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This time was a success!.... Still needed a few bits of wood, but the car is now on its way back to Mike Haines.

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More news on the damage as soon as the engine is in bits.


1996 Esprit V8, 1998 Esprit V8 GT, 1999 Esprit S350 #002 (Esprit GT1 replica project), 1996 Esprit V8 GT1 (chassis 114-001), 1992 Lotus Omega (927E), 1999 Esprit V8SE, 1999 Esprit S350 #032, 1995 Esprit S4s, 1999 Esprit V8 GT (ex-5th Gear project), 1999 Esprit V8SE ('02 rear)

1999 S350 #002 Esprit GT1 replica

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I have similar problems. I've got the S350 front lip and adjustable suspension and have lowered the car so the the bottom of the lip is less than two inches off the group.

But I figured out a cunning way to get the car onto the basic ramps you buy from Halfwits. Jack up both front sides of the car as far a possible then slide the ramps in. Lower the car then drive up the rest of the ramp. Of course you have to be careful not to then reverse back off the ramps without thinking or you'd take off the front spoiler. Reverse back until the ramps are just at the lip then jack up the front sides again, pull the the ramps clear and then lower the car to the ground. I guess you could do the same with a low loader but it would be a bit more tricky!


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hey Mike! i think i missed something;

was "R&B" to busy with its "L


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Hey G


1996 Esprit V8, 1998 Esprit V8 GT, 1999 Esprit S350 #002 (Esprit GT1 replica project), 1996 Esprit V8 GT1 (chassis 114-001), 1992 Lotus Omega (927E), 1999 Esprit V8SE, 1999 Esprit S350 #032, 1995 Esprit S4s, 1999 Esprit V8 GT (ex-5th Gear project), 1999 Esprit V8SE ('02 rear)

1999 S350 #002 Esprit GT1 replica

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ok, that sounds logical. But i hope to see the car [in real!] in germany after al necessary work is done, maybee in fall or next year... .

and of course, it would also nice to met you t

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The car has been delivered back to the UK and the engine is scheduled for removal tomorrow.....

...... now the wait to discover the extent of the damage. :)


1996 Esprit V8, 1998 Esprit V8 GT, 1999 Esprit S350 #002 (Esprit GT1 replica project), 1996 Esprit V8 GT1 (chassis 114-001), 1992 Lotus Omega (927E), 1999 Esprit V8SE, 1999 Esprit S350 #032, 1995 Esprit S4s, 1999 Esprit V8 GT (ex-5th Gear project), 1999 Esprit V8SE ('02 rear)

1999 S350 #002 Esprit GT1 replica

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Mike,

I hope you don't have to remorgage the children to get it fixed.

Regards,

Peter.

The car has been delivered back to the UK and the engine is scheduled for removal tomorrow.....

...... now the wait to discover the extent of the damage. :)

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hha ahaha ahahaha

Wife and kids are bought and paid for.

Having provided the majority of the parts for a complete rebuild, I am hoping that it will be labour only :crybaby:

Cheers,

Mike S

Mike,

I hope you don't have to remorgage the children to get it fixed.

Regards,

Peter.


1996 Esprit V8, 1998 Esprit V8 GT, 1999 Esprit S350 #002 (Esprit GT1 replica project), 1996 Esprit V8 GT1 (chassis 114-001), 1992 Lotus Omega (927E), 1999 Esprit V8SE, 1999 Esprit S350 #032, 1995 Esprit S4s, 1999 Esprit V8 GT (ex-5th Gear project), 1999 Esprit V8SE ('02 rear)

1999 S350 #002 Esprit GT1 replica

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Its been a couple of weeks, any news Mike? :)

( I was reading Evo & the long term test from Simon George with the Merci thats back at the factory for a 14k engine rebuild made me think of you! )

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No news..... The floods have affected Mike


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1999 S350 #002 Esprit GT1 replica

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Okay - latest update from Mike Haines and the engine rebuild.

The engine was been removed and after initial investigations, no obvious cause for the oil fouling was discovered. The engine was then completely dissembled and each major component has been flaw tested.

Although all the major components were found to be okay, some of the crank bearings were very badly worn (on a 21K mile engine). After further investigation, it was found that one of the crank bearing housing/caps was slightly out of alignment!

This was a flaw in the engine block/machining and although not associated with the initial problem, will need to be rectified before the engine goes back together. Job is booked in with a local specialist machine shop for next week, but time is running very tight now for the 23rd September.

The feeling regarding the oil smoke/fouling is that it was residual from the turbo failure and will have burnt-off in time. This theory will be tested when the engine goes back together and is run up.

Will keep you posted.

