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Its been over a year since I last posted here!

Not much progress really. My oil pump is still with the repair people - they spend most of their time making F1 race parts and one off alloy components for exotic sports cars. My pump is small fry for them and not at the top of their list! Its not really an issue as the rest of the car is still in need of much work.

I have now moved it into my back garden and I have it covered with a gazebo. I've started to dismantle it but for every nut that comes undone, there is another which refuses to budge censored.gif

I'll post up some more pics soon, but be warned....its not pretty.

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Just about completed my W reg Dry Sump Turbo restoration - engine was totally destroyed about a year ago. Hope to fire up the engine in the next week :) - listen for the shouts of joy or despair :horse:

Hang in there Tim it will come together in the end :)

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Tim, I have total empathy with you - fibreglass doesn't rust, but all the fixings do!!!! - I must have been dremel's best customer for the first 2 months of my rebuild :horse:

What started out as a couple of valves to replace became an oddessy - once the engine was stripped down - it was, well errr, totally beggered, 2 weeks to part the exhaust manifold from the head. Then there's the' I might as well replace this whilst I'm here' position - so what started as a couple of week's project has taken a little over a year. But once I've got her back on the road the bodywork will no doubt have to be reviewed for next winter :) - but every so often during the rebuild I took time to stand back to admire that beguiling, sexy bodyshape and remembered why I got seduced in the first place into throwing my time, money and affection at her :)

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I decided to do a little more dismantling today.

I removed the binnacle. cool.gif

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It was not an easy job. I had real trouble removing the plastic knobs from the dash rheostats, I hope they are still available?

I also had to break the mask, however I have a brand new replacement.

I was surprised and amused by the number of screws used to hold the instrument cluster in the binnacle. I think the guy in the factory was bored when he assembled my car. laugh.gif

I have marked all the cables and will look to install some multi plugs for ease of reassembly.

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I guess I will now need to consider the cost of refurbishing or replacing the dials. I assume that new ones, if still available, would be very expensive? The originals are not that bad and they may clean up nicely.

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I'm feeling quite pleased with myself today.

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Yes Simon, I spotted those - tiny little buggers aren't they!

Well another day another few bits removed, more specifically the dash. What a pig getting to the 4 bolts! the two on the drivers side are not too bad to access if you lay on your back with your head in the footwell.

The passenger side is more difficult. The inner mounting bolt of the passenger side can be accessed best with the fuse boxes removed from inside the glovebox. Then you need a 10mm deep socket on an extension bar and just feel your way up just to the right of the glovebox.

The far LHS mounting is a real poke and hope from under the dash as its obscured by the flexi pipe for the blower.

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With the glovebox out and the front passenger side flooring removed, I found a clarion power amplifier for the stereo!

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So as promised, its ugly, but getting there. I just hope I can remember how it all goes back together.question.gif

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Did a little more over the last couple of days. construction.gif

Front compartment with most components removed.

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One of the headlamp pods

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I think I'll need new headlamps, as the originals are rusted through.

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And finally, my trusted friend and guard dog Jess the boxer.

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Tim,

Glad to see you are still cracking on with this project, to be honest your headlight pods seems pretty good for the time the car had stood, Had to empty compost out of mine :dizzy:

Keep up the good work chap

Regards danny

A

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  • 2 weeks later...

Another weekend's work completed.

I removed the steering column and the pedal box.

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I can't believe how awkward the pedal box is to remove? What were Lotus thinking when they designed that? The bolts are so close to the edges of the box, you can only get a 1/4" socket on the space, then you have to stand on your head with your neck wrenched over to one side. I puts loads in the swear jar on that one. censored.gif

Then to remove the intermediate UJ, which in reality wan't too hard. I only needed a big screwdriver to loosen off once the retaining bolt was removed. I actual removed it after dismantling the radiator assembly as it gave more access.

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So the radiator components were removed, and I have to say I was impressed by how easy I was able to undo all the bolts!. I only managed to shear one. The oil pipes came apart, the air con hoses came apart, the mounting bolts all came apart. Yeah!!

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Next came the front bumper, which almost fell off due to the poor state of the plywood. I will have to see about replacing the wooden insert.

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The front passenger side appears to have sustained a little bump as the two halves have separated slightly and the bumper mounting hole has a crack.

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The front under trays also have some wear so that will be my first try at fibreglassing.

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I think I'm now close to being able to lift off the body. I just need to remove the mounting bolts in the foot wells and the centre tunnel. I've given them a liberal spraying with penetrating fluid.

So its beginning to look a little bare now, but that's good right?

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Well, you know what? I finally did some more.

:construction: I TOOK THE BODY OFF!!! :construction:

I'm feeling really really pleased with myself. I just got the body off the chassis..... all on my own.

