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S300 #25 mechanical restoration project

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mike_sekinger

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Yesterday I made a start on the restoration of this fantastic Esprit.

[img]http://img37.imagefra.me/i5cv/sekinger/grq4_c66_u6qlh.jpg[/img]

It was specially ordered by and supplied to Romano Artioli, the boss of Bugatti when it owned Lotus back in 1994. The car has been well looked after over the years, but its owner would like to have it restored and approached me with the job for the mechanical aspects. The restoration of the interior and paintwork will be a task for someone else.

The first task will be to remove the engine and gearbox for rebuild/overhaul. Made a start with uncovering the engine, so that I could have a proper poke-around:
[img]http://img40.imagefra.me/i5cv/sekinger/grq4_267_u6qlh.jpg[/img]

Trunk removed
[img]http://img37.imagefra.me/i5cv/sekinger/grq4_0ec_u6qlh.jpg[/img]

Engine brace and air filter/feed stuff away
[img]http://img40.imagefra.me/i5cv/sekinger/grq4_e58_u6qlh.jpg[/img]

Legendary T3/T4 turbo still in good shape
[img]http://img40.imagefra.me/i5cv/sekinger/grq4_a43_u6qlh.jpg[/img]

Shift mechanism and exhaust hanging bracket
[img]http://img37.imagefra.me/i5cv/sekinger/grq4_dd8_u6qlh.jpg[/img]

Not bad for 16-odd years of use
[img]http://img37.imagefra.me/i5cv/sekinger/grq4_354_u6qlh.jpg[/img]
[img]http://img37.imagefra.me/i5cv/sekinger/grq4_7d3_u6qlh.jpg[/img]
[img]http://img37.imagefra.me/i5cv/sekinger/grq4_07f_u6qlh.jpg[/img]

More updates in January.

Cheers,
Mike S
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Hello Mike !

happy new year !

i must send you the adress for sand blasting and anodizing the wishbone.

but my computer at home is broken...

i'll give you these info in the few weeks !

Bye

Fab'

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I finally turned my attention back to the S300 project today and continued with the preparation for engine removal.

Rear deck and rear wing removed to ease access
[img]http://img40.imagefra.me/i536/sekinger/grq4_52e_u6qlh.jpg[/img]

Exhaust system and hanger frame removed
[img]http://img40.imagefra.me/i536/sekinger/grq4_18b_u6qlh.jpg[/img]

All fluids drained.... fun jobs...
[img]http://img40.imagefra.me/i536/sekinger/grq4_023_u6qlh.jpg[/img]
Only 2L of gearoil.... the driveshaft seals have been leaking for a long time
[img]http://img40.imagefra.me/i536/sekinger/grq4_63c_u6qlh.jpg[/img]

Driveshafts released
[img]http://img37.imagefra.me/i536/sekinger/grq4_3a0_u6qlh.jpg[/img]

Final disconnections and engine lift hopefully next weekend.
[img]http://img37.imagefra.me/i536/sekinger/grq4_857_u6qlh.jpg[/img]

Cheers,
Mike s

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