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Hi,
Just got my mid-life crisis ( & boyhood dream) really rocking - un unloved '85 Turbo esprit.
Needs loads of things doing to it, but it is road legal so I'm driving it when it doesn't rain as the wiper is "Intermittent" :) . I'm no mechanic - but I'll have a go at as much as I possibly can - so will almost certainly be plaguing experienced minds to assist/enjoy along the way.
 

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1988 Esprit Turbo
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Pics! We need PICS! :giggle:

Apply Rain-Ex to the window (or use a car wash with wax in it)...that rain will just FLOW off!
 

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Welcome. Let’s see it!
 

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Here's some images ...... an loved car for sure ...

Lots to get on with, of course, firat starter project is the dashboard illumination - upgrade to LED lighting when I've sourced all the correct bulbs :)


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1987 Lotus Turbo Esprit HCI - Pearl white w/ Blue interior - No mods
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Great project! Looking forward to seeing your progress. "Boyhood dream" is the same reason I bought my G-body.
 

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Great car! I have an '83 Turbo Esprit and love it. Would love to hear how you get on with the LED dashboard illumination - that is on my list of things to do!
 

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I redid the seats on my 89 with just some scissors and my grandmother's hand crank Singer sewing machine, basically. Got a full hide of leather which was JUST enough for the 2 seats. I even had to use the brand. Just takes time and attention to detail.

Good luck with your project.
 

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LED lights out of stock - so more searching to do ...

Leather Paint arriving next week - will "test" on some inconspicuous part first - btw, paint was colour matched to underside of steering column cover
 

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Leather Paint arriving next week - will "test" on some inconspicuous part first - btw, paint was colour matched to underside of steering column cover
Interesting. On my 86 the steering column is black leather. I assume it is original. Maybe Lotus made a change at some point?
 

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