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Thanks for taking it on @Sparky .

The car behaved itself over the last couple of days and in particular in heavy traffic during today’s hot weather. Good start. 
 

Interested to see what @Sparky finds, or does not, during the service and post purchase check over 😊 

Long time Lotus admirer, recent owner

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Duh.  Retirement does that to ya.

Retirement and gin 

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Valve clearances this morning.

In: 6, 6, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 5

Ex: 10, 10, 10, 8, 11, 11, 11, 13

The exhaust 13 I could just about live with, but not so much the 4 and definitely not the exhaust 8.  Spyros wants it right, so towers coming off!

And I was so looking forward to the cambelt this morning...

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Not on this one!  It's underneath.

3 hours ago, thebartman said:

Also, from the pictures - N/S heatshield for rear tyre (between turbo and tyre) appears missing? - perhaps removed for inspection?

Oooh, I may have failed to notice that.  Watch this space...

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Oh dear.  It was all going so well...

Everything finished apart from those pesky coolant leaks.  Only one thing wrong in this picture:  the blue hose which, aesthetically, has to go.  I have to change the header to expansion hose anyway, so might as well do this one.

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Among the many things that grind my gears (hehe) is the use of bolts at the tower rear covers.  Without care, this can create massive cam end float.  I dump the bolts and install M6 stud, which I think is far more secure and much less hassle.

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A short test drive was made to check all is good, and to stress-test the coolant system.  Bugger.  The leaks at the front of the engine have not been cured, and it's now clear that one hose is delaminated and the other is a cheap shot at modification that just doesn't fit properly, so they will be ordered.  But even worse is the front leak.  It's on the RH curved pipe, so I removed everything forward of that.  The end of the metal pipe is currently intact but caked in deposits and starting to corrode a fair bit.  Worse is the reducer hose connected to that, and far, far worse is the curved pipe holding the otter switch.

Here's the curved chassis pipe pre- and post-cleanup.  Currently intact after a good going over but you can see the rot starting to set in.

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I'd be much happier with a longer reducing hose for this; let's see what can be sourced.  Regardless, the hose in question needs to be replaced.

Now, to the naughty bit.  This lot looks pretty rough.

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And I thought the curved pipe needed closer examination.  Ooooh, looks like filler:

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Clearly repaired.  Cleaned the bulk of it off with scrapers and wire brush to assess the extent, and the damage is too much.  In fact you can just see the filler protruding inside the pipe.

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So, it's not over yet!  Hoses and pipes will be ordered on Monday, and hopefully Spyros will have his car back next weekend...

 

 

 

 

 

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Great write up Gary but the pictures aren't displaying for me (W10 Chrome).  They all do in the previous post. Is there a difference? Or are these private to you and Spyros?

Loving Lionel and Eleanor......missing Charlie and Sonny

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Cheers Mike.  Curiously not visible on my mobile, but displaying here for me - also W10 Chrome!  For info I have just updated Windows AND Chrome since posting (but pics were visible for me before).  I assume @RobinB5 could see the pics?

EDIT:  Might be something to do with a site indexing advice I saw earlier today?

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Could see the pics when they first went up, but now are no longer loading. - have not even turned my laptop off in between or upgraded anything.

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I have a feeling this will rectify itself in due course.

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31 minutes ago, Sparky said:

Cheers Mike.  Curiously not visible on my mobile, but displaying here for me - also W10 Chrome!  For info I have just updated Windows AND Chrome since posting (but pics were visible for me before).  I assume @RobinB5 could see the pics?

EDIT:  Might be something to do with a site indexing advice I saw earlier today?

Could see the pictures then and still now, Win10 Chrome.

Interesting pictures btw, not entirely sure what I'm looking at but it doesn't seem good.

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10 minutes ago, RobinB5 said:

I'm looking at but it doesn't seem good.

I think there are parts /views of some sort of lotus may be an esprit....!!

Can't see the images on any of the 3 browsers I have installed.

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Bibs posted this the other day and the picture has gone in the same way as the esprit pics.

Hosting all of our images on Amazon S3 suddenly started getting pricey as per below so I'm moving them back to the TLF server at the moment. There may be some disruption as there are a lot!

There's no reason for the increase in cost other than Amazon upping their prices. I guess they do have a space ship program to pay for!! 

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