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Had exactly the same happen to my green Esprit Turbo three years back. I was also idling and coasting to a stop when the engine died. Fortunately for me no damage occurred whatsoever and the car has been fine since fitting a new belt.

I will be curious to find out if you will be fitting a Lotus brand belt or using the Gates belt as I have now fitted on all my 900 series engines.

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Head and cams back on. Shims shimmed new cambelt fitted and tensioned.

I have refitted the starter motor and had a go at turning the engine over to do a compression test with the engine out of the car.

A partial success. A spare battery with enough oomph 55 Ah was flat and borrowing the rather puny battery from sons 1.1 Peugeot would not turn over fast enough to get a real reading.

It'll be ok to do a compression test with the carbs off, won't it?

John

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Thanks Wilf,

A kind offer but the battery is sat in kitchen at the moment on charge so hopefully will have enough amps to spin it over tomorrow

John

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And will you be sacrificing several squirrels to the Banana Valves God in acknowledgement of your good fortune, John?:)

Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose.

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The squirrel pelts are already drying on the fence John.

Thanks Christopher, if only the weather would improve, it would be done by the time she gets back from her vacation

John

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I shall sacrifice a glass of single malt and make the usual incantations......!!

Scientists investigate that which already is; Engineers create that which has never been." - Albert Einstein

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Update....

She starts and runs.

Now need to get the gear linkage adjusted and should be able to take for a test drive.

some final odds and sods to do but a major hurdle passed

John

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Yup I paid extra attention to the hose.

Also made doubly sure that the bolts that hold the back of the cams are torqued in properly

John

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"Correlation proves causation, is a logical fallacy by which two events that occur together are claimed to have a cause-and-effect relationship. The fallacy is also known as cum hoc ergo propter hoc (Latin for "with this, therefore because of this") and false cause. It is a common fallacy in which it is assumed that because two things or events occur together, one must be the cause of the other. By contrast, the fallacy post hoc ergo propter hoc requires that one event occur before the other and so may be considered a related fallacy."

Illegitimi non carborundum, John!

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Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose.

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Yup

Major bullet dodged

Probably due to the way the belt snapped. The cam moved forward and fell off the buckets. All of the exhaust valves closed. The engine stalled at low speed.

:)

John

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