Started to tackle the rear suspension last week. I was going to start with the front suspension but as we will be moving house in about 5 weeks I thought I'd start with the easier back bits.
Took me ages (and a little bit of blood) to get the hub carrier to radius arm bolt/stud out. Going to clean up all the bits, fit new U/Js and bushes and reassemble, hopefully later this week.
Chassis doesn't look too bad........
Next on the list was to sort out the brakes. After removing the calipers I gave them a good clean and paint, fitted new pistons, seals and pads. The tricky bit for me was fashioning the new brake pipes.
I took possession of my '74 Elite back in mid April, she was a non runner but complete. Work started straight away. First job: get it running.
Gave it a service and changed the belts, bought a new battery and with a little help from my friends got it started.
OK, cunning skill, brute strength and a large hammer did the trick;
See specially designed "Lotus Tool";
In all fairness, one end was a pig, the other end was easy, I know not why?
Yesterday I drove the V8 from our place in France to Düsseldorf. A little shy of 1000Kms, but the weather was absolutely spectacular.
The engine behaved very nicely and despite my [i]discipline[/i] I did get caught speeding once on the way through France. Only a minor infringement, but still a 45€ spot-fine. :thumbdown:
It was after 9:30pm before I entered Germany and first encountered some unrestricted Autobahn. Given the lack of traffic, I decided to open up a little and see what speed
Had a small problem with a stuck wastegate on the V8, when it returned to Lotus in December last year. The wastegate was freed up and all seemed to be okay following that.
At the weekend, I was doing to checks and routine maintenance and noticed that the wastegate was stuck once again. It was not able to close fully and movement was very stiff. The car has been used most weekends, so there is something not right. Not my favourite job, but the turbo had to be swapped out. The units are hybrid
Found and engine, was also in an Essex that had a fire.
Did a lot of work on the car. This is the photo of the colour.
This car was the first 2.2 turbo car to be built after the Essex.
It is also the first one to have the Copper fire Read colour.
This roof radio is still missing.
What the car looks like after lots of work.
The car didn't have the orriginal rims one.
This car is the fist 2.2 Turbo to be built after the Essex cars and the first to have the Copper Fire Red colour.
It came with the Roof radio RM 610. It is missing now, so if anyone knows where one is, it would help. Doesn't matter if it is broken.
It left the factory on the 24th of Decemeber 1980.
Got a dry sump engine too.
Well, as many of you know, my restoration goes in fits and starts but infact, its all steam ahead in the background. Every night involves planning, rejigging the work order, all on a spreadsheet s even when I'm not in the garage, it at leastfeel[i][/i] s like I'm doing something!
The restoration advances on many fronts. The interior has been on my mind for a while and I have to look at the shocking state of it everytime I walk into the garage, its time had come.
The headlining has to be firs
Bought the car from a used car parking lot, it had been standing there for about six years.
Didn't have an engine, gearbox or rims. Also missing the Panasonic RM610radio.
Other than the above missing items, the car was complete.
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 remo
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
Next the chassis went off for powder coating along with the susp
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.
Finally after the S4s is away, I had chance to return to the S300 project.
The final preparations for the extraction, complete with the engine loom
Engine lifted and chassis rolled out of the way
Engine compartment starts the clean-up - first impressions are good.
Chronological photo record of my S1 rebuild.
Car has been in storage for about 6 years, stop/start/stop/start etc.....
Currently now have time to pursue the build, going to rolling chassiss ASAP, hopefully.
Thought I might start a blog thingy by looking back to a year today when I did the unspeakable and killed my Esprit...
I bought the car back in September 2007 for £3500, and after two months with many hours of work (and another £1500 in parts later) I had an MOT....
It was a little rough round the edges, but I had a great time driving the car over the winter (!) and into the next summer, enjoying many miles of motoring, u
Well, it has been a great day !
First came the Lotus Parts Sale - some relevant savings for me so fingers crossed for a result.
Then I managed to recommission and road test both Esprits. Was a cracking day :thumbsup:
V8 bled and ready for road test
No problems, so on with the rear deck and ready to make a return trip to Lotus for the continuation of the dyno work