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The story of a low miles project

V8 FOU

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[font=arial, helvetica, sans-serif][size=3]Well, after 4 weeks of ownership I decided to do the cambelts on my V8 Esprit. It has turned into a bit of a project.[/size][/font]
[font=arial, helvetica, sans-serif][size=3]About 4 weeks solid work![/size][/font]
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[font=arial, helvetica, sans-serif][size=3]Engine and 'box out after much cussing etc at seized engine mount bolts, snapped studs in turbos, reluctant hose clips, etc.[/size][/font]

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Trans off to check fork etc (clutch almost new)
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Plenum off and new belts and tensioners fitted. What a pig of a job to tension the belts - using a Gates STT sonic tester too. I ended up with a blood blister on my right thumb through plucking the belts! Found the IAC to be a bit manky, so a new one on its way. Long list of parts now on order - engine mounts (how much?) and trans mounts, oil and cooler lines for turbos, heat wrap, serpentine belt, exhaust studs ( I have a large box of these if anyone wants some for about £1 each), service items, throttle cable, K&N filters, and more.
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Better check the fuel tanks.... thanks folks for pointing that one out.
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Tanks looking a bit better after much work with Roloc brushes and Hammerite. Can't believe what a crap idea that foam is - still, whaddya expect for your £60,000!

More to follow as it progresses. S'funny how when I bought this I didn't want to get too involved in a project. I have too many of those on the go without attending to customers bikes and cars! Then I end up like this! Ah well. Such is Lotus ownership - I'l tell you about the TC Europa one day.


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