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 Post subject: Another book 4AGE
PostPosted: June 20, 2019, 12:45 pm 
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I suppose I have been lurking.I joined in 2012 as nidugo and in the interim I have only posted a couple of queries. My car has been licensed for a couple of years now, so it's about time I made another post. As you know a Locost is never completed, there are many improvements and additions I would like to do, but my production has certainly slowed down since the car was licensed. My objective was to make the car as Lotus-like as I could, in an attempt to replicate a Lotus 7 that I owned for a couple of years when I was in the U.K. from 1976 to 80. I failed somewhat in this respect as I did not realise that Ron Champion stretched the Lotus dimensions. and in order to pass my Ontario Safety Certificate, I had to add superfluous items like head restraints, heater/defroster, windshield squirter and back up light. The donor was an AE86, Corolla GTS, and it donated all the drive train (but the motor was upgraded to a JDM 20 valve silvertop), brakes, steering, wheels, switch gear, pedals and front struts (modified). I did not keep a build log which I regret now, if only for my own record, and building in a tight single car garage was not conducive to photography.


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 Post subject: Re: Another book 4AGE
PostPosted: June 20, 2019, 6:55 pm 
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That's a clever way to keep dirt and rocks from collecting in your cockpit -- turn it upside down!

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 Post subject: Re: Another book 4AGE
PostPosted: June 20, 2019, 7:01 pm 
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Congratulations. I think you've kept the lowest profile I'm aware of here. Did you retire from the Canadian Intelligence Service [LOL]?

Nice build! It looks very "authentic", as in, it looks like a real Lotus.

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 Post subject: Re: Another book 4AGE
PostPosted: June 20, 2019, 7:03 pm 
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I like the color of the nose!

Guess you forgot what they used to tell us about driving: "Keep the right side up!" LOL


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PostPosted: June 20, 2019, 8:11 pm 
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They still find their way in, Jack. I guess that's my lack of experience in posting. OK, I've figured out the picture orientation. Incidentally, my car has 4 genuine Lotus parts on it; the bullet lights on the clamshells, and the tail light assemblies which were supplied by some guy out in Oregon.
Thanks, Lonnie, that Lotus badge on the nose cone was a good investment.


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 Post subject: Re: Another book 4AGE
PostPosted: June 21, 2019, 7:15 am 
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Congratulations :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:
Another 4AGE build!!! Don't you love these motors.
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 Post subject: Re: Another book 4AGE
PostPosted: June 21, 2019, 11:21 am 
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Very Classic looking car. :cheers:

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PostPosted: June 21, 2019, 6:57 pm 
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Ditto! Nice to see such a well done traditional build. I like the head rests.

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 Post subject: Re: Another book 4AGE
PostPosted: June 21, 2019, 11:20 pm 
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OK, I've got my photos pointing in the right direction.
Yes, Dave, I do love my motor now, but initially I was disappointed. It was much too loud (I know you have commented on this previously) and it was running about half strength due to the mixture being much too rich. I messed around with baffles, etc. in the exhaust, but it was not until I replaced my straight through muffler with a conventional Walker that the sound level became tolerable. The rich mixture was finally found to be caused by the wrong oxygen sensor. It was like night and day. Nigel


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 Post subject: Re: Another book 4AGE
PostPosted: June 26, 2019, 4:50 pm 
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Very nice! Mine was a 4age as well except with webbers. Perfect motor in my HO.


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 Post subject: Re: Another book 4AGE
PostPosted: June 27, 2019, 7:35 am 
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"The rich mixture was finally found to be caused by the wrong oxygen sensor"
No sensor. I just jumped a resistor in the O2 circuit, plus an adjustable fuel pressure reg, and 3 degrees more timing.
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I also have a Silvertop in my Seven. It is just a loud motor, especially when the cam kicks over. I have a straight through muffler with a SuperTrapp to knock down the sound levels to less than painful. Great looking car!!

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