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2 words - Getting smooth!

The car was red when I bought it, but after the world's supply of paint stripper was used, it turns out it was actually blue from the factory! (Confirmed when I took the plaque paint code to Google )

It's been about 4 weeks or so since I got the body propped up on a couple of pairs of ladders, and it's been more sanding than I ever care to do again.

Out of all the tasks so far, this was the most arduous and the most boring. I've literally used 8 litres of fiberglass resin to reinforce the floors and repair the body in several places.

Those repairs include a lot of work around the petrol tanks, the front wings, front wheel arches (those 6.5J wheels I told you about wore through them!) and a rear wheel arch. But all in all the car is coming along very good.

After my first attempt, I coated the car in primer to help identify lumps and bumps. There were quite a few to work at. You really do become blind to them when you work on it for hours at a time in a garage. To be honest, I'm gunning for perfection.

The primer was epoxy primer, if you were wondering. Anyone else attempting this, I'd highly recommend a guide coat to help show up peaks and troughs.


To TheKid#9.... I would GRATEFULLY appreciate the dimensions of the stripes. I'll try and source a pinstripe that has more give


Ooooo, and incidentally. Rather than buying a door hinge for around 80, I bought a second hand lathe for 100 and fashioned a perfect replacement using an M20 bolt. I drilled a hole through the middle and turned the head down in to the right shape. If anyone else needs one - keep me in mind :P

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The good work continues! Keep up the GREAT work!
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Can only reiterate what a fabulous job you're doing of restoring her.

Really surprised to hear that she was originally blue - was red for all of my and immediately previous ownership to my certain knowledge (i.e. back to late 70s).

I must confess to a little uncertainty about the proposed JPS colour scheme as it always looked a little low key to me - especially compared to red - but each to his own I guess.

The 6.5J wheel issue probably explains why I had a tyre's side wall shred on me on the M1 a week after I bought her (luckily just as I made the hard shoulder having 'felt' there was something amiss) but I'm surprised the various local specialists never picked it up - particularly when one of them ordered 2 new Revolution alloys for me!

Your patience and the quality of this rebuild is all the more impressive as you must be itching to drive her by now. Keep up the good work.
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Here we go! Found the Pin Stripe diagram where each of them go!

This should help you with pin stripes, I decided not to put them on mine.

http://www.lotus-europa.com/manuals/...ripes%2074.pdf
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Here we go! Found the Pin Stripe diagram where each of them go!

This should help you with pin stripes, I decided not to put them on mine.

http://www.lotus-europa.com/manuals/...ripes%2074.pdf
Nice resource! I can't think of a vehicle out there where the pin stripes suit the design of the car (The lines of the car. Hah!) as well as an Europa!

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It's been a while since the last post, and a couple of weeks since....

The body finally got put back on the car! It got put back on a couple of weeks ago.

Initially you might be thinking, "Why didn't he paint it before putting it back?" Well, the underside is finished, I did that in stonechip and then painted in satin black. The reason I decided to marry the body to the chassis first is so that I can put bits and pieces back on the car without damaging the paintwork. I wanted to get as much on the car as possible and then do the paint.

The battery ran out on camera, but I will follow this up with more pics shortly. I have got the radiator connected, brake servo and all lines connected and bled, alternator and starter motor connected, fuel lines, wiring loom part in and the clutch, brake and accelerator.

I hope to start it this weekend and back it up and down the drive a couple of times

I'll then be concentrating on the paint. I have got solid black gloss to Lotus's paint code. Before I paint, the most important job for me is to get the doors fitted and adjusted correctly so that the edges are square. I'll then take the doors off and paint. The doors should then easily go back.

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