The Big Day
Okay a mug of coffee at hand and a big breakfast,, Chores somewhat done ( not really) and now without further delay the story,,,
Regardless of how today went one way or the other I must say with total conviction that Atwell ( not Atwood as I have been guilty of posting here) is a stand up guy as well as a treasure chest of information on the Lotus Esprit class cars. I only wish I could remember everything that he shared yesterday. He certainly put me at ease as we worked on Penelope and chatted back and forth across the engine. Lotus needs to hire him as a consultant on this Model of Esprit. He certainly has been a stalwart of not letting the non current models fade from their glory years and re-birthing a long dormant car is right up his alley. I owe his wife and him a nice dinner out very soon
Now on to the day. In preparation for the roll out and start up I went to the Firehouse and picked up a manly size CO2 fire extinguisher to complement my smaller one at home. Lotus has done a smashing job of utilizing as much fuel line in various diameters on the car. I figure all things considered there is upward of 15 foot of fuel line and an equal amount of vacuum and vapor lines if not more. Hose company executives just sit back and smile as they count their money with this car. Atwell did get that remaining hose that I left for him and it wasn't in a terrible spot to get too. (Grin) I did show sympathy and didn't want to run him off that early in the day. I had to replace the lever for the choke cable line and included the new retainer for the cable that didn't come with the car. Nick did a fab job of machining a new custom one. We needed some wire ends to replace some broken wires to the plenum and made off to the local Napa for small items needed.
Once all was attached, crimped and in place we pushed the car out into the driveway. For some reason Atwell moved his Esprit back away from the scene. Fire fighting bottles nearby we fired Penelope up. The choke was finicky but we got her running. While cold she sounded great and when she warmed up we got a rich fuel smell and random popping in the exhaust. No fuel leaks we shut her down and decided not to go for a ride around the block as the brakes felt spongy still. We erred on safety and put her back in the garage. Atwell called a car expert on these cars and chatted him up a bit about the carbs.
I started to take the top of the damper off for the choke in top of the front carb and my fingers got a burning sensation and I let go. The cap went forward and the spring fell into the abyss down under the carbs. Drats, that just didn't happen. Did it? Two hours later after we search in vain he found it down low along the distributor. I will post the picture of him with lights, mirror and magnet fishing about while on top of the engine. The man truly climbs right in and goes to work. Yes that distributor wonderful piece of engineering marvel still getting me. In our search we found remnants of others leave behinds, we weren't alone. I was looking at the carbs figuring what I had to unhook to get the tops off the carbs and clean the jets and there was the problem staring me in the face. Atwell's friend gave him directions and it was a unwilling got to do this job taking the carb tops off. As I loosen the new cable retainer the choke return springs pulled the choke off completely by themselves. Eureka, that had to be it. We agreed to start her back up in the garage with the choke cable off. The sound of harmony came out of the exhaust and the engine purred. Success!
Many of my fears of this car melted away at the moment and the rest are small things that will surely consume money and Penelope will share a labor love with me as we make all things right. Today the head light relay for opening them is on the list of to does and the cooling fans relay will be looked into also. I did spent time last night pulling the cable out of the choke and attempting to free it up more. I found it broken at the top in the dash and the reason why it was not shutting off completely. Monday will be time to order a new one a fight me from the dash to the rear of the car with it. And it will all be done with a smile on my face as it is all good as it should be in the land of British cars.
Thank you Atwell from the both Penelope and I for your due diligence today.
Last edited by Jenna'sEspritTurbo; 11-15-2015 at 02:46 PM.