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    Andy Warne
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    1982 Turbo Esprit, 1989 Ferrari 328 GTS
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  1. I remember back in the day Rivnut tools used to be hugely expensive, £300 ish. I cant believe how cheap this one is, which looks exactly the same:
  2. I have seen some engines which would benefit from some kind of recirculating pump from the undertray back into the engine
  3. Steve, if you mean the oil seal I am going on about, to remove it you have to drive out the pin which retains the drive dog, and pull out the entire shaft. Its worth having a replacement pin on hand from the Distributor Doctor, because the ends of the pin are peened over so to remove it you have to very carefully Dremel one end of the pin before hammering it out with a punch. I measured the seal and ordered one from a seal place such as Simplybearings. I am not sure if I have a record of the order but I can check back.
  4. This is the strange thing. There is scant info on this oil seal. The pictures on rebuild sites show this is not present in the distributors on other cars. It is present on the Lotus one. Did Lotus counterbore the body and fit the seal? Not sure. I spoke to the Distributor Doctor guy on the phone about this and it seemed he was only partially aware of its existence and thought I meant the external O-Ring which of course they all have. It makes sense that it would not be needed on other cars with the dizzy mounted vertically as oil would need to flow upwards to leak into the cap. But on the 907 with the co-axial oil pump it would be needed. There is no oil seal internally in the auxiliary housing where the drive exits from the rear. There is only one on the front, where the aux pulley is.
  5. Would standard distributors have the oil seal though? I believe only the Lotus and a Jag of some kind used the oil seal versions. Not sure how you tell whether it has the seal from the part number. I know from experience if the oil seal fails quite a lot of oil goes into the distributor cap and leaks out and fills up the block casting recess under the dizzy.
  6. They are molded from what looks like an asbestos composite, maybe the same stuff as garage roofs used to be made with but thinner. It would be interesting to research whether a more modern material is available which could be used, some kind of heatproof kevlar matting maybe, with high-temp resin? Molds could be taken from existing ones. There is fabric available which is very heatproof but not sure about how to make it into a rigid form. Agree that reproducing these would be better then bending bits of flat heatshield. I am also curious about the part 61 in the diagram. I have seen many cars without this including mine and the one I owned before, they only have the inner flat shield 60.
  7. You might have luck looking at the resto section and ask someone who happens to have the engine out because its impossible to picture these in situ. Not sure what you would do anyway with pictures because it would not seem possible to reproduce these. They were probably molded, is the stuff available these days to mold them from?
  8. Alternator Wiring

    This is the section which pertains to LC Turbo Esprit: I have looked inside the thermostat unit several times in the past and there is nothing to close off the bypass outlet. The thermostat only closes/opens the main rad flow.
  9. Alternator Wiring

    Not sure the above is exactly correct. The thermostat is either open or closed and affects only the main flow through the rad. When its closed the water will be forced to go via the bypass because it cant go anywhere else, but when open it does not close off the bypass. It just opens the straight path via the rad. If the thermostat is completely removed, but all pipework left the same, more water will go via the rad not less.
  10. I have the "Without A/C" springs from SJ (although the car has A/C) on mine and they are just right.
  11. Steve, It might be worth asking Gaz if they can set up shocks to specified dyno curves, as we do have these for the Esprit:
  12. Very early dry sump SOLD at French Auction

    Another category which a suspiciously large number seem to be are "Ex-Chapman Car" But Mark, finding a dry sump which is not on the list is a big event for Esprit nerds, so look forward to the chassis number to see where it fits in the sequence! Also look forward to pictures!
  13. Alternator Wiring

    Actually I have done the opposite and changed the standard Otter switch to a screw-in one as I have never been a big fan of the "Champagne cork" design. Probably from owing a Europa where they used to blow out quite often.
  14. Where is it now?

    Derek Dean, wow a name from the past. I remember he had a massive discount sale at his yard and I bought a Europa 5-speed box in bits. A few days after the sale his yard caught fire.
  15. You are right about the lack of pictures. I dont think I have ever seen a picture which shows the oil seal in the bottom of the body of the special horizontal version used on these engines. People who are not familiar with these dont believe its there. They always think you are referring to the large O ring on the outside of the stem when mentioning an oil seal. Even the Distributor Doctor guy was pretty uncertain about it and sent me the wrong size. I eventually sourced a correct one elsewhere. I should have taken a pic of this really.