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  1. I've bought a spare wet sump engine for my Esprit (just in case :) ).

    For some reason the previous owner fitted a rather grotesque oil filler cap...

    Does anyone know whether the Lotus Twin Cam (from the Elan, Cortina) three eared oil filler cap fits? - as Burton Power sell them.. - or is there another source?



  2. Are 4 studs good? - I didn't realise.

    The chap who sold it to me was rather pleased of his 'washer modification' - not so sure myself I think it will be going back to standard including the colour coded bumpers and window frames (which I don't mind :)) - I am a bit of an original spec man, but not obsessive :)

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  3. 20 hours ago, Barrykearley said:

    You'd be better off selling the old thing......... Luckily there's folks on here that would assist in you getting rid of the problem !!

    Many thanks Barry for your kind offer, but it's not in my nature to foist my problems on others - I will labour on ;) 

    I just can't believe how Esprit values have risen in the interim 6 years....

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  4. Well 6 years on and not a lot has changed..

    After she started up - I noticed an oil spray was coming from around the front of the engine circulating around the cambelt!!, front crank oilseal or leaking oil pipe I thought? But life got in the way and the Esprit was pushed to the back of the garage where she has languished ever since :( - but I wheeled her out over the weekend, dusted her down and am enthused again - right first thing is where was that pesky oil coming from? :)

  5. Thanks John

    I live back in the stone age I reckon :) - many thanks for your post - I have just checked the starter (off the car) and as you correctly diagnose by also applying a live current to the solenoid spade connector indeed the starter seems to work correctly - it seems like an immobiliser has been fitted at some stage between the ignition and the solenoid preventing current reaching the solenoid when key turned to start mode - an evening's detective work with a multimeter beckons.

    Again thankyou :)



  6. Cheers Chaps

    Well starter motor seems to require a bit of attention - bridged solenoid and for some reason it spins but won't engage the starter ring - removed it from car and it just spins when livened up from spare battery

    Blimey new ones arn't cheap are they ;)

    Going to let the local auto electrician have a lookie first

  7. Hello All - been rather busy all summer but finally got around to trying to fire up the rebuilt dry sump turbo today - without luck - starter wouldn't engage (dead).

    Before I start looking for the reason I thought I might ask a few questions - sorry if some of them seem a tad daft :)

    My Esprit is an '81 Dry Sump Turbo - looks pretty standard, electronic ignition

    - do they have an immobiliser fitted?

    - the rad fans are not connected up yet - do they have a failsafe device on them?

    - solenoid has 2 wires going to spade connectors - one is yellow and seems to go towards the ignition, then there is a thicker black one that connects to a little black box on the inner O/S wheelarch - I didn't take a note of which wire went to which spade connector

    - fuel pump sounded rather noisy too?

    Apart from that everything looks fine ;)

    Any suggestions would be most welcome



  8. Tim, I have total empathy with you - fibreglass doesn't rust, but all the fixings do!!!! - I must have been dremel's best customer for the first 2 months of my rebuild :horse:

    What started out as a couple of valves to replace became an oddessy - once the engine was stripped down - it was, well errr, totally beggered, 2 weeks to part the exhaust manifold from the head. Then there's the' I might as well replace this whilst I'm here' position - so what started as a couple of week's project has taken a little over a year. But once I've got her back on the road the bodywork will no doubt have to be reviewed for next winter :) - but every so often during the rebuild I took time to stand back to admire that beguiling, sexy bodyshape and remembered why I got seduced in the first place into throwing my time, money and affection at her :)

  9. Thanks Scott was hoping to take it to Snetterton on the 20th but looks like I'll run out of time :)

    Just connected up the new exhaust system - looks like a work of art in the engine bay now :horse:

    Just have to reconnect cooling system. electrics and reinstall rear brake calipers and driveshafts now.

    Think battery may need a recharge too after a years sabbatical - lol

    btw - havn't got a burroughs gauge but tensioned the timing belt between inlet sprocket and auxilliary shaft sprocket by the usual 'twist' method that I use on the k series - anybody got any view/opinion on this? - there's a lot of money invested in there and I would welcome any comments :)

    Am getting rather excited now



  10. Tim - Scavenge pump was dismantled and all - phew - was ok :) - I have a contact for bits if you need one :) - will post some piccies when running :horse:

    John - to date all my engines, twinks, k series have fired straight on the button after rebuilding them - must confess the 910 engine (or whichever one it is) has been the most complex - have been most careful tho' :)

    Anyhow back out into the garage!!!

  11. Its been a long time but D day approaches fast :) - engine now successfully reloaded in the Esprit after a total mechanical rebuild, complete with new head, liners, bearings, pistons, turbo, wastegate, manifold etc, etc - should be attempting to start in the next week, hmmn now did I tighten all the bolts up correctly :horse: - listen for a triumphant roar or watch for the raising of a white flag :)

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