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  1. I have done a great deal of searching and I finally struck gold with this gentlemen that appears to be Canadian. There you will find as you scroll down, all the dimensions you need. Dont miss the part where the flywheel sits 25.1mm in the engine block which you will have to make up for. Especially if you are using the Subby flywheel re-drilled that means 25.1mm adapter plate plus whatever your 907 crank mating surface comes out past the bellhousing mating surface. Let me know how it goes!
  2. You got 34mph out of your v8 esprit?????  I have managed to get 20mpg averaging 80 mph. Yikes, 

    Anyways I like what you are doing with the 918 into the Excel And i'm curious what method you used to make the adapter plate?

    1. dave excell

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      I measures the Toyota W58 bell housing and it was longer than the V8 bell housing by 26mm. So I am using the V8 housing with a 26mm alloy spacer. I aligned the Toyota geabox input shaft with the hole on the V8 bellhousing using a shaft that fitted V8 on one end and Toyota at the other. The  alloy plate was counterbored with the holes to fit the toyota box so they were slightly below the surface. This then left the plate clear to drill through holes to bolt the V8 housing on. There was a clash of one bolt on the V8 bell housing , so another was redrilled off set enough to miss. You would need a lathe to make the shaft up or a friendly machine shop owner. The spigot bearing in the V8 crank is swapped for the Excel one (same outer diameter but bigger inner) The two slide togrther perfectly. next job is to make the clutch friction plates with toyota splines instead of the AP clutch Reault splines. Apologies if this is not clear I am not very good at describing things. The geabox needs to be perfectly in line with the crank to avoid any reliability problems.

      The tip I got about the V8 economy was from Phil at South West Lotus. He said keep the speed under 100mph and boost low and 30 mpg is acheivable. I normally get about 24 mpg from the Esprit using it locally. My Excel 2.2 does about the same with those dellorto carbs. Anns M100 does about 35 mpg on a run. All 3 cars have done the Monaco, Italy run and the Excel is the most uneconomical of all.

  3. Everybody needs an obd2 code reader. It will give you trouble codes if the computer can see something wrong. In some model readers you will even get RPm signal reading which rules out the ckp and cam sensors. But you can skip this by checking for spark. Spark will tell you the ecu is reading RPM correctly. You can actually pull out a coil wire off the spark plug and listen to the sparks jump during cranking provides there is not much ambient noise. Not too far off the plug that the spark won’t jump and instead hit a different ground point. This method could be aided by using a stethoscope to listen closely. Timing light method is safer overall.
  4. Good idea on finding bike friendly routes. This road wasn’t picked out by accident lol. The wife was all for it when she saw how twisty it was. It’s just too bad I don’t have any GoPro type camera.
  5. We are taking 4 days off to go to Cali and doing a run up for a nice hike. Anyone familiar with the roads can tell me a better way ? it starts on Yerba Buena rd Up to Mishe Mokwa where we can find various trailheads. I would take
  6. Seems I found the proper thread for this
  7. i dealt with this low-fuel relay yesterday. traced the issue from the sender to the light and found there was this doohickey under the hood. Took it out and sure enough keeping the light on. It was the craziest coincidence that I was re-calibrating my fuel gauge needle to then have this happen? I was so confused. I opened it, re-soldered everything and working good now. I was about to put the jumper wire but it's now good. you did great work here, you mind doing one for the factory ECU?
  8. That explains what’s happening there. Does it add up rhatvthe poay is only on that cylinder? good job on the pulley, learned something new.
  9. Haha it’s funny you ask because I want to do the exact same thing although you posted here 2 years ago May factory ecu might be dead in some form I don’t know till I spend some time on it. I purchased a JimStim from diyautotune in order to simulate many different combinations of ckp and cam signals. It’s a 4 spike VR sensor on the crank & a single Hall effect pulse from the Cam all I can tell you is that it has a 27 degree trigger angle as measured by my tuning software but idk if that’s btdc,atdc
  10. To anyone still looking for answers, in cases like this when you are dealing with a component borrowed from an American GM product. You need to google like I did, any early 90s Pontiac and I found specific info here Its 2.2 ohms on the airbag which you should NOT be checking with a ohmmeter!!!! If you already did and survived that, then great. Well now you know why the repair manual posted by mike has you checking for voltage instead. Thats why there is a dummy load tester tool, it’s a known good expensive 2.2 ohm resistor Gimmick which you can just buy any 2.2 ohm resistor as a dummy load and put it in place of the airbag. I keep some in my tool box because that value seem pretty standard in the industry. There is no actual resistor in the airbag, just an initiator wire that measured out to that. Hope this helps.
  11. After thinking about this and it makes me really want to buy a borescope to stick down my bores and see how my Self-tuning has made my cylinders looks. Too much fueling from my initial startup tune together with an accidental water syphoning from water/meth tank in the very beginning has had me wonder. Then theres the fact I dont use the Knock sensor or the factory "rough road" sensor mounted on chassis to eliminate possible detonation, I rely simply on taking baby steps in the tuning. Question, are you using knock sensor on your tuning computer?
  12. you guys from England have the most interesting stories of where you source your parts😆 It's becoming a dream of mine to go and visit some of you😂 so the Shop found no out of round of the cylinders and so far the pistons have not been pulled out. It will interesting to see what the cylinder liners look like on the outside as well as the pistons and rings. So you will have them re-balance with new rings and verify the piston wrist pin holes have no abnormal wear, meaning the pistons where not slapping around?
  13. whats the story on your engine? Was it burning oil? How many miles on it and has it ever been disassembled ?
  14. learning something new! Do you also grease them up upon install?
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