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  • Birthday 27/05/1975

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    Nick Holden
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    Esprit S4 | DeLorean | 1912 Model T
  • Location
    Sdney, Australia

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  1. Hi Guys, I am installing a Suraru WRX 6 speed gearbox behind a GT3 (2.0L) engine. I need to machine an adapter plate, so I was wondering if anyone on here has a CAD file of either the back of the engine or the bell housing? If so that would greatly assist and be much appreciated! Cheers, Nick
  2. Hi Michael, sorry for my delay, I have been flat out with work recently. I didnt have a theard with my DeLorean as such but a youtube channel did a story on it a few years ago here -
  3. Hi Nich, Now that i know who i'm talking to, I can say you have done what I only dreamed of. FUnny how you did what I had in plan around the same time frame. If I had seen your thread I would have probably gotten more done. 

    Is there any way we can chat in the future more directly like thru a phone app? YOu have seriously brought some light to my Subaru tranny dream. 

    1. nicholden


      Hey Michael, sure thing. Are you on WhatsApp or anything?  


    2. v8GTmac1


      I’m on whatsup. 623 680 4620 

      havent been on this forum much. Haven’t driven the Lotus. Is that it’s hot out. 

      But I do have a few questions. 

  4. Hey, I asked the question as I bought an S4 with no gearbox and I plan on a full rebuild of the car. I have a WRX Subaru 5 speed behind a 400 hp LS1 in my DeLorean and I am very pleased with it. I have a 2010 Liberty BD4 6 speed for the esprit. I will convert it to a 2WD box and install an LSD. So I can have an adapter plate designed, does anyone know if their is a CAD file out there of the Lotus bell housing? I have one for the gearbox so I’m halfway there! Thank you, Nick
  5. Hi Mate, did you ever progress further with the Subaru gearbox? Nick
  6. Thanks guys, I will disconnet the top ball joint over the weekend and have a feel. GPK - thanks for the suggestion but it doesnt sound or feel like brake pads its more of a positive click/knock. Thanks Nick
  7. Hi, I am getting a clicking sound from the front suspention (LH side only) I have tightened up all the bolts i can find and also inspected the bushes which visually look ok. I have also removed and lubricated the front swat bar. Alot of other small noises disapeared after i did this, which is good but i still have the clicking sound. I also checked the wheel bearings which where OK. I am getting the 'click' sound on mild bumps at low speeds and on acceleration (mainly at low speeds also). To me it sounds like a ball joint. ie when you accelerate and the front of the car lifts it 'clicks'....I havd tried the ball joint with a lever and couldnt see any unwanted play but i dont suppose i can impose the same loads as the car would. Any thoughts or previous experience would be appreciated? Thanks, Nick
  8. Does anyone know the part number and brand for the V8 spark plugs? I could pull the old ones out and check but i cant be confident that the correct ones where installed last time. Thanks Nick
  9. Thank you for all the responces. I will be sure to check the tension of all the bolts before i put the car back on the ground this week. Nick
  10. Hi, I have a 1999 Sport 350. I am getting a few 'clunks' when going up driveways etc front the front. It sounds like suspention bushes to me but when i inspected them they all look ok and intact. Are there any usual suspects in this senario ? I also checked the ball joints with a lever and couldnt get any movement out of them. I plan on checking the tension on all the mounts and bushes before i get it back on the ground but any advice would be appreciated. Can the bushes still clunk without looking perished? Nick
  11. Hi, another round of questions please...! Question 1- I have never driven another V8 Esprit so i am a little unsure as to what the clutch should feel like. At the moment it is a very on or off clutch (which i presume is normal) but it has an initial shudder on take off which makes it unpleasant to drive. The car has done 17 000 miles and the wear on the clutch feels fine it is just the shudder. Will this 'come good' with use or is this normal or do i need to replace it and machine the fly wheel? Question 2- I tested my water level sensor and when i bridge the conections the light on the dash comes on (so i know that works) but when i remove the sensor and hold it out of the water but still in the same position (down) the light doesn't come on. Can this be fixed or do i need to replace the sensor? Question 3- What coolant is recommended (i am still waiting for my workshop manual to arrive) Thanks for all the help and advice so far. Nick
  12. Hi Dave, Thanks for the info. You can just send the CAD drawing as is if you want and i will modify it here. I have a CNC press brake so i might have a go at a gradual bend. I will just need to send the sheet out to be laser cut. Thanks, Nick
  13. Hi Kylie, my rear wing appears to be doing the exact same thing as yours. Did you have yours recovered in new Caron Fibre or just sand back and re clear coat? I haven't had much to do with CF in the past. I will try post some close up pic's. Thanks, Nick
  14. Hi Dave, Yes it is me! I finally got all the paper work side of things sorted out. I will be keeping the car mostly unmodified apart from the rear valance that i want to fit and the tail lights which the pervious owner installed. I plan on spending abit of time getting it back to brand new condition. I sent the wheels of last week to get re coated and the rear spoiler will be going off this week to be re clear coated. Love your web site and i will be ordering a few bits off you soon. I am changing all the fluids next week. I have bought mobil 1 for the engine but what gear box oil is reommended? I am happy to use the expensive stuff if necessary but what is the best one? I need to replace the drive shaft seals. Anyone know if there is a direct cross reference to another car as they wont be available over here through Lotus. Simon - Thanks for the temp info. Yes i ws getting a little worried whghen it was pushing 100. I even turned off the A/C. Cheers, Nick Dave, I would love the CAD file if possible please. I use CAD so i can fiddle with it if necessary but would appreciate the facory design with the central exits. What is the Factory valance manufactured from? Regards, Nick
  15. Hi, what is the normal running temp for a V8 in traffic? I drove it for the first time to the registration inspection the other day and it was fine whilst driving but when stopped at the lights with the A/C on it was nudging 100. As soon as i set off again it went down to 80 ish. Any suggestions or thoughts would be apreciated or is this normal?
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