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Well done Fabian, many would have just accepted the stumble but as usual you persevere to get things just right. A turbo driving well is such a rewarding car to own as well. 👍🏻
 

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2 hours ago, Lotusfab said:

Still can’t believe what effect changing the choke size has had. My S1 has always drove extremely well and set the bar. I would say now the Turbo drives even better than the S1. Its a relief after so long to have perfected the acceleration. Your always scratching around in a no mans land with these changes.

It's worth considering that your focused efforts in sorting the other carb settings are largely the means by which you've arrived at this most pleasant outcome. Be assured the slight reduction in choke size did nothing more than enrich the transition point which, though it may well have been helpful, is subordinate to the accurate balancing of float heights and throttles in terms of running behaviour. 

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Thanks Dave. Steve, Interesting point. The only changes made were float height and choke. When I tune these cars I always found on my S1 there is a position on the idle mixture screw that gives a big boost in power output. Its not very wide probably in the 1/4 turn range. On my turbo I have never been able to reproduce this effect to the same extent. I noticed this time when I tuned it I was able to locate the position and the effect was similar to the S1. Was this due to a change in float height?
I don’t really know. All I can say is its now running perfectly. I would know for sure If I switched the chokes back and the stumble returned. Because of the work involved and the fact my car is now sorted I will not do this at this time. Maybe someone who has a stumble they can’t get rid of might try using 35 mm chokes and report the effect? Thanks for all the helpful advice and discussion it has really helped to sort my car! 

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If anyone is thinking of replacing the original limiter rotor arm I have just received a shallow replacement from PNM engineering. The normal size Lucas won’t fit.Be sure and ask them before your order. Can’t believe the speed at which they are getting parts out these days. I ordered in the afternoon and received it the next day, only having paid for first class post. Well done PNM and thanks! 
Well just as it was going so well I have detected an unusual noise when the engine warms up. It sounds like a bearing. I used a stethoscope and believed it was from the reconditioned alternator. I disconnected the belt to check and its not from there. I now believe its the tensioner bearing. This new bearing has only done 700 miles. I then look back through the conversations on the internet and find some of these new bearings are useless and prone to failure. Having paid £50 I find this very annoying, especially as I now have to dismantle everything again to replace it! 
This time I am installing an SKF bearing as per the original Lotus spec. 8 have also invested in a Gates Kriket. Its easier to use than a Burroughs gauge unless you have the cantilever Lotus version. I shall also be using the MK1 Lotus finger and thumb as a cross check! 90 degrees max twist on the belt. 
Its very annoying, just as I have perfected the acceleration. I am very pedantic with the engine and always check everything regularly, which is why I detected the noise. Its fairly faint, but now the tappets and rest of the engine are so quiet you can hear every little extra sound! After the last rebuild the tappets were noisy, even though they were set correctly at install. After 700 miles I took the towers off and found some of the clearances had increased to the upper limit. Because everything was new I guess they were bedding in. I adjusted them down and now its extremely quiet with no tappet noise. The downside of this is you can hear so much more.

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Yes, when I measured and shimmed them they were all spot on. I checked and double checked, I have a lot of practice at this now! The tappets were noisy only on the rear of the engine. I took it apart and found the clearances on the end two had increased, but from memory only about 1 thou. Maybe because everything is new it had bedded in after 700 miles. Anyway I put thicker shims in and its perfect, no tappet noise.

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Based on all the advanced jobs you have done on your car, I'm puzzled why servicing the trunnions should concern you!   You just need a dedicated 'grease' gun full of EP90 and you can charge them with the car on full lock, still on the ground.   As they should be done every 1000 miles, or so, you don't want to be taking it to a garage!

NB - They have fairly recently updated Gates Carbon Drive with a new version, that retains a history of the last several tests.   I prefered the previous version that just did 'spot' checks and didn't have an annoying introductory video.  I tend to run mine at nearer 110htz, but that's personal preference.  

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Great result - enjoy the open road Fabian

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Well done Fabian, a well sorted turbo is a joy to own and yours is up amongst the best.

Its not easy finding rolling road tuners these days who understand carbs but sounds like you hit gold.

Nice image outside the garage, shows the turbo lines really well.

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I noticed that issue on mine. The bracket which holds the throttle cable and end of the spring, mounted to the plenum, was bent. But when I straightened it, it caused the lever to hit the end of the spring so had to bend it back out of true again. Presumably all these cars are like that.

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Mmm, thats interesting. It did cross my mind that the throttle could never have worked on my car, as I installed the bracket as it came off - a bit of a mystery! 
If you buy a project car that hasn’t run in many many years and has been tinkered with these are all the issues you can expect. My advice to anyone is unless you have deep pockets and know these cars well, buy one that has been running. It should have a history of continuous spending, maintenance and check the mot for the miles driven every year. One that has been standing for years and never moved will need a lot of spending and work to bring back to life. 

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I was disappointed I hadn’t picked up on the throttle issue, especially considering how many times I have been messing around  with the engine. Obvious now to check full throttle movement before connecting the cable! What I was pleased with is the ignition timing and jetting was almost spot on and was all done by me through trial and error. It goes to show if you don’t give up you can achieve good results. 

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I had gone for slightly larger 42 jets (over the original 40 jets). I remember other people saying the 45 idle jets were the best for engine performance.

Are you planning to try to pass the MOT with those in or are you going to swap back to the 40 jets?

Its a bit of a ball ache if you have to change back you will need to tune to suit and then go back and do it again when you fit the 45 jets.

 

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4 hours ago, Lotusfab said:

was disappointed I hadn’t picked up on the throttle issue

It’s one of the most overlooked things it seems on the later Fuel injected cars - you needs a computer to check it shows 100%. Two of my cars were not doing so when I got them.

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6 hours ago, Buddsy said:

I had gone for slightly larger 42 jets (over the original 40 jets). I remember other people saying the 45 idle jets were the best for engine performance.

Are you planning to try to pass the MOT with those in or are you going to swap back to the 40 jets?

Its a bit of a ball ache if you have to change back you will need to tune to suit and then go back and do it again when you fit the 45 jets.

 

buddsy

Its only got one more MOT. I may give it a go as is, sometimes the pipe falls out of the exahust!

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