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  1. Little progress from me on the Esprit . Lull before the storm I hope . I need to get the chassis rolling by the end of the month ( engine etc all in ) so that @changes can have it and fit the body . The engine is still waiting to go on the dyno , everything else is pending that happening ... In the meantime , I've swapped my silver Elise for this beauty Same colour as the one I bought new from the factory in 1999 ( this has a 135 dealer fitted head ) And this is now waiting an engine . Mmmm lots of waiting ...
  2. Body is getting serious - paint straight out of the gun before further work
  3. Yes apparently 1970s Opel Ascona . I have one , so maybe scan and 3d print ? Could also be turned ...
  4. I've checked now and it seems the following are required For each side - 1 off 25mm washer with a serrated side ( or both ? ) and 1 off 40mm washer . Then 2 off the dished washers - the manual suggests 8 off total ( i.e. 4 per side ) but the drawing shows 2 off each side .... these fit on the outside of the wishbones - between the bolt head on one end and the nut on the other . The rubber bush has a serration on one side as per the pic below The 25mm and 40mm washers are both fitted towards the front of the car , no washer between the chassis and the bush at the rear . This seems exactly as Dr Doom's pic shows. I imagine this is quite important to get correct to ensure the correct suspension geometry . Someone had fitted new polybushes to the wishbones ( which have been replaced now with the original spec rubber bushes ) so I basically only have 1 off dished washer and nothing else - so any source for the 25mm , 40mm and dished washers would be great .
  5. Giorgio Thanks for your reply , I’ll check the dims and get back to you 👍
  6. Don’t know why those pics didn’t upload properly
  7. Body really coming on . Can't finish the front suspension until I sort out the dished washers ( which are unobtainable) for the top wishbones . Engine still not been on the dyno but gearbox and rear suspension bits are all ready. IMG_2966.heic IMG_2967.heic IMG_2967.heic
  8. Dr Doom - than you for the pics . I've been studying SOUP's videos on youtube to look at the wishbone pics and they seem quite different washers .. Do you have a washer on both sides of the inner sides of the wishbones ? Minor points but I do want to get this right .
  9. Not sure - the inner side of the bushes has the rubber outside of the metal edge of the bush . I have one dished washer and that doesn't clamp anything ... If they are essential , surely they must be available somewhere ?
  10. Manual is a bit vague on these - I think I need 2 off per wishbone , with the other 2 off being plain . SJ don't do them - do they a) need to be dished and b) if so , any sources ?? I must say the RD Enterprises sheets are a bit more comprehensive than the workshop manual . Thanks
  11. Quick visit to @changes for a body update. Looking lovely .
  12. Thanks Dr Doom . I am using the lower holes. I need some more washers etc before I can proceed. Got some new spring compressors coming for the smaller springs .
  13. Advice please . Is there a certain sequence to assembling the front suspension ? It looks like if I just have the dampers and lower wishbones in place ( i.e. no upright/top wishbone etc ) the lower wishbone will be in contact with the chassis . The springs ( 2.5inch) are a bugger to compress . Also what is this part ? Thanks in advance.
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