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Matt-watts Europa Restoration



Engine in, well sort of ..

Posted by Matt-watts, 28 April 2011 · 232 views

Now spring seems finally here I have made a good bit of progress on the Europa, I'm also rebuilding the 5 speed gearbox in my Lotus Elan so thats taken up some of my time of late

Back to the Europa

I have had a linner fitted to the Europa block as there was corrosion in one cylinder where it had been left with the head gasket blown :(
The crank was still at STD and was perfect a bit of luck .yay :) but the jackshaft bearings were very grim and needed changing and are a real pain to remove
So I replaced all the bearings, water pump, fuel and oil pump also new rings and timing chain, and put it all back together, but the head needed alot of work and I am still waiting for it to come back from the machine shop

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Next I spent my time working on the chassis and the gearbox

I made my own gearbox mounts and got the banks gear linkage working, I'm using a 5 speed NG3 gearbox from a Renault fuego turbo that should take the BHP from my uprated twincam

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I have refurbished or replaced everything on the chassis and so far have really enjoyed doing it :thumbsup:

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I've got some piping up to do on the brake pipes, fit the head and do the valve timing, then the body can go back on and give me some much needed space


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Matt


The Chassis build

Posted by Matt-watts, 28 April 2011 · 122 views

Well I have done some more work on my Europa so through I would post up my progress so far

Having seen some racing Europa’s done with a Lotus chassis, I copied their modifications to make my chassis stronger and more ridged ready for hill climbing

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Next the chassis went off for powder coating along with the suspension and all the odds and ends

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It was next time to remove the old chassis, seeing a body shell lifting off the chassis and revealing its secrets is always good fun

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I was surprised it was actually better than I through it would be


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I have rebuilt my steering rack and have made up most of the brake pipes and am doing a mock fit up at the moment, this is my favourite bit of a restoration I’m having problems leaving the garage

Thankfully Sarah my wife has the patience of a saint


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Not much room at the moment in my garage I am building a double garage on the other side of the house this spring, so should have more space soon..I cant wait !


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I’m hoping to have the chassis finished soon so I can crack on rebuilding the engine


Lotus Europa Twincam 1972

Posted by Matt-watts, 28 April 2011 · 293 views

Well I got my Europa November 09 but I have been so busy moving house and with family stuff that I just haven't had much time to get going on the car
The came with a good spare chassis and with looking at the one its on its going to need it asap !
So I have spent most of my time on the chassis, I have made the spare chassis more rigid than a stock chassis as I am planning to do hill climbs and sprits with the car and you must use an original chassis in some classes.

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Collecting the car on last November.

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The patched up original chassis

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The PO had spend alot of money on the car the radus arms are almost new

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The paint has alot of micro blisters as it had been stored under a plastic sheet in a barn for 10 years, but im still undecided if I should have it repainted just yet
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The head gasket had gone and the engine was in bits when I got the car. I have had the cams reground to 420s and have hardened retainers and high lift springs, I cant decide if the use a 711m cross flow block or its standard 701 block its mainly down to if I can track a 711m down. I'm aiming for around 160 BHP
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At £3,000 its the most expensive Lotus I have brought but its by far the best condition. it looks like im going to be busy for a while !





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