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  1. Full geo - the old way. To make it more complete, I describe here again, what I did. I hope that I did it right and maybe it's useful to someone out there. Or just myself, for next time I do it. The old way worked well. Spent the day in the bat cave setting up my LEGO system - Lotus Esprit Geometry Optimisation. My wanted numbers are a mix of SE and Sport300 as I altered the car away from SE spec. 1/ Leveling the floor, having shim tiles ready, placing the car center on the surface. Floor is dead level. 2/ Setting dampers to 70mm each (from under spring lock rings to top of b
  2. Spent the day in the bat cave setting up my LEGO system - Lotus Esprit Geometry Optimisation. My wanted numbers are a mix of SE and Sport300 as I altered the car away from SE spec. 1/ Leveling the floor, having shim tiles ready, placing the car center on the surface. Floor is dead level. 2/ Setting dampers to 70mm each (from under spring lock rings to top of bottom housing). 3/ For fun measuring fender height. Max deviation is 3mm left-right-front-rear-cross. 4/ measuring ride height front and rear. 5/ setting dampers to 12 clicks from hardest (a bit over mid-way - sta
  3. Right, so spent some time today in the bat cave, cleaning the floor, measuring the floor for deviations of being level, and found to my nice surprise, that it's only deviating 3mm over a length of 6 meters. So made up some very thin geo-shims for my LEGO system (Lotus Esprit Geometry Optimization), ready to level the car completely. Also spent some time taking wheels off and on the car a few times to decide my present ride height. For now, I've settled for raising the front 20mm over the previous setting and leaving the rear as is. I'll remeasure it tomorrow with my rideheight tool. The u
  4. Nope, tou're both wrong. It is of course baby Loch Ness monsters. They are migrating to another lake. Obviously. If you don't believe me, than post the picture on a genuine Loch Ness forum, and see what happens Kind regards, jacques
  5. Ha ha! Yeah, the Danish NHS equivalent kindly asked everyone via national tv, to lessen the amount of home rebuilding projects as well as extreme gardening projects, as they have too many damaged people coming in... Kind regards, jacques
  6. So spent some time fiddling with turning the connecting arm from uprights to steering rod ball joints, the right way Anyway, torqued everything to spec, regreased wheel bearings and used spring scale to adjust it. The biggest problem here is inserting a new grease cup... Any ideas? (I filed down the edge in an angle to ease it, but no help really). I know that endfloat is not shown correctly here, but I got carried away and began to measure all sorts of places just to see if it was okay, and it was. And the brake surface is also perfectly centralised and with no side to side deviati
  7. I did as Chris did, and also remember to have the lower suspension damper bolt/nut to lower wishbone arm loose too. Two up, half tank, and then tighten. I loosen all the related bolts both front and rear, as I find that ride height, and thereby camber, toe and castor changes ever so slightly, if only setting one end. I also cleaned up the steering rod thread, possibly with a refresh cutter (I had to cut those two nuts). Reason for doing so is, that once fiddleing with bushes, I had to readjust the steering ball joints on their thread as a consequence. Might want to do that while there's s
  8. Got some new purple polybushes for the front arb, as one split on installation. Installation tool didn't work, so made my own method and that works really well. The new one just popped in and sit right where it should. I then spent one hour with a friend on here, to push the right hand side lower wishbone home. Now sits well. Then spent two hours today trying to loosen up the two nuts that lock the steering ball joints in place. Wouldn't so took out my trusty Proxxon mini tool, and cut them. Two minutes later and one nut came off. Cleaned up thread, lubricated and installed new nut.
