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    Phil Wilkinson
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    Lotus Turbo Esprit, Dry Sump Esprit, VW Beach buggy, VW Passat 2.0TDI
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  1. What do people use to replace what were Rivnuts to repair the fixings for these covers. Never really got on with Rivnuts and due to the fibreglass thickness need to be really quite long and of course the need for a decent tool. Cheap one i bought last 1 x 6mm Rivnut before it made its way to the bin! Wonder if theres something better these days?
  2. Personally I would keep my handbrake lever. Not a particular fan of electronic handbrakes to be honest and just wouldn't want to install that in an Esprit. I would definitely consider replacing the calipers as I mine do seem to provide me with problems, so a more modern unit from a major manufacturer could be the solution. I think I will try and get hold of a set and have a look at what can be achieved relatively easily.
  3. Im a bit lost here. All B6 Passats had electronic handbrakes so how can these calipers work? What am I missing?
  4. doesnt appear listed at the moment?
  5. So if John Eaves used DH then that is new to me as I have 2 x sets of SL’s. SL’s can be seen being used by Roger Moore at the top of the ski jump
  6. Last night went through timing and checked a few other things, and of course installed a very short bolt!! Got it running and actually running quite nicely. Phew what a relief!
  7. Well guys, I think I may have solved the issue. I initially ran the engine without driveshafts connected. When I installed the brake discs and connected driveshafts I noticed I had missed the bolt that holds the turbo oil drain pipe to the gearbox. Last night in bed I was lying there thinking what the issue could be. This bolt came to mind. I got up and went outside again. Undid the bolt, put the car in gear and rocked it. Engine is now turning. I believe bolt too long and had jammed onto flywheel. Will check timing etc later but I'm really thinking the problem has been found. Long evening ahead but things are looking promising.
  8. Cheers John. I think I'll need it. May not be as bad as Im thinking. Will post again
  9. Jon Seems gearbox is engaging fine. Drive rotating. Also plenty of oil. Nothing that ive seen suggests gearbox. However at the moment I will investigate every single suggestion. Everything does point to engine though at the moment.
  10. Sparky Cant move engine backwards either. No air con fitted. Can not believe belt has slipped. Done cam belts loads of time and a few times on these engines. This was done with engine out and engine was running the day before. Problem is because engine wont move cant realign the cam sprocket spots to check. Oh joy 🙂
  11. Done that im afraid Jon. Thanks. I just want to close the garage and walk away!
  12. Unfortunately after putting the engines back in after sorting fuel tanks, re built gbox and new clutch etc i had the engine running through the week. Saturday went to start the car. Engine turned probably less than one revolution and appears to have jammed. Can not move it on crank bolt. Not touched the engine so this is either mechanical internal failure and have just been incredibly unlucky or something else. Something wrong in clutch area and it has somehow jammed. Gear selection and drive all appear fine. To be honest I'm at my wits end with it. Got another set of eyes on it tonight but suspect engine out again. To be honest Im not too sure which is the best way to proceed. I could start looking in can housings. I did read about some having a follower shatter. Engine is also dry sump. Possibly its the pump. Something in there. This is accessible from the underside so probably while expensive relatively easy. Got to get over my deep depression first!! Got any advice on first steps? Thanks
  13. Cheers Sparky. Lets hope my question didnt need to be asked. time will tell!!
  14. Hi Just a question at this stage as full investigative work not complete. Can a cylinder head on a GTurbo be removed and head gasket replace with engine in situ? Thanks for your comments
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