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    Andrew Podor
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    silver 1988.5, calypso 1989, calypso 1991, titanium 1997
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    lets just not go there right now
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    Fort McMurray or Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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  1. It has been A LONG, LONG WHILE . . . but, hey, I am back. F1inSchools was big our second year and even bigger the third year; but both of us teachers got wholly burnt out and it has been cancelled for this school year. With that decision I am both disappointed and relieved. But I will return with a slim and trim junior team of (so far) only boys and plan to compete in April of 2016. Their car is being drawn and virtual aero-tested on SolidWorks presently. Trust me, it will be a unique technical solution . . . my lips are sealed as to how, however. A replacement frame from "Salva"
  2. Sorry about the immense delay . . . I have been coaching/trouble-shooting our "F1 i n Schools" team. We develop the car from scratch each and every year. A rather troublesome approach. Hope to do well in the Canadian Nationals this year (in Michigan, USA!) on May 11,12. The Esprit got a replacement frame. It came from a small-time scrapper in Portland, Oregon (a Russian guy named "Salva" on eBay). Really reasonable actually. He has a bit of bodywork remaining from a red S4. The front clip. No time in the school shop to do this swap (or anytime soon). Swapping out an engine on a
  3. A bit of both. We have the TV . . . just don't have cable; so TSN can't be seen. Also the 3 1/2 year old boy = quiet nights at our house. AP
  4. I went to work to watch the F1 (11:58 PM Saturday to ~2 AM Sunday). The last 14 laps I was standing up -watching the TV. The last 4 laps I clapped and cheered the car/driver to the finish. Good thing no one was around to hear that. AP
  5. I intended to wake up and watch the race only to miss out because of the time-change here in Canada. Duh.
  6. The oddball 15" rear wheel that is rather deeply dished (has a negative offset). Standard on a 1988 model year. Any leads? AP in Edmonton
  7. Yes, I have seen and heard of that method. However, our welding teacher was gone by the time I started my hub repair. Maybe next time. Couldn't the heat or welding splatter damage the thin stamped SS grease deflector? It is so fragile that I doubt it could be pulled off without destroying it.
  8. Okay, I'm game (outer bearing "cone" of the rear hub bearing = a race). What is the easy way?
  9. Decided to leave the alternator alone (for a short while at least). Fort McMurray lacks a stand-alone auto electrical shop. Instead we separated the rear hubs from the wheel bearings. That operation was a head scratcher - at least for the first few tries. Significant problems existed at virtually every step. On every hub carrier at least one internal hex-head bolt has to round/strip. The necessitates drilling the head off the shank to release the bearing and then easing the bolt(s) out with a combination of penetrating oil, oxy-acetylene heat and vice-grips. The '91 had both rear whee
  10. Okay, I'll buy all of that except when we tested both a Ford and an AC Delco unit they produced a positive voltage - both CW or CCW. The Valeo Lotus unit produced a negative voltage using the same leads (negative on the case and positive on the the large threaded stud). What am I getting wrong here? AP
  11. Thank you all for input (especially Mark T-C). Mark . . . long time no hear. Today -after a long interval of doing unexciting term work- the Lotus finally got worked on again. One student and myself measured all the various necessary bolt lengths needed for the side mounted oil pump. Because I find the OEM bolts to be, well, weak crap . . . I always install new/improved versions. Lets just say that Spae-Naur of Kitchener, Ontario does A LOT of business with me with grade 8.8 and 10 fasteners. The original Lotus oil pump gasket was so thin that the paper buckled and distorted inside the
  12. For me, visiting the auto wreckers = an opportunity to see where Lotus might get their parts from. Look at the 1997-2001 Cadillac Catera rear door power window switches. I think they are identical to those in my 1997 Esprit V8. I also think they match the ones on a 1991 Lotus Elan SE. A Cadillac Catera is really just a re-badged Opel Omega. Since the Opel bits seem so similar to SAAB stuff, someone should also look at the early to mid 1990's SAAB 900S or SAAB 9-3 switches. This could be a bonus to those with well-worn Esprit window switches. AP
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