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Garage / Re: Introduction from new '73 Special owner
« Last post by BDA on Today at 12:27:37 PM »
If you're keeping a wood dash and you're not doing it yourself, I'd suggest you talk to the guy at prestigeautowood.com. He make a beautiful dash with a great selection of veneers. He finishes both sides of the dash and all the edges so moisture can't get to the wood. He also does custom jobs so if you want to rearrange things or change things, he will work with you. I got mine from him and I'm very happy with it.


If you're going to make your own, then I would advise you to do what he does and finish both sides and all the edges.


Make sure you show us how it ends up!
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Garage / Re: Shout out to the Forum!
« Last post by 4129R on Today at 10:41:35 AM »
With the 195's there is a slight rubbing on the inner wheel well with full lock.

I am glad I am not the only one.

185/60/13 Yokohamas. Very sticky, but very slightly too big.
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Off Topic Subjects / Re: Renault buys out Lotus team!
« Last post by 4129R on Today at 10:37:44 AM »
I for one will miss LOTUS name competing with Mercedes, Ferrari .
I guess it might be named yugo  or even hummer
Dakazman

or "Rotus".
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Garage / Re: Introduction from new '73 Special owner
« Last post by Bainford on Today at 09:24:25 AM »
Your Europa is looking great. I really like the look of the plaid inserts, and the radio looks the part also. You have done some nice work here.

I will eventually be replacing the dash wood on my car and will be taking the opportunity to add/rearrange gauges when I do. I have also been considering removing the radio as well. I have driven 21,000 miles since I bought my car and never listened to the currently fitted AM/FM/8-track for one of them. Nonetheless, I keep my eye on ebay once in a while for a 70s vintage high end cassette deck.
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Garage / Re: Door seals
« Last post by Gmg31 on Today at 06:45:44 AM »
If I'm honest about this I have given up, the new smaller seal made virtually no discernible difference and certainly no benefit.  I have re fitted the old (new) seal and I'm hoping that the door will fit better as time goes by.   
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Garage / Re: Top Tip during restoration removing future headaches
« Last post by Gmg31 on Today at 05:26:15 AM »
I thought the same and made up a loom of 8 different coloured wires which I ran along the tunnel from the back of the centre console to the engine bay,
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Garage / Re: Radiator Hoses
« Last post by EuropaTC on Tuesday,September 19, 2017, 10:46:47 PM »
Thanks, I started today to remove the closing plate.  My car was last driven in 1980 and then put in storage.  Some of it looks new (such as the door hinge pins) and others like the closing plate are a mess.  I've soaked the nuts/bolts with Kroil (penetrating oil) and will get after them once I can get my wife to help hold a wrench ^-^   
Sherman,
Rather than press the wife into service there are ways you can do the job single handed and you might want to save those brownie points for later tasks.....    ;)

I take out the spare wheel and the front grille. With that out of the way you can reach inside the radiator chamber through the air inlet and get spanners on both nut and bolt holding the closing plate.  I have a garage pit which does make the job easier but it's equally do-able from axle stands.

After removing the grille I made up two small stainless U brackets for the base which act like a hinge and replaced the top brackets with cable ties. You can't see them unless you get down to look and it makes it very easy to clip them and let the grille drop flat for the next time you need access.

Brian
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Off Topic Subjects / Re: Renault buys out Lotus team!
« Last post by dakazman on Tuesday,September 19, 2017, 06:32:04 PM »
 I for one will miss LOTUS name competing with Mercedes, Ferrari .
I guess it might be named yugo  or even hummer
Dakazman
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Garage / Re: Radiator Hoses
« Last post by andy harwood on Tuesday,September 19, 2017, 06:07:06 PM »
Well, enjoy. Seems a bit satisfying working on these cars. Along with frustrating at times.
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Garage / Re: Radiator Hoses
« Last post by Sherman Kaplan on Tuesday,September 19, 2017, 05:49:18 PM »
Thanks, I started today to remove the closing plate.  My car was last driven in 1980 and then put in storage.  Some of it looks new (such as the door hinge pins) and others like the closing plate are a mess.  I've soaked the nuts/bolts with Kroil (penetrating oil) and will get after them once I can get my wife to help hold a wrench ^-^   
The hoses are all original so I think I will just stick with rubber.

Thanks,
Sherman
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