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George's Exige build blog

This blog chronicles the 3+year long saga that grew out of a 6-month tidy-up of my Series 1 Lotus Exige. It started out with honest, and modest intentions of tidying up some bits and pieces, and removing some rough edges. It has ended up being a full rebuild of the car with the aim of making a near-concours condition car that breathes fire and awesomeness on the road as well as being a bit brisk at the track.

Pull up a chair, put the kettle on and follow me on my journey...

  1. Oil leak traced

    by , 17th January 2011 at 12:15 PM (George's Exige build blog)
    Well we found the source of the oil leak and as suspected it was the rear main seal.

    The leak wasn't out of the lip however, it was leaking between the seal and the block. It seems this was down to two reasons:

    1) The seal was assembled into the block without silicone sealant ...
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  2. Waiting for the engine...

    by , 16th January 2011 at 12:13 PM (George's Exige build blog)
    Managed to get out to see the car yesterday. Sadly the engine's still not out, which I'm a bit disappointed about. By the time this oil leak's sorted it'll have taken a month to sort out on its own... that's a month of fine weather I could have been using to run the car in and get sorted. Not happy. ...
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  3. Refitting rear lights

    by , 10th January 2011 at 12:13 PM (George's Exige build blog)
    Went out and saw the car today.... sadly Ken's not had a chance to get to it yet and it won't be looked at until late in the week sadly... this is a right royal pain in the ass since I'll not have the car back here this weekend and I desperately need to get a bunch of stuff done on it.... still, ...
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  4. Ventilating the arse

    by , 9th January 2011 at 12:11 PM (George's Exige build blog)
    Well no progress on the actual car this weekend as Ken's only back to work tomorrow... hope to have the car back at mine by next weekend.

    I did however begin to so some work on the one remaining bit of the car that's still here; the rear clamshell.

    First job today was to ...
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  5. New starter...

    by , 4th January 2011 at 04:01 AM (George's Exige build blog)
    Well we're back on deck for the new year and HOPEFULLY this one will be slightly more successful than the last at actually being able to finish this thing!

    The car spent Christmas in at KW and the engine will be pulled next week and the errant oil seal replaced. This shouldn't be a ...
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