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Title: The Italian connection 3522r
Post by: Lou Drozdowski on Sunday,June 02, 2013, 03:01:44 AM
They say family is everything and I must agree, from my early days of motoring I always had my younger brother around to help me sort things out. If it needed attention the spanners came out and he would address the situation. An ace in the hole with a wrench ...He was my pit crew. Some 20 years ago  he moved to Italy to oversee our family property there. After playing around with some of the local machinery {Inocenti Mini,Fiat124,Alfa Gulietta}...he obtained 3522r. Shipped from Florida, a full restoration was started . Now when I visit the homeland I have another Europa to enjoy on the the Autostrada.

Two brothers, 2 Europas...miles apart but always together.
Title: Re: The Italian connection 3522r
Post by: cal44 on Sunday,June 02, 2013, 07:40:08 AM
Nice story Lou.  Nice car brother of Lou...........
I love a good story.............
mike
Title: Re: The Italian connection 3522r
Post by: Bainford on Monday,June 03, 2013, 05:26:19 AM
Cool story. Looks like it's going to be a nice Europa.
Title: Re: The Italian connection 3522r
Post by: Lou Drozdowski on Monday,June 03, 2013, 04:33:54 PM
Thanks Guys ,  The resto on 3522r was started in 06 and has continued to present and really is quite "special". The commitment of resources devoted to his ropa are exemplary...and it will be certified thru LOTUS and classified Historic in Italy.

I will ask "Vic" to send me his latest pictures & I will post. 

Title: Re: The Italian connection 3522r
Post by: 3929R on Thursday,June 06, 2013, 06:28:57 AM
 :Welcome: :coolpic:
Title: Re: The Italian connection 3522r
Post by: Lou Drozdowski on Friday,September 19, 2014, 03:11:18 AM
The resto is finally complete, my vacation was rewarded with some shake down runs along the Italian country side. I am so very proud of my brother's perseverance and skill to bring 3522r back to life. The historical paperwork had not arrived but, that did not stop us from taking her out...ld
Title: Re: The Italian connection 3522r
Post by: BDA on Friday,September 19, 2014, 06:11:04 AM
She's beautiful, Lou!!! Congratulations on a beautiful restoration! You and your brother make a great team.
 :lotus:
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Post by: EuropaTC on Friday,September 19, 2014, 09:43:49 AM
Yep, that's a pretty good looking car.  I'm not generally a fan of black cars (too much cleaning required ::)  ) but  I think black really suits the Europa and that one looks great.

Brian
Title: Re: The Italian connection 3522r
Post by: Lou Drozdowski on Saturday,July 23, 2016, 07:59:21 AM
So, it was back for another holiday visit to celebrate my brother's 60th...This time we had more time to enjoy 3522r and the fruits of his labors. With a few exciting jaunts around the gorgeous country side of "le marche" region of Italy. Located just a few miles from the Adriatic coast, the twisting roads were no match for the handling of the Europa. Not even the occasional challenge from the modern Alfa, Lancia or BMW could fill our rear view mirror.

Everywhere we went people would stop and stare at this tiny pre-supercar and marvel...and ask what is it?
Title: Re: The Italian connection 3522r
Post by: BDA on Saturday,July 23, 2016, 09:05:29 AM
Beautiful car! It sounds and looks like you and your brother had a great time!

 :lotus:
Title: Re: The Italian connection 3522r
Post by: Lou Drozdowski on Saturday,August 27, 2016, 04:53:10 PM
Wanted to post these shots earlier...of the engine and some of the mods done by my brother Vic.

Canister bypassed and valve cover oil breather installed, Banks coolant header tank and NGK Bumble Bee ignition wires. Gear reduction starter and solid body fuel pump with regulator.
Mocal oil cooler with custom billet mount, rebuilt brake boosters and new lines, swapped the 4 speed with a fresh 365 and rear linkage to match. Exhaust headers by Banks and a Thrush rear muffler from Jegs.

The bottom end has a polished and balanced crank, rods, and Cosworth pistons from QED...The Strombergs are fresh but will be on the bench soon. A Weber head and carbs are at the machine shop waiting to be installed.

