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Roland really glad you have got the chassis back home to strip,  fantastic news on the history, and well done the dvla who to be honest are normally a bit of a pain in the bum. :)   

Very lucky on the nuts and bolts not giving you dramas yet, I hope this continues for you , look forward to future updates, :thumbup:


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The dvla came up trumps, took a while to come through,  only cost £5 for all previous keeper history. Best £5 I've spent in a while :)

I have found the gearbox and diff numbers, although the diff number is really dificult to decypher. Pictures have been sent to Lotus for analysis. :lol:

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Roland - that's terrific mate - I know how you feel. My car was owned by the same guy since 1979 and sadly he died before I bought the car. I would have really loved the opportunity to talk to him about the car.

Be interesting to hear more when you get it - keep us posted.


Is the price for that bit in Yen or £?

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Very cool and intresting, look forward to what the chap was on about you will be suprized what was in the pack :)


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Very cool,  now that is a man who cant make a choice on what colour to have his cars lol !   The interior colour change would  not be out of the norm with these cars given the reputation for water leaks and interior damage etc, so probably would of been a case of a used interior purchased to freshen up the old one. :)  


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Thanks a great read .Really like elites eclat .Every lotus made lol.Nice to have traced the history etc.Good luck with your car ...cool Mike

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Great stuff Roland - keep it up. I love the way these cars turn us into amateur private detectives.

Think we should get the BBC to do a series on all our cars - "Where the hell has your car been" :P

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Is the price for that bit in Yen or £?

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I thinks it great that most of the old lotus cars can have their past checked,  love seeing the old style photos posted also, especially the ones showing other cars in the street,  the lotus always looks like a car from the future has landed in the street compared to the old four door cars in the rest of the street  :thumbup:

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The white and red is clearly an acquired taste. Seeing the car on the street makes the car look big compared to the cars of the day but is very small these days. Curious to see the Weber sticker under the bonnet when the dellorto carbs fitted were superior!

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Thanks for the comments guys.

Just call me Hurcule! :P

6 hours ago, oilmagnet477 said:

Think we should get the BBC to do a series on all our cars - "Where the hell has your car been" :P

Bet that would throw up a few surprises! lol !

At least now I know when it got it's distinctive colour scheme.  

The other car, 676N, was first registered in August '74 and last on the road in '91, wonder if she is still around??

 

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Awesome news Roland,   Glad they got in touch with you, not great news on the rear bump but hey hoe they all have history and at least it will explain your cracks etc.  Pants news on the finger, i expected you to say it was done stripping the chassis lol,  glad its on the mend.   :thumbup:

As for the chassis number i would of thought they would of all been pop riveted as the chassis number is normally made to be tamper proof/not quickly to be changed etc,   I know pop rivets are not the best for security but cant see lotus fitting screws imo ?


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brilliant story so far......:thumbsup:


The Faster You Drive...The Slower You Age

(Albert Einstein  14 March 1879 - 18 April 1955)

 

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I'm fairly sure that my car body was original - for those that know my cars story, very little of it is now original - and the chassis plate was pop riveted on! Very easy to do (easier than a screw driver in both fitting and removing) and very satisfying. 

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Well I wasn't expecting these so quickly.  Mr David Tandy (owner number 6) has very kindly sent me some more pics of the car when he had it. Including some of the engine rebuild he did.   Enjoy!

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Appears to have markers on the outside of the bumpers.

 

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Nice interior shots, same colour/style as it has now.  Also red markers visible either side of number plate.

 

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Engine rebuild.

 

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Good methodical approach.

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David tells me that he put new liners in the engine, along with other new bits.

 

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And he kept the front number plate!!

 

The recent letter I sent to owner number 5 has been returned, undelivered.  So the hunt continues for MR Haynes.  I'm guessing that Mr Haynes (5) is the one who changed the interior from White leather to Beige vinyl, as David (6) tells me it was that colour when he bought it.

 

I do have a request regarding the interior.  When I was stripping it out I noticed that the rear coin tray (sits between seats) does not have its chrome surround. Have tried the usual places but no joy.  So if anyone has a spare I could purchase I would be most grateful.  And I'm also on the look out for the centre 3 piece steering wheel pad.

Roland

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Finally! I get to do some more work on the car..I've been busy today

Not a lot of room in my garage for a chassis this width....

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But I managed to sqeeze it in so I could remove the engine and gearbox.

 

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All looking reasonable, some surface rust but ok.

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And back out so I could

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strip the rear. One of the radius arms is concave on the underside, so may need to replace, unless I can get it back to how it should be.

This is a pic inside the chassis of the radius arm mount.  On my galv chassis the two bolts go into threaded reinforcing plates, just visible either side of the gusets.

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Have had a good look at the final drive mounting bushes and apart from some muck, they look like new!  (pics doesn't do it justice)

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This is interesting. Haven't seen a propshaft like this before it's quite large as in fat, not very heavy though.

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And got my first look at the rear brakes, not looking too bad

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So all in all a very productive day!

Next will be stripping down the front the giving the chassis a good clean.

Nothing new to report on the previous owner front.

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Awesome stuff Roland - you must be much thinner than me if you can work in such small gaps :P

Getting that Radius arm bush mounting out must be a breeze with the body off....:angry: Been busy with other things just lately but will be setting to with the body to make access possible - might be worth thinking about that before you put the body back on so you have access to those 2 bolts in future.

Keep it up


Is the price for that bit in Yen or £?

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