Saturday, 19 May 2007

Bracket done...sort of

After literally hours of farting around getting the stud out of the manifold it turns out the bracket that B&C sent me is the wrong one! Luckily with a little help I managed to weld the old one back together and re-fit it - what an absolute pig of a job, it took hours! Anyway, the original heatshield bracket is back together and back on the car. The rattle has changed but not gone completely. I think the only thing left to do is to completely remove the offending heatshield and re-weld every joint. I'll give this a go when the wounds from the last attempt have healed.

I also had a spare 30 mins to paint the spark plug cover, I used some touchup paint so it matches the body colour....


Thursday, 3 May 2007

Bracket ordered

Big thanks to Andy at Bell and Colvill for finding the part number for the heatshield bracket (A111S0039F £1.56 +VAT + P&P). It's a special order from Lotus so should be with me by the end of next week.

I also had 5 mins to clean the car today so scraped the worst of the muck off it. I even had chance to clean some of the engine bay - there was a few white splats from the coolant leak last year which WD40 seems to have removed nicely. I'm at risk of becoming a GJOB here (Garage Jewelery Owning Bastard) but I'm thinking about painting the spark plug cover. A few people have done it on Toyota engined Elises and it looks pretty good...


It would look a little different on the K-series but I might give it a bash.

Tuesday, 1 May 2007

I have found the source of all evil!

After spending pretty much all of today working on the car I have finally found whats causing the heatshield to rattle (i hope!). Heres the little bugger....


Its the bracket that holds the heatshield onto the manifold, right at the back of the engine bay. I'm gonna contact a Lotus dealer tomorrow and order the new one, should only be a few quid.

Heres where it lives...


It shouldn't be too hard to fit the new one, a case of undoing one of the studs thats holding the manifold onto the engine. The only thing is I'll have to remove the boot lid completely (again) makes it much easier to get to.

I also really need to clean the car, its filthy!