S1 Elise – Engine Oil and Filter Change

As spring was on it’s way and the Elise would soon be allowed out of the garage again it was time to get some fresh oil in the engine and a new oil filter on. Oil, filter and sump plug washers. I had already removed the filter for better access when replacing the exhaust manifold […]

S1 Elise – Head Outlet Coolant Leak Fix

While I was replacing the exhaust manifold and heat shielding I had a general look around where I was working, particularly those places that are otherwise impossible to see with everything in place. The only thing I found was a possible slight water leak from the gasket between the engine head and the coolant outlet […]

S1 Elise – Final Fit of the Exhaust, and Heat Shields

Having test fitted all the parts I fabricated to be sure I was happy with them (see here, here and here). The exhaust, exhaust heat shield and alternator heat shield could all be fitted for the last time with new gaskets and fixings. Everything ready to fit. New exhaust manifold gasket in place. Engine mount […]

S1 Elise – Making an Alternator Heat Shield

Following on from the previous two posts about making an exhaust heat shield and wrapping the exhaust I wanted to give the alternator some protection too. The exhaust manifold is quite close to the alternator on K-Series engines. This is not a major problem with adequate heat shielding and good airflow to the alternator. The […]

S1 Elise – Making an Exhaust Heat Shield

As I’ve said previously, it got a bit hot in the Elise drivers seat on the hottest summer days and I wanted to do what I could to keep heat from the exhaust at bay. One thing being heat wrapping the exhaust which you can see here and the other being fitting a more effective […]

S1 Elise – Wrapping the Exhaust

With the new exhaust setup finished I wanted to do everything I could to keep engine bay and ‘cockpit’ temperatures down. In the summer it would get very hot in the car at times and that had to be largely down to being sat with the exhaust manifold only a few inches behind me. I […]

S1 Elise – Boot Bag Clean

While the Elise was parked up over winter I occasionally turned the engine over without starting it to keep things oiled and prevent the same valve springs being compressed for a long period. To turn the engine over without it starting I went into the boot and behind the boot bag to remove the fuel […]

S1 Elise – Fitting Side Air Scoops

After one of the side scoops fitted by a previous owner fell off and I removed the other, see here, I thought I’d fit some new ones. This time they would be clear gel coat carbon fibre though which makes them ten times cooler or something like that. 😉 As they arrived, very nicely finished. […]