Unfortunately, for every part you remove to install a "NEW" PART you will find at least two, in the immediate area, that also need attention. Your mind & work ethnic will not allow you to continue without addressing these newly found discrepancies. You will ruminate about them, and eventually dream about them as you sleep.
They will prey upon your mind, until you remove the previously completed repair to access the faulty items, and remove them, upon removal, you will finf several other minor bodges that cannot be allowed to stand un corrected, even though that are minor or cosmetic..... Their correction leads you to another, and then another . As the process continues, minor surface corrosion becomes evident, not a huge deal, but one that cannot be corrected properly without removing suspension components. Then you find wear in the fasteners and bushings.
Oh, I thought you were describing my mind
From the way the car looks on the outside and interior, I assumed it was in perfect condition, but now I'm guessing it needs engine work? When you say "right as she can be" what all needs to be done?
Yes indeed we may very well share some good conversation.
I'm planning my project to be in the JPS color scheme so it will be somewhat similar in appearance to yours, which is the best looking JPS Europa I've seen so far. I've been studying the Lotus 72 F1 cars for color scheme ideas to make mine look more like it belongs in the stable with the Lotus 72 so I'll be changing the wheels and using Talbot style outside mirrors instead of the Sebring style, as well as some other small changes.
The headers I received from RD look slightly different but they're a nice design; pipes 1 and 4 collect into a single pipe, pipes 2 and 3 collect into a single pipe, then those two collector pipes go into a 2 pipe collector which combines everything down to a single pipe out. I'll post a pic tomorrow.
I'm probably going to get these ceramic coated since I know mild steel is prone to rust issues and these cars for some reason seem to really have a vulnerability to rust in the engine compartment. Seems like every pic I see on the internet has rust all over the place back there.
The existing shocks roll sorta like a boat. Move an inch when I get out of the car. Disconcerting in the turns! New springs will lower a bit especially in front, looking to better the motorboat inclination of a federal car. adjustable Spax.
Some gauges don't work. Some indicator lights are, confused. Rebuilt the speedo, it jumped. Perfect and awesome looking now, makes tach look old and faded. It's next.
Plenty leaks at transaxles, some from various points of the motor. Starts right up, pulls well, no smoke. But 57,000 miles, 37 years old, I'm running out of cardboard to keep under her.
What differnces in appearance are you thinking. The PPO (prior-prior-owner) did quite an effort with the JPS configuration, I'm quite interested in the details. I've also been tempted to place a smallish Union Jack somewhere rear of the front wheels like every British car I've ever had. But the lines are so perfect as is.
The old vintage radio needs some refurbish. I require analog, turn the knob to tune, but need connectivity to my Droid. I picked up a nice Radiomobile unit, only to discover it's mono. Any one need one?
I'd like to have an exhaust built to the quality of what's on my Elise, from 2ubular. Many others have some beautiful stuff too.
Throttle is way stiff, quite difficult to modulate. Brakes may be typical of the period, but they have zero modulation, Work OK, but feel like you are pushing a heavy couch across a carpeted floor.
Suspension bushing and such are likely worn.
This whole thing makes me realize that parts and info are hugely more available for a modern car. Just pull out the credit card, wait for the mail, bolt on. Putting brake upgrades on an Europa looks like fabrication of almost unique parts. Geez. Am I up to it, we'll see.
Sure does not sound like someone looking to sell the car!