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Offline 4129R

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Production Line
« on: Monday,September 07, 2015, 10:47:31 AM »
At present, I have just the 6 TCs, 5 TCS and a plain TC, with one further TCS on the way.

4129R is very useable with a new 145bhp lump, 3755R is in being resprayed by ex Lotus employees, and 3089R the brown rusty car, is in bits. I took the engine of 3089R out over the weekend, stripped it down to single components all laid out on a big 8ft workbench, and I am matching up the engine parts to the vast array of bits I got in the 40ft container which had 4259R and 4688R in it, in various states of strip down, decay, crash damage and rust.

I have the interior of 3755R being re-trimmed, 5 front and 6 rear bumpers being straightened and re-chromed, 15 wheels being sprayed and diamond cut to make them as good as new, the rolling shell of 3755R in the paint shop, and the engine of 3089R in the machine shop.

With all the engine bits of 3755R laid out, and photos taken of it coming apart, I will build up the engines of 4259R and 4688R in parallel on another 8ft workbench opposite 3755Rs components.

When the 40ft container arrived, both engines were stripped down into components, so I had to pull 3755R's apart to see what oily/rusty bits were missing from 4259R and 4688R. Then the treasure hunt to get the missing bits can start. So far the wanted list is 1 alternator, 1 starter, 1 distributor, and 1 big end bolt.

One strange feature of the engine bits was that many of the holes in the blocks and heads were filled with which hard stuff. I was advised that this was due to "mud daubers", wasps from the southern states burying their eggs and using mud and spit to fill the holes.  Some of the holes were hollow where the eggs had hatched, some still filled where the eggs didn't hatch.

Her indoors is frightened that we will have swarms of wasps soon. The two cockroaches in the wooden boxes haven't bred yet. I am hoping that they were two gay male travelling companions, and won't reproduce.

I am making a heavy duty trolley soon to wheel the shells around, as 4129R Towers is a bit full of non working Loti.

Meanwhile 4174R is still in Miami Florida with the vendor playing hard to contact.  Hopefully soon it will be shipped, but if anyone is offered 4174R, a Regency Red TCS, I bought it 3 months ago and am still awaiting its shipping back to Norfolk UK.

So far, surplus to requirements are 1 block, 1 set of rods, 1 sump, which has a pipe return welded into the side (for an oil cooler?), and 1 US spec cylinder head without cams. 

That's all for now, more news soon. 


 

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Re: Production Line
« Reply #1 on: Monday,September 07, 2015, 11:12:50 AM »
You do know how to keep yourself busy!

It sounds like it's time to invest in some bug spray! I don't think I'd invest much hope in the possibility of gay cockroaches and nobody wants a shop full of wasps!

Are you planning on selling the restored cars are have you just gone around the bend?  :)

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Re: Production Line
« Reply #2 on: Monday,September 07, 2015, 11:41:09 AM »
When they are restored, I will keep the best two. I am treating the production line like a home for abandoned Loti, in need of restoration back to their former glory in the County of their birth.

I find it very sad that the cars have been left outside to rust and deteriorate. When pulling them apart, they have not been looked, after with many bodged repairs. Most are well under 50,000 miles.

I seem to have a talent for repairing things, so I am putting that gift to use.

They are relatively simple to work on compared to modern cars which are an electronic nightmare. Now I know where to get the specialist work done locally, and I have just about done all the mechanical stuff myself, it should be fairly straight forward. I just hope I finish before Richard retires !

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Re: Production Line
« Reply #3 on: Monday,September 07, 2015, 11:53:26 AM »
Good luck to you! I have every confidence that you'll do Chunky proud!

As for Richard, he's given me more than one scare - the latest, not long ago. He still seems to keep on keeping on but I do wonder if there is anybody else in his shop who could provide similar support. He's such a valuable resource that he should try to replicate himself. Surely, you've seen that there are some very knowledgeable folks here as well as the yahoo group so there are enough old codgers who remember (at least a little) about things like distributors and carburetors to extend the life of a Europa! They are fun, simple, fairly inexpensive, unique and interesting sports cars. There aren't many like them! I guess if you have to have a hobby, you could do worse!

I look forward to seeing and hearing more about our exploits!