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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-09-2016, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
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Urgent Help with 1974 Lotus Europa

I had been looking for a great Europa for a long time. I purchased recently at a collectible car auction that was completly restored. 30,000 original miles and all service records from day 1. I drove the car out from the auction and noticed that when in 3rd gear, the shifter pops out of gear when you take the foot off the peddle. I took it to my local exotic car guy (who does all my cars) and he tried many ways to adjust the shifter so it would stay in gear. No such luck. His recommend is to drop the Tranny and see what's wrong. His big concern is if he does this, that we will not find replacement parts.

JLE says they have no parts. I've seen talk about some that upgraded to the Renault 365 Transmission.

Does anyone have any recommends on what to do?

1. Where I can get parts for a 4 speed Tranny?
2. Where I can go to get a replacement Transmission perhaps even upgrade it to 5 speed?
3. Perhaps this problem has happened to you and you fixed it?
4. Car is in Southern California.

Anything you can share would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you
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I assume you have gone here

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What XHILR8N says^^^ re Lotus Europa Central. They have a killer Knowledge Base on that site.

Also reach out to the guys at:

Lotus Europa Community - Index

And welcome to the Lotus Europa world. Europas are my favorite car in the world, but even the best restored, best maintained Europa will remind you what it is.

Owned, loved, enjoyed, and now gone:
1969 Europa S2 Blue
1970 Europa S2 White
1974 Europa Twin Cam Blue
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2005 Elise Starlight Black
2005 Elise Saffron Yellow
2005 Elise Ardent Red
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I have a 74 Europa TC, with the 5 speed- just rebuilt my transmission with some parts and a ton of valuable advice from "Alpine America"- a shop in Quebec. I'm in Denver, and the shipping, etc. wasn't too bad to deal with.


Talk with the crew at Dave Bean Engineering in CA, Alpine America was referred to me by Ken out there at Bean. I was able to source syncro's and other needed parts.

I'd first work on fixing your transmission, probably MUCH cheaper - I looked into 365 swaps as well and it's an expensive undertaking. Also second the advice for the Europa Central contact, and also reach out to folks in your area at Golden Gate Lotus club.

Best of Luck
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Two Europa experts in NorCal

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More recent 5-speed for Europa

If you're looking for a 5-speed, you can use a Renault NG3. It requires some changes (rear hoop to pick up the rear of the tranny) and shift linkage. They came from the US Renault Fuego (including the turbo model) so it should handle most engines that are likely to be installed in a Europa. Parts are available for them.

Richard, at Banks Service Station (Welcome to Europa Engineering) sells a kit for it.
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Also the Yahoo group is very knowledgeable.

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