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That’s excellent and another added to the register.

What Colour is you interior, is it full or half leather?

Do you have a standard radio or roof radio?

This is a very late domestic dry sump, in fact third from last on the register 👍🏻
Dave :) 

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Do or do not, there is no try! 

 

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The interior is black leather with half leather seats and standard centre of dash radio, the car has plenty of history which you guys probably know, owned by Lotus and used as a press and exhibition car for its first year of ownership, it was then sold to a submarine commander in 1984,  he sold it to a property developer in Newcastle in ‘85, I bought it from him in ‘86 and have owned it ever since, the car has not been used since 1999 which is why it is not showing up as SORN, I have just retired so now have plenty of time to complete what I have started.

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23 hours ago, stephenwhyte said:

When are you hoping to have it finished @Lot63? Can’t wait to see this one done - it’s great when old press cars reappear😎 Odd that it never had the thick side stripes along the sides.....but was given a coachline - unusual anyway🤔

This is surely the same car......

 

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Spot on, when I bought the car I was very tempted to remove those pinstripes but that is what makes it unusual, so I never changed it, when I bought it it had a flip top sun roof fitted, so as part of the original restoration I am removing the sun roof and replacing the roof section to put it back to its original condition, all being well once I have removed all the panels for repainting it should be resprayed in the spring next year, new tanks,most of the cooling system and the suspension dampers/bushes still has to be replaced but hopefully will be completed by Autumn next year 

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Sounds brilliant and will be well worth all the effort. Good move ref the sunroof as those aftermarket ones are horrible. What’s the mileage of the car now? Would be great to see some more photos of it.....exterior & interior👍

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Time has come to remove the unwanted aftermarket sun roof from YAH868X,  the new section was supplied courtesy of SJ sports cars in Devon, they did very good quality job on the replacement roof section and took very little trimming to get right, next job is to replace the plywood bulkhead prior to bonding the roof back in to position, removal and trim took a day….so here are some pics of the before and after :-

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Believe it or not it’s easier to replace the whole section rather than just plug the hole, when you come to the final spray there is always potential for the join to bleed through to the surface with time, plus when lotus made the sections for final wet assembly you are pretty much near to the original lay up joints when you replace the section😉

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4 hours ago, Lot63 said:

Time has come to remove the unwanted aftermarket sun roof from YAH868X,  the new section was supplied courtesy of SJ sports cars in Devon, they did very good quality job on the replacement roof section and took very little trimming to get right, next job is to replace the plywood bulkhead prior to bonding the roof back in to position, removal and trim took a day….so here are some pics of the before and after :-

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On hindsight (at the time it seemed ok) I have done some bold work on cars.. but even that I would have avoided, that is some proper no way back dedication

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this is how we did it a couple of years ago, only the hole,

used a piece of roof from a lotus Excel SE 1986. 😉

 

 

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I’ll be posting more info as regarding bonding the tailgate hinge bushes, transferring and  bonding up the wooden strut above the windshield which supports the sun visors laying up the fibreglass joints for the roof, replacement and remanufacture of the upper bulkhead.

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Fitting of tailgate hinge bearing bushes, I have reused the old bushes from the old roof assy, cleaned any corrosion from them and have potted them in using polyester paste, the original position was 50mm from the back of the roof edge and 16mm below the roof level and final drill size is 1/2 inch, the bush has 2 flanges one on the outer and one on the inner, I’ve used a small piece of wet or dry to key in the flange of the bush to help bond it to the gel coat surface, heres a couple of pics

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Can’t wait to see this one all finished and back to its best again! Like this…..the actual same car, for those just looking in. No corner cutting @Lot63😉😎

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