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For those of you reading this sometimes things that are written come across not as intended. I have called Dave Changes today and had a long chat. He has a vast amount of experience with these engines

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Enjoy the visit, Fabian.

check your batteries and memory so you come back with all your need.

sketch pad.

and uplift the polite and hapless Englishman.  the museum will got for that.... I understand you're a relative of Roger Moore too eh?

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Great research you did, now you can finish the car as it should be! the same as the real one!

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4 hours ago, Lotusfab said:

I was allowed full acces.

 

Thats great, I really expected them to get funny about some guy wanting to get up close and personal to their car!

buddsy :thumbsup:

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Here’s some more pics.

firstly the engine. The curator took the engine cover off. When I was measuring he said I’m not the first person who has done this!DB54D00A-3A79-436C-8C13-303E7228D097.thumb.jpeg.47bd5f676cbd9c5eaa5d34775eb0cb0f.jpeg

F73B0D40-7F6B-4E9E-9F6C-E79C69F787D7.thumb.jpeg.b81dddcf19041f229c4b5d24030550cd.jpegThe Turbo can be seen. It’s all in pretty poor condition!

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Here’s the interior. By the way he told me some of the collection is going to a new Deezer museum in Orlando. He didn’t know whether this car was going.

We opened the front bonnet.the lighting is very dim so difficult to get pics.heres a pic of the LOtUS on the back of the white car. It’s definately hand painted and white, but it may have been painted by the museum. However it is which and paint on the car now!6271322A-3D60-4C6B-B4AC-362861D88E7E.thumb.jpeg.8ca988cb65602fc43cc0f3010a353fca.jpegED653ABA-2D73-4617-9F8A-51B011AD15C3.thumb.jpeg.6f665b6e91778ef3ea09c677f4df1e9e.jpeg9A731517-B057-4E9B-AF5D-4830F7D0D147.thumb.jpeg.005f69620f511792318d7cd9251f8db8.jpeg

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White paint on the lettering is a right mess. And the black paint around the vent in the bonnet is different to what I expected

Glad the Copper Fire is a match - would hate to have been there if it wasn’t!!:cry:

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Dont forget to check paint code on the VIN plate.

Essex cam covers! That is significant as it ties in with the white car recently mentioned on Facebook which is also not an Essex but has Essex cam covers. So they seemed to have fitted these to all the very first batch of Turbos regardless of Essex or not.

Original tool roll! 

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Andy,

there's a lot I can tell when when I next see you that I won't put in here. Here's a better picture of the Ear of my car on the left and the museum car in the right. I would say I'm an expert now at recognising the paint. The paint code A19 is categorically not the original colour of this car. It is Matts 1981 fuel cap colour. Pictures don't show things exactly like the interior carpet. Which is very close to the body colour.IMG_3058.thumb.PNG.6500acda365c2eb5c65d2e718c527800.PNG

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Here's the interior. Think the paint code is irrelevant it will be A19 but as I have proved the formulation has been different for a long time now.IMG_0552.thumb.JPG.24b4d49566446cc532afc7b6853cd185.JPGIMG_0549.thumb.JPG.0e1ddfedf86c162959368399e670eedf.JPGthe camera doesn't show these colours very well because if the lighting. The carpet looks very similar to the body colour. The leather sample from Connelly that I got I would say is the exact colour ofvthis interior. It is quite dirty!

In the bottom picture if you look up to the left you start to see the carpet looks like the body. It's obvious when you see it in reality. It's valued at 200,000 dollars!

And so with out further adoo, the ski racks. All the ones I have seen made are not very much like these originals. They are very flimsy and could not be used as is, but the hinged design is what I was planing so glad to see someone else came to the same conclusion!IMG_0461.thumb.JPG.833042e0ff2e16df1aa65883daefd65a.JPGIMG_0491.thumb.JPG.afe3cb57845a8b1e16c1d28cae2ab997.JPG

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There was a peg that fitted in the hole to hold the clamp down. The rear bracket is broken and has been glued. They are made of fiberglass.

They are curved and shaped like an aerofoil. They lean in buy about 20 degrees from the verticle.

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There are three bolts holding the upper racks on and the metal bonded to each holder wraps around the tailgate at the leading edge.

The upper rack has a hollow end where the bracket fits through, it's then pinned into position. Very flimsy wooden door hinge!

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My thinking about paint code is it might be Monaco White :)

Thats the reason I was suggesting checking, not in respect of the Copper.

Yeah I know they likely amended the plate but I thought it would be worth checking.

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All the wheels are rolled edge. 

Ahh my friend checked every part of the Copper car extensively and saw no signs of white anywhere! . The plaque said it had been resprayed and colour changed, but whoever sprayed it did a flawless job.

I did not check the vin plate☹️

What I want  to know is who on here has been over there measuring and not shared the info?

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I was invited back today at no extra charge but it’s a long way! The original S1 is there and I’m happy to say the interior of my S1 and the Tartan  is a spot on copy, even down to how the door Tartan is folded.Steve Fulcher has done a first class job on my S1, but then again his dad did the original and the patterns used were identical. Here’s the S1 which I was also given access to! Will put these pics on my S1 blog.8CEB860A-3EF8-4312-98C4-72FD15BB78DA.thumb.jpeg.7f63a11b2b3322292aec1710d7ff3b36.jpeg2C4C5F04-AE47-4BC7-BBF2-BB3E5661D378.thumb.jpeg.f18ea6ce7d894b0c75a6d2abb63cf85b.jpeg

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16 minutes ago, Lotusfab said:

 

I did not check the vin plate☹️

 

Arrrghh! 

If the plate said A19 that would not have been any significance. They may have fitted a new plate as is likely. But if it said L25 that would have been irrefutable proof this was also one of the white cars. Do you think they might be able to have a look themselves having made the contact? It would only take them a few seconds.

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That's could be difficult. It does say in the plaque the car was white and resprayed.

There is a Lotus in the main hall next to some other very prestigious cars. It looks very much like the car done by an American who has his own resto website Rene Oten something! Looks fab!

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