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Looks like you're making good progress; definitely looks better than when you first started!
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Interesting color scheme!

It's looking great! Keep up the great work and keep those pictures coming!
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You certainly look like you know what you're doing.

But, I'm with BDA on this. I strongly suggest some elec ignition. That way, one need only lube the distributor (vs working under the carbs to change/adjust points; fiddle with timing).

2nd, I've found with old t-c distributors (and posted about it) that when they get really hot, the mechanical advance curve goes away.

This will not show up on a distributor machine: no heat and driven differently than in situ.

I bought a new Lucas breakerless distributor, which was quite good.

You need an advance timing light to check the curve, as I'm sure you know.

I know what you mean about "honour(ing) the original" But can assure you that 170 hp was much more fun than the 110 or so stock. (I do not believe the 126 hp Big Valve claims, btw, having driven a couple of those.)

Just my 1.5 cents.
I'm with you 100% on electronic ignition, access under carbs on a TC is appalling!

If you have only driven Federal Specification Big-Valve cars, I can understand your feelings. UK-specification were a very different animal though, and an Elan Sprint or Europa Special in proper tune were pretty rapid cars and would, I'm sure, change your mind.
Although sticking to Stromberg carbs, I intend to rebuild my TC more-or-less to UK specs. That means 40 thou' off the head, ditch the emission stuff and rebuild carbs to UK Elan S4 spec, UK-style inlet manifold, 4-2-1 tubular exhaust manifold, etc. From all I've read, I think I can approach 120bhp. We shall see!

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I'll do electronic ignition - as said earlier I had considered it. I put it on a Triumph Spitfire (though this was using an EDIS4 and megajolt kit) to good effect. I can't see a good way of fitting it to this though, unfortunately.

Would you recommend the Lucas?

P.S. Very interested in what mods you did to achieve 170!

and <@@> - Cupronickel....
Sorry I didn't see this earlier. Petronix is a great Hall-Effect ignition. I replaced my Alison light ignition (I think the light went out) with one of those. They are pretty popular on the lotuseuropa yahoo group.
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She now stands on all four!

It's been a good couple of weeks work if I'm honest. Last weekend was the scary moment of firing up the engine for the first time after the rebuild... It was absolutely perfect and sounded beautiful.

Other things installed this last couple of weeks include a new handbrake cable, new rear brake cylinders, shock absorbers and springs (from SJ Sportscars) and new original alloys from Paul Matty Sportscars. The wheels that the car came with were not original, and actually too large (6.5J) which had caused some wear to the inner arches. The originals were 6J.

The exhaust was in good condition to be honest, the manifold cleaned up perfectly and was given a good coat of heat resistant paint. The back box is stainless. The only thing that let it down was the Y piece that joins them. That was replaced.

And so the bodywork begins...

P.S. Does ANYONE out there have, have access to, know someone who could make a door hinge for me? I had to break one to get the door out, and sourcing the parts for the hinge is proving an absolute nightmare. Specifically, the interior bobbin.

Thanks!
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Its looking Great! Keep up the work!

Try r.d. enterprises ltd. Home Page for Door hinges, Ray is a nice guy and has a lot of parts and he will help you with any problems you have! As for bobbins, mine were okay but we still used washers to get the doors lined up right.
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Looks great! Keep up the great work and keep those pictures coming!
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Hi there,

I'll have a pic update later in the week... But I have a question!!!

I'm planning ahead for the colour, and I want to mimic the JPS. Obviously the black I can do no problems, but I am having trouble with the gold striping.

I bought a roll of gold stripe, but it has zero ability to bend around corners. I have seen a few restored Europas whose owners have clearly found a solution to the problem, but I need one! Of all the problems I've needed to overcome, this is really bugging me

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Looking really good!

The pin striping should bend. The corner at the bottom of the rear of the boot is a tough one but it should bend - and the guys who painted my car and did the striping didn't really do those corners so they're square. Oh well...

I don't know the technique. Maybe somebody who works at a body shop can help.

Good luck!
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Super impressive dude. You are doing great honour to this wonderful car.

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As BDA mentioned it should bend. I have the dimensions of where each stripe goes on my computer that I can give you and I'm pretty sure I have a place to get the right pin stripes.
I don't have my computer at the moment but when I get back from LOG I will look and give you everything I have.
I'm still wondering if I should put pin stripes on mine...
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What you are doing is a benefit to the Lotus community. Keep up the good work and keep on sharing your progress with the Europa!

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