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Stuck in Africa ! .. 1975 Elite

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Hey .. Im "one of those" !! .. know nothing about cars and went out 12 years ago and bought a 1975 Elite here in Cape Town .. ran well for 1st 8 years, "mechanic" Man close by "serviced" it but then it got pushed to the back of the garage and hardly ever went out for a run ! ... recently and finally "tidied" up garage and of course car wont start ... fuel this !... electrics that...! carbs this ...! and so on ! .... so ... local rebuilt and refurbished fuel tank... complete rewire throughout .. then off to the carburetor "specialist" guy (yeah right! ... it's bad enough here to find a bartender to pull a beer right !!!) ...  anyway ... he managed to get it "chugging" over ... only to now find  that the power steering pump and hydraulics were no longer working ... so ... off the "bartenders" friend that "specializes"  in truck hydraulics ... and ... 8 months later ... he does a good job and the steering now is smooth !! ... on the "chugging" engine ! ... so ... now off to another carburetor "specialist" ... who  says ... carbs ok ... problem with engine compression !! ... cool .. "so what do we do next ?" ... "we must take the engine out and have a look see !!  ... OK ... lets do it ! ... "  Helo sir i need to meet you this motor in not so good sir so please let me know where wee can meet over the weekend pls" ....so off i go ! ...  he has "measured" the engine ... and says its not a 2l but a 2.2 l .... the block (at the top of the pistons) is cracked but thinks it can be "welded" but need new pistons and sleeves ... "can i get some ?" .... i say ... we need somehow identify if this is the 907 (2l) engine or the 912 engine (2.2l) given that its a 1975 elite ... it should (by the looks of things !) be a series 1, 907 engine 2l  !i say send the numbers that are on the block !!! ...  he says ... there are 2 ... and sent the below  with a message ... we need "oversize" ... SO ... back to the beginning of this thread ... "I'm one of those!" ... know nothing about cars or anything mechanical !! ... and my HELP question is ... anybody out there "understand" these numbers and able to identify which engine this is ?? ... so that i can try and figure out what parts i need and from whom i can get them ??? ... Nigel Wood, Pensioner,  living and loathing, Cape Town, South Africa. [email protected]  

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Hello Nigel and welcome. 

Sorry I can't help you with any of the technicalities but I must say that is a fabulous mascot on the bonnet there.😁

 

Chipp

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L75B06 11967

So, if I'm reading that right, is an Elite engine wit Ar conditioning and Power Assisted Steering for the UK (domestic) market.

75 refers to the year of build, and 06 te month of build (June), then 11967 is the serial number 

 

Tat all means you'd expect it to be a 2l not 2.2l, but it is easy to swap out some of the internals from a 2.2l and build it as such. The difference is the stroke of the piston, 2.0l will be 69.2mm whereas 2.2l will be 76.2mm. So worth checking what stroke the engine guy says it is.

 

Do you have a photograph of the crack?

 

 

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Welcome to the forums Nigel,   Hope you get it sorted soon,  great pics by the way   :thumbup:


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Thanks Dan ... me too ... living in Cape Town is beautiful ... but so backward and slow in so many ways !!.

Stay lucky.  N.

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I remember visiting a Lotus Dealer in Cape Town back in the early 1990s. Somewhere on a main street - I would guess near the railway station. I was surprised to see it.

Lovely looking car and model.

 

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Hey Chris ... Cape Town has changed ..A LOT .. still beautiful ...  but definitely no "old" Lotus parts available.

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^ Esprit in South Africa.

This chap has an Elite in SA...

https://www.thelotusforums.com/forums/profile/15974-makepeace/ as does this chap - 

and Roger is local too, although he's not been online for a while...

https://www.thelotusforums.com/forums/profile/5182-roger-912/


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