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1997 Esprit V8 rebuild - remortgage needed

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They are nice them tanks. How’s the engine rebuild going - we need pics of that 👍


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I love the workmanship on those Axminster tanks. A set of them are on the list for mine at some stage, currently got one tank blanked off at present :(

 

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It's an absolute crime to hide them away! Beautiful workmanship.

They weren't cheap, but they were the best I'd seen. I did have to wait a while for them, but it was worth it.


Margate Exotics.

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4 hours ago, Barrykearley said:

They are nice them tanks. How’s the engine rebuild going - we need pics of that 👍

Your guess is as good as mine 🙈

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It really is a stunning colour !

Looking forward to getting started.

 

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1996 Esprit V8, 1998 Esprit V8 GT, 1999 Esprit S350 #002 (Esprit GT1 replica project), 1996 Esprit V8 GT1 (chassis 114-001), 1992 Lotus Omega (927E), 1999 Esprit V8SE, 1999 Esprit S350 #032, 1995 Esprit S4s, 1999 Esprit V8 GT (ex-5th Gear project), 1999 Esprit V8SE ('02 rear)

1999 S350 #002 Esprit GT1 replica

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It’s amazing how much room a stripped V8 engine takes up!!!!!!.  The two black boxes have the block on one and the heads in another.  The gearbox isn’t even in these pictures !

 

thats the huge garage I have to work on the car 🙈

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Radiator and oil coolers out.  Now to renew the oil lines, new water hoses and then make a start stripping the suspension for powder coating.  Angle grinder at the ready 

 

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NSF Suspension removed.  I’m going to do one corner at a time as I don’t have room to do everything all at once and it will keep me more organised.  Am going to get them blasted and then get the bushes out and check for cracks etc.  Then powder coat and new bushes.

just need to decide what colour to have the powder coating.  Maybe silver or black

 

all the bolts came out relatively easy.  The bottom arm to chassis bolt was the trickiest as it was tight in and also 2 of the strut top bolts snapped.

 

 

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Powder coating is a pain in the ass with the bushes. I would never do that again. It also causes issue with shimming and reassembly. Acid etch prime, paint would be my preferred method although it’s not as long lasting. The other choice you have is acid dip and replating 


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Cheers Barry, I’ve now read a few threads on different owners clubs about powder coating so am looking into re plating.

 

does anyone know the pros and cons of the different ones?  I think there is zinc, hot galv, cold Galv etc and also a rough cost for each corner ?

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Try por15. I’m convinced it’s equally as good as plating for large parts as it’s not sacrificial. It’s cheaper. Looks good. And is easy to apply.

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Suspension removed and in a crusty state.  There isn’t actually much left on the car.  I’m hoping over the next few weeks to have everything cleaned, zinc Nickel coated and new bushes and refitted.  I’ve just had the oil coolers tested and refurbished and brand new front to back and across oil,cooler hoses.  
 

it’s real tricky with the lack of room as once I have them off the car I have to put the, in the house for storage.  Have used all my brownie points up the last few weeks.  

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Have also taken delivery of 3 x spal fans.  Just waiting for the support rings and radiator supports to come back from coating and I can then build the radiator pack up and refit the oil and rad.

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15 hours ago, Mightymetro said:

I’m hoping over the next few weeks to have everything cleaned, zinc Nickel coated and new bushes and refitted.  

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Those lower wishbones are galvanised, don't be tempted to have them shot blasted (been there, done that, got the T shirt) :wallbash: 


Cheers,

John W

http://jonwatkins.co.uk

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At the risk of looking stupid, why not and what is the best way to clean these up before re-finishing? 

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When I had mine done (1982 S3) I just handed them over to the shot blaster & when returned was told "there's still a few patches of zinc on them" which obviously wasn't ideal.

There may be gentler forms of shot blasting that will remove the dirt while leaving the zinc, you'll have to ask around.

Otherwise I'd use various sized wire brushes in an electric drill then finish them with something tough like this:thumbup:


Cheers,

John W

http://jonwatkins.co.uk

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