Our Spirited Esprit

By Craig Ranson
By Craig Ranson

Managing Director – Bridge Classic Cars

Our 1985 Lotus Esprit Turbo is back with us for a diagnostics and a possible full engine rebuild.

Our engine expert Ady has the whole engine out of the car, with many of its components removed for closer inspection. “When fitting the cylinder head to the cylinder block, you have to torque the cylinder head up to a certain lbs per ft.” Ady explains. “It was in doing this that I found that the thread in the cylinder block was completely stripped.”

Being an all aluminium engine means the wear and tear is so much greater on the threads. An aluminium engine does however give the Lotus Esprit Turbo its high-speed performance, so it’s swings and roundabouts one might say!

You can see the extent of the damage from the pictures of the parts shown below. The problems been rectified by putting a helicoil into engine.

Our spirited Esprit is longing to be driven down some winding Great British roads. We’re doing all we can to get her back to tip-top condition and return her to her owner as quickly as possible.

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