  9. Today dentists, hairdressers and many other small private shops can reopen. Extra precaution is needed doing their service. All bars, café's etc. are still closen down. Kind regards, jacques
  10. As Denmark opened up apprx. half of the school classes last Tuesday, they are now talking about opening up even more, like small shops - hairdressers etc. earlier than first predicted. Hope it doesn't backfire. But at least a small degree of return to normality. Around 12 people die of the chinese virus every day here. And patients in respirators are slowly lowering day by day, to "only" 72 today, Thursday. Kind regards, Jacques
  11. I've saved on spending moeny, not buting stuff I don't really need. I onsly bought food and some hard needed Lotus Esprit parts. See, that was easy. Kind regards, jacques
  12. Thanks for the observations. Derek, I believe that the new bushings are sitting perpendicular to their mountings, but I could be wrong. So, As I measured the width of the red poly LOTAC bushings to be the same width as the original rubber bushings, I also realised that they have quite a different shape. The original rubber bushings round off a bit each end, and have a semi-large more flat like endings. Where as the red LOTAC polybushings are ending their outer metal sleeve earlier, and the inner metal tube with a little bit of red polyurethan preotrudes a few mm each end. But as I said, t
  13. I measured the width of both new upper ball joints to be 37,6mm each. Kind regards, jacques
  14. I'll go measure tomorrow and write back here. Kind regards, jacques
  15. yep, they are brand new LOTAC poly bushings. But i can take the arms off and measure if the inner tube runs parallel to the arm they are inserted in. They are not hard to press in (I also froze them first) and they shouldn't be damaged. Kind regards, jacques
  16. Yes, I already set that up. And that leaves me with the front of the two upper wishbone arms wide apart, so much, that when I insert a new fresh upper ball joint, There's still a wide opwn airgap. Hence the two shimplates I inserted today, to avoid twisting the bushes. I am puzzled. Kind regards, jacques
  17. I may have found a small mg garagem who is willing to drive from his sommerhouse to his workshop, to sell me a bunch of ½" unf nuts. I have no idea as of yet, to the length of these nylock nuts. We'll see. I measured up the contranuts I bought (from the UK) and they are only 0,15n too thick, so not a problem. I did the other side today, and I also have an apprx. 8mm airspace between the upper ball joint and the rear upper wishbone arm. On both sides of the car, I inserted two 3mm, so 6mm in total, to fill it up. Should it be one 3mm each side to neutralise the effect on castor?
  18. Thanks, that would be something like 11,11mm and 7,94mm. Something to work with. I'll go measure all the different ones that I have currently. The problem is, that I cannot really get these in my country, as we are metric (fortunately), and every time I order something from abroad, they send me the thicker ones, which doesn't fit. So I had some milled down by 4mm. But as one sets up the car, more is needed, also for other places on the car. So it would be good to just get the propper ones from a reliable source, in a stream, so to speak. Anyway, I have currently set up the left front side
  19. Good an all the gardenmanaging. That's the way. In Denmark, we have seen drastic drops in levels of insects, and therefore birds, as a consequenceof not having enough wild nature, also in cities. Therefore all local authories now leave grass, as in huge lawns, road sides etc, to grow pretty high, and voila, all sorts of other plants rush up to the joy and common good for insects and birds. Then, after Summer, they cut it down again. Sometimes they cut pathways into the areas, so children can run in between it and enjoy it. Regarding corona cirus, Denmark opens op for schools 0-5 grade and
  20. Ha ha! Great. Well, I am actually not bored. I am looking into castor on the Esprit. But, since I still miss some parts, well, from that pointof view, I am slightly bored. Fortunately i can just pop down in the garage and take the Laverda out for a spin. But since I already did that, I am looking into lot's of videos of how to actuallymeadure castor on the Esprit (or other cars)... Sigh... Jacques
  21. Would that possibly be the corner of the garden where the trashcan is placed? Oh, and please stop all this talk about and pics of food. Now, I must go in the kitchen again, and get some supplies for the next hour here at the desk, in front of the keyboard... I'm getting fat at 78 Kilogram, and have to exercise a lot more, to help keeping the Esprit's total weight down... Kind regards, Jacques
  22. Well done! One might lube the new nr. 13 and 14, when installing. Knd regards, Jacques
  23. Thanks. I'll make them myself on a lathe, then. Kind regards, jacques
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