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Lotus Twin Cam Valve Cover Fibreglass replicas

PostPost by: swift53 » Sat May 21, 2016 10:54 pm

Lotus Twin Cam Valve Covers, fibreglass, for decorative purposes.
They are absolutely stunning and the hardware looks very nice.

Painted in catalyzed aluminium silver, they are suitable to be repainted any color you like
without any further preparation.

The back side is covered to afford a variety of attaching ideas, walls, hardwood, etc.

$250 each.

Please call 661-645 2287 or email: alberto.guirola at gmail.com

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PostPost by: abstamaria » Tue May 31, 2016 9:56 pm

Fantastic. Those look very real. That must be a labor of love.

I have old valve covers hanging on my garage wall. They're quite cool. If i didnt't have them, i would buy yours.

Thanks for the effort, Alberto.

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PostPost by: swift53 » Tue May 31, 2016 11:53 pm

Thank you for the compliment Andy! :D

They really are a labour of love as you mention, very time consuming to make and not exactly to finance my next trip to....

Nevertheless, I assumed at least one or two, passionate owner wanted one...

I don't own a Lotus, but I have the original valve cover that I pulled the mould from, on my garage wall,
as they are quite beautiful looking valve covers.

Thank you all for watching, and if you like the cover, please don't be afraid to tell me. Same if you don't like them.

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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Wed Jun 01, 2016 7:02 am

Alberto

I like...

Will pm

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PostPost by: swift53 » Wed Jun 01, 2016 2:28 pm

Thank you John...

please write to: alberto.guirola at gmail.com

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PostPost by: el-saturn » Wed Jun 01, 2016 2:42 pm

nice work alberto: for 250£ i'd make 'em to do both: as functional component using epoxy instead of polyester - i'm it'd be an easy solve problem - just an idea sandy 36/4982
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PostPost by: swift53 » Thu Jun 02, 2016 1:53 am

Thank you for the questions, not giving any secrets away, it is very easy, but I guarantee it will test your patience and drink a lot of beer, unless you are a professional fibreglass man, which I am not.

The key here is time. To make one cover it takes 10 hours +

1. Making a mold, not easy, (maintenance and lots of it as it is delicate and inevitably it will scratch, break, etc.)
2. Reinforcing the part while still inside the mold to avoid warp, then fixing imperfections once it is unmolded.
3. Drill stud holes, tap or...and add the fittings. Only 8 in a Lotus! Nice..
4. Paint and wrap, wishing for no damage in route
5. Bring them to the USA to save you guys $ in shipping, and have the Customs Agent
ask what they were, asked it they fit any twincam :lol: , packing, then go to USPS,

All of this, for two valve covers that no one wants. :o I mean, this is better than a 1/18 scale model, guaranteed.

After all the B.S. I squawked, making them out of 'exotic' materials, would imply a factory and thousands sold.

There is lots of engineering in designing something that will be, say, carbon fiber and not leak?

Stick to originals on the car, and copies for the wall...a lot easier...
specially for the 'other' Lotus covers I covet.

Hope I don't pass as an 'anorak' but only wish this answers the few 'unknowns'.

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PostPost by: swift53 » Thu Jun 02, 2016 1:57 am

PS. All made with fiberglass, single mold, three layers, glass sheet bottom, not for road use. Absolutely not!
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PostPost by: bigvalvehead » Thu Jun 02, 2016 6:23 pm

Hi Alberto
You've beaten me to it!!

I intend making some carbon fibre cam covers for race applications using an aluminium plate laser cut for the sealing face.

I will also be making the Holbay, BRM, COsworth and Novamotor examples in glassfibre for wall hangers.

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PostPost by: pereirac » Fri Jun 03, 2016 5:54 pm

Out of curiosity ... How much are original Lotus cam covers worth? :D
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PostPost by: swift53 » Fri Jun 03, 2016 6:31 pm

pereirac wrote:Out of curiosity ... How much are original Lotus cam covers worth? :D


David Bean, replica, unfinished - oil filler cap and 8 studs need to be drilled, - $339.

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PostPost by: swift53 » Fri Jun 03, 2016 6:34 pm

bigvalvehead wrote:Hi Alberto
You've beaten me to it!!

I intend making some carbon fibre cam covers for race applications using an aluminium plate laser cut for the sealing face.

I will also be making the Holbay, BRM, COsworth and Novamotor examples in glassfibre for wall hangers.

Cheers
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Hello Dave,

In the racing app. there will be considerable weight savings :D

How much will they cost?

The wall hangers?

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PostPost by: bigvalvehead » Sat Jun 04, 2016 10:58 am

Dave Bean buys his cam covers from me unmachined.
I am in process of getting a new batch machined in the next few weeks,

Holbay, early BRM, Bigvalve and Mk1 covers available inn wet or dry sump versions.
£225 each.

No idea what the carbon ones will be but weight saving should be over 1kg.

Will make the first glassfibre one next week so will report back then.

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PostPost by: swift53 » Mon Jun 06, 2016 11:39 pm

Hello Dave,

Sounds like you have a nice project going.

I will post on ebay, as I find it will probably will be easier to sell.

Best of luck, and keep us posted on your prices.

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PostPost by: gav » Wed Jun 08, 2016 11:33 am

Hi Dave

Any chance of Hart or Novamotor covers in the next batch please?

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