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Beam over gearbox

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The beam that sits over the top of the gearbox can only be bolted when the car is jacked up to align the 4 holes.   I assume it is OK to run the engine with this beam removed?  Anyone know?

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Why would you want to.    its worth remembering when the chassis flex's with the beam removed , it pull in the GRP mounting points on the rear of the body.. ..   This should be kept to a minimum,  and adding the vibration of a running engine to the mix seems a little unnecessary ,  especially when it only takes 2 minutes to re-fit ...  I can not see it would cause any serious damage but why take the risk...  Gell crack always starts invisible.. !  

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Thanks Dave. Youre right.  2 minute job.

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I read a story somewhere about the inclusion / design of the beam. Apparently ACBC was adamant the Esprit didn't need it & was due to be picked up by the first prototype from an airport. The story goes it collapsed just as it pulled in to pick him up.

I think the gearbox mountings were designed to be part of the structure, it just wasn't strong enough in practice.

Maybe someone knows more about the original tale?

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@Laida - Pauls - that's a really fine year for your Esprit. We need more (larger) photos.

From your profile "Bonnet (boot) has damper type lift, which (according to SJS) is not correct for year. I tried to replace this with the slider type but bracket too big (screw holes too far apart.) I'm assuming this was a change over / using up old parts thing?"

Some had dampers some had slider type. Mine has had dampers from the start - June 82 build.

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