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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
  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
  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 a
  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 constant
  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
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