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post #161 of 716 (permalink) Old 05-21-2015, 06:51 PM
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Noob, sorry to hear man! But as you said, this offers an opportunity! I like the way you think! Good luck and post the progress as it goes!
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Noob, sorry to hear this but I know you won't cut corners on the rebuild. Good luck. Keep the updates coming. Ken
Thanks brotha it's all good, I was lucky to have not had to do it sooner.

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Noob, sorry to hear man! But as you said, this offers an opportunity! I like the way you think! Good luck and post the progress as it goes!
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Thanks Art, this will cut in to my FD fund.

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Since no one has said anything, I have to ask, Noob...is a full rebuild really necessary?

I realize that mileage is on the high side, but even then, I've seen Esprits with far more than that going strong. If the bottom end is solid and the rings are good, I can't help but wonder if all you really need is a good valve job/head work.

Curious as to what your mechanic has to say...has he pulled the head yet?

To remain pertinent to the original thread, I will say that perhaps "What did you do for your Esprit?" could mean valve job instead of full rebuild.

That would leave more money for your FD, whatever that may be. Third gen RX-7 or Fixed Deposits...Ferrari Dreams? LOL

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Roy,
FD3S is the Mazda internal designation for the third gen rx7. The second gen rx7 was callled the FC3S and the first gen was the FB. You get the idea!
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Since no one has said anything, I have to ask, Noob...is a full rebuild really necessary?

I realize that mileage is on the high side, but even then, I've seen Esprits with far more than that going strong. If the bottom end is solid and the rings are good, I can't help but wonder if all you really need is a good valve job/head work.

Curious as to what your mechanic has to say...has he pulled the head yet?

To remain pertinent to the original thread, I will say that perhaps "What did you do for your Esprit?" could mean valve job instead of full rebuild.

That would leave more money for your FD, whatever that may be. Third gen RX-7 or Fixed Deposits...Ferrari Dreams? LOL

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Hi Roy,

I've decided to go with a full rebuild with forged pistons etc. But thanks for the heads up Pal. I am planning on keeping my Esprit for many years to come. I am not one to keep cars for long, even had a hair up my butt to sell this one and pick up a V8 at one point but many of you guys have convinced me to keep what I have.

This is going to be a beast!

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FD3S is the Mazda internal designation for the third gen rx7. The second gen rx7 was callled the FC3S and the first gen was the FB. You get the idea!

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Thanks Art!


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Roy,
FD3S is the Mazda internal designation for the third gen rx7. The second gen rx7 was callled the FC3S and the first gen was the FB. You get the idea!
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That sounds fantastic, Noob!!!
Definitely exciting...really looking forward to your updates now!


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Hi Roy,

I've decided to go with a full rebuild with forged pistons etc. But thanks for the heads up Pal. I am planning on keeping my Esprit for many years to come. I am not one to keep cars for long, even had a hair up my butt to sell this one and pick up a V8 at one point but many of you guys have convinced me to keep what I have.

This is going to be a beast!
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HI all,

Been doing a big job on the Esprit, by taking off all 5 coolers plus a lot more to get there. Renewed oil coolers, Water cooler, plus all foam, fasteners etc. All brackets either resurfaced or powdercoated.
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Looks great! @redfox

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I installed new bearings, races, and grease seals on my front hubs.

I kinda have to do this more often with these new huge brakes...




Glad I have a press now, made the races much easier.




I had to put a new wheel upright on the left side due to a spun bearing. I also replaced all of the front suspension bushings, ball joints, and upgraded the front lower wishbone pivot bushings to the later V8 conical type.



I had to make some bronze inserts for the conical bushings.

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So nice, Redfox!!!

If I might make a humble suggestion...traditionally, when my friends have added V8 wheels to their SE, it tends to raise the front up a bit due to the larger overall diameter. When you do the front spare tire delete, it further exacerbates the 4 x 4 visuals.

Your car is already gorgeous, but I think it would look even more breathtaking if you look into some adjustable coilovers and bring the front down a touch.

Anyway, just my two cents...a compliment and suggestion, not a critique!
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Thanks Guys.

