I am back on the road folks, and running great. New forged pistons, full head job with some new valves, and all new bearings / seals / etc. Took longer than I had anticipated, but thats the way it works some times. I move in 2 weeks to my next home (3 car garage finally). Custom built a 3" 304 stainless exhaust for the car as well. I am finalizing the exhaust hangers, then I will take some pictures. I also added a grimmspeed manual boost controller, which I highly recommend. The car builds boost way faster. Now I just have to be patient during the break in period. I have adjusted it to the stock level of boost, but instead of gradually opening the waste gate as the car builds boost, it leaves it closed until full boost is achieved, then opens it.
Next step is the FrankenCIS. I am going to give that a try, as my lambda ecu is unreliable, I want more control over fueling, and I can't seem to leave good enough alone.
I am having some cooling issues, most likely due to my intercooler heat exchanger stacked in front of the AC condenser, stacked in front of the radiator, all behind the oil cooler. Car runs about 85C on the highway, but after about 20 miles it starts to creep up to about 90-95C. This is with the AC on full blast. Once I hit traffic it does fine and fluctuates between 100C and 90C. Hasn't overheaded yet, but I only have about 50 miles on it. I am thinking I will remove the fog lights to see if it is a intake area issue, or if the heat exchanger core is too thick to be stacked in front of the radiator. I also put the oil cooler standing vertical right in front, as far forwards as it goes, so that could be blocking some cooling air by not allowing for enough ducting room, and diverting the air flow.
1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo
2002 Lotus Esprit V8 25th Anniversary #008
Last edited by Extratx; 05-20-2015 at 09:04 AM.