The engine runs strong and loud...but I fear it might have valve retardation in # 4 exhaust due to some poor fuel during the break in period...The Weber head will be getting new seats to resolve this.

During our test hops we noticed as the engine came to temp on hot days a misfire / pop was heard off throttle and at shut down.  I have advised my brother to add a lead substitute to both gas and oil.

As far my experience here in Pennsylvania, I purchase either Sunoco leaded race fuel or go to my local airport for Avgas and mix a blend which I keep a couple of jugs in the garage. ld 
Title: Re: The Italian connection 3522r
Post by: BDA on Saturday,August 27, 2016, 07:54:55 PM
Very nicely done! I'll bet it's a screamer! That Weber head will be a great addition!

The lead in the gas certainly won't hurt, but your valve seats should be fine with unleaded gas. I'm not familiar with lead in oil - which means nothing because I claim no particular knowledge about it - but I'm wondering if you are really talking about zinc (actually ZDDP) for flat tappet cams. I've heard differing views about ZDDP oil additives. In the US, there are oils that have an acceptable amount for flat tappet motors (I found this link that might be helpful: http://www.corvetteforum.com/forums/c3-tech-performance/2484100-list-of-flat-tappet-oils.html. Red Line was not listed but I've been assured that their oils have the proper amount of ZDDP). (If you meant lead in oil, then all that was wasted!  :P )

I also thought I remember that pops when coming off throttle was from an overly rich condition. Did I miss something?

Thanks for the pictures! That has to be a really sweet ride!
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Post by: Bainford on Monday,August 29, 2016, 08:11:26 AM
Very tidy Europa. He has done a lot of very nice work there. Does the car still run points ignition?
Title: Re: The Italian connection 3522r
Post by: Lou Drozdowski on Sunday,February 26, 2017, 07:47:39 AM
Update...Seems like my brother can't leave well enough alone. In speaking with him recently he's been busy updating 3522r. The investigation into the hot misfire on shut down was as suspected, as a bad valve seat. My plan is to see him again this summer for a visit some time in July...He did send me some photos of a custom car and matching fender covers he had made for him by www.hamiltonclassic.co.uk...done in lovely British racing green with Lotus emblems and a monogram of his chassis number on the front. With the exchange rate favorable to the pound sterling,it makes sense to bite the bullet for only $250...

On a side note, I am proud to share some family history with all of you. Having been born a war baby in Italy, I was always curious and fascinated of my dad's exploits in WW2...He never much talked about it...and so I spent many hours researching him, after his passing. After the annexation of Poland in 39, he was taken prisoner by the Russians and sent to a labor camp in Siberia at the age of 19...When Germany invaded the Soviet Union, some freed Poles were able to repatriate forming the Polish army, under British command in Iraq.

Serving first in Egypt, then Sicily, the British 8Th army hit the Italian mainland along with with the Polish 2ND corps. He rose in rank, making 2ND lieutenant in just 2 years, but his role during this time was quite exceptional. Seems they needed dispatch riders for critical messaging. I remembering him telling me about all the bikes he had ridden...Matchless, MV Augusta's, Triumph, BSA...even some captured BMW'S. Now, I know where my love for all things on wheels comes from.

But, to stay on point...I made a vow, to visit the military cemetery at Monte Cassino and pay respect to all those brave soles who gave all, so we can enjoy the fruits of liberty. In closing, I would like to add a picture of the medals he earned, along with a hidden Beretta which was stashed away some 70 years ago!                 
Title: Re: The Italian connection 3522r
Post by: BDA on Sunday,February 26, 2017, 09:15:27 AM
I'm glad your brother has diagnosed his problem, but it's too bad it requires taking off the head! At least it will get fixed so when you go back to Italy, you two can terrorize the windy Italian roads and delight passers by with a beautiful rare car!


That's very interesting about your dad! How wonderful that you were able to find out so much about his youth and have more to be proud of! It's too bad that he didn't tell you some about his service and the adventures he had, but that's not uncommon and probably for very good reasons.


Thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: The Italian connection 3522r
Post by: Bainford on Sunday,February 26, 2017, 09:29:38 AM
That's a great story, Lou. You must be very proud of your father. Thanks for sharing. Cheers to your Dad  :beerchug:
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Post by: Certified Lotus on Sunday,March 05, 2017, 04:17:31 AM
Great story Lou about your brothers car and your father. My father was also a POW and he would never talk about it. All he would say to me was he never wanted me to go to war.
Title: Re: The Italian connection 3522r
Post by: andy harwood on Sunday,March 05, 2017, 02:37:43 PM
A very impressive restoration. And a very impressive and distinctive history your Father had. I imagine it was very satisfying to uncover it!
Title: Re: The Italian connection 3522r
Post by: Lou Drozdowski on Friday,August 04, 2017, 04:42:02 AM
Well, another holiday overseas has come and gone. My annual pilgrimage to visit family in Italy was interesting to say the least. As I mentioned in my previous posts, the issue with a post ignition backfire... on shut down was corrected. Vic had removed the head to find # 4 valve seat to be the culprit. What caused this is still unclear, however a call to QED  for replacement steel seats did the trick.

3522R ran flawlessly, our morning road trips were the order of the day, as the temperature soared in the afternoon to over 100+ on several occasions. We decided to forgo the busy Autostrada, and keep to the local back roads and highways during our adventures. Vic was gracious enough to let me drive each day, with the trips getting longer as we toured the countryside. All told, I figure we amassed close to 800 kilometers during my stay.

 During one trip, to see some antique motorcycles at a club event, we were curiously followed for many miles by this one car... we could not shake off. I wondered why this fellow kept on my tail...finally he flashed his lights and I decided to stop, to see what was up. An older gentleman walked over and introduced himself, and invited us for coffee in the next town. Seems he had owned an S2 in his younger years and wanted a closer look at the Europa. We obliged, and after chatting Lotus for about an hour, I was again reminded how distinct and eye-catching these little cars are. Everywhere we went, heads turned as we passed, every stop was like bees to honey, as strangers gathered to admire and ask questions.

 The Italians truly love their cars, and seem to know they don't all have to be blood red, to be appreciated.

 
           
Title: Re: The Italian connection 3522r
Post by: BDA on Friday,August 04, 2017, 06:36:52 AM
100+ in a black car with black vinyl interior and no A/C! That's real motivation! It sounds like you and your brother had a great time! I imagine those country roads are perfect for that Lotus!


His car is a real beauty! Europas always attract a lot of attention but one as pretty as that one surely attract even more!


Thanks for the report. I really enjoy your travelogues!
Title: Re: The Italian connection 3522r
Post by: Lou Drozdowski on Friday,August 04, 2017, 07:43:55 AM
100+ in a black car with black vinyl interior and no A/C! That's real motivation! It sounds like you and your brother had a great time! I imagine those country roads are perfect for that Lotus!


His car is a real beauty! Europas always attract a lot of attention but one as pretty as that one surely attract even more!


Thanks for the report. I really enjoy your travelogues!


Thanks, Oh!....As far as the antique bikes...Here's a small taste!

1937 Bennelli with 39 Triumph
1936 Moto Guzzi, 38 Norton...They closed the local main road, and ran a 10 minute demo race!

A typical local town street scene.
   
Title: Re: The Italian connection 3522r
Post by: BDA on Friday,August 04, 2017, 11:15:06 AM
You really should have made it to the LOG in Birmingham! You could have had antique bike overload (along with a nice desert of Loti)!
Title: Re: The Italian connection 3522r
Post by: Lou Drozdowski on Saturday,September 09, 2017, 04:29:56 AM
There are seven diffrent branches of police forces in Italy. Besides your local town and regional forces you have the state  enforcement to govern the motorways. To supplement special traffic situations and vehicle incidents including all fatalities, the 'Arma dei Carabinieri' or Military Police are utilized...you don't want to mess with these gents. They are soldiers pure and simple, who carry automatic weapons at the ready and are intimidating to say the least.

A roadblock checkpoint, for valid documents was the chance meeting...a chat of all things Lotus and viewing of the Europa was the order of the day!