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Hi Everyone. After spending close to $10,000 on my cam-belt, cam box leak and brake calipers I have been left with a manifold gasket blowing exhaust everywhere (don't ask) 

 

My question is does anyone in Sydney have the know how and the tools to lift my engine and replace the manifold and gasket.

 

An agreed amount of money will be paid. I cant register the car until this is done!

Please let me know if you know of someone or would like to earn some money.

 

Lex.

 

 

 

 



Here she is anyway
 
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Bad luck Lex. DanR might get on sometime soon. He is real handy with esprits, though don't know if he has done an engine out job. Have you been in contact with the lotus club in NSW as well?

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Apparently the engine can just be lifted and not fully removed?? Or is it easier to just take it out once you undo everything. 

 

I have contacted Club Lotus and just waiting to hear back. The Engineer also said the rear dampers need replacing as well, which I will order today from the UK - I will go for stock items. Might get a few extra goodies from SJ while I'm at it.

 

Can I just add what an incredible looking cars they are. I can't stop looking at it.

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I haven't done a manifold job on mine. Search around in the tech sections as there are numerous posts on the forums with regard to manifold jobs.

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OMG $10k for the belt, cam box leak and calipers!!!

I feel for you and that's outrageous. Were the shims done as well? Even if they were 10k...f....

Any other time I'd help but I'm snowed under with work at the moment.

I've had the engines out and while it's a straightforward job, it's preferable not to and the gaskets could be done without a full extraction.

I don't know what to suggest Lex if you need to have somebody do it. I know a few mechanics who avoid exotics but will ask for you anyway.

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It's a hell job whichever way you look at it. I had my manifold replaced just before bringing it out to Oz. The guy was a specialist and just lifted one side. He'd done probably 20-30 esprit manifolds in the past and knew every problem, so when I asked if there were any issues when replacing he said no, apart from the usual broken studs. Cost me the equivalent of Au$2500 to purchase new manifild and install + an extra $150 to reseal the cam towers. Just out of interest sake I asked the local Ferrari dealership here in Adelaide last year for a quote on replacing all the belts. They quoted $1000, with me supplying the belts.

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Generally you can get the manifold off without removing the engine but there are a few exceptions. Sparky is the man who would most likely know. Drop him a note.

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I am just soooo tempted to get on a plane...

 

Yes - it can be done fairly easily without moving the engine and with a lot of patience and the right tools.  You'd probably need to remove the exhaust cam tower to make things easier on the nuts for cyls 1 & 2.  I've done plenty of manifolds and not yet needed to remove an engine.

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I've got pics oh that too! You had mine of in less than a couple of hours wasn't it?

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Yeah, yours was pretty quick, and without taking anything else off!  Think I dislocated my arm though...

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quote:

"I am just soooo tempted to get on a plane..."

Sparky

I reckon Lex would've saved quite a bit if he'd paid and flown you out for that $10k job he had done!

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Especially if I told you how cheap my ticket would be!

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Thanks everyone for the comments, if only I lived in another part of the world! It's booked in with Simply Sports cars for mid march to do the manifold - lovely guys.

On a good note the car is fully registered. Took it for a good run today, very well behaved then around the corner from my house it seems the gear shift linkage has gone.

It's in neutral and the gear leaver is just hanging around in there doing nothing.

Id rather get these things out of the way now I guess

Will have a read and a look tomorrow on how to tackle it.

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Hi and welcome, I have just done the work you are speaking of and because my car has been lowered I had to remove the manifold prior to taking the engine out, no big task and can be taken off and replaced within a couple of hours, just release the neasrside engine mount to jack the engine up a bit and hey presto, a little awkward with a few of the studs but time and patience it works out ok as for the loss of gear again I had the same thing just two days ago, first check the gearlinkage rod going to the cross linkage uder the boot floor, see if the small bolt holding the rod end the the gearbox connection is still there, if so check the swivel pivot down on the right hand side of the engine, I had a worn pin held with a split pin which had come out and alowed the gear change tube to fall off hence loosing gears, again a simple fix .

John.

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Thanks John, that would be fantastic if that is all it is re: gear linkage - but it makes sense for something like this to go as it has been used so little lately. It happened as I was changing down to second - luckily had enough momentum to pull off safely.

 

Simply sports cars think they can do the manifol in 5 or so hours depending on the condition of the studs - it's probably a little beyond me at this point to do it myself.

 

Spent a day polishing the car Sunday - The paint is actually quite remarkable and the fact that the car has never been painted means I don't have to spend any money on the body. The only think I will touch are the bumpers in the next few weeks I will take them off and get them prepped and painted. 

 

Here are some pictures after the detail. 

I also gave the interior a thorough clean and condition.

 

 

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Hi Bibs,

 

I bought it from a Mr. Jenkinson over in the UK who collected Astons and it was owned previously by a few members on here.

 

http://www.thelotusforums.com/forums/topic/45654-my-old-esprit-coming-up-for-sale/#entry375926

 

Ken Baird owned it at one stage as well as LEW. I had seen it come up once before and missed it. I only wanted this colour combination and and preferably unrestored car as I love a survivor car.

I bought it knowing about the cam box leak. Definitely happy with the car despite the budget blowing out.

 

PS when I say paint the bumpers I mean is satin black - definitely not colour coded.

 

And the other reason I bought this car.....here is the History file they talk about in the thread above! Dating back to Day 1.

 

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John you were absolutely spot on. I had a look underneath where it was parked and the split pin had come out and the link was disconnected. I was able to slot it back in (no pin to hold it), then find first gear and drive it into the garage where I can get underneath it properly.

There is a copper sleeve still in tact. What is the split pin I need. I couldn't find it on SJ site. Is there a specific size/material.

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Car looks fantastic all the same... sorry to hear about your troubles lex.. will be worth it when its done!

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So I have done about 100kms on the car now after my 5 month stint with the mechanic.

I thought my temp gauge had stopped working.

Then today steam pouring out of the engine bay, I check the coolant level. Bone dry. I've been had again. Who knows what it has done to the engine. I have only been driving short stints and going easy because it has been raining here for the last week. Hoses should have been checked? I imagine they have disintegrated.

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I had a chance to look at the Lotus today in more detail.

Put some water in it and started the engine. Engine sounded fine apart from the manifold sounding like a truck.

Within 30 second water started pouring out of the centre of the car. Engine off.

The culprit obviously the series of hoses as can can be seen in the service manual.

Cars back with the mechanic to do the manifold and the hoses.

Will post when I have it back.

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Hope it works out this time Lex.

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Should have her back in about 10 days with a new set of cooling hoses and manifold issue fixed as the parts are coming from the UK. Then it's time for the fun.

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:harhar: Then your fuel tanks will start leaking

Thankfully brand new tanks were put in two years ago. Steve the things that have gone wrong are things that should have been done as part of the re-commissioning by the mechanic. Every other part of the car has been done. When I say re-commissioning, the car has been off the road for only a year.

Cam belts, cam box leak, brakes and hoses are regulation. It could have been done in 2 weeks.

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