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So, I am right now building a new complete late type gearbox, stronger casings, bigger bolts, stronger special clutch, special flywheel, late type endcase and mec. with no translator, taller 5'th gear, Quaife lsd, late type gearmaster, exhaust bracket, cables, one piece primary shaft, higher 1'st and 2'nd gear, stronger metals and so on.

Only problem is that the gentleman who sold me a primary shaft kit is not a gentle as it would have seemed, as it's not the advertised Holloway kit, (which is Emco) but a Derek Bell/GTO/Quaife kit, which it taller 1'st and second still. Great kit, but not suitable for my my driving. It would suit a track car or a race car or a V8. I need the Holloway or the Emco kit. As I seem not to be able to advertise, I will do it here, and ask if anyone got a used or unused Emco or Holloway kit or willing to swap kit + eventually some payment, please give me a PM.

Till then, everything is on a halt, I'm afraid.

Kind regards,

Jacques

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Thats great news Jacques.  I cant remember - will they make any of the engine hatch available on the market or is this a one off just for you?  One way or another I will make or buy a light weight engine cover some day.

Yeah I did the timing belt on my car last spring - I swear it runs better, smoother, makes more power.  I am sure its just the sub conscious knowing I have done everythign I can to keep the valves from meeting the pistons 🙂  

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Hmm Erik, I am not sure I understand what you are asking about: 1: a tailgate, or 2: an engine cover?

If it's the later, I can ask around for one more, as I want one too (in carbon fiber - see below).

So, mine is a tailgate in carbon fiber entirely. Seriously bad executed by it's British maker, and was 1 of a batch of 4 (or was it 3? I can't remember). I was told they would no longer make them, as it was too hard to make them well. It's split in places, twisted so it cannot be installed and close, and two halves are stuck together with some rubber glue of some sort and have a very bad finish. I spoke to a few companies, who all said the same: very very bad made and not fit for a street car, as it could either split in halves during driving, or fly off because of too little material in many important places, or wobble and make noise at high speed because of no structural integrity. Cannot recommend it at all, unless you are willing to make it finished yourself. But in all honesty, the two big multi ribbed vents are really nice made, apart from having holes drilled in them that shouldn't be there, argh... These will be mended too. But they look really good!

So, the job is to take it apart and make it structurally sound, strong enough and very good finish. Oh, and that will double the original price. Since I am already working some 50 hours per week, I don't have time for another jab. It will just have to take the time it needs.

Then, as it's a S4/S4s/SP300/GT3/V8 model, you also need the appropriate engine cover underneath this tailgate. I found an original one to renovate and make new finish on for now, but this will not be the final engine cover, but temporarily.

All this is needed to adopt the Sport300 engine braces and bridge. And for this to work, I will have to lift off the whole body complete. Oh well, some day when I find a place to take the car completely apart and reassemble.

It's super light, and will still be super light, once mended to work well and look well, which was the idea in the first place. I am not a sucker for carbon fiber as such, but would like it to lighten the car more. And more. And then add lightness. While not altering the car's look and function fundamentally.

I have asked around for a few years for a SP300 engine cover in carbon fiber, to no avail. Some day...

I am really looking forward to this maybe coming true this year or start of next year. Then off the the painter and voila, new lighter car. As they say in the movie: I feel the need, the need for speed ;)  I'll post pics as it progresses.

No, it's definitely not just a mental impression or thought. It's very real. Drives really well. It's like the car knows and rewards you, the owner/driver, for having taken good care of it ;)

By the way, I just became the owner of a nice Tyrell P34 six wheeler today. Came with the mail. I waited exactly 43 years for that, so hey, what's another year, as they once sang...

Kind regards,

Jacques

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Yes I am talking about the Tail Gate - I wont be running an engine cover going forward.

I understand now, this is one you had made some time ago and are now re-finishing.  

Yeah if you hear of one of its brothers available I would be interested in re-working it myself as you describe.

Looking forward to your progress!

 

 

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Good to hear from you again Jacques!

Hope you got to enjoy Little Red Riding Hood this past summer. 😉

Filip

I have made many mistakes in my life. Buying a multiple Lotus is not one of them.

 

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Cheers Filip, I certainly did. It has been a dry but fantastic Summer here. Many trips in the car at a fair speed. Now, it's time to try to finish that tailgate story and hopefully get it painted and installed and lighten the burden for Little Red Riding Hood. I do have many other hobbies, and try to give some time for those as well. For example I am building my own highly sophisticated cd-player, or so it will be in the end.

Cheers,

Jacques

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