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Wanted - Weber Head, Cams

PostPost by: LarrySprint » Fri Jul 12, 2019 2:58 am

Now I am desperate. A reconditioned head had been promised me but as the delivery date got closer the communication dropped off, eventually to zero. So here I am with a rebuilt bottom end and wanting(needing) a weber head for my 72 Sprint.
Not interested in an old discarded head, but a good one that someone saved for a future project that didn't happen. Yes it will need refreshing but should be clean and complete.

Also in search of D type cams, Super SE or Sprint (two grooves)

I am located in southern California. Call , text, email or reply
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PostPost by: Slowtus » Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:07 am

LarrySprint wrote:Now I am desperate. A reconditioned head had been promised me but as the delivery date got closer the communication dropped off, eventually to zero. So here I am with a rebuilt bottom end and wanting(needing) a weber head for my 72 Sprint.
Not interested in an old discarded head, but a good one that someone saved for a future project that didn't happen. Yes it will need refreshing but should be clean and complete.

Also in search of D type cams, Super SE or Sprint (two grooves)

I am located in southern California. Call , text, email or reply
619 228 5694 Larry


Might be worth contacting John McCoy at https://omnitech-engineering.com

Won't be cheap, buying one of his Weber heads (they are supreme items!) but he may also be able to put you on to someone who can help your particular needs
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PostPost by: LarrySprint » Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:11 am

Thanks. He seems to only do conversions late fall or early in the new year. Not keen on waiting.
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PostPost by: 1owner69Elan » Fri Jul 12, 2019 6:35 am

If you are not worried about budget you can opt for a new (street ported) Weber head either direct from SAS Engineering:

http://www.sasengineering.co.uk/lotus-t ... -head.html

or one built up with cams etc from Tony Ingram (in Santa Barbara):

http://www.lotus7.com/LOTUS_ENGINE_PARTS.html

You won't be disappointed with the performance. These newly cast, CNC heads generally outperform the original heads. Take a look at the dyno results. My street 1700cc TC (with the right cams etc) yields 181 hp and a very tractable, broad torque curve (143 lb-ft), all below a 7K redline.

But beware, if you go this route, gaining a substantial increase in performance, it can lead you down a slippery slope of upgrading most everything else on the car (suspension, wheels/tires, diff, exhaust, cooling, etc.).
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PostPost by: Certified Lotus » Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:33 am

Ted Taylor has one for sale on his website.

www.taylormadeclassiccars.com
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PostPost by: LarrySprint » Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:04 pm

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PostPost by: Certified Lotus » Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:47 am

For a desperate guy I’m surprised you didn’t buy Ted Taylor’s Webber head. It used to be mine as I had been saving it for a future project until I decided to stop doing restorations. Ted bought all my inventory of Elan parts.
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PostPost by: LarrySprint » Thu Aug 15, 2019 2:57 pm

That head you sold Ted needs welding on the head gasket surface. I am looking for something better !
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PostPost by: Certified Lotus » Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:26 pm

It’s a small repair easily done by a good machine shop, which is why I bought it years ago. Good luck finding a Weber head.
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PostPost by: Chrisis » Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:46 pm

never be desperate on a weber head. is very difficult to get your hands on a good used one.

if you use your car for racing etc then you are better off buying a new one.

or else get the used one when is still available as it doesn't sound to be that bad.

i was waiting 6 months to get my hands on a used one and another 9 months for Nick Stagg to rebuild it.

my engine will be making around 150hp when is done.
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PostPost by: mark030358 » Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:46 pm

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PostPost by: LarrySprint » Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:03 pm

Thanks but my search there did not turn up any. ????
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PostPost by: 1owner69Elan » Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:24 pm

With the current very favorable Dollar-Pound exchange rate (Brexit woes?) it would seem that a new head from the UK (QED, Burton, SAS) could make a lot of sense. Compare the prices. No VAT. Brand new, and no concern about a potentially soft used head or repairs.

If you go that route, I have discovered a very reasonable shipping route (from/to the UK), that keeps the costs down. PM me and I can supply info if you want.
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PostPost by: 661 » Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:58 pm

The old aluminium is exactly that, old. You may have a borderline thickness and porosity.
And they are not cheap!
Consider a new head, new casting techniques, new aluminium, potentially better flow.
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