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You have the upgraded gearshift I noticed. I thought from pictures in my manual that I did, but I don't. What I do have though is the shaft extending out the right side of the box. I could remove my current shift mechanism and fit the newer one. I noticed that your car doesn't have the extension on the left side.

Is it a big improvement over the shift that wraps around the back of the box?

As far as I know, I don't have an upgraded gearshift, I have the gearshift pattern that was originally fitted to the S4s, it's not the later one that was fitted to the GT3s or V8s that has a shaft of some kind that goes around the back of the gearbox.

The only thing I have done is rebuild the translator, and rod end bearings ready for fitting.

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We finished off the wiring for the new heater solenoid, and a big thanks to @swindon_alan for his tracking skills in locating a suitable on/off switch. A wrap of insulating tape, was sufficient to pac

Hoisted the engine up, flywheel and clutch bolted on. The usual problems with lining up, but I finally got the gearbox mated to the engine, and lowered into position. The wife directed the pre and pos

Started putting back the snake’s wedding that is an S4s engine loom. I can’t help but think there’s a simpler solution, not that I’m about to rip it all out and start again. Trying to run the wiring w

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Must of made Ian's day all those YELLOW Esprit's on his drive ☺️

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I think the colour's growing on him.  He said he's thinking about respraying his S4s.

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I'm going back to the books!

All we know is that when they stop making this, we will be properly, properly sad.Jeremy Clarkson on the Esprit.

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More work with pipework that I feel I should replace 'while the engine's out', it's difficult to determine how much pipework and what, if any, bends I shall need to refit the heater and chargecooler hoses. I'm also taking time to inspect anywhere that pipes or cables might be chafing, and rectifying any issues.

 

Once I've made the engine bay tidy, I shall start on the fuel tanks. I intend to place them on closed cell sponge, wrap them in sticky backed heat resistant insulation, more sponge on the tops, and cut some new plywood. As the closed cell sponge is much denser than the shite that Lotus used, it's going to be a bit more difficult to get the right height. I may have to trial fit them.

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This is all great! I'm learning so much here. I am going to install a Clutch Throw Out Bearing this weekend and much of this information is helpful. Thanks for sharing the great photos. I may need fuel tanks and I'm glad to know who can make them.

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Rubik's Engine Mount Shields

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And here's one of the old radius arm bushes, the shims are split into halves so they can be inserted without removing the whole assembly.

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And it's also a shame that this will be hidden from view -

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Unfortunately, I found them virtually impossible to photograph whilst they were in the car, and by the time I managed to extricate them it was too late. I have spoken to Dave (Changes), and there is a method of fitting them. But if anyone has any photos I too would be obliged for them.

Of course it may be that they all fall into place once I offer them up, but the way things have been going I don't think it's likely!

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Covered the superb new alloy fuel tanks in heat resistant material, and simply popped them back in. Well, I say popped, it was more like struggled on the RH side. The other one fell in.

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There's a stray yellow connector on the LH side, anyone know what that's for? I don't remember unplugging it, but it's possible.

EDIT: note for Glynn - I found some heat shield photos I didn't know I had. I'll post them in due course.

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Sparky's said he does not know what the connector is it off hand but if it's yellow it must be important

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Covered the superb new alloy fuel tanks in heat resistant material, and simply popped them back in. Well, I say popped, it was more like struggled on the RH side. The other one fell in.

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There's a stray yellow connector on the LH side, anyone know what that's for? I don't remember unplugging it, but it's possible.

EDIT: note for Glynn - I found some heat shield photos I didn't know I had. I'll post them in due course.

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Those tanks are a work of art :D

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Yes they are, and I have to say that whilst they were expensive, they are probably worth it. And the service I received when the wrong tanks were supplied was first class.

Here's the photos I took of the engine mount heat shields. Not brilliant, but they might help -

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Just when I thought it was all going well, I was tightening up the rear deck release cable, and it's snapped where it goes through the engine bay bulkhead. Doh!

 

It looks like the threaded outer has simply corroded away where it fits through the bracket, and me doing up the two locking nuts was the final straw. Still, as Sparky has pointed out, at least the deck is off and I haven't got to cut a hole in the car.

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How did you do with the bushes? I've noticed a lot of talk about 10-ton presses. Does it work to just use a bolt and some washers to drag them out the old fashioned way?

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Vanya, he hasn't done those ones yet.  He will soon feel the true pain of Esprit ownership, muhahaha.

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