I noticed a nasty rattling sound on the VX at high revs when on full throttle which unnerved me. So I started tinkering round the induction side of the engine. I found the airbox was loose so had a closer look last night and after 30 minutes of fumbling around blind I came to the conclusion that the cars must have been build by Oompa-Loompas who were employed by Lotus in Norwich after the Willy closed the Chocolate Factory.
I sort a picture of the airbox on the Internet to see if there is another mounting point at the rear. I found some pictures HERE which confirmed there was a mount but to get at it you need to remove the rear nearside wheel and the inner shield.
Ok, thinks I, this can’t be too hard can it.
First problem, “where the hell to I jack this thing up?” The whole of the underside is plated and you can’t see any parts of the chassis.
So I take the rear diffuser off to expose the rear suspension pickup points. 20 minutes and about a dozen 8mm bolts later (which were all stiff and rusty) I can see the rear suspension pickup point and start jacking. Now there is no room to get an axel stand on the sub frame as well as a jack. I hate working under cars when it’s on just a jack so I messed about for 10 minutes trying to get at least one stand under the car.
Ok, car is feeling secure so wheel off, nuts out (oo er); would the wheel budge, would it feck! 5 minutes later after beating it with a length of 6″x6″ fence post it moves and comes off.
Now pretty peed off.
Anyway, I’ve come this far so I carry on and remove the shield from the wheel arch. Wey-Hey there is the airbox! The rear mount is bust, ace a result.
I loosened the airbox and tried to get it out, this must have taken 20 minutes of twisting, pulling, pushing, swearing, turning, until I reached the point where I admit defeat and leave the bloody thing where it is and try to make a repair in place.
Then the jubilee clip on the induction fell off into the bowels of the chassis which after 5 minutes of searching I found and extracted with the tips of my fingers.
Must have taken the best part of 2 hours to get at the airbox and make a repair then a further 30 minutes to put it all back together again. This is effectively the work involved in changing in the air filter. 2 and ½ hours to change an air filter at £75/hour, no wonder Lotus servicing is expensive. Mind you I don’t know what the minimum wage is for an Oompa-Loompa, you can buy a lot of Cacao Beans for £75.