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Postby lotusgirlmarie » Wed 15.08.2007, 02:02

No worries. Oooooo btw welcome to Elan ownership. I did notice that you didn't have a BOV yet. Very highly recomended as it lessens wear on your turbo.
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Postby Baz » Thu 30.08.2007, 22:08

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Another Step Taken

Postby tweetdriver63 » Mon 12.11.2007, 00:19

I've taken the next step in making my engine compartment look like i want.

I removed the valve cover and erased the "Isizu" from it. as a DIY job, I found that the grinder was just too slow, so I tried an alternate method....the hack saw. Surprisingly effective. You can cut the letters and hyphen right off flush, then use the grinder smooth it all out. I know it would have come out better if i'd paid somebody else to do it, but I think it turned out pretty good. I cleaned the thing off, and use the Dupli-color surface prep stuff. Then I painted three coats of Dupli-color gloss black engine paint on it. It looks quite nice. For the spark plug cover, I used a wire brush attached to my drill, and stripped it down to nice shiny metal. It would have looked great just like that, but that wasn't the plan. After stripping, I painted two coats of Dupli-color MetalCast red paint on it. Wow! That stuff really looks good on bare shiny metal. Finally, I took the red billet aluminum oil cap, cleaned it off, and sprayed the MetalCast paint on it so the two pieces would match. I couldn't get the Lotus logo thing off the cap, so i just painted over it, planning to put another one on top. The MetalCast paint is translucent (which is why it looks so shiny on bare metal), and the Lotus logo shows clearly through the paint, but with a red tint. I really like the effect, so that's how I'm leaving it.

My next step is to deal with the intake hoses. I'm going to try something new with them. Several years ago I bought some stuff called "Plasti-dip" at Lowe's. In dip form, you just lower a tool, or whatever, into the can, and it gets coated with rubber. you can repeat the process as much as you like to increase the thickness of the coating. Lowe's only has it in black, so I've had to order it in red. I'm going to dip the oil dipstick handle in it a couple of coats. That gave me an idea about the intake hoses. The plasti-dip stuff is also available as a spray, for coating larger surfaces. I've order some of the spray in red, and I'm going to spray a couple of coats on the intake hoses. I think it'll come out looking good, at a fraction of the cost of new hoses (I'm a bit short of cash right now), and the stuff stays flexible, too. I'll post pics after I do the hoses.
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Re: Another Step Taken

Postby rip » Mon 12.11.2007, 10:39

tweetdriver63 wrote:For the spark plug cover, I used a wire brush attached to my drill, and stripped it down to nice shiny metal.


I'm sure NitroMors would have been a lot easier & quicker. It only took me about 15 minutes to strip the paint from mine with it.
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Re: Another Step Taken

Postby tweetdriver63 » Mon 12.11.2007, 14:24

rip wrote:
tweetdriver63 wrote:For the spark plug cover, I used a wire brush attached to my drill, and stripped it down to nice shiny metal.


I'm sure NitroMors would have been a lot easier & quicker. It only took me about 15 minutes to strip the paint from mine with it.


I wasn't timing it, but it probably took five minutes, at most.
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Postby DeanG » Tue 13.11.2007, 00:25

Let us know how the Plasti-dip handles the heat of the engine bay.
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Postby tweetdriver63 » Tue 13.11.2007, 01:35

DeanG wrote:Let us know how the Plasti-dip handles the heat of the engine bay.


I'm not sure how the dip will hold up on the oil dipstick handle, because that sucker gets very hot, being so close to the turbo, but I'm pretty sure it will hold up well on the intake hoses. Those don't get that hot. The Plasti-dip website says the coating will hold up well and remain flexible up to +93C, or 200 deg F. I know the surfaces of the engine probably get that hot, but I know the intake hoses don't. They would burn you instantly if they did and you touched them.

I'll definitely let everybody know how it holds up, though.

Now, isn't anybody going to comment on my work on the valve cover? :(

I hunger for some external validation. :smt056
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Postby Dico » Wed 14.11.2007, 11:47

I think you need to take a daylight picture so we can see it clearly :D

Oil cap look good :-)
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Postby tweetdriver63 » Wed 14.11.2007, 19:28

Here's a daylight pic. It's not a very sunny day, though, and it does look better in person.

The oil cap is billet aluminum one for a Honda. I got it off ebay, then I added the Lotus badge (I have 3 more of those if anybody needs one for a similar project).
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Postby DeanG » Fri 16.11.2007, 23:46

How did you get the turbo cover so nice?
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Postby tweetdriver63 » Sat 17.11.2007, 00:56

DeanG wrote:How did you get the turbo cover so nice?


I haven't done anything to the turbo heat shield. It was just clean when I bought the car, which was only about 3 months ago. I've never touched it, although I almost did once, but I could tell when I got close to it, it would burn the s**t out of me if I did.
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Postby tweetdriver63 » Tue 20.11.2007, 06:12

I'm going to start my own project thread after this post, since I feel like it's getting to be too much on this one. Anyway, I'm just posting this one here to tie up the loose ends for anybody who's interested in my plasti-dip progress.

I sprayed the intake hose from intercooler to plennum, and it came out pretty nice. The only thing is you have to be careful with the hose clamps as they will tear the plasti-dip coating. I'll be doing the other intake pipe in a few days, and the final pics will be in my yet to be started project thread. Also, I did the oil dipstick and a few days ago, and it came out great. I don't think holding up to the heat will be an issue with it.

It remains to be seen how well it will hold up over time.
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Postby John Tsakas » Thu 03.01.2008, 11:55

ok then it is time to saw you the engine

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Postby tigerdog » Wed 16.07.2008, 18:48

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Re: Post your motor compartment (in the year 2007)

Postby Candles » Mon 22.09.2008, 09:09

Very nice use of the old boost transducer bracket! I presume you are measuring oil pressure at the turbo inlet which is a great idea.
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Re: Post your motor compartment (in the year 2007)

Postby tigerdog » Mon 22.09.2008, 14:01

Candles wrote:Very nice use of the old boost transducer bracket! I presume you are measuring oil pressure at the turbo inlet which is a great idea.

All credit goes to Houdini - his handiwork. Oil pressure sender is for Autometer gauge, pressure reading is taken from a "T" fitting on the turbo feed, but on the engine side, not the turbo.
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Re: Post your motor compartment (in the year 2007)

Postby surfboardfiller » Fri 26.09.2008, 19:55

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Re: Post your motor compartment (in the year 2007)

Postby Dave Eds » Fri 26.09.2008, 20:02

WTF? :lol:

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Re: Post your motor compartment (in the year 2007)

Postby tigerdog » Fri 26.09.2008, 21:44

Dave Eds wrote:WTF? :lol: Which car Surfs? :?

The imaginary space-warped car, from the look of it. Scared me for a second, Phil - I thought you'd gone and bought an Eclat!
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Re: Post your motor compartment (in the year 2007)

Postby tweetdriver63 » Fri 26.09.2008, 22:13

Nice work Phil. How'd you solve the transmission problem? You know, mounting the engine in-line, vs transverse? Where'd you put the tranny? Either you converted the car to rear-wheel drive, or put the tranny in the glovebox. :lol: Probably in the glovebox. yeah, that's probably where it is.
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