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    Dave Arkley
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    lotus europa
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  1. Update - so far - chassis is being built up with new suspension front and rear - fully rebuilt engine getting fitted - new brake lines callipers discs pads -rear shoes and drums - reconditioned carburettor New petrol tank alternator dizzy waterpump coil leads plugs - I have reconditioned the seats and am waiting for the new clutch to arrive - I need an exhaust but they seem quite expensive - any advice on this. I have a full set of new clocks and switches Next job for me is to clean the gearbox ready to go in when the clutch arrives. spot the wrong one out from the pics - yes its a very rusty twin cam RHS fuel tank - dont quite know what they were thinking about??
  2. Engine is just about ready - should have it back in a day or so - carb is back from weber - really mint - chassis is starting to be fitted out - new front adjustable shockers ordered. I'm on with the original steel wheels - refurb and need new tyres - advice on tyres would help and I need gauges and switches (dash is done in carbon fibre) I'm trying to repair the crash pad but if not successful they are about £150 from Banks. Picked up some bits from ebay a dizzy for £40 - new old stock caliper £30 new hub caps £100 choke cable £7.50 - I need a heater cable but I might just use a choke cable. So far so good
  3. Just an update So Far ......... body off and chassis stripped Engine out and off for rebuild - unfortunately somebody has fitted liners and pistons from an 843 engine so the new bits (ordered for the 821 engine ) means that the gudgeon pin is 22mm and it needs to be 20 or 21 mm to fit the new pistons - so I need to change the con rods to the standad rods - if anybody has some. I have refurbed all the engine mounts steering rack and other bits and bobs. I have had the dash refinished in carbon fibre but will need new clocks. The carb has been to Weber services and they have done a great job. Lots of new bits arriving and new chassis is being rebuilt. Exhause system is a fortune so advice here would be nice. I will be sorting wiring harness next - that should be fun. I found Miles at Fibreglass services has been very helpful and supplied lots of parts including cables and a windscreen. I'm still finding that I need more parts as I go along. Let me know if anyone is having a clearout - cheers
  4. Ok - I've started so I'll finish - today cleaned up the anti roll bar and the rear engine crossmember - sanded down rust converted etch primer and finished with black stone chip now taking the rust off the calipers and some brake bits with the dremmel. I wish I has a sand blast booth. I'm sending the carb away for a full refurb and I think I will send the steering rack to drivelink for a refurb - I could do it all myself but I have so much more to do and I'm running out of time as I could be losing my warehouse shortly. Starting with the suspension next. I will probably replace the dampers. Phoned the doctors and told him I was having bother with my trunnions !!!
  5. yes it must be - first registered october 1971 - it seems that there were small changes made to cars built from september - so this could be an early or late model. I'm sure that I will find out when I get the wrong part. Every time I turn around I need more bits. Just starting to strip down the front braking system - caliper bolts are locked solid so will need heat. ah well best get on with it!
  6. thanks my car has a renault pre crosslow 1565 engine - I think its a type 65 - just trying to get my head around it. After my heart failure thing and being stuck at home I'm lucky to have a mechanic that usually looks after our trucks - so he is slowly getting his head round it. Body is off and chassis (or whats left of it) is pretty much stripped down - lots of bolts had to be cut - these are quite expensive - its just cost me over £100 just for front suspension bolts. The head is off but pistons are totally siezed - so its a rebuild. - yet another ouch. Lots to do - even the seat runners are shot. Pretty much every bolt is stripping. Alternator siezed waterpump - disolved etc etc etc - it will be a new car when I'm finished. I think the gearbox is OK ? I'm doing the cleaning and painting the bits and rebuilding the dash. sorry if I'm rambling on but it would be handy if you guys know what stage I'm at so you can advise. - thanks for now.
  7. bit of help needed please - my europa was registered october 71 - it appears that there were changes made to cars built in september - I'm not sure if mine is an early or late car how would I find out? and what differences is there. - thanks
  8. Hi guys Just getting started wth the resto - so looking for lots of bits - I could do with an exhaust system - my car has a renault pre crosslow with a weber 32dir36 - (siezed) Just got the body off and building up the new chassis - any bits would be appreciated - I'm on 07850 653250 - just ring me if you have any parts surplus. thanks Dave
  9. I'm looking for a pedal board and associated hydraulics if there any out there thanks
  10. Hello guys - well its been a long time since I took delivery of the Europa - Its been standing in my warehouse nice and dry but no work done until this week. Since my last posting I have had a knee replacement a hernia op and heart failure. Ouch. So that stopped me. I'm on the mend hopefully and have got a good guy to help with the heavy stuff. So far I have been collecting parts - refurbing the dashboard in carbon fibre and stripping down the easy bits. I'm looking for lots of bits - engine, alternator, gauges switches pedal box and hydraulics. I have the body off and interior stripped out. The new chassis is waiting to be fitted out - hopefully we should have it rolling in the next few weeks if we can find the time and bits. If anyone has any bits and bobs or can point me in the right direction please contact me on [email protected] or ring me on 07850 653250 - I will be checking the parts I have and making lists of what I need. I will post any problems I encounter on the way - I'm sure there are plenty of members that will have come across any problems I may find. Thanks for your interest and future help and advice on my journey into the unknown. cheers Dave
  11. Hi mark I dont suppose you have any S2 bits left - I have just started a resto and need just about everything [email protected] 07850 653250 cheers Dave
  12. Thanks Mike Theres so much work to do - so its going to be a long slow job - I'm pretty much on my own so its all down to me and its the most extensive resto I've taken on - apart from the Lotus I'm well on with an S Type 1966 3.4 resto and will finish this first - its all done except paint and refitting carpets/interior. I've sorted a TR7 and a P38 as well over the last few months - its been fun Just had a massive crash on sunday writing off my merc 320 CLS aquaplaned into the central crash barrier and bounced back into the traffic so the last couple of days have been spent trolling round the different departments of my broker/insurance co./underwriters/recovery/repair shop - aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarg amazing the damage from a 40mph collision. No one hurt fortunately.
  13. so guys It looks like I need an engine - any suggestions - I could refurb the one in the car or just try to find a decent replacement - what would you suggest. I think the gearbox is ok so if I replaced the engine then I would need something to fit the existing box. I'm leaning towards a refurb as I cant find a replacement and at least a refurb will have new pistons and liners etc - just a bit more work but theres no time scale here. Just trying to reduce the workload if I could find a good engine. The carb is off and needs a full recon as it was completely siezed - I have all parts moving now but a full strip down is needed. Its always a trade off - cost against an easier life. I'm hoping to get the body off this week so I can get at the mechanicals. New radius arms have arrived so I can probably get the chassis mobile when I get the rear wheels re-attached to the car. Unfortunately I had a crash in my merc and written it off aquaplaning into the crash barrier in the dark stormy night we had on sunday so thats taken up the week so far. Not good.
  14. Just a bit more info - the europa is a type 65 reg 01 sept 1971. the engine number on the V5 (697042723) is not the same as the number on the engine so it looks like someone has changed the engine at some time. From the renault code number it would appear to be a 1565 renault TL or TA engine - its siezed so its probably a good idea to buy a complete running engine.
  15. Found a set of 77mm pistons and liners - will these fit my 71 renault engine in the europa. Its a UK car and original. - help please
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