, but I surely didn't want any in the future. I run a tubular exhaust manifold, a free flow sportscat and a free flowing cat back system. Cannot delete the cat, because of local Laws. But it flows much more free than the original one, because of the way it's made.

While you are in the engine compartment, you may think about deleting the mechanical chargecooler pump, as it's prone to disintegrating the Little Black impeller every few years. Not hard to renew, but I prefer to undo it as a Whole, plug the system, and install an Electric pump instead. All reversible and easy to do. If you haven't already doneit, it's surely worth doing before the new season I can supply a drawing of how to wire it in, if need be, and with no ill effects (no bad wireing).

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The mechanical pump delete is on my list. My impeller was changed a couple of years ago so its lower on the list for now.

BTW my post above indicates the FPR was connected to the vacuum pump, when I looked at it with fresh eyes I realized its connected to the HVAC.

In the future I am going to move the pump to the front trunk, seems crazy to run that plastic line all that way.

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As some of you know I completed a "refresher rebuild" of the engine on the '89 Esprit Turbo a couple of months ago as a consequence of having to repair a blown head gasket. I've been tied up for various reasons over the last few months with various stuff and have not had the chance to really take the car out and see how it would perform in a sustained run. Up until today I had less than 500 miles on the rebuild. And to some degree I have been babying the car to allow for everything to settle in and to make sure there were no "issues" related to engine performance. I had the chance to take it out today and run it at some speed for a few hours. And I have to say, I am unreasonably happy with how well the car performs. It was never a slouch but now it runs as I imagine it must have run as an absolutely new car. It was just one of those days were sitting at the wheel of this lovely Esprit was, well, an experience that brought me both a great deal of happiness and a real sense of satisfaction that only comes from investing your own work and energy in keeping these beautiful examples of automotive excellence running. What a stroke of luck that the Lotus marque became a part of my life and interests because today was one of those days were you just look at the car and think "wow"....

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Tom- hopefully I'll be saying the same thing soon. lol

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Made some little replacement knobs for my HVAC panel with the Harbor Freight lathe/mill.
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Powder coated the above and installed a new SJ HVAC panel to replace my cracked one.
Kudos to Lotusfab on TLF who enabled some cosmetic work for a change!
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Doin a little buffing and wax
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New headliner!

The first major customization: a leather headliner to replace the rotted original foam-backed fabric. I went with black as there was no way I'd match the tan leather, and it goes quite nicely with the black instrument binnacle and the top of the dashboard.

The work was done by a leather shop in Syracuse that I've done business with before (he had never done a headliner, but he's very talented, and likes new challenges). I'm not sure of the forum rules about posting business names, but I'm happy to share if anyone would like the name of the shop. I have no affiliation, other than being a happy customer.

A bit difficult to see in the pics below ... should probably have taken the photos before reinstalling.
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Put the car on a diet

This has been a work in progress for the past couple of weeks, but today I'm declaring victory: stripped all the '90s tech communications equipment plus an audio amplifier. I'd guess the total is around 10-12lb of e-waste and wires.
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