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    Gavin Tookey
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    S1 #165H + Stevens MY88, Bosch Injection.
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    The Black Hills of South Dakota USA

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  1. You could plum a PSI gauge in the line from the pump to the carb and get a true reading on the fuel pressure. Low pressure electric fuel pumps are cheap but I would install a pressure regulator just to be certain the pump doesn’t over pressurize the carbs.
  2. The combination of square teeth and the fixed tensioner was the reason for the belt slips on the early Jensen Healey engines. The auto tensioner was introduced to resolve the issue. To convert to a fixed tensioner correctly would mean replacing all the cam belt sprockets to HTD.
  3. Hello Jim, same problem here. Although I have an S3 / Turbo Momo wheel fitted. I can’t drive the car with the original wheel, my knees get in the way. I’m tall, 6’2 and long in the leg.
  4. Welcome..congrats on acquiring 505H. Hope they send you the Cali tag, nice to have in the history file. Keep the updates coming.
  5. So how did it go Iain? you have a huge beaming smile?
  6. Hello Peter, congrats on your 88 purchase. I liken the Stevens design to the S1. Flowing lines with no unnecessary scopes or wings / spoilers. I am fortunate to own both models, when side by side you can really see the purity in each design. My 88 is currently undergoing recommissioning but my S1 is fully sorted. The little I have driven my 88, maybe 50 miles, you just know it’s all round a much better engineered and constructed car. Night and day in-fact. Good luck with the car, just remember in time of frustration they all have their own eccentricities and once sorted are so rewarding to own.
  7. The body seam has been ground down. I don’t know, but I would think this would compromise the bond between the two body halves. I recall reading that the Stevens body eliminated the seam line by the upper body half overlapping the lower.
  8. If you are really concerned, disconnect the electrical sender unit and connect a manual gauge. If it reads good then you can adjust the way you read the dash gauge accordingly.
  9. On my S1.....startup cold...takes about 3 seconds to register, needle goes almost to maximum. Once warm and at idle the needle sits mid way between minimum and halfway. Driving....the needle sits just under maximum pressure.
  10. gtookey


    I really like that color combination. Unusual for a Stevens?
  11. From what I understand...keep the auto tensioner because you have a square toothed belt / sprockets. The early Jensen supplied engines were fitted with a manual tensioner and a square toothed belt / sprockets, it is this set up that had belt jump issues. The auto tensioner was the solution to this issue. It was only when Lotus started using the round toothed belt / sprocket that the manual tensioner was reintroduced. The rounded tooth design is way better and unlikely to jump as long as the correct tension is applied. Even loose belts will not jump...I know from experience.
  12. I just like carbs. I think a Turbo Esprit on twin Dellorto’s is just engineering coolness.
  13. Has anybody here done it? I’m thinking about it. Looking at the parts manual almost all the engine internals are the same. Fuel tanks are the same. It should be a matter of finding a used set of carbs with manifold, a new fuel pump and regulator. Wiring could be an issue but the CIS is stand alone and doesn’t really interface with the any other systems. Anyone have any thoughts?
  14. Speaking with Claudius yesterday, the above kit is still available. Price is $800 USD. It solves the engine mount issue so probably worth the investment. If we could organize a group buy I’m sure we could get a better price. Would anybody be interested?.
  15. gtookey


    Very sorry.
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