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Dunc's Restoration - '89 Esprit SE

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As the timing belt will be replaced, fit 104° cam sprockets.

If it has aircon, but you're not really planning to use it, you can plumb the condensor in with the chargecooler rad, as was done on the Sport 300. Losing all other aircon components will help add lightness.

Otherwise, I think you've got everything covered.

Good luck with the rewiring! Don't be alarmed if you find unused wires/plugs, the loom is shared across different engines/options.

Filip


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Good Work! And nice car too.

Don't be afraid of taking out the rad pack, as it's not that difficult. I did it over a pit, but others have done it on a ramp, or justlifted the car a Little from standing on a workshop/garage floor. if any breaks in the abs plastic fan shroud, it can be melted together with a bit of nail paint remover.

If not done before, you may find a fair amount of road dirt, leaves etc. Mine had a bit of that too, but the cooling was just fine. I delivered the main rad to a specialist workshop to have it rebuilt and had onelayer more (thicker) and small micro cooling fins too. Just to up the capacity.

I swapped the impeller pump for the charge cooler, for an Electric kit. In my Humble view it's worth doing.

Working on the oil coolers was a bit tedious, as I ended up breaking off the steel fittings from the oil hoses off of the aluminium oil coolers. I got new original ones from pnm and they were not that expensive. I added a dab of Wera ceramic anti seize paste, when reassembleing. I dissolved teh broken off aluminium fitting inside the oli hose steel fitting with some nasty Chemical. NOT to be done inside, and take every precaution wearing special suit, gloves and chemical mask. Very dangerous stuff. After some 15 minutes in a glass jar (from marmelade or similar), the steel fittings were perfect, with no trace of any aluminium bits inside it, and clean as new.

Most kind of you to write the weight of the original SE fule tanks and the ultra nice alloy ones. I have those too. Saves a good amount of kilo's.

Apart from what the others said about what makes the biggest difference on the Turbo SE, was for me the Sport300 seats I installed. That made me sit exactly where I want, and it feels so much more in control. Worth mentioning. And brake sof course. Feel free to take a peek at Little Red Riding Hood.

I'll be following your Work.

Kind regards,

Jacques

ps: maybe take a close look at those old fuel lines.


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Welcome to TLF, Dunc. Probably teaching granny to suck eggs, but it’s well worth spending time looking in the restoration section, I have a thread running there (ignore the piss-taking, it’s normal), which may help.

If you decide to stump up for a FFM the parts manuals and other stuff is available on here. Good luck with the work, will be watching with interest.


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I agree with Jacques that it's not that difficult to take out the rad pack. But it's not something I would look forward to either. Because you know bolts are going to break and/or thread plates spin in the GRP and it will be a struggle to get everything fitted again...


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Filip, just a question:

Are those 104 degree cams you mention not standard? Or are they power cams, cams on certain markets or something else?

Kind regards,

jacques


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Thanks for all the responses!

Barry, thanks for the hints I'll consider that for the future but not for now - I'm super keen to at least get it on the road first :)

Escape, adjustable cam sprockets are getting fitted and the air-con is getting removed as you said (these SE's aren't overly light!). I was going to ponder over the rad situation for the charge cooler once I had them out of the car but thanks for the pointers I wasn't aware of the sport 300 setup.

Jacques, thanks for all the advice. On the oil coolers I was planning to replace oil lines through the chassis while the engine was out just to be safe, so that probably means the oil coolers as well as they were already leaking (and the lines are stuck solid). Oh and better seats would be nice in future, I agree a good seat makes all the difference in a car!

Chillidoggy, thanks and I'll take a look - I've got lots to learn about these things but I've made a decent start at least.

Small update is I made a start on the rad pack and all the bolts and screws have misbehaved so far, fun times ahead.

Thanks,

Dunc.

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Don’t be afraid to fire up the angle grinder. Often far easier than trying to shear off the rusted stubs which used to be nuts and bolts


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The angle grinder has been in common use, the smokey smelly grp isn't too nice though. Cheers for the assurance, glad I'm using a tried and tested method!

Dunc.

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Hi Dunc,

Just seen your posts about your SE. I've just changed the wheels on my non SE Turbo which for some reason had 16" SE rear wheels. I wonder if you would like the SE wheels as spares as I have no use for them but don't want to throw them away as I know they are very rare now. They do need reconditioning (blasting and powder coating / painting) but come with two hardly used tyres.

Don't want money for them but you would need to cover the postage costs if you are interested.

Richard

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Wow Richard,

that what incredibly generous of you!

If Dunc isn't interested then I certainly could be (i have x2 SE's).

Although; I should say, you could have made a few £££ if you stuck them on EBay..

Cheers

Mark

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