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    Terry Wright
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    1989 Esprit Turbo SE
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    Wanganui, NZ

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  1. Great advice. Thanks. The previous owner had thoughtfully replaced the seat nuts with galvanised or stainless nuts and washers so that should be an easy job.
  2. Interesting. I've had a long term problem with the throttle 'hanging' intermittently and suspected a vacuum leak. Previous handbrake light issue would suggest it is the microswitch, though.
  3. Thanks for the input. Didn't realise the picture would come out so big - thought it would be thumbnail size. I'll see if I can access the handbrake lever mechanism and go from there. Colour is Mitsubishi Red Diamond. Had it painted earlier this year. Used to be Calypso Red. Went all-in and had the stripes painted too (not stick-ons). Had previously had the wheels refurbished and went for the gold but it didn't really go with the original red, therefore the complete respray. (Yeah, just to match the wheels - the things we do...!). Here's a couple more pics:
  4. Hi all. Warning light stays on. I always used to have to release the handbrake with a two-stage motion to get the light to go out but now it stays on all the time. Because of its previous idiosyncrasy, I'm pretty convinced its just a dodgy switch. Does anyone know where the actual switch is and how to access it? I started to try to pull the carpet away from the handbrake but it's stuck on with some pretty heavy-duty glue so thought I'd check to make sure I'm heading in the right direction. Thanks in advance
  5. I considered it but that would have meant taking everything out of my boot, including the battery charger that was doing its thing at the time. Also, my Phd in spatial 3-D geometry has lapsed. Thought I'd save that challenge for another time.
  6. I've had the v8 shocks in the car for a few weeks now. They are just in as a stop gap as my leaky adjustables are away in the big smoke (Auckland) waiting to get refurbished. As Steve from SJ warned me, they are WAY too stiff for the SE. Perfect for a track day but it really highlights how beautifully damped it was before - soaked up the bumps but great in the corners too. It has to be said that the v8 shocks weren't in the best of condition, but they got me through the WOF (MOT). I wouldn't advise anyone to change to v8 shocks for everyday driving. My plan of action is to wait for the quote on the refurb. If it's silly money I'll order a pair of new ones from Steve. On a totally different note, I took my sunroof out for the first time today. I know the previous owner had never taken it off so it would have been at least 25 years since it was off. Was surprised that everything was in good nick. Will take the beast out topless as soon as I get over covid. At least it's given me time to catch up on a few little things on the Esprit. Also had the wheels refurbed and painted gold a few weeks back. Opinions?
  7. Hi all. Both my rear dampers are shot and I've had the offer of a pair of used dampers out of a mate's V8. He replaced his with high-end adjustables. It looks like replacement is pretty straightforward so won't have wasted much time if they turn out to be of no use. Anyone with any knowledge in this area? Cheers.
  8. Had vacuum pipes checked and no leaks found. At a bit of a loss as to the cause of this hanging throttle.
  9. Thanks Andy. When replacing the fuel pressure regulator, I noticed the vacuum line had come off the regulator. It looked original and had split. I was actually convinced that I had found the hanging throttle problem source but it turned out that replacement of the pipe cured the hot-start issue (unless it was a regulator problem) and not the one I was expecting. I'll probably get my friendly neighbourhood mechanic to do the smokey test thing to see if another air leak presents itself. I'm pretty sure I had the problem before I replaced the injectors.
  10. Thanks John. I'll give that a go.
  11. Discovered a leaking fuel pressure regulator. Replaced this and the hot start problem disappeared. Yay. Still have the revs dropping too slowly, though.
  12. Thanks Filip. That info is invaluable. I was ready to apply a pair of pliers which wouldn't have ended well. I'll start limbering up!
  13. Cheers Michael. Not too fussed about the A/C (this is NZ, after all). I did try to investigate the heater issue a while back but couldn't get the temperature control knob off for love nor money. Manual's description and diagrams of heating system make them look pretty complex and my body's still recovering from the gymnastics of removing the binnacle last year. I can't see that tinkering with the heater control system is going to be any less of a stern test for the ol' back, but I'll give it a go soon.
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