Just a quick post to say hi as I am new to the forum, and to ask for some advice.
My father recently passed away and left me his treasured Europa JPS, owned by him since 1978.
The car is a JPS #83, with the badge on the dash and is currently off being completely restored back to it's former glory. I can't wait for it to be finished!
Anyway, the car currently has Wolfrace Slot Mags on which I am intending to replace with the original Brand Lotus wheels - which came thrown in with the car when my dad purchased it those years ago (even have the original 40 year old rubber on!).
Obviously, they need refurbishing, but I found yesterday that one of the wheels has had the stud holes widened - presumably by the previous owner to use on another car?! What a plonker!
I was therefore wondering on all your opinions on what to do about this. I know that it is possible to fill the elongated stud holes with weld and re-drill, but I am very conscious of what the heat required to do this would do to the structural integrity of the wheel etc.
Do you guys have any ideas on what to do? Am I better off trying to buy a second hand single wheel to replace the damaged one? If so, anyone have any idea where I could look? I don't want to buy a brand new replica etc unless I have to, to avoid mismatches with the other 3 perfectly good wheels when they are refurbished.
Thanks in advance, love the forum already!!
Welcome! You are fortunate to have an actual JPS Europa (although mechanically they are no different than any Europa Special).
Banks in England sells brand new wheels. 110 GBP plus shipping.
You can take your one wheel to a good wheel shop to get a professional opinion on restoring the holes, but if you look very closely at ALL your wheels, they probably don't match all that well as it is. Webbing is often different thicknesses. I don't think the original machining was all that precise.
This IS a great forum, and there are several Europa owners on here, but it's not terribly Europa centric.
If you've not already, seek out Lotus Europa Community and join that forum. It's 99% Europa centric, 1% vintage Lotus.
Also, Lotus Europa Central has an unbelievable Knowledge Base on the Cars. Put in any topic, and chances are a very informative discussion thread will pop up.
Also on that site are all the wiring diagrams, manuals, etc. There is also a registry, if your dad hasn't already put your car there, you should.
Congratulations. You can see by my signature I am a fan of Europas. Enjoy!