The plan was that after completing the inlet side I'd move to the exhaust side and do a simple mod to space the standard exhaust manifold away from the head by 18mm which makes the B*****d nut a lot easier to access.
However once I finally got it all undone it became clear that the job was going to be a bit bigger than that!
One of the numerous inspired Reliant design features is that on the turbo SS range, the wiring loom for the coil, afm & otter switch run down the top of the chassis on the near side fully exposed to the heat of the turbo & exhaust! Now to be fair, they did also put a heat shield around the manifold & some of the turbo but not quite man enough for the job.
At first glance the tape covering to the loom didn't look to badly scorched but on closer inspection, with the turbo & manifold out of the way, not only was the tape burnt but so was the plastic trunking and all but 2 of the wires!
What ensued for the next 8 hrs was a cycle of cutting out the crispy section of wire, soldering the new section, realising that I'd forgotten to put the heat shrink on, unsolder one of the new joints, put the heat shrink on & re-solder the joint! How the car was still running let alone not a smouldering pile after a loom fire I do not know.
Once the loom was repaired, I recovered it in tape, a new longer section of the plastic trunking, and then another 2-3 layers of tape. I also added a section of the trunking to the wires from the main loom up to the coil & transistor.
I also discovered a thick white wire which had no connection and was terminated inside the loom wrapping and a spare 4 wire Nissan connector block which comes out of the loom before closer to the bulkhead on this side? I've re-wrapped both and put a female spade connector on the White wire which is just exposed so I can utilise it if needed.
However, having chatted to Craig later, it is seems that the late model Ti's that were exported were fitted with 8 spark (so 2 coils) & a Lambda sensor in the elbow. The White wire may be the power feed to the second coil & the Nissan 4 pin plug may have been for the Lambda?
With the wiring all repaired (hopefully - can't test yet
:) I can move on to mocking up the intercooler pipe work.