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  1. Kit looks great! For the guys on this side of the pond, it looks like there's no room for air injection and EGR. Do you agree?
  2. Still looking? I know of a set that may be available in California
  3. If you really are 360* out and you are already at 10* BTDC, then turn the crank slightly counter clockwise, less than 1/8 turn, to the "safe position" (45*BTDC). Once in the safe position, remove the belts and rotate all cams individually 180* till the pin goes in. Once all cams properly locked, rotate crank clockwise slightly, back to 10* BTDC, install belts, and retension. I'd remove all spark plugs to get a better feel when turning the crank. When it's all done, you could do a compression test to confirm no valve damage. Here's a thread showing a timing disc so you can get an idea how much you need to rotate to get to the safe position.
  4. I cant get it to work on a windows 8 or Windows 10 machine. Has anyone successfully gotten the software to work on a Windows 8 or 10? I dont think its the ELM because I can use it on other cars with other software. Thanks
  5. Thank you very much for the share!
  6. The fact you replaced the head gaskets on the new engine is a huge red flag. See my thread about head gaskets. Check for combustion gases in the coolant through the header tank connector for the hose to the overflow tank when the overflow tank is bubbling, If you do, then head gaskets are the issue.
  7. Maybe they are working together with JAE. :hmm:
  8. I recently installed a set from Ramspott & Brandt and they were great. Reasonably priced too.
  9. Head gaskets have been a sensitive subject lately. I recently had some experience with both OEM and aftermarket. Here are my thoughts.
  10. Who built the car? Any idea what's been installed? Even if your car was running perfect, shifting hard enough to make the tires break loose at 140mph is just begging for trans issues. 2nd, MLS headgaskets need a perfect surface to seal correctly. The surface needs to be like glass basically. If you can see machining marks, like a vinyl record, it'll leak. 3rd, rumor has it that the Esprit has a tendency to lift heads at very high boost with stock head bolts. Were ARP studs installed? 4th, how do you know its a head gasket issue? Overheating after WOT run? Water mixing with oil? Like others have said, I'd check your boost first and get that under control.
  11. Sorry I didn't see this earlier. You are right Mark. There are much better cars to get huge power. A 996tt, Supra, even a Corvette come to mind. I never picked the Lotus because I wanted to make huge power, it just happened. I decided I wanted an Esprit because I wanted something turbocharged and unique. My car was already slightly modded by the previous owner as project for Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine. I thought it was perfect. Being a guy that can't leave well enough alone, I started playng with the car in a attempt to make it slightly better. Well one thing led to another and slightly better became more than the car could handle. And that's what led to this thread, and the Holloway thread. As for my failure on another car, I think it would have still resulted in some engine damage. Maybe not as bad, but some damage would have still been possible. Sorry about that. lol. It was alot of pics.
  12. Thanks guys. Actually it was almost 4 months from the time it blew to the time I fired it up again. It was alot if time waiting for parts, machining, checking etc. As for the assembly itself, that did take about a week on my spare time. Gunter, the block was actually used purchased from JAE. The belts, studs, rods and misc parts were also JAE. Liners and pistons were actually one of sets purchased directly from the manufacturer. If some one was interested in either the pistons and liners, I get you the info needed.
  13. Thanks guys. Yeah, I know it was going to happen one day. I just never thought it was going to be this bad. I'm using a Blitz SBC-id. It appears the solenoid got stuck on. I've seen two fail this way before. Now this alone wont cause your motor to fail. The Blitz has an auto and a manual setting. If you are in manual and the soleniod fails, then it will fail at whatever setting you had with no additional boost, you'll just hear the buzzing from the soleniod. I had it on auto. While convinient, it can put you in a bad spot if the solenoid gets stuck because the controller is constantly varying the setting to give you the boost you want. So if it fails, you can get less or more (like me) boost depending on what the controller was doing at the time of failure. There are two schools of thought on run in. Run it like it's meant to be driven from mile one or baby it for thousands of miles. I'm in the middle. No very heavy load for 500 mi or so but plenty of varying PRM and some load to help the rings. On to the pics: more rod caps: lube'ing & installing oil pump intermediate shaft bearings installed and lubed: replacing chain tensioner blocks Chain & gears installed Tensioners installed before adjustment: Lotus alignment tool installed: All done: Sealant for front cover: Front cover on with intermediate seal installed: Sealing for oil pan: Oil pan on: crank seal on (notice key way for intermediate shaft pulleys, see other thread for details) Crank pulley on top cover sealed & installed: oil filter mount installed: rear cover sealed & installed Flywheel on (sorry no pcs of rear main seal) Sensors installed: Head ready for cams: Followers in: cam caps layed out in order ready to be installed: Cams in & locked with setting pins: cam seals in, pulleys ready to be bolted Sealant on cam bolts: cam pulleys loosely bolted ready for belts: belts in: dab sealant on front cam caps ready for cam cover Cam cover ready to be installed: cam cover, injector housings, thermostat housing, exhaust manifold & dip stick installed: Starter and coil packs in Bosch Gen 3 injectors in Wiring loom in: Plennum ready for install: Then the camera card got full and we forgot about more pics, sorry. The car is back on the road and it feels great. I havent done any WOT high boost runs but part throttle feels good. It's very responsive off boost, not laggy at all. It actually feels natrually aspirated. I don't know it that's due to the lighter rotating assembly, rods are about .25lbs (~115gm) lighter than stock, better atomazation of the injectors, port work on the heads around the valve seat area or a combination of everything. Whatever it is, I am very happy. Now to put some miles on it and turn the boost up again. lol, Thanks, sounds like a good idea
  14. As some of you know, my car has been pushed to the limit since basically day one. A few months ago, I was at the track when my aftermarket boost controller failed, I got who knows how much boost and my motor let go. There wanst much warning, it blew at the same time I realized th car was making more power than it should. Here's the carnage: Hole in the block & damaged liners: pieces of piston in oil pan Snapped timing chain Worn chain tensioners Many bent valves, broken valve guides and 1 damaged combustion chamber 2 damaged rods piston pieces that entered the plennum and back down into other cylinders Oil pick-up bolts snapped More head damaged Damaged lobes in 1 cam Custom Mahle forged pistons vs stock cast pistons that will be installed. Now for the rebuild: Custom Darton liners: Measuring liner stand in Double checking bearing clearances with Plastigauge (appox 0.0018") Checking ring gaps (old ring used for illustration only) Rings installed and gapped per Mahle's recommendation Underside Mahle piston with JAE Saanz H-Beam rods New block cleaned ready for assembly: Oil squirters installed: Upper main bearings installed and lubed: Upper thrust bearing installed & lubed: Crank in: #4 Main cap with bearing & lower thrust installed: Main caps installed: JAE ARP head studs installed (right hand liners, pistons & head already installed): Adding Hylomar to liner with piston & rod installed #8 psiton/liner installed Installing #7 #7 installed: #5-8 installed: Head gasket installed: Head cleaned ready for install: Both heads on: Ready to install rod caps:
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