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9 minutes ago, Barrykearley said:

Nice new alloy tanks in that...

Yes, I noticed that you had fitted them from the photo you posted earlier. Good thinking putting them in while it was upside down...

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I tempted fate...now my Esprit V8 IS in bits...(sob)

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Last corner of Lola fitted, you may think I've been slacking but this corner had been left off purposely for easy access to the engine bay and underneath through the wheelarch.  You may notice a

How about a bit of rear end...

The plasterers have run out of plaster, I've run out of money, so stuff the bungalow. I thought I might sell it and buy an Evora, but with 20,000 bungalows about to become vacant I doubt it would

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Help!!!!! Does anyone know the front and rear spring rates ( poundage measurement)  for the V8.

I can't find any info in the service manual.

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10 hours ago, gbowick said:

Front 260lb / Rear 250lb I think!

Thanks George, though how sure are you? Failiure to get them spot on will seriously affect the handling characteristics. 

 

8 hours ago, Chillidoggy said:

Steve, have you done a search on TLF? I'm pretty sure all the spring rates were posted up a while ago, maybe by @MrDangerUS?

Thanks Ian, I've had a look through the V8 technical suspension section, but couldn't find anything in the headings that stood out. I'll have a more detailed look later. If it was you @MrDangerUS your input would be much appreciated. 

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Found them, posted back in 2007 when Jesus was a boy. You were spot on @gbowick

Thought I'd share them again here incase anyone needs them.

 

Rating is in lb/inch and(N/mm)

 

98 V8 GT: F211(37) R245(43)

Sport 300: F313(55) R342(60)

V8: F260(45) R250(44)

Sport 350: F350(61) R314(55)

SE: F171(30) R154(27)

Final V8: F327(57) R316(55)

X180R: F363 ft lbs

R337 ft lbs

Bundy X180R: F382 ft lbs

R365 ft lbs

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Well done Steve! I remember well doing my offside to replace a bent link. Exact same procedure but with the hub still on the car. Needless to say the nearside is still untouched...

Not worth starting anything now...🍺

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47 minutes ago, eeyoreish said:

Well done Steve! I remember well doing my offside to replace a bent link. Exact same procedure but with the hub still on the car. Needless to say the nearside is still untouched...

Not a job I'd attempt in situ, I suppose it depends how seized seized is, mine was solid.

 

27 minutes ago, Chillidoggy said:

Piece of piss.

Yeah right, much head scratching wondering what type of glue Lotus use to bond these together.

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Ahh I’m thinking of the fronts - yes the rears are a load of bolts. I never had to cut that 

Only here once

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19 minutes ago, Chillidoggy said:

Ah, no, now I remember what Steve's talking about!

 

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Thanks Ian, That's the thingy I need.

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Friday, chassis (and me) soaked in extremely toxic POR15 metal prep and kept wet for 2 hours before rinsing in clean water.

Saturday,  brilliant day at Castle Coombe then 1 coat of POR15 rust preventive. 

Sunday, 3 coats POR15 top coat

Result superb, am I bothered about corrosion, not half as bothered as I was with skanky 22 year old galvanised steel. Anyone that has used POR15 will tell you, it's much better and harder than powdercoat. DSC_0406.thumb.JPG.ed097df3e8c73ad65d124dd77865afa9.JPG

 

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PINK BOTTOM, no spank you.

The bottom of our Esprits (well mine anyway), is a bit of a let down, so as virtually everything has been removed from the underside of my car I've enjoyed a weekend of washing, rubbing and spraying my pink bottom. Why aren't these painted or undercoated?

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