Yes, it's surely a 4 x 4... Don't worry, critique is most wellcome, be it negative or positive.
It needs to get out a bit, but weather was bad, and I had to do other things as well. Should settle suspension after having lifted the car.
But next job is the sportscat I have ready on the shelf. Next is redo the whole front radiator pack all over again, as I am in the Group buy over at the Lotus Forum. Should save some further weight.
But I think I'll put it on the shel for a while, as this new ones I just did cools very well, and the lighter pack (which adds fans on the oil coolers as well), makes the car jump even higher in the air.
So, next is redo/change all of the suspension related components.
But I am at a loss of what to chose. I will not buy the Lotus suspension pack, as it raises the car even more, and I want something adjustable. So Íhlins is on my mind. We'll see.
As it is now, it looks kind of silly Good thing is, that the car is so low, that you only notice it from a distance

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Started my fan upgrade project this week. New shroud in process from fiberglass. Mold courtesy of Jim Knowles. When completed the shroud will have three 11" Spal low profile fans. More pictures to follow ......
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People are always telling me that the Esprit looks like it's doing 60 mph even when it's standing still and I think I got proof of that the other week.

I needed some gas for my lawn mower and pressure washer so I grabbed a can, got into the Esprit to make the 10 minute drive to my local gas station. On the way there I noticed a motor cycle cop on the other side of the road (two lanes each way with a center turning lane with a 45 mph speed limit). He was shooting radar/laser at traffic coming the other way so after I got the gas and headed home I was very careful to stay in the right lane and had the speedo set right on 40 mph just to be on the safe side. As I approached him, one of those huge cement trucks was in the left lane passing me doing about 50 mph; he raised his radar gun and pointed it right at me, not the truck! My radar detector lit up of course so I just gave him a pleasant wave and kept going. Most definitely vehicle discrimination.

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Job 1: Today I went to hang the engine cover by the fabric straps on the hatch...and one of the shoelaces broke!

Luckily, I had an extra black shoelace. The other side had broken 20 years ago, so I saved that extra shoelace for JUST this emergency. Both sides finally match!




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Job 2: The gas cap cover flap was rattly. Used a Home Depot cabinet bumper to tighten it up.

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Job 3: Side windows moving slow. Cleaned out the glass tracks with alcohol, and re-lubricated with dry Teflon lubricant. The windows work like a real car's again.



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Job 4: Celebrated by washing the Esprit.

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Job 1: Today I went to hang the engine cover by the fabric straps on the hatch...and one of the shoelaces broke!

Luckily, I had an extra black shoelace. The other side had broken 20 years ago, so I saved that extra shoelace for JUST this emergency. Both sides finally match!




++++++++

Job 2: The gas cap cover flap was rattly. Used a Home Depot cabinet bumper to tighten it up.

++++++++

Job 3: Side windows moving slow. Cleaned out the glass tracks with alcohol, and re-lubricated with dry Teflon lubricant. The windows work like a real car's again.



+++++++

Job 4: Celebrated by washing the Esprit.
Carbuf,

I think I know what you mean by a 'real car'. I've gotten used to helping my window motors by pulling while the button depressed. I might have to give it a go with a little cleaning and dry PTFE lube.

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I've gotten used to helping my window motors by pulling while the button depressed. I might have to give it a go with a little cleaning and dry PTFE lube.
I used cotton swabs soaked in rubbing alcohol to clean inside the tracks. Kept swabbing with new swabs until they came out fairly clean.


Also dripped some alcohol into the tracks to "flush" the tracks "below the horizon".



The dry PTFE is best 'cause it doesn't attract dirt once it dries (as Silicon Sprays do).




Of course, the ultimate fix for slow windows is to install relays in the circuit, because eventually the switches build up resistance and don't supply full voltage to the window motors. There are circuit diagrams and procedures in various Internet places to do this mod. I've never had to do it, though.


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HI all,

Been doing a big job on the Esprit, by taking off all 5 coolers plus a lot more to get there. Renewed oil coolers, Water cooler, plus all foam, fasteners etc. All brackets either resurfaced or powdercoated.
Cheers,
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Wow..uber clean..looks as new.

Nice Machina.

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