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OK pissed off update, the fault has now been diagnosed bu Mike at Lotusbits as excessive end float on the crankshaft causing the thrust washer to rotate which in turn has probably damaged the block, another engine!. i dont think so, spent a fortune now and severly miffed, garage door closed and will remain so for a while me thinks. On a happier note the restoration on old Banana ( Yellow Eclat) has gone well, engine and gearbox installed, carbs fitted and up and running but with poor acceloration, I found this to be caused by the carbs not opening properly, the plonker who rebuilt the engine had fitted one of the anti vibration plates on the inlet manifold the wrong way round, removed carbs, turne the plate refitted and hey presto. Aint it great when something works for a change, she now has a nice new MOT and the Mrs is happy. Now anyone want a cheapish S3 N/A Esprit with loads of history including a complete respray and thousands spent. pm me if interested.

John.

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OK, so on it goes, after engine No2 failure I was ready to throw in the towel but the beast just keeps egging me on to do her again. So here we go, sourced another engine (No3) which has had a total rebuild and only covered 13,000  documented miles it has come out of an abandoned project which is a shame but my need is greater. Engine all pulled from the donor car, cleaned up and ready to go and before anybody say's have you checked it first. YES fully, ran the donor car for a while over a couple of days and as expected the water pump has failed after having getting the engine up to normal temp, this was on the second day of checking so not a previous problem as it was fine for a start but the car was last on the road in 2006 although she had been regularly started and moved about with no issues so as I said the usual pump problems after sitting idle. This is no big concern as I have a new pump, timing belt tensioner and timing belt on the other engine so all the parts will be simply swapped over. The engine has been flushed through to clear out any crap and is all de-greased and ready for a lick of paint prior to fitting. So at the end of this little project I will have had 3 engines 2 of which were crap (thanks Mike) new clutch release bearing, new spigot bearing modified to suit the S3 gearbox, new Nylatron washer, tensioner and belts so all being well everything should now be ok. Anyone want a half decent Excel with a nice black leather interior, new S/Steel exhaust, brake discs etc, The car requires a respary oh and an engine but otherwise everything is good, it even had working air con.

 

 This nightmare started just over one year ago so wish me luck this time.

 

John.

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Well lets hope this is it. Engine No3 now in the Esprit, just got to bolt her up, make all the connections, fit the manifold and battery then I will a saying a few prayers before turning the key. striped down engine No3 just for a look, removed the flywheel and first thing was the five bolts on the top half of the crank case oil seal casing had been fitted with bolts and double washers instead of cap screws, previous f- up, anyway it was obvious that the flywheel had been hitting on these bolt heads hence the clattering noise every time the clutch pedal was pressed, I would have thought that the specialists would have seen this when building up the engine. the second issue I have is that they never mentioned at any time when purchasing the first or second engine that I had to fit the longer series spigot bearing as both engines had originally come out of Lotus Excel's, without the long series bearing the final shaft from the gearbox does not enter the spline properly on the clutch plate which in turn causes the shaft to go off centre which in turn then forces the rank shaft to be pushed forward by the hydraulic pressure from the clutch, this then allows the thrust washers on the crank shaft to rotate with the entablature causing irreparable damage to the block. I have found all this info at huge financial cost but have been told by my engine supplier that the fault lay with my gearbox !. 

 

Supremely miffed and about 3.5k out of pocket.

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Well the Happy, Sad tale of woe is coming to an end but in a good way. I have now decided that The Beast is for sale, why you may ask after all the trials and tribulations, well been there and done that now and I have just been asked if I want to rescue a very nice looking S4 in Norfolk Yellow. Well enough said I think. The Beast has now had everything done to her and she runs brilliantly, ok could do with a little fettling as in a bit of tweaking on the rebuilt carbs and one or two other minor adjustments but to all intents and purposes she is bloody good. I am not going to say what I spent on her during the 18 months of work, needless to say it was  a fair bit but as SHMBO also reads the forum that will stay my little secret. Will I be sad to see her go, yes of course as she is a stunning looking car in her lovely Calypso Red paintwork which is only abut four years old but with 5 Lotus cars clogging up all my space I have to be realistic and say enough is enough so I am having a huge clear out. Have a look at the classified and you may just spot a bargain. so what's the Beast worth. I have advertised her at what I think is a fair price knowing her history and what's been done to her and whoever buys her will also get her original engine plus a load of spares which I have amassed over the last few years and that will include a very rare set of spare rear discs, she will also come with an original Esprit spare wheel complete with new tyre and the rear boot bag.

 

If any of you guys are interested get back to me with a message and I can send you loads of photographs of the rebuild and the paint job.

Well the Happy, Sad tale of woe is coming to an end but in a good way. I have now decided that The Beast is for sale, why you may ask after all the trials and tribulations, well been there and done that now and I have just been asked if I want to rescue a very nice looking S4 in Norfolk Yellow. Well enough said I think. The Beast has now had everything done to her and she runs brilliantly, ok could do with a little fettling as in a bit of tweaking on the rebuilt carbs and one or two other minor adjustments but to all intents and purposes she is bloody good. I am not going to say what I spent on her during the 18 months of work, needless to say it was  a fair bit but as SHMBO also reads the forum that will stay my little secret. Will I be sad to see her go, yes of course as she is a stunning looking car in her lovely Calypso Red paintwork which is only abut four years old but with 5 Lotus cars clogging up all my space I have to be realistic and say enough is enough so I am having a huge clear out. Have a look at the classified and you may just spot a bargain. so what's the Beast worth. I have advertised her at what I think is a fair price knowing her history and what's been done to her and whoever buys her will also get her original engine plus a load of spares which I have amassed over the last few years and that will include a very rare set of spare rear discs, she will also come with an original Esprit spare wheel complete with new tyre and the rear boot bag.

If any of you guys are interested get back to me with a message and I can send you loads of photographs of the rebuild and the paint job.

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