First real test drive, after dark, from when the car arrived. The license plate did not show until mid last week, and the cool weather killed the battery.
New optima red top arrived today. Wire brushed the u channel hold down clamp, it had some rust, sanded it some, and painted it with rustolem gold paint. Then cut a 7" piece out of an oldstype cam belt, and used that between the battery and the hold down clamp. One of the 6mm hold down nuts was missing, and I could not find one anywhere in the shop, so stole a matching pair out of my glass bead cabinet.
Driving it home 1/3 of a mile when it arrived a few weeks ago, the boost gauge was jumping all over the place. It acted like the wastegate was stuck. I pulled the linkage off of the wastegate to the dashpot, and the wastegate was quite free, but the linkage to the wastegate arm was pretty rusted at the joint/pivot, and believe it was stuck. I cleaned up the diameter of the pin on the wastegate arm, applied a little mobil 1 synthetic grease, put it back together, and the boost gauge worked perfectly this evening. If it was not stuck, it was quite close. Expect that was from rain, and no engine cover.
Did not get out of the garage until about 7:30 this evening, was totally dark, and good for a stealth test run.
Various sheet to sort, however, did go there (to a couple of buddies houses), and came back. That is a start. Clutch vague as hell. Have a feeling no thermostat in it or it is stuck open, running too cold, oil temp cold. Max temp seen was arounf 70 c when setting, 60 c moving (water temp). Fans did not kick in. Speedo f'd, usually between 30 and 40mph, even at highway speeds, and jumping around. Odometer and trip work correctly. Put load on motor and fuel gauge drops from 1/4 to 1/8 or less, speedo jumps up 10-15mph, and falls back. Pulls left on initial braking, but with a firm pressure, it has a lot of braking. Since running too cool, not much heat. Driving in the dark was not a good time to figure out the heater controls, but did. Front of removable roof poping like popcorn when moving, hopefully adjust, or will need all new seals.
Air leak on drivers side window when all the way up. Shifting very heavy, but not loose. Might need translator bearings, and maybe rod ends, as well as fresh redline should help. Syncro’s seem quite good. Motor wants to go, but will not flog it on the old cam belt, or fluids. Steering a little heavy considering it is power steering, but probably too darty if it was lighter. Has good feel. Loose tennis shoes is not the hot setup, biggest problem was quickly finding the brake. A lot of this is from not knowing the car, plus not having driven a standard much in probably 15 years. Biggest gripe is the clutch, just not feeling it at all, and seemed like the engamement point was moving around. Just had a new flywheel, clutch, pressure plate and remote brake servo last month, perhaps there is still some air in the system. Plus will have to check the play in the servo rod, if it is similar to the G cars. Would 99% expect it has a plastic clutch hose, that may get updated after I finish the current list of jobs to do, anything to help on the vague clutch would make it easier to drive.
Still could be the loose nut setting behind the steering wheel. First time to test a new, strange car at night, that probably made things even seem even more strange.
Over the bumps the shocks seemed like they were doing their job, a little rough on the bumpy stuff, the rebound seemed controlled.
Came back with all the parts on it, I think, and that is a good thing.
About what I expected for a not correctly maintained car, best news is most of this was expected, and nothing seems that serious on the surface. (holding breath - turning blue)
Wife went along, I was actually surprised on that count. She did not like the jerky shifting with me trying to figure out the clutch. Only stalled it once.
First priority is a working speedo, that could be quite useful. Think I saw a thread regarding that here the other day, will look it up, and see where to start.
A running lotus, what a concept!
Last edited by bharper; 01-08-2013 at 07:42 PM.