Ok, here we go....
The general thought is to start with a full C service, and while doing that, swap out old stuff for new stuff as needed. The car only has 17,761 miles on the clock, but with a spotty service history, and considering the age, many things need addressed.
The first, and most important, is a new Gates HSN HTD cam belt. That should be what is on it now, but believe it is original to the car, as in 18 years old. Big time timebomb. Along with that, a new tensioner is getting installed, green dot pulleys, and should probably rebuild the water pump while in that far.
Since the chargecooler pump is known to be unreliable, and off of a boat motor, a new bosch electric pump and a blockoff kit have been purchased.
On the ignition, two new msd coil packs, iridium NGK's, and a new set of 8mm wires from JAE.
Optima 34R Red top to start the girl, should be here Tuesday.
Got a new turbo blanket, since my car does not currently have a motor cover. Anyone have one laying around for reasonable?
7 piece silicone coolant hose kit, since I have to dump the coolant to change the cam belt.
Stainless steel cat bypass and k&n air filter from Esprit Performance in England.
All new matched RC Engineering injectors via John Welch, upping the secondarys to 270cc from the stock 190cc. Read too many bad things on the rochesters that are in there having various failure modes when reaching their current age, and the better spray patterns will be welcomed too.
Stock lotus s4s mark V eprom, with John's adapter board, so no soldering or socketing needed. Better code than I have, and up the boost to 1 bar (which is why the secondary injectors were upsized).
I am planning on using MT-90 redline in the transaxle, but John does not seem to like that - "Next, MT-90 works in the transaxle. IF you change it often. If your not going to change it every 3-4k miles may I recommend Redline 75-90 NS, it is a true GL-5 lube and is better for the differential." Thoughts???
He also does not like the msd coils, or the iridium plugs. On the plugs, he uses the stock 6757 ngk's, and says you should change when you change the oil, because they foul, and a waste to use the more expensive plugs, not that he does not like them. Just wanted to clarify that. More thoughts???
Probably go for the mobil one 20-50 weight V Twin oil, or second choice would be valvoline 20-50 VR1. Even more thoughts???
Got in a spray can of custom PPG silk red paint to touch up the front lower valence, and a couple of scrapes on the nose, and the correct clear coat. I hope that is not more of an adventure than I expect.
Oh, and an ebay rice burner blowoff valve. Did some work in it today I will share in the next post.
A good lotus mechanic with a lift could probably do most of this in a couple of days. Me, with jack stands, and being an old fart, probably a month. This thing is insured, and has new plates, I do not want this to be a multi month project, but try and do the best I can the first time, and drive it soon and often.
So, am I on the right track, or just totally nucken futs?