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Like the way you get into your jobs so quicky and do them so well, Mike.

Can you measure the width of v8 at the widest point, lower point of the cam covers, for me. Thanks.

Thanks for the comment Dan. I do enjoy working on Esprits - can say that for many other cars.... :P

The engine is a shade over 71cm. Here is the spec:

LEW V8 Tech spec

Cheers,

Mike S

Is that block bored to 4.0?

Hi Bibs,

Not this one. :detective:

The parent bores are not enlarged and I

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1999 S350 #002 Esprit GT1 replica

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Thanks Russ.

Here is a short update.

The last remaining hose connection - PAS pump to fluid header. Assume the Lotus position....

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I can

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what a lucky boy :lol:

...and dad looks really proud ! :thumbup::)

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Damn rght I

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would say you're young enough, so : *never say never*... .

by the way: what's that *trumped* :) ...behind the gearbox !? Was that for the old race replica 'single turbo' project?

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The

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... yeah ....

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I hate to admit it - but I finally gave up n the removal of the sheared nuts in the clutch housing and the clutch slave bracket. Instead, I gave the job to my friendly Renault garage. Fingers crossed that they come good.... :)

Spent a while clearing-up the gearbox and then replaced the driveshaft oil seals. Here goes with a mini-guide:

First inspect your new oil seals and o-rings to make sure that they have no obvious damage.

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Fit seal puller and carefully extract old seal.

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Carefully lift the exposed o-ring over the splines and slide clear.

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Clean and run a little fresh TAF-X onto the the shaft before sliding the oiled new o-ring into place.

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Use a seal insertion tool to ensure a square fit and regulate depth.

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Ready to go-go !

Clearly, it

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A very brief update, as I have been rather pre-occupied digging drainage ditches and erecting more fencing.

Much as I like the standard V8 non-airbag steering wheel, I prefer a smaller suede covered one.

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My missing/damaged part

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Sterling work Mike,

Hope you get the clutch sorted so you can the car back on the road asap, As for the seats me personally the carbon seats would be a must as they look fantastic, keep up the good work regards Danny

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Much as I like the standard V8 non-airbag steering wheel, I prefer a smaller suede covered one.

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Hi Mike, what size and model is the wheel? Thanks!

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Hi Sanj,

It

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An interesting weekend... for the first time ever I was left at home in command of 4 of my boys, while my wife drove just over 2500Kms to pickup a new puppy and kitten combo.

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Then 10Kms from home she hit a deer....... luckily wifey and the other kids were unhurt, but I

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:sick: Mike and his little *Brady Bunch*

best wishes , hope it goes all well !

..what is wrong with the bus?, apart from the bloody bumper and an cat that hangs out of the undertray...

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Hi, Mike. Glad to see you back creating another of your masterpieces. Always the most illuminating threads on the forum.

One of your pics may have answered one of the 918's great mysteries for me. It shows the installation of the clutch housing (for engine support reasons) over the ring gear at the rear of the engine. There is a "cutout" on the top left, exposing a portion of the ring gear. It appears to have 3 studs surrounding it. Would that by any chance be the mounting point for the starter motor? I have only read "hints" as to its location. If so, how does it project far enough into the housing to make contact with the gear when activated by the solenoid?

With regards to your tongue-in-cheek comments about the huge amount of space :sick: available for replacing/tensioning the cambelts (when in situ), can the plenum remain in place when performing this procedure?

Cheers,

John

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Hi John,

Thanks for the kind words. Let

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More surprises....

Fitted the rear disc retaining screws only to discover that the was an enormous amount of play in the LH disc/caliper. I mean that you could literally waggle the disc about..... On further investigation, the wheel bearing is compltetely shot. The whole whole inner part of the bearings can be moved back and forth by 2-3mm. It

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