Unfortunately its dark outside so I didn't take any pictures but I will tomorrow and post them up.

It was a bit of a struggle on my own, but needs must you know.

The only problem I have now is how to lower the body back to the ground, its currently suspended from an engine hoist, a scaffold pole (now slightly bent), a 10 foot fence post and 2 builders stands.

I discovered that if you jack up the front of the car first (after removing the nuts which extend into the cabin) it is much easier to support it before lifting the back.

Then its just a case of rolling it out.....no wait, the oil pipe is still connected....where's my hacksaw?

Then its just a case of rolling it out.....no wait the handbrake cable is still attached.....where's my hacksaw?

Then its just a case of rolling it out.:animier:

I think I need a lie down now

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As promised, if even a little late, the body off pictures.

I need to make a frame to support the body but at the moment with all the extra bits still on its very heavy!!

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Thats impressive!

The chassis doesnt look too bad, barring the front discs/brakes!

I would have thought a good clean up and change of perishables would do the trick?

I'm curious as to how you actually got the chassis lifted as that was a major sticking point for me.....bear in mind my front end was broken also.

"Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them." Albert Einstein

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Taking the body off wasn't too bad. I removed the nuts which intrude into the foot wells and pushed the bolts out a bit until they were clear. Next step was to jack the front of the car up as high as possible with the trolley jack under the chassis. Once done, I put axle stands under the body by the jacking points (by the front doors). Once the front was sufficiently stable I lifted the back end using the engine hoist and scaffold pole, which is aluminium and not really the best tool for the job. This left the back end of the chassis on the floor. After this, I suspended the front of the car body with the wooden post then removed the stands and lowered the jack.

End result was a body suspended in the air. after which I was able just to roll the chassis out. Well, almost, I had to jack up one of the trestles about 3 inches as the ground isn't flat.

It took a few hours hours on my own, but wasn't difficult, just required some thought before starting - which as anyone who knows me will testify is not my strong point thumbdown.gif

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  • 2 years later...

Unfortunately things conspired against me and I haven't been able to do any further work on the car for a considerable amount of time. Its still sitting forlornly in my back garden feeling very sorry for itself.

 

I must admit to loosing the will again, but today I have had some good fortune.

 

I have just purchased a new old stock genuine oil pump housing, which is the exact part I had damage on. It wont make the  pump entirely better but it will save a wad of cash not having to have the original refurbished!

 

Someone else was bidding on eBay for the same part, so if it was you, I'm sorry but I REALLY needed that part.

 

I feel inspired once again to finish stripping the body and get on with it.

 

If anyone knows how the heater parts are removed from under the dash, I'm happy to receive your advice as I cant see how its held in?

 

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Tim

It was me bidding against you last night. I don't need the part but was trying to buy it to put it away in case I did later. If I had known you needed it I wouldn't have pushed it so far. If I had needed it I would have gone much much higher..  

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Barrie, I couldn't risk talking about it before I won it, just in case!

 

I was prepared to bid much higher as well and I think I got it for a reasonable price.

 

I promise that I will use it wisely.

 

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  • 11 months later...

another year has passed and the car sat pretty much as it was on a couple of builders trestles. I have just spent the last Sunday stripping some more bits from the car and the engine bay is now completely empty. 

 

I have also recently bought a good dry sump pump from Lotus Bits which I will get inspected to ensure its within tolerance (not quite sure who I will get to do this as I'm not sure I can do it myself). 

 

I'm now a bit stuck with how to remove the aircon and heater from under the dash. I've had to evict a small birds nest and still have some spiders to make homeless, I can then get my head under for a better look!

 

I took a bunch of photo's so I may upload some just as a reminder that the restoration is still continuing.

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rear bumper is as bad ad the front one.

 

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remote oil reservoir successfully removed.

 

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Fascinating read, I really hope you find the time and money to ramp up the restoration.

 

It's such a rare colour, I've never seen a Turbo in BRG before nor one with green leather interior, both look fantastic. It would be amazing to see it back on the road one day. With so few dry-sumps left now, a lovingly restored example should find a new home quite quickly and for a good price.

 

Best of luck

 

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I will definitely finish it... I will also keep it for as long as I can still drive. It will then be passed on in the family.

As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to have it,

 

I love the colour as well and will restore it to original spec where possible.

 

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I too like the colour, and have also not seen a green one before - is It BRG? it looks too light for that.

 

Keep up the good work, you'll get there in the end, and it will all have been worth it. I'm with you regarding keeping it for as long as possible. I've had mine now for 27 years next month.

 

Do you get to see any other Esprits to give you encouragement as to what the finished car will be like, as it must be difficult soldering on alone over the years. I'd be up for a meet over in Aylesbury one weekend.

 

Chris

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