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Esprit Turbo project car - part3 - the further continuation

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I can just see a Cortina backdrop and a Sardinia backdrop on two opposing sides of a future double garage 😀

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16 hours ago, Lotusfab said:

Yep, it seems been a long time- but getting there!

my car.IMG_7175.thumb.JPG.f40ee09357c809decd26ec281cffdd27.JPGBond car

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I’d choose yours, anytime. Brilliant job Fabian!

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Thanks Gis, much appreciated!

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Sorry Fab, you're welcome to your Tyrolia 380s. Technology has moved on a bit. 😀

I'm sure there'll be some crusty old French skier somewhere in the Haute Savoie who will think they're the latest thing!

Yes, finishing. Mmmmmmmmmmm I'm near that stage. However time seems to be extending in some sort of perverted 1990's CGI'd SciFi worm hole.

I finally "drove" my car yesterday though. All of 6ft of the driveway to the roadside. Then reversed back. Bond is back!

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Well done David, a few more feet and you would have been on the road! Not long now! 

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IMG_7177.thumb.JPG.0e661cfc746fa5b460a968f1bf0c7e81.JPGBearings removed, new one ready to fit when this has all been aqua blasted.

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16 hours ago, Lotusfab said:

Well done David, a few more feet and you would have been on the road! Not long now! 

I have to make sure the cooling fan circuitry is all OK, and then I'll tentatively test it out on the road. Starting with a 1/4 mile around the block a few times to make sure it's all working OK. It's quite loud without the engine cover and no bulkhead glass or insulating trim! I've SJ's stainless steel manifold and single rear muffler exhaust system.

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Yep it is loud even with all the bits!

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Now for the rest!IMG_7188.thumb.JPG.14591ceb5e2061fcb0f4ea24b0b87864.JPG

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So split pin is in, using same tool I made. For the bearing install I'm going with 2 hrs of freezing on the bearing at -17 degrees and 20 minutes in the oven at 110 degree, unless the wife catches me and I have to remove it and run out the back door in a hurry!IMG_7189.thumb.JPG.620926fda0b8ac477f33d43af1d8480c.JPG

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What's an oven?

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Well I'm not an expert on this and anything on here you see it copy is entirely at your own risk. This is just a record of what I did for fun!

Bearing rear

in the end the bearing was at -17 degrees for about three hours. The first fit the hub carrier was in the oven for 20 mins at  100 degrees. I had to press the bearing in. The second was in the oven for 40 mins. The bearing dropped straight in with no press! I know how I will do it next time!. It's still not finished and to be honest a pain of a job. My advice let the experts fit the bearing and do the rest yourself! Oh, I used Loctite adhesive on the outer surface as per the Lotus manual.IMG_7191.thumb.JPG.5b396fe7da77175fa2b82aa8fcbda801.JPG

The studs don't fit in the split pin so the split pin with need a bit of fettling! The clearance in the hole needs to be about 1/2 inch imperial.

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I intend to report as to how this Aqua blasting hold its appearance over time. There is nothing in the web, as far as I can see. The only finish to be applied here is ACF50.

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Hi I need to do mine, I did the same process when I fitted the translator bearing.

Is there any risk of cracking the casing if the parts were tight when it cools down?

Chris


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Hi Chris, all I can say is they have cooled down with no issues. There's always a risk but no other way. The safest course of action is to get the professionals to put the bearings in. They do it all the time so very low risk. But I did it also with no issues.

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I see Q has been working on those upper links since FYEO...

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Yep Q in the form of Lotusbits. An adjustable upper link on both sides! 

I've done this job a few time now.

The easiest reassembly method.

Put the lower stud in first through everything and the nuts loosly on.

Then use a pry bar on the spring and slot the bolt through the upper link and hub carrier.

then jack up the hub carrier until the trailing arm bolts align and slide the bolts through. 

Job done! 

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7 hours ago, red vtec said:

Hi I need to do mine, I did the same process when I fitted the translator bearing.

Is there any risk of cracking the casing if the parts were tight when it cools down?

Chris

Chris,

I've done this job on both my Esprit and my classic Elan, nothing to worry about unless brutality is involved. As Fabian demonstrated, adequately heating the casting permits the bearing to drop into place and, yes, the bearings should be cooled if only for retention of grease against heat soak from the casting. The parts are designed to fit tightly once assembled, the interference dimension resulting in a moderate clamping force that does not unduly stress the casting.

Cheers

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Update

suspension rebuilt and back on wheels! Now the fun part.....Ohhhhhh s...t!IMG_7224.thumb.JPG.3c64db290612f1db256d572a32e39fa5.JPGWTF!!!,....

I knew I should have paid the professionals! 

Anyhow as Im already here I might as well rebuild it.....

Just pics......

New gear to replace the chipped one, wax on wax off just like the Karate kid!IMG_7226.thumb.JPG.ac7294bfb657cb604e0f303870f26955.JPGIMG_7227.thumb.JPG.ea11e14ee3e4e82be1442d475d546081.JPG

And then put it on the shaft. Sorry, no trade  secrets, It's a kind of Magic! 

IMG_7228.thumb.JPG.6cbecaf1e62735f5ab9c73a72e310e9a.JPGAnd then replace the pinion bearing, but first a read of the manual and some tea! I of course cleaned everything! It might be a very long cup of tea whilst Inthink about this! IMG_7230.thumb.JPG.b83c62290d62c8868686695866f9251b.JPG

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IMG_7240.thumb.JPG.c198932b683c912cd5a86115b39deb2b.JPGNew bearing on!

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Well I'm disappointed nobody pointed out the gears were incorrect on that shaft! Just testing! Here's the correct version...IMG_7241.thumb.JPG.58df60efe83a2f30de8ed0290f54526f.JPG

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