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PostPosted: October 8, 2017, 3:40 pm 
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The recent thread about Europas on GRM reminded me why they're forever a bad idea.  Light - Yes.  Neat - Yes.  Pretty - not so much.
https://grassrootsmotorsports.com/forum/grm/why-the-europa-hump/132831/page1/

Then I stumbled on the one posted in our classified section and things escalated quickly.  I present, for your viewing pleasure, Igor.
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 1971 Lotus Europa Series 2.  Unfortunately, it doesn't have the twin cam motor - but then again, if it did, it wouldn't have been only a few hundred bucks and I wouldn't have it.
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It's passed through a few owners since it was last registered in 2006 - looks like it blew a hole in cylinder #1.   Interior is intact, relatively speaking.  Carpet needs to come out, seats recovered, new dash, but hey, it's got cool buttons and crap.

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Now for the answer to the question my wife asked - "What are you going to do with this thing, you're already building a Lotus?"   - see 7 build log here: http://locostusa.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=18719

Plan, starting at the front:

    -Convert 4x3.75 hubs to 4x100 for better wheel choice.
    -Strip interior, maybe new carpet, definitely new dash
    -Recover or replace seats.  I hear Kirkey makes replacement Europa seats, but then again, that could be a fun TIG project.
    -Might/probably will build a roll cage.
    -Convert brakes to a dual master cylinder setup and add hydraulic clutch.
    -Engine/Transmission- Replace w/VW 1.8T & Passat/A4 transaxle.  Megasquirt.  Boost.  Tears.  Smiles.
    -Custom rear suspension, double A arm.  I'll post up some interesting ideas that I've come across.  The stock rear end uses the axles as a control arm, which doesn't cooperate well w/CVs.  I also want the rear to be 4x100, so it'll either be a custom upright, or likely something from the VW parts bin.
    -Paint: Keeping with the hump theme, I'm thinking Lotus Camel colors.

The end goal is to have something unique and wierd, and get it on track for next year.  I'll likely skip the paint and interior gussying in the interest of driving it at first.

-Andy


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PostPosted: October 8, 2017, 5:21 pm 
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When you remove the current wheels I want to buy them!
I have several Spit/GT6 chassis here they will fit.

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It's a project for sure, but I'm envious. It could be a great ride in time.

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Damn! That front slip angle is way too large and the Ackerman is just a muddle.

Build Log: viewtopic.php?f=35&t=5886


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PostPosted: October 9, 2017, 8:49 am 
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Just a little JB weld in the #1 piston and you will down the road in no time.
Should be a fun project.
Yupper :D :D just plan out your project, time and cost, then if it's like any project I work on, factor in [x 3] and you'll be spot on!
What shape is the press steel frame in?
Keep us posted on the progress.
Good luck Dave W


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PostPosted: October 9, 2017, 10:43 am 
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Since I gave Andy the lead on this one, I will be closely following...I still sort of wish my wife would have let me have had it. Oh well.
I would consider strongly converting the engine to Toyota 4AGE 20V. They are not crazy expensive and the kit to make the conversion already exists. It also fits neatly in the "V" in the chassis.
You should also consider getting familiar with Banks Service Station in England and RD Enterprises here in the US.
Lots of stuff available. Also join the Europa community at lotuseuropa.org
These cars are great fun with terrific balance.
Paul

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PostPosted: October 9, 2017, 1:36 pm 
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Glad this went to someone in this community. I wasn't able to get over a couple personal hurdles fast enough myself (and will kick myself whenever I look at this build log... :BH: ).
Looking forward to where you go with this. I was thinking it would have been a really fun car to electrify for my super short commute.

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PostPosted: October 11, 2017, 9:20 pm 
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I'm also building an S2 Europa.
Here's the Kirkey seat info. I bought a set and they are much much nicer than anything I could build at home. My old seat bottoms were rusted out so bad I thought the seat backs flipped forward. It turned out they were two pieces from rust.
Contact kevin at kirkeyracing.com
Kirkey charged $340 each plus shipping of $62.

I thought it'd be easier to rebuild the Renault engine but if I had it to do over I'd probably go with the Toyota. The pieces you'll need to rebuild that engine are all the pieces that Lotus warmed up so they are not common and they're expensive. The bad thing about the Toyota conversions is the cars don't seem to bring as much money.


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