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Members Cars / Re: #460002 - Restoration
« Last post by Serge on Today at 03:29:28 AM »
Could be, Mark. The electrics on my car were changed a lot in the course of its life. I have clue how it would look originally. Also unsure why there werent any bulb holders or why the lenses were painted. If somebody lost the bulb holders, which would surprise me, why paint the lenses?

I will be painting the car its original colour, Lotus Yellow L07.

Garage / Re: Restoration of 2358R
« Last post by buzzer on Today at 12:28:31 AM »
Just a couple of points. On pinning, it has to be done on place. The manual goes into the detail. The originals were not pre drilled. In would be very difficult to get that right.
On th lock nut and locktite . Maybe I didn’t try hard enough to make it work, but my car has a 5 speed so the joints get loaded in both directions and there is quite a resistance to engage reverse.
Garage / Re: Read it or Else
« Last post by lotusfanatic on Thursday,February 22, 2018, 11:21:09 PM »
Fantastic!  :)
Members Cars / Re: #460002 - Restoration
« Last post by lotusfanatic on Thursday,February 22, 2018, 11:18:46 PM »
Hello Serge,

I know that some older cars would use a manually operated switch to operate the reversing light, is that a possibility?

Great work!

PS, what colour are you intending to paint your car?
Yellow, per your YouTube account credits?

(Apologies if you’ve already mentioned this!)

Members Cars / Re: #460002 - Restoration
« Last post by Serge on Thursday,February 22, 2018, 11:06:32 PM »
I could not find a reversing switch on the transmission or the linkage, but the wiring had been messed with. The lenses being painted was clue no 2. Also there were electrical sockets for all of the lights in the unit, except reversing lights. My deduction was, that there probably never were any on this car.

Members Cars / Re: #460002 - Restoration
« Last post by EuropaTC on Thursday,February 22, 2018, 10:17:42 PM »
I've done some research and there are some fuel tank coatings available on this side of the world, so I might need to coat these before I will be using the fuel tanks.

Is it considered normal practice these days to internally coat new Al tanks ? When I made mine in the late 80s/early 90s I just welded up the Al, used Dye penetrant testing on the seams (dye inside, developer outside) and left it at that.  They've got to be at least 25 years old now and no obvious signs of corrosion, which is really what I'd expect.

I would use a coating to rescue an old steel tank with internal rusting or porosity in places but I'm not convinced it's essential on a new one. What do the manufacturers do these days ?


ps - nice welding on the tanks BTW.
FS / WTB: Cars and Rollers / Re: '72 Europa TC found in Nashville, TN. garage what
« Last post by BDA on Thursday,February 22, 2018, 06:06:13 PM »
The method I use (I use Windows 10) and is not on of the methods at the link. I display the picture and use th "snipping tool" (this allows you to save a portion on the screen to a graphics file) to save the image of the picture to a file. The file you save can then be attached to a post on this forum.
Garage / Re: Restoration of 2358R
« Last post by Certified Lotus on Thursday,February 22, 2018, 05:45:59 PM »
I wouldn’t say “considerable play” in the Lovejoy ujoint, it did have a little play. But more to the point, the whole OEM shifting solution is a bit wonky. I’m not sure enhancing the center u-joint at considerable cost without enhancing the shifter and the rear u-joint that attaches to the transaxle will produce dramatic results. I would think a solution needs to be designed for the entire shifting system.

FS / WTB: Cars and Rollers / Re: '72 Europa TC found in Nashville, TN. garage what
« Last post by kern911 on Thursday,February 22, 2018, 05:11:45 PM »
I tried to post pics, even only one, but it said the file was too big.
There is a size limit on the forum for attachments.  Joe has published a guide to re-sizing as a sticky, it's here;

If the image is too big then anyone using a small screen or lower resolution ends up scrolling to see the photo and you lose perspective on what you're seeing. I usually keep them between 800-1024 pixels wide which should suit anyone with a laptop, desktop or larger tablet.

Sounds like someone's going to get a good project, best of luck with the sale.


Thanks for the link, still no luck. I have pictures all all vin and trim tags. If anyone is interested please PM me.
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