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Garage / Re: ELSE Europa restoration 2015 -2017
« Last post by buzzer on Today at 06:40:26 AM »
Rivnuts are great, I presume you are using ally one's. You can get rivets with serrated shafts that will help grip the fibreglass ok
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Garage / Re: My first experience of Lots Of Trouble Usually Serious
« Last post by buzzer on Today at 06:36:08 AM »
Back luck!!
 keeps us informed of the actual failure. I wonder how much more the piston has to move to do that!! I would suspect more than just big end bearing failure to get that movement. could take bets on what the failure is....also maybe a couple of bent valves. piston crown detached from rest of the piston?
But certainly catching it like that may be a blessing in disguise rather than a con-rod through the block!!
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Garage / Re: My first experience of Lots Of Trouble Usually Serious
« Last post by jbcollier on Today at 06:01:06 AM »
Off throttle at high revs meant that the rod could move that wee bit further.  You might want to use a slightly thicker head gasket.
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Garage / Re: My first experience of Lots Of Trouble Usually Serious
« Last post by BDA on Today at 05:42:08 AM »
Yikes! I think you're probably right. Hopefully the damage to your crank and block is minimal. Keep us informed.
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Garage / Re: ELSE Europa restoration 2015 -2017
« Last post by BDA on Today at 05:30:16 AM »
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I'm having the same problem with my door cards, and I came to the same conclusion about Rivnuts. My only concern is the Rivnuts may be for smaller thickness metal, so might not compress well against the thicker fibreglass.


I used (fake) Rivnuts in fiberglass several places with good success. I think if you drill the proper size hole and are careful when screwing and unscrewing, you should be fine.
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Garage / Re: ELSE Europa restoration 2015 -2017
« Last post by Gmg31 on Today at 04:59:35 AM »
I fitted my new door seals a few weeks ago and the doors are nowhere even close to shutting properly.  That is a great web site, they have some fab stuff.  I have requested several samples, they certainly seem to have a much smaller seal that might be a better fit ETS3239
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Garage / Re: swapping the cylinder head from Strom to weber
« Last post by Roger on Today at 04:42:15 AM »
Presumably the Stromberg head already has camshafts, so you could reuse them. You'd also use your cam cover, leaving the groove to be cut.
The "Federal" cam is the older SE cam, so you won't get quite the same HP as you might from D-type cams. What Elan is the head from?

Even with modern bike carbs, a Stromberg head still has the siamesed ports etc., and has less potential than a Weber head.
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Garage / My first experience of Lots Of Trouble Usually Serious
« Last post by StephenH on Today at 02:36:37 AM »
After 4 years of Europa ownership I have run into my first actual problem of note with my S2.
At a track day today with the local Lotus club, all was going well until I lifted off to allow a faster modern to go by.
While off throttle there was a bit of a strange rattle then a cylinder went missing.

Looks like one of the pistons has gently tapped a plug gap closed, fortunately without catastrophic failure.
Those small shiny flecks are aluminium..... but no big bang, cloud of smoke or heavy breathing....
Engine has a light knock so I suspect a big end failure is a possibility.

Probably lucky it was when I had dropped revs down and was off throttle.

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Garage / Re: ELSE Europa restoration 2015 -2017
« Last post by EuropaTC on Wednesday,July 26, 2017, 10:42:46 PM »
the doors do not shut with a watertight fit. I have large gaps showing daylight.
Alex in Norfolk.

That's not a gap, it's called "air conditioning"    :)

Being serious, the actual door cards haven't been a serious issue on my car.

When I bought it the previous owner had fitted a screw at the top/rear of the panel, just as others have done which stops the horizontal section from slipping out of the aluminium window frame trim but the rest relied on the normal clips. When I fitted radio speakers in the doors I let the mounting screws bite into the door itself rather than mount the speaker on the trim panel alone and that will secure the front end of the trim panel without looking non-original.   

The door seals have been a long term problem, I guess I was just lucky when I replaced mine. Whether the replacements are a slightly larger moulding or stiffer rubber than the originals I don't know, but folks have had trouble in that department going back to the 1980s at least.   I've no idea what the solution is but if I had to replace mine I think I'd look around at what alternative mouldings there are these days and try for something with a bit more flexibility - something like ETS60 towards the bottom of this page  maybe ?

http://www.sealsdirect.co.uk/shopping.asp?intDepartmentId=71#23

I know of people using that pattern on the Elan and IIRC it's similar to the seal used on the later sprints. (not sure on that one)

Brian
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Garage / Re: ELSE Europa restoration 2015 -2017
« Last post by 4129R on Wednesday,July 26, 2017, 09:51:32 PM »
I was really surprised how difficult it is to fit the door cards firmly  Even with new clips.  One of the most important bits of kit I bought last year was a nut rivet gun and on this project it has proved invaluable for jobs like this.

I'm having the same problem with my door cards, and I came to the same conclusion about Rivnuts. My only concern is the Rivnuts may be for smaller thickness metal, so might not compress well against the thicker fibreglass.

My next problem is with new door rubbers, the doors do not shut with a watertight fit. I have large gaps showing daylight.

Alex in Norfolk.
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