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Garage / Re: Front License Plate (huh, again.)
« Last post by Certified Lotus on Today at 03:39:03 PM »
Although I live in a state that requires a front plate I refuse to install one. I have found that as long as you have historic plates the local police don’t bother you. As a matter of fact, my 64 Élan rear plate area isn’t even large enough for a NJ plate so I have to trim the top and bottom of the plate to fit, which is also illegal.
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Garage / Re: Front License Plate (huh, again.)
« Last post by LotusJoe on Today at 03:14:20 PM »
This was the standard mounting place...Except mine was mounted on the passenger side.
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Garage / Front License Plate (huh, again.)
« Last post by surfguitar58 on Today at 12:07:39 PM »
Probably the “least consequential part on the whole car”, but here’s my take on a front license plate bracket. Searching the knowledge base I found loads of posts dating back to 2000 brimming with good advice about what to tell the state trooper when he pulls you over without one (“My front license plate bracket is backordered from England” being my favorite) but I found little practical plate mounting advice that doesn’t involve drilling holes in precious fiberglass.

This bracket uses the two bottom screws holding the grill grate in place. These thread into metal C-clips and, at least on my car, are long enough to handle the extra thickness of the fabricated bracket and a washer. I used some scrap carbon fiber I had lying around, but 18 ga aluminum would also work nicely, and no new holes!

Nominally I will mount this once per year when I get my vehicle inspection sticker and rely on excuses and my good looks after I take it off. I suppose I should also reinstall it on long toll road trips where Big Brother takes my picture to verify my ez-pass/fast-pass toll transponder. The car sure looks a lot better without a silly front plate.
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FS/WTB: Europa Parts / Europa/Elan Lotus Steel Bolt on Wheels
« Last post by s2europa on Today at 08:49:20 AM »
One set of Europa/Elan steel 13" x 4.5" bolt-on wheels. They are in good condition with only some light surface rust on the backside. The shiny coating is not chrome. It might be some sort of powder coating (but I don't think it is), not sure what it is, but it is flaking off in areas, so does not look to be too difficult to remove. I'd like $450 for the set plus shipping from 98296. Thanks, Dan
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Question: Would Wilwood front & rear conversion work with the standard TCS Fed dual master cylinder without boosters? Or is a MC swap assumed in this conversion?
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Garage / Re: Do I need a new alternator?
« Last post by BDA on Today at 06:55:02 AM »
It's all yours!  :)
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Garage / Re: Do I need a new alternator?
« Last post by jbcollier on Monday,November 20, 2017, 06:31:10 PM »
Not yet but maybe.  I have dual tripmeters to install as well.

It's a ball mount for a GPS/back-up camera.
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FS/WTB: Europa Parts / Cosmic wheels and springs
« Last post by 2483R on Monday,November 20, 2017, 05:03:04 PM »
Set of 4 Cosmic wheels, 13"x5.5", 3.75" bolting circle diameter, 4.3125" backspace. These were dealer installed wheels when my 72 Europa was sold new. I used these wheels for many years. Wheels were made before the advent of tubeless tires, so 2 of the wheel castings are porous, thus will leak air. The other two will hold air. I used tubes when they were on my car.

One wheel was spot welded in one place in an attempt to plug an air leak (see photo)

I do not have the original metal center caps, but I have 5 plastic caps supplied by Cosmic as replacements. One center cap is cracked and missing tangs. No lug nuts are included. $200/set of 4

Europa front springs, 10” free length, 1.875” ID, 140 lb/in, bought from Dave Bean Engineering many years ago but never used, new condition $30/pair PM 2483R
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Garage / Re: ! movie
« Last post by Certified Lotus on Monday,November 20, 2017, 04:20:55 PM »
Great movie to watch. Free makes it even better  :beerchug:
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