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There shouldn't be any fuel fumes in the first place, regardless of the condition of that seal. Very common that the plastic hose between the two tanks is deteriorated. You need to deal with that asap. Many discussions here about it.

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There shouldn't be any fuel fumes in the first place, regardless of the condition of that seal. Very common that the plastic hose between the two tanks is deteriorated. You need to deal with that asap. Many discussions here about it.
I agree. I'm in the process of tracing all fuel hoses and tightening down hose clamps. I've seen the other threads on this topic so I checked all of the hoses on top of the tanks and they looked good. I tightened a few clamps, but I still haven't found the culprit yet. Need to do more digging.

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Finally managed to take the big cowl with the Water and air con coolers, off my Esprit SE today. And clean it all up. LOTS of gunk, though it didn't look like it from outside.

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The wife and I went for a Sunday drive , first dry sunny day in Georgia in weeks. Dave S4s
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Today I woke my SE up from hibernation and did about 50 miles.
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I just got my car recently. I probably have put less than 100 miles on it since buying it. Today I will dig in and start the work on getting everything sorted out on the car. New timing belts, accessory belt, associated tensioners. Oil and filter change. New oil in the trans. New plugs and wires. New fuel filter. Replace the air filters. Figure out why the fog lights don't work (start by checking the bulbs and go from there I guess, any common issues with these please let me know).

That might be good for the first round. Might replace the coolant as well and check the brake fluid (this was supposedly flushed by the dealer I bought it from after I bought it as part of the deal). Need to get a good baseline on the car so I know exactly when these things were done last and that I know they were done properly.

Wish me luck, I am not looking forward to it...

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Might replace the coolant as well
You will, as timing belt replacement requires "opening" the cooling system to get the new belt past the hose between the thermostat housing and J pipe... vv

PS, Put the year Esprit you have in a Sig or your Header in case there are model-specific tips...


For example, IMO any coolant replacement should be with a modern OAT or HOAT coolant, not the old Green Stuff or the GM Dex-Cool....
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You will, as timing belt replacement requires "opening" the cooling system to get the new belt past the hose between the thermostat housing and J pipe... vv

PS, Put the year Esprit you have in a Sig or your Header in case there are model-specific tips...


For example, IMO any coolant replacement should be with a modern OAT or HOAT coolant, not the old Green Stuff or the GM Dex-Cool....
I thought of that right after posting and have since updated my sig. Thanks for the coolant tip.
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Sorry Then,

My observation applied to the 4 cylinder cars. No need to drain coolant on
V8s when changing belts.


Gawd knows you will have enuf to do!


EDIT: Re fog lights,

I think you need to have the parking light or headlight switch depressed for the fogs to work. (That's the way it is on my '88 with the same binnacle/instrument cluster). See if that gets them working for ya.
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Sorry Then,

My observation applied to the 4 cylinder cars. No need to drain coolant on
V8s when changing belts.


Gawd knows you will have enuf to do!


EDIT: Re fog lights,

I think you need to have the parking light or headlight switch depressed for the fogs to work. (That's the way it is on my '88 with the same binnacle/instrument cluster). See if that gets them working for ya.
Actually, now that I have looked at it I actually think I will have to drain the coolant on the V8. Both coolant line run straight up the front of the engine. I am starting to question whether or not I shouldn't just yank out the engine for all this. Doesn't look like it would be a bunch of extra work when you look at how hard it is to get to the front of the engine.
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Well this was actually on Sunday, BUT, for once I got to go on a drive with our local exotic club and the Esprit made it all the way home under her own power! I have had the car road worthy for about 4 weeks now and all I can say is AWESOME! After fighting my old 4pot, the V8 has stolen my soul! Here are a few pics!
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Nice turn out. Any more pics of that white Noble?
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I washed it along with it's countryman.

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Nice turn out. Any more pics of that white Noble?
Here's a friend of mine's Noble, he's had some pretty nice cars, always modded. This one is no different, he's already got the upgraded turbos and new ECU on the way.
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Here's a friend of mine's Noble, he's had some pretty nice cars, always modded. This one is no different, he's already got the upgraded turbos and new ECU on the way.
WOW, always loved these. Must make this my next project.
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The white car is a Rossion. Yes technically a Noble but it is a 2013 Rossion. These were pics on our facebook page so I stole what was uploaded. Will see if I can find more of it.
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Here are a few of the Rossion;
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WOW, always loved these. Must make this my next project.
Funny thing is, he upgraded to this from his previous Exige.
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Funny thing is, he upgraded to this from his previous Exige.
The blond seems to like the Russion better...
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Two days ago I replaced the steering rack boots and outer tie rod ends. Will be replacing the upper ball joints next week, as well as getting it aligned shortly thereafter.
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