Just added engine room pic to main post. To give more context on this ill explain backstory
I purchased this from the 2nd owner, who's had it since 1980, he bought it with about 25 or 26k miles on it from lotus in south FL, i have the receipts. Currently its at 27 something k.
He then put on about a 1000 miles before deciding it was too slow. So then he made an adapter for a weber carb, and then he decided to turbo it. It appears he made a custom manifold and then had some 3 inch stainless welded for downpiping. This connected to a Callaway Systems turbo he bought in 1981, i have the receipt, he paid a LOT for it. This was somehow connected to the weber. He ran it like that for a little bit but wanted a better setup. So next he added a huge oil cooler from a helicopter with stainless braided hoses and a baby intercooler. two scoops were added to the rear and have additional ducting to funnel air through both coolers. Scoop on the right side was made to funnel through a second radiator. Some sort of high performance head gasket was added, along with new timing bits. I'm assuming this is when he added the front spoiler from a turbo esprit, currently owner is looking for original fiberglass bits.
Im not sure if it was run much with this setup, but at some point or the same time, he tried to convert to fuel injection. He took an entire mechanical/electrical system from a VW Sirocco and tried to adapt it to work. this included a custom welded aluminum intake you see in the picture. He told me that he never got it to run quite right on that setup, so the car was pushed aside in probably 1984(plate says 85 for registration in tampa). he said he tuns it over every year and tried to keep it covered, an ill-get-to-it-some-day project. his HOA was making him clear his open sideyard, had to sell his boats n car. Looking at the system, its pretty confusing and doesnt seem complete, not suprised it didnt run well.
Any whoo, i bought it a month or so ago on impulse after selling my E30, popped up on local craigslist and i was the first to get there. Car has been sitting some decades in garage and then side yard. Car is complete aside from body mods, one crack in front fender, i have all original engine bits minus airbox. Frame is solid, only surface rust, bolts arent all frozen. trans shifts into gear but crossgate cable frozen. Interior is complete but water leaked in through windshield edge and rusted a few things, sun faded the cloth.
All in all it's quite the mess but im working through it, everyone told me "oh i bet he blew the engine and parked it" but i was able to jump the solenoid and check. 160 or 165+ psi all 4. So right now ive removed the VW stuff and im working on getting a weber on it this week for ease of starting, and ill go from there.