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    Jonathan Love
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  1. I think VAT and fees took it closer to £4.5K in the end…..good plate for someone just not me!
  2. OK, who was it?? 😁😁😁 I contacted DVLC and asked them which PPW numbers they might release in the latest sale, I asked them if PPW 306 might be available. They said not but they would release 306 PPW. Good enough I thought, very steady bidding then it caught fire and too rich for me! Well done whoever nabbed it, will look good on whichever car it goes on 👍
  3. My plan after speaking to a couple of people is to now reassemble the doors, front / rear panels and headlight pods to ensure they haven’t warped before the whole lot goes for paint. I’m really not looking forward to doing the doors but can’t justify paying someone for hours to fettle them at current rates. I think this might be the sticking point to some extent in terms of making progress this year, or I might get lucky. Aim still remains to get the car running under its own power as soon as possible, so get the panels aligned, body and chassis back together after paint, engine done and the wiring in place! Really hope to do all this in under 2 years. Plan is still to paint the body off the chassis after stripping the boot floor paint plus a few other details and sorting panel alignment. Any thoughts on the above most welcome, I’ll be going back now in detail over the @Fridgeand @Djs44 and @Lotusfabblogs plus others to determine the running order for this like a big meccano kit that needs teasing back together!
  4. Body arrived back from Chris at BOSS motors yesterday, very quick turnaround time, great progress reports and fantastic quality of work. Steve the Lotus transporter brought it back and really went out of his way to meet the deadline, so great thanks to both for helping me with this part of the work! BOSS have done a fantastic job of “simply” grafting on a couple of amendments onto the existing S2 front end to more mimic the S1. Boot floor and other areas left as-is so they can be reverted back to S2 in future if required. Sun roof filled and a new GRP front bumper as part of the deal that mimics the texture of the plastic one very closely. Body stripped ready for paint and to check for any repairs, which were pretty limited thankfully. Late S1 blade / duct arrangement dropped straight onto the S2 revised front end (thanks for that info Paul). I’ll get more pics when I get back home later but I’m delighted at turning this corner!
  5. What mod did you do in order to be able to delete the otter switch?
  6. I’ve asked the body shop today to fill the rear light cut outs in readiness for me to cut in the new SJ surrounds and find a set of X19 clusters, I’ll get the surrounds etc in order, cheers! If anyone sees any decent clusters, let me know 👍
  7. Thanks for that, I’ll reconsider, the price was around the X19 lights mostly, saw them for huge cost on eBay etc….
  8. At this phase no, I’ll re use the Rover ones to get the car mobile and then do the rear lights down the line if I can’t live with the look. I weighed up the cost and it looked like being £1000 to get the parts together I needed! Priority is to get the car moving under its own steam asap…
  9. The plan is to get the body back and then refit the doors that were off the car to ensure they don’t foul the unpainted body, ditto the front and rear hatch and the light pods. I understand this is a time intensive process and I’m no expert, so this next step may delay getting the car back together, but wouldn’t make sense to pay someone else to do if I can manage it myself. Then I’ll disassemble it again and bag the shims up with reference notes to limit any damage on reassembly after paint then have the body painted. Replacing the body onto the chassis I hope won’t bring the doors / hatches back out of true as it didn’t seem to be carrying lots of shims when it was together so hopefully minimal stress for remounting and bolting all back together again. This is where the front end has been slightly modified, added a colour to show the effect…
  10. Body shop has added a few inches of GRP to the front end to mimic the shape of the S1, below the waist line. The body shop who is a Lotus specialist left the majority of the S2 front structure in place so it can be reverted back if a future lucky owner decided that was the way to go, which also means the bobbins in the front boot space are in the same place as a benefit. They are just sharpening the lines up using a few images of S1’s I provided them, which they used originally to scale up the amendments I wanted. Also moulded a new spoiler and radiator cowl from his mould to dry fit while the car is inverted. Hopefully my S1 type radiator will fit OK into this assembly as it seems a better fit than mine was, where the radiator was just bolted into the boot floor using thin bolts and suspended from a very crude cage that had rotted out. He had a GRP bumper made up to ensure the front looked ok during the works which I’m going to buy as mine is cracked in several places and very brittle. Sun roof was filled using an original roof mould and various repairs done. I’ve also filled the radio antenna hole and the front badge holes as I’d prefer to use a decal on the nose. Chassis has been repaired by the specialist most of the lower surfaces were replaced plus a new tube added around the manifold. Now powder coated and checked for true on the jig and was surprisingly straight……
  11. Some images that I collected from the cars history referring to the above. I’m a little melancholy regards the little pup in the posh new seats of his owners car all those years ago tbh…. I’ve similar photographs of my old car somewhere. Might have mentioned before but this car was very local to me for 20 years, around half its life, but I never saw it, there’s a chance it used to visit a few doors up from me as the previous owner had family on the same street. That was a long time after these pics, which I believe were either Billingham or Sunderland in around 1996 after the car was brought up from the South Coast where it lived 91-96.
  12. The rather lovely gentleman that previously owned my car kindly got in touch and let me know he had found a large bag of history for the car, this over a year after we did the deal. I’ll put some photos up in time, but it goes from having no history to being able to see ownership history back to the mid eighties. There are also some photos of the car in period and images of the last body off restoration. In hindsight, the chassis looks great 25 years after it’s last separation from the car, but it made sense being this deep in to split it from the car and do it again. @Fridgeit looks like the car spent some decent time in your neck of the woods for a good proportion of its life. I’ll not post up personal details but might try and track some of the previous owners down to see if they recall the car.
  13. Yes, the radiator cage on mine was a real botch job, I’m not sure with mine being a relatively mid / late S2 why it was set up like this. As mine was disassembled when I bought it, I’m not sure if it’s a DIY fix using an earlier radiator to replace a broken later one. The radiator was bolted through the boot floor which to me wasn’t very satisfactory, it looked too flimsy and potential to crack. I have considered bolting the radiator to the chassis somehow as I’ve seen this on other restorations but I’m not sure how to align it with the body when it’s refitted.
  14. Thanks, do you know if they were supposed to be drilled to allow water out? Mine were full of crud and starting to go from the inside, I jet washed the chassis to stop me getting filthy every time I needed to move it and 20 years of grit and road kill came out of there! I’m going to ensure there are drain holes when it’s done and fill the whole thing with cavity wax…
  15. Hi, I don’t know if pieces were added at some point in the past when the chassis was off before, as it had been painted red and was generally in very good condition. The additional bits themselves have started to rust through so it’s a good point about the strengthening…
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