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Never got a chance yesterday, hoping to today though :-)

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Managed to go back before leaving New Jersey and when the shop was open but unfortunately the Europa owner wasn't there but apparently he is a big Lotus enthusiast.

My favourite touch was the Bruce Springsteen 8 tracks by the stereo being that I'd gone out to see 3 Bruce gigs, it was the fusion of my 2 favourite pastimes, Bruce and Lotus :-)

Took a couple more pics though before leaving.

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On 8/23/2016 at 03:21, jonwat said:

 

Looks nice, shame they put the steering wheel in on the wrong side.

 

1 hour ago, Vipers said:

My favourite touch was the Bruce Springsteen 8 tracks by the stereo

Mine was on the "wrong side" as well, John. Something to do with the colonial road system over here I'm told. :)

The "8 track" comment brought a big grin to my face, Paul. I bought my Europa new in 1974, and one of the first things I did was to personally install an 8 Track unit (a then state of the art electronic device:lol:). The spark plug ignition "static" brought about by the Europa's "ungrounded" fiberglass body made listening to AM radio unbearable. FM was somewhat better, but still left a bit to be desired. Inserting your own tapes into the 8 track, naturally, made for noise free performance. The Santana Abraxas album was my oeuvre of choice, but I had a rather large collection of other artists as well. Took up a significant amount of the Europa's limited boot space, but hey, sacrifices must be made.

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I think if I ever do manage to get a Europa I will pop down to Halfords to get an 8 track fitted :-) be nice to keep things original, off to eBay now to see how many are available to buy nowadays.

Out of interest John, how did you find Europa ownership? I have loved the Europa for years but have always been a bit too scared to own one as I am not mechanical at all and just always though it could be quite a problamatic car own although it would only be for occasional use. 

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4 hours ago, Vipers said:

Out of interest John, how did you find Europa ownership? 

Hi, Paul. The Europa was a fairly simple design compared with today's emission control "octopi tentacles" strangling the more modern lumps. My Europa was pretty much the last car I ever did my own [routine] maintenance on. Anyone remember setting points gap and dwell?:lol: Balancing carbs was fairly straightforward as well. Didn't mess with the valve clearances...which would have involved replacing the shims beneath the "cups" that the cam lobes pressed on...a trial and error process that was over my pay grade, with the potential for serious valve/piston clearance damage issues if one were to misalign the cam sprockets. Checking the clearances was easy enough though, and only one valve ever changed enough to warrant consideration (one one-thousandth off) during my 28,000 miles of use. No power steering to mess with, no ABS to malfunction, no air conditioning system to maintain.  I see that the JPS above has two electric fans installed between the seat backs, a "mod" I fully understand, as the cabin could become quite stuffy on a hot day. The factory fan and vents strived mightily to provide some airflow, but "windows down" was the preferred method of ventilation for me. MPG was astonishing, 37mpg on the highway! Tire wear was not so good, especially on the rears...12,000 miles was about as good as I could manage...this from a drive train that wasn't capable of sustained wheel spin. "Radial runout" was a term bandied about by some. Price one paid for superb cornering performance I suppose, but I'm not a suspension guru. Fronts seemed to wear a bit longer, but with asymmetrical scrubbing evident as well. Aggressive toe in? The tire psi settings were (to my mind) quite unique, 16 psi fronts, 26 psi rears. You could damn near pick the car up at the front with one hand (hence the lack of necessity for power steering). The Lucas "Prince of Darkness" gauges, to my delighted surprise, functioned without issue. Some were "Smith" IIRC. 

I don't think you would have undue headaches with ownership should you procure one, Paul. Your current car collection would seem to me to present greater challenges than the Europa would. Go for it!

P.S., if you can't find an "in dash" 8 Track unit to install (for "authenticity"), I can sell you my "in home" 8 Track player (real wood cabinetry!), but inserting it into a Europa might prove problematic.<_<

Now if I could only find where the heck those 8 Track tapes are hiding.:)

Cheers,

John

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+1, what he just said (with a couple of comments)

8-track may be superfluous weight. My Europa functions perfectly well with its factory original blanking plate for a radio/stereo installation. Listen to the soundtrack of the engine or sing along. Of course, I have a voice that can shatter glass - if I sing in public people will throw bottles.

Put some air in the tires; works better with higher pressures than specified in the owner's manual.

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16 hours ago, Vipers said:

Out of interest John, how did you find Europa ownership? 

I owned my 5 speed Special for some 5 years as an every day & only driver. Very reliable apart from the rear wheel bearings & driveshaft UJs which needed replacing every 10,000 miles or so & make sure you've got the rear axle shimmed correctly or the camber will be excessive which will wear the inside of the tyres.

Took the head off & gas flowed it for a few more BHP, great fun, pictures on my website. :thumbup:

Cheers,

John W

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Thanks Guys, that helps ease the nerves a little, I always keep an eye on Europa's and Esprit S3's for sale so hope to add one of each other the next couple of years, still fancy an 8 track though, the Everley Brothers hits on my Dad's 8 track in his Austin Wolseley is one of my earliest memories :-)

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