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UPDATE guys, after 3 attempts the beauty has started after 10 years of sleeping 😀😀 , first two attempts have been wrong as I have  stupidly routed the dizzy cables 180°out....🤣🤣 but (thanks again

Et voilà!!!  One year of bodywork but the photos speaks for me! Gorgeous Essex Blu in all his glory 😀. My effort has been

Body on chassis to check that everything is ok prior to drill new body to chassis holes for fixing point as the chassis is new and needs to be centered and drilled. just a 2mm misalignment on the left

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Well done excellent. If you haven't done so make sure the PRV in the oil pump housing is working, closed and the channel is clean. Even if you have to take the pump off. Make sure the pump is ll in spec. Take all the spark plugs out and turn ot over, if no oil pressure dont start it! Good luck!

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Looking beautifull, weel done👌👍

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1 hour ago, Lotusfab said:

Well done excellent. If you haven't done so make sure the PRV in the oil pump housing is working, closed and the channel is clean. Even if you have to take the pump off. Make sure the pump is ll in spec. Take all the spark plugs out and turn ot over, if no oil pressure dont start it! Good luck!

yes Fabian thanks for your tip, I'm reading your topic and I'm very sad for your problem. Rotor and annulus are new and everything has been cleaned and checked, I hope to read some oil pressure when cranking without spark and with the fuel pump disconnected, finger crossed...

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You must check the pump clearance with plastiguage. Its posible to have wear on the auxilery housing that is difficult to see. You can check the rest with feeler guages. Although, with the new rotors sometimes they are stiff to turn in which case the clearance is possibly ok, but too stiff and it needs two gaskets. Im sure you have done all this, just dont want you to end up doing all again as you have done such a nice job! Final tip pack the pump with graphogen grease. This is what I did it helps to build pressure. In my case it didn't because the PRV was stuck open! I look forward to seeing a video of your running engine, sweet as a nut! 👍👍👍👍

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I'm rebuilding the replacement  auxilery housing Andy gave me with a new rotor and annulus and new seals. The auxillery shaft is lubricated from the pump as well. The pump is very simple oil from the pick up pipe in and out of the other hole into the gallery. The small outlet hole sits against the block and does nothing. The prv connects the inlet and outlet when its open. This reduces the pressure. 

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Giorgio, have a read of this as had issues with oil pressure after my build, if your body isn’t fixed yet it is worth removing the belt and spinning the engine over with a Allen key bit in the pulley with a drill. The pressure builds quite quickly and really travels through the oil-ways.

Lovely standard of workmanship on your build, it looks superb and in a rare colour too.

Dave :) 

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Brilliant stuff, once primed they seem okay as had lots of old Lotus cars which have been laid up for years which fire up fine once serviced and checked over.

Good luck with your first runs and keep us posted.

Dave :) 

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Little update with terrific delay due to Covid 19 nonsense..

Done all the engine wiring, fitted the coolant etc.. ready to cranking to build oil pressure before attempting the first start, well, things are not always as expected so ZERO oil pressure and now the saga begins..

actually I've de-assembled oil cooler adapter plate, removed distributor and valve relief pressure to check it and everything is working properly but everything is also completely dry, no signs of oil...

so thanks to Matt advice I'm starting again the procedure to re-prime the oil pump assembly with vaseline and I will try to crank again without the oil cooler assembly connected, finger crossed, really don't want to take off the sump to check oil pick-up assembly etc... My patience with this beautiful car is nearly at the end...😩

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Giorgio, perhaps you may take some comfort in knowing how many of us are travelling much the same journey as yourself. We need the greatest patience and determination, sometimes it all seems too much but we always have the capacity to pause and refresh our point of view. You are so very close to realizing your dream of driving a very special automobile.

Cheers

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41 minutes ago, giorgio67 said:

Little update with terrific delay due to Covid 19 nonsense..

Done all the engine wiring, fitted the coolant etc.. ready to cranking to build oil pressure before attempting the first start, well, things are not always as expected so ZERO oil pressure and now the saga begins..

actually I've de-assembled oil cooler adapter plate, removed distributor and valve relief pressure to check it and everything is working properly but everything is also completely dry, no signs of oil...

so thanks to Matt advice I'm starting again the procedure to re-prime the oil pump assembly with vaseline and I will try to crank again without the oil cooler assembly connected, finger crossed, really don't want to take off the sump to check oil pick-up assembly etc... My patience with this beautiful car is nearly at the end...😩

Hi Giorgio, I am an expert on the consequences of no oil pressure! What ever you do dont start the engine until you have oil pressure. Im sure you have checked the pressure relief is closed. Did you fill the filter with oil? You migh5 be able to pump oil into the gallery through the oil pump pressure outlet? Pack the pump with graphogen then attempt to crank. Have a beer and be patient. You will get there soon and be able to drive it! Most of us have had this problem. The next one will be getting all the air Out of the cooling system!

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AHAHAHAHAH Fabian, air out of the cooling system???  Fitted coolant yesterday and as expected no more than 8 liters goes on, I think once started and leaving the cap off the air will go out of the system, and yes, oil filter full of oil, pressure relief valve free of movement and closed, dizzy o-ring mounted correctly etc... tomorrow I will pack everything with vaseline jelly, and I will try again... 

...You migh5 be able to pump oil into the gallery through the oil pump pressure outlet, what's the best way to do it?

Update soon...

 

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9 minutes ago, giorgio67 said:

AHAHAHAHAH Fabian, air out of the cooling system???  Fitted coolant yesterday and as expected no more than 8 liters goes on, I think once started and leaving the cap off the air will go out of the system, and yes, oil filter full of oil, pressure relief valve free of movement and closed, dizzy o-ring mounted correctly etc... tomorrow I will pack everything with vaseline jelly, and I will try again... 

...You migh5 be able to pump oil into the gallery through the oil pump pressure outlet, what's the best way to do it?

Update soon...

 

Yes air will come out with the cap off all will appear fine then suddenly the thermostat will open and the coolant will piss out everywhere!😄😄😄😄😄,
Nothing to worry about this is normal for a Lotus! My solution. Jack onto nose take off hose to cylinder head and fill with coolant.I think a  lot of the coolant problem is caused by the thermostat not opening at the correct temperature. It opens far too hot and then the air on the other side rapidly expands and pushes the coolant out! 
I connected a pump to the turbo feed line and pumped oil into the gallery. Should be able to do the same through the oil pressure connection. This is the oil gallery. Check the oil level after and drain some off. Its messy. I would try the Vaseline first. If you havnt already packed the pump it might work. When I have built this Turbo engine 8 will devise a priming method and list all of the procedure including flow rates. 

Good luck and well done you nearly there pictures please when your cruising the streets. 

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If you please, Giorgio, could we have a photo showing how the upper radiator hose is positioned vis-a-vis the chassis? I have my re-cored, re-tanked rad back from the shop and am trying to determine where in the pod to locate and then how to support.

Cheers

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Nothing more satisfying than starting your engine for the first time hearing it spring to life knowing you did that 👍🏻
Fantastic work, now the fun bit fettling the carbs to achieve perfection😉

Dave :) 

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On 21/05/2020 at 15:13, giorgio67 said:

My patience with this beautiful car is nearly at the end...😩

I always end up nearly selling every car I restore at least twice before I finish it!

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