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Off to see Bond now.

Was going to take the Esprit (as you do) but I've SORNED it.

Luckily we have another suitable Bond brand chariot (hiding behind old yeller)to fill the gap 👍

 

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Now this will obviously go one of two ways. My Esprit was never meant to be a nut and bolter but anything that needs attention will get it so once the lid is off this could be anything from belts, tank recoating and general tidy up to, well, a BIG bill! 

I've already prepared by revisiting Ian and Barry's S4S threads so once my straight jacket and tramadol arrive ill be making a start. Wish me luck 🤪

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4 hours ago, Clarky5150 said:

I've already prepared by revisiting Ian and Barry's S4S threads so once my straight jacket and tramadol arrive ill be making a start. Wish me luck 🤪

Good luck in the purchase of new tanks, alunox manifold and a recon turbo. While you are at it - do check the compression figures and valve clearances. It’s good to note that with the engine out it’s easy to replace the trailing arm bushes and while you are at that you might as well Lotac the rest of them. Blue belts whine a bit but not half as much as the postman’s going to delivering to you.

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Aye. and the clutch has 25K on it so we will pop a new one in while we are at it. Alunox only if needed. 

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Nothing much planned today and a mechanic friend popped over for a coffee so we made a start ahead of schedule. Only a couple of hours but a good start. Spent a few hours re glassing the boot floor to reinstate the fixing holes, many of which had broken off over time.

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Got a little further in but didn't take a photo. That may be as far as we get for a few weeks as I'm stacked out but once the clocks go forward a few hours an evening should be possible. The plan is to extract the engine on the driveway as the roof height in the garage is somewhat prohibitive.

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As Barry eluded to in an earlier post i might as well get the turbo reconditioned while its out. Is it worth upgrading or having mine converted to hybrid or just a refresh?

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Another couple of hours in the sun this morning. Pretty much ready for the hoist now.

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Anyone know a good vet? I think my cat is poorly 

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Near side quarter window doesn’t seem to be leaking so I am optimistically fooling myself into believing the tank will be in good order

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However I have other plans for the rest of the day which may include coffee and cake 😋

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I recall reading somewhere that detaching the drive shafts is best done a different way to the workshop manual suggestion. Am I imagining this?

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😂 It was my intention to try the standard back box after the rebuild as I’m not a massive fan of the overly loud Larini. I am however thinking of visiting a local exhaust builder to discuss replacing the tiny silencer with something a little larger however the straight through nature may defeat any potential gains. Perhaps once I have a Cat with some innards it might drop the DBs a little. The weight difference between the two systems is making me want to leave the standard zorst in the garage I must confess

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@Clarky5150 - get it remade as 3”.

you need 3 x 90s and 1 x 45. Get a silencer and some pipe and fittings. The bits when I did mine were about £140 from memory.

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Slightly O/T but another cracking example of ‘Lotus Specialist’ work. My Elan had some work done by a well known to prep it for MOT pre sale including an overhaul of the front brakes. When I collected her last year the drivers front was seizing on but a few hot cold cycles sorted it. I noticed that she had started pulling to the left and assumed the slides had seized. First thing I noticed were the rear dust caps were missing so ordered a seal kit and cracked on. O/S had clearly not been looked at at all and the slides needed a good clean and correct (not Ceratec as they had used) silicone grease  And back togrther, slightly confused as to why it would pull…. Then I saw the N/S 

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Both 17mms holding the calliper parts together were hanging out. Why had they even taken them out as the callipers weren’t repainted 🤬

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Oh and as I moved the flex pipe I saw a lovely slice in it where it had previously been clamped with something metal instead of a line clamp. 

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