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Barn find update....

PostPost by: Andiken » Mon Aug 14, 2017 3:59 pm

I guess so, the current owner bought it without an engine and box.
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Mon Aug 14, 2017 4:30 pm

I hope you got it cheap.
For sure it will keep you busy for a few hours :mrgreen:
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PostPost by: Andiken » Mon Aug 14, 2017 4:58 pm

It'll buff out....
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PostPost by: The Veg » Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:06 pm

Wow, I feel *MUCH* better about mine now! :shock:
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PostPost by: pauljones » Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:13 pm

Ill never consider mine as a bad purchase again..!!

Hope you get her on the road. Will it be a lotus powered beast or a zetec monster?

Good luck
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PostPost by: Andiken » Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:22 pm

It's staying original Lotus twin cam, I don't think it's as bad as it looks, says he through rose tinted spectacles!
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PostPost by: Sea Ranch » Thu Aug 17, 2017 5:58 am

Whew . . . Andy, that is rough. But we've seen what you're capable of!!! :mrgreen:

And that colour . . . is that purple or regency red? LOVE them both. Lucky you.

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PostPost by: Andiken » Thu Aug 17, 2017 6:10 am

I think you'll all be pleasantly surprised when you see it once it's been cleared inside and then cleaned inside and out.

From photos alone I wouldn't have bought it so I did a round trip of 500 miles to see in the flesh. We spent almost 3 hours looking and assessing the condition.

I'm due to collect it on 16th September and once it's clean I'll post some more photos.
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PostPost by: Certified Lotus » Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:35 am

You're a brave man! At least you know up front that everything needs to be restored or rebuilt. No surprises here. Good luck! Will watch your progress with great interest.
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PostPost by: Ian T » Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:15 am

Oooh, excellent, I've founder you on here as well as NKLG.

Looking forward to the updates. :-)

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PostPost by: Andiken » Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:28 am

Hi Ian, I see you're only in Orpington, I may have to call on you for a look at your car to see where bits should go and what it should look like!!

The first update is that I now have a fourth wheel and am off in search of a tyre at lunchtime, something cheap and nasty will do fine, maybe even a part worn, its only going to be used for pushing it on and off a trailer and then binned.
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PostPost by: pauljones » Fri Aug 18, 2017 9:09 am

If you were closer id lend you my set to roll around on.Strangely the ones on my stalled project. Be ideal tho if you wanted to refurb your set and borrow a set to roll on. Save damaging yours.
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PostPost by: Sea Ranch » Fri Aug 18, 2017 5:10 pm

Here's your wheel . . . don't know how close . . .

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PostPost by: Ian T » Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:16 pm

Andiken wrote:Hi Ian, I see you're only in Orpington, I may have to call on you for a look at your car to see where bits should go and what it should look like!!

The first update is that I now have a fourth wheel and am off in search of a tyre at lunchtime, something cheap and nasty will do fine, maybe even a part worn, its only going to be used for pushing it on and off a trailer and then binned.


My aim is to start going to the NKLG monthly meets, work has got in the way of pretty much all of them since last October and I bet some fill have forgotten me by now!

But yes, you're welcome to look at my car, or i can send you photos of bits you're not sure about. I have a few upgraded bits (Susan Miller rear CVs, for example) but most of the car is pretty much as Colin intended.

I had a Michelin Classic tyre that I damaged taking it off the rim to repair a puncture in its innertube, wasn't safe to use on the road, but you could have had that until last week when I took it to my local tyre place to get rid. Expensive replacement to get a matching XAS-FF... stick to modern tyres, though these are very nice to drive on!

Look forward to seeing how yours cleans up without it's... err... deposits.

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PostPost by: JimE » Thu Aug 31, 2017 7:38 pm

I am a member of the NKLG and am based in SE London. I have a very late +2s 130/5 which is stock so if I can help as well as Ian give me a shout. Jim
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