Cheers,


1996 Esprit V8, 1998 Esprit V8 GT, 1999 Esprit S350 #002 (Esprit GT1 replica project), 1996 Esprit V8 GT1 (chassis 114-001), 1992 Lotus Omega (927E), 1999 Esprit V8SE, 1999 Esprit S350 #032, 1995 Esprit S4s, 1999 Esprit V8 GT (ex-5th Gear project), 1999 Esprit V8SE ('02 rear)

1999 S350 #002 Esprit GT1 replica

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Mike,

Glad to hear its not all bad then! at least all internal coponents can be salvaged :thumbsup:

it could of been a lot worse on the strip down thats what you need to say to yourself!

Fingers crossed for you chap on the oil issue but im sure the enginners are probably

right judging by there experiance :thumbsup:

Good luck with the rest of the rebuild hope it ends out ok :P

It could of been a lot worse....

regards danny :whistle:


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Mike,

I hope the rebuild happens quick enough for it to be ready for the 23rd September showing. I'm looking forward to having a close look at your goodies.

Have a good weekend and a few Weissbier on me.

Regards,

Peter.

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Mike, i hope it goes all well!

If you want, and if you can spent some time to, tell us more about V8 rebuilds/mods and your car.

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(we also will go to free visit of a hill-race on 2.Sept ; Destination : Presberg-Rheingau)

Have a nice time anyhow...!

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1996 Esprit V8, 1998 Esprit V8 GT, 1999 Esprit S350 #002 (Esprit GT1 replica project), 1996 Esprit V8 GT1 (chassis 114-001), 1992 Lotus Omega (927E), 1999 Esprit V8SE, 1999 Esprit S350 #032, 1995 Esprit S4s, 1999 Esprit V8 GT (ex-5th Gear project), 1999 Esprit V8SE ('02 rear)

1999 S350 #002 Esprit GT1 replica

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.... a family day planned .....

i guess it is always good to have the family behind you... for example if future expensive (car)-projects are planned.. :whistle:

have a nice weekend, and fun with the family!

always :thumbup: at german lotus enthusiasts meetings, ...the "traditional" crazy christmas-party from LCD in early december is a good option for a *come together*!


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Mike,

I hope the rebuild happens quick enough for it to be ready for the 23rd September showing. I'm looking forward to having a close look at your goodies.

Have a good weekend and a few Weissbier on me.

Regards,

Peter.

More bad news on Friday..... :unworthy:

When the engine block/crank bearing caps were machined, two of the caps were found to be very poor casting quality with breakthrough into airated material - these two caps are now scrapped. This will require sourcing of a full let of bearing caps for further machining. Although a set have been sourced, this means that it is practically impossible to complete the engine rebuild in time for the 23rd.

This kind of problem is very rare (apparantly..) but I

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1996 Esprit V8, 1998 Esprit V8 GT, 1999 Esprit S350 #002 (Esprit GT1 replica project), 1996 Esprit V8 GT1 (chassis 114-001), 1992 Lotus Omega (927E), 1999 Esprit V8SE, 1999 Esprit S350 #032, 1995 Esprit S4s, 1999 Esprit V8 GT (ex-5th Gear project), 1999 Esprit V8SE ('02 rear)

1999 S350 #002 Esprit GT1 replica

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mike - while you're "in bits".. have you spoken to rob c recently? he's just sourced some heavy duty crank bearings for his upgrade - might be worth a conversation?

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mike - while you're "in bits".. have you spoken to rob c recently? he's just sourced some heavy duty crank bearings for his upgrade - might be worth a conversation?

Thanks Rob :thumbsup:

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1999 S350 #002 Esprit GT1 replica

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Okay - here is the latest update.

The new crank caps have been sourced and are in the machine shop this week. The engine rebuild should start next week and then I should have some decent images of the rebuild work in progress.

In the meantime, here are some images of the car, minus engine......

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Cheers,

Mike S


1996 Esprit V8, 1998 Esprit V8 GT, 1999 Esprit S350 #002 (Esprit GT1 replica project), 1996 Esprit V8 GT1 (chassis 114-001), 1992 Lotus Omega (927E), 1999 Esprit V8SE, 1999 Esprit S350 #032, 1995 Esprit S4s, 1999 Esprit V8 GT (ex-5th Gear project), 1999 Esprit V8SE ('02 rear)

1999 S350 #002 Esprit GT1 replica

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Okay - here is the latest update.

***** the car, minus engine......

Cheers,

Mike S

Ok, thats what i would call a "lightweight conception" :blush:


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FINALLY - another update.

Since the last update in September, there have been delays after delays mainly caused by illness. Now the block has finally come back from the machine shop.

To recap the reason why the block was in the machine shop in the first place - the engine was taken apart and each major component was flaw tested. The crank bearings were found to be rather badly worn for such low mileage and on further investigation, it was discovered that there was some minor misalignment between the main crank caps. The plan was to machine the block and caps true again and then compensate with oversize bearings.

Unfortunately, during the original machined, there was some breakthrough to airated material and the affected caps were scrapped. Another set were located and these were successfully machines. Here are some images:

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The engine is now being rebuilt and should be back together within the next 10 days. Hopefully, I


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1999 S350 #002 Esprit GT1 replica

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