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
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.
Collecting the car on last November.
The patched up original chassis
The PO had spend alot of money on the car the radus arms are almost new
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
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
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 !