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  1. On 26/04/2021 at 14:08, Esprit Aviation said:

    It's been a long time since I've been on. My two Esprits have been joined by a '70 Europa S2 basket case. received it two days ago with enginge seized and managed to get it running yesterday. Many parts are missing including the entire support structure behind the dash (no dash panel either) for the steering column. Can someone help with photos / diagrams so I can get the wheel off the floor? I have no idea what it would attach to.

    Thanks, It's good to be back!

    Lee

    Hi Lee hope you managed to find the dash bracket I have had the same problem with my S2 there’s a bracket that fits on the dash

    the column U bracket then bolts to this 

    it’s the bracket on the left in the pic

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    Just now, davearkley said:

    Hi Lee hope you managed to find the dash bracket I have had the same problem with my S2 there’s a bracket that fits on the dash

    the column U bracket then bolts to this 

    it’s the bracket on the left in the pic

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    I need this bracket but can’t find one at the minute 

  2. On 22/05/2019 at 11:11, Andy_A said:

    Well since my subscription has auto renewed, I thought I'd better check out what's happening here. And...Nothing. Wow. Okay, well, I'm still here. Lotus still in the garage which needs a ramp to get it out without scraping off the front bumper. Maybe this year? Hmmm. Is that an itch I'm feeling, or just an errant flea from the dog ratching in my underpants...

    Hi Andy - I think this covid thing has stopped us all. I have just restarted work on my 71 Europa - lots done so far but it was a complete basket case - need to finish off some mechanics and started to prep body for paint. I need to get hold of the ral/paint code for the Lotus Europa red.

     

  3. Help required - I need to paint the europa - it was white out of the factory but is now red - should I stick with red and if so has anyone got the paint code /ral number 

    Would it be better to put on isolator first - I have painted a few cars but I havnt painted fibreglass before so advice would be great thanks. Would I need to add a plasticiser??

     

  4. Hi guys - next question - silencer please - just rang lotus supplies (Banks) just to be told its £500+

    I got a full new exhaust for my 65 S-type Jag for £400 and its massive with 2 full pipes and 3 boxes. The Lotus is 1/10th of the size.

    So anybody with any info?

    cheers

    dave

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    Finally getting somewhere - wheels on - body to sort ready for paint - I think its going to be red - and possibly fire up the engine next week

    Getting sorted - lots still to do  343872735_lotuschassiswithengineandgearbox.jpg.da29738c4e63ae1e2a91649f2a86499b.jpg Engine and gearbox looking nice - all aligned - so far so good.

    New clutch kit fitted - thrust bearing was a nightmare to get hold of.

  6. 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??

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  7. 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

     

  8. 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

     

  9. 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 !!!

     

  10. On 31/03/2020 at 16:46, tim_marra said:

    Sorry I had assumed with the registration date your car was a TC. Must be a very late S2?

    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!

     

  11. 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.

     

     

     

  12. 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

     

  13. 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

    1 minute ago, davearkley said:

    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

    I'm in sunderland UK

    Dave

     

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

     

     

     

  16. 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.

  17. engine lid arrived as promised together with sone new front indicator units - she's looking better already.

    starting to remove bits to get body off - all rusted - more cutting than using sockets - seats out and runners cut off - need new runners? what else fits or is it down to modified MG runners ?? I will probably need to replace pedal assembly as this is totally rusted. Anyone know what size the bores are for new pistons/liners  for 71 renault engine ? workshop manual tells me they could be 76mm or 77mm depending on non exhaust or exhaust emission. - I'm not familiar with this info. Advice please,

    Just now, davearkley said:

    engine lid arrived as promised together with sone new front indicator units - she's looking better already.

    starting to remove bits to get body off - all rusted - more cutting than using sockets - seats out and runners cut off - need new runners? what else fits or is it down to modified MG runners ?? I will probably need to replace pedal assembly as this is totally rusted. Anyone know what size the bores are for new pistons/liners  for 71 renault engine ? workshop manual tells me they could be 76mm or 77mm depending on non exhaust or exhaust emission. - I'm not familiar with this info. Advice please,

    new radius arms have arrived so I need to get body off and check chassis

     

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