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  • Name
    Steve Margary
  • Car
    '96 Lotus Esprit V8 turbo, '91 Rover 827 Vitesse, Kawasaki Z1300, transit workhorse
  • Modifications
    None, all original
  • Location
    Midsomer Norton

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  1. What a waste of wood, you'd be better off using that to to shore up the gable ends in the garage. Tell Ross and his dad, it's very dangerous putting a low roof above a trampoline. Is that yellow path made from Cotswold shail? Tell the misses you need about 20 tonne, then the kids can barrow and spread the 15 tonne left over to make a nice road up to the workshop.
  2. If you've had it from new, it drives well and the wife loves it, repair and keep. You'll know that car inside out, it's better the devil you know as they say.
  3. Asking for a friend My PCD is 114,3 and not 100 do you now if excel hubs and esprit hubs are changeable thanks.
  4. That's crushed velvet...would look great on the dash in purple with tiger skin seat covers and bouncy air ride..
  5. Presuming you have the same UN1 027 as I, I didn't think it possible to separate the gear cases without first removing the shaft nuts and 5th drive and driven gears, to access the secondary shaft taper bearing retaining plate bolts. Have you reinstalled the 5th gear detent spring and ball bearing into the rear cover ?
  6. It's an internal primary shaft bearing and will be bathed and swimming in transaxle oil before final assembly. More chance of gaining some grease in my oven
  7. I never said I was fast, but it's getting there. The one piece primary shaft upgrade is a little more involved than I'd anticipated, notice that first gear is now straight cut which means the secondary shaft also needed attention. The new shaft was too long to fit under my press, so I had some more practice on the kitchen appliances. It's saved me £1500 by doing this myself, it really isn't rocket science, all thats required are a few basic gear pullers and a press. I did damage one of the diff bearings on removal, so have ordered some new ones, but apart from that pleased with the progress.
  8. Hope it's not the dipstick tube, usually installed before the cylinder head.
  9. A good wire brushing to the visible thread + penetrating oil, if that doesnt work theres something wrong. Just sheer it off and press it or drift it out. To help with set up... The V8 used split rear toe adjustment shim plates, these can be slipped in from either side without the need to completely remove the trailing arm. Just loosen the bush mounting bolts to add or remove, and they are interchangeable with the earlier 4 pot one peice shims. Well worth doing if you intend to adjust toe setup on a regular basis.
  10. That's because Shan fitted your carpet and she's a perfectionist.. All the ones I've come across including my own have been glued over the breather pipes.
  11. Yum yum...Pangolins
  12. You'll be believing the Americans put a man on the moon next... There's another photo somewhere of Mike sweating cursing covered in oil reaching for the angle grinder.
  13. Oh dear, first mock up reveals a problem, new primary shaft rear bearing housing locating flange 2mm, original 1.6mm, locating groove 1.75mm. It'll have go back...quick message to Lee at GTO reveals a machining error. My trusted local engineering guy would have sorted that for me in the blink of an eye if he hadn't departed suddenly last year. But alas, original on it's way back, replacement on its way Monday.
  14. The plasterers have run out of plaster, I've run out of money, so stuff the bungalow. I thought I might sell it and buy an Evora, but with 20,000 bungalows about to become vacant I doubt it would fetch much. So time to self isolate in the tiny garage and have a go at fitting this GTO racing gearbox kit. First a steam clean, Then a good read of the manual followed by spanner time. Being split in halves makes this box relatively easy to work on, so here she is, like a Damien Hirst work of art. Nice and clean, no undue of wear on the synchro rings, forks or gears themselves, very fine metalic deposits on the magnet, so far so good. Now where's that Quaife...
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