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  • 2 weeks later...
2 hours ago, Escape said:

Anything else I should check while I'm in there?

Obviously make sure the water pump bearing is 100%, you don't want to be taking the head & front cover off again in a few thousand miles because it's failed. :wallbash:

As for the non starting, as long as she's got fuel, air & a spark she'll run. :thumbup:

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John W

http://jonwatkins.co.uk

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Yeah, I'll give the water pump a thorough check. Not the best design when it comes to maintenance!

As for fuel, air & spark, I know that's all she needs, but she didn't seem to agree...

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I'd also gas flow the inlet ports, removing any step between the ports & the spacer that holds the rubber O rings. I followed Vizard's "Tuning twin cam Fords" on my Europa Special head which made a big improvement to performance :driving:

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John W

http://jonwatkins.co.uk

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I don't doubt there are gains to be had, but I want to keep this rebuild as simple as possible. Especially because of time restraints as I have plenty of other projects waiting. I guess I could send the head to be properly looked at and gas flowed, but that will not only take time, I also don't know anyone local(ish) that I'd trust with the job. I will have a good look tonight though, to see if there are easy gains to be had. I've had good results porting the heads and intakes on a Rover V8 myself with a Dremel.

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In between overhauling a mate's Range Rover for his trip to Sweden, I've done some cleaning and have been building my parts list. The pistons cleaned up easily, much to my surprise. But once clean I got an even bigger surprise: pistons 1, 3 and 4 are clearly marked 'front' and '+.020', so first oversize. But piston 2 only has 'front'. The bores are all the same diameter and not oval (as far I can determine with simple measuring tools). I haven't measured the pistons yet, it was around midnight when I got them clean. Either way it seems very strange only 3 cilinders were bored and/or the pistons replaced...

I know the best way would be to have the whole block done properly, but as above I want to keep this a simple and quick(ish) rebuild. I'm not looking for ultimate performance, I just want to be able to use and enjoy the Elan again.

Someone did suggest I have a suitable replacement engine on the shelve, but he's mad (in a good way). It would be quite a challenge to try and fit another bank of 4 cilinders to an Elan. 😁 Not to mention a JPS should be kept original.   

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All the parts arrived last week, but I've not really made progress.

With "All the 72s" not being open for the public I've changed my travel plans and will be going off roading instead. So more work on Land Rovers (and no doubt I'll return with a new to do list).

In a few weeks, when my mate has some time, we'll start putting the engine back together. And I'll post some more updates.

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Unexpectedly, progress was made sooner rather than later.

The evening before setting of for Wales with the Land Rover Lightweight, the friend I mentioned earlier popped by, kindly asking if I needed a hand getting ready. As I had everything covered, apart from my own travel bag, the night could have ended with just banter and beer. But he was anxious to pick up the spanners, having just got back from a city trip with SWMBO. So we started on the twin cam: cylinders were honed, pistons cleaned, rings gapped and the bottom assembly put back together.1756862924_2022-10-1021_28_24.thumb.jpg.395225ae807590dfec9c74d30ab6293a.jpg

And then some nice beers were shared. 🙂 I didn't get much sleep before setting off, but was very happy with the progress. And I didn't need to drive the first stretch, so no real problem.

While in Wales I picked up the worn selector fork for the gearbox. Last week I some time to look at the gearbox, because the Workshop was being used for bodywork and I am pretty useless at that. More cleaning and yesterday for the first time since buying my Elan I could select first gear! :animier:
While figuring out how to install the clutch release mechanism (most complex design I've ever come across!), I did find out I'm missing the spring holding the clutch fork to the pivot. Not sure if I've misplaced it (always a risk when projects drag on and you're working on different things) or if it was never fitted. But I'm guessing it's useful and if I want to install it, I need to do it now. I'll have a look later today, if I can't find it I'll order a new one. I need some other parts anyway.

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She wont be running any time soon, but things are coming together. Next big step is refitting the head and timing, than mate the gearbox back to the engine and install the lot. And hope it will start and run... I'd like to take the Elan to Brooklands for the New Years Day Gathering.

Filip

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Progress is slow, nothing to be jealous about. 😉

But it's nice to see things coming together (after being off the road for so long) and I will keep the updates coming. Hard to resist the photo opp with the 2 other Lotus in the background.

Next year I want to use the Elan for classic car runs and meets again.

Filip

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