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Stripped and checked the transmission.  Will refresh the a number of seals and bearings

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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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Engine finally installed and ready for plumbing of chargecoolers

Cam covers had been painted inside and out, so the baffles had to be stripped, have the paint removed and then the covers drilled and tapped to re-secure.  Cam covers then sealed so the top-end is now

Sorry, I couldn't help a teaser mock-up on the twin charge-cooler set-up. Engine will be running the optimised ECU set-up for the intercooled V8 and 1 bar boost.

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That long shaft bits all wrong chap - it should be in two bits. Not a problem though - I’m more than happy to send you the correct part on receipt of the faulty one 👍

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Loomed-up and ready to be dropped in.

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Time to start work on the car in readiness to accept the engine.  Re-fresh the main coolant rad. and add the chargecooler rad up-front.

New oil cooler pipes and routing of chargecooler pipes under the car.

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We are introducing the later style gearchange mechanism into this MY97 car.  The main coolant hard-pipes that run through the backbone where adapted for the later style changer in order to provide clearance for the wider mechanism. 

As a result of keeping the early coolant hard-pipes, the gear master unit needed to be modified to provide the clearance between them. Luckily, Andrä (SMG Racing) was able to come up with a nice solution of cutting the bolt/nut heads and TIG welding them accurately in place.  The result are pretty smart:

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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)

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