Hello all, been reading some fantastic build threads over the years and thought I'd have a go myself. Been building bikes for the last 8 or so years from a '62 ducati 250 Road racer to a 90's Dakar inspired Super Tenere. I decided there wasn't really any other bikes which took my fancy and was always a bit wary of getting a car, mainly because of the dreaded rust and bodywork issues. I've recently started painting, done a couple of bikes now and while I still have plenty to learn, I've got a bit more confidence to try a car. The ultimate dream cars (60's Porsch or an elan) are out of budget, but the +2's seem to have fallen slightly under the radar. I put the feelers out and this one came my way. One previous owner on the logbook, but I'm sure it's had 3, 87k miles, had a new galvanised chassis in 1993 and not driven since. The last owner brought it as a project and made a start on the bodywork, getting the doors and windows removed and putting it into primer but unfortunately had some health problems so couldn't finish it. Came home 10 days ago and I've been busy blocking and making some fibreglass repairs to the rear where it's had a little shunt in the past which was only repaired with filler. Hopefully the pics will work, I've not bothered since the photobucket fiasco
Don't think I'm missing too much, rear bumper is probably the main thing as it came to me with a black plastic one. I've got to finish the body and them am planning a complete overhaul of the chassis / drivetrain and an Engine rebuild, I'll ship out some of the engine machining work, but will try everything else myself, not aiming for big power as that needs a big wallet, but I think around 130bhp would be fairly reasonable, bearing in mind they are sub 900kg cars. I've already stripped, ultrasonic cleaned and rebuilt the carbs with new kits, some or the bits are away with a mate for plating, but these will be built into the airbox and go on display in the lounge as a constant reminder.
Unusually, from the previous photo, as an early car it has a transverse silencer and the exit at the rh corner of the car. At some point, someone has made a new tunnel in the boot and put a standard but later, front to back silencer in, hence the bigger cut out nearer the centre. I did think about returning it to factory, but it's a fairly decent job and is a bit of history, so they'll both stay.
Been a bit slack with the car recently, been concentrating on getting this built so I could create a bit more space to work in the garage
Then I went on holiday for a week, back on it now though, picked up 5 steel wheels at a bargain price from eBay, mine all needed repair, some may be past it, the replacements look good, though need spinning up and checking, also got a replacement rear seat from the same seller for less than it would cost to Retrim mine, and had a look through his spares and came away with a box of bits, so we'll worth the 5Hr round trip.
Slowly getting the boot lid sorted, looks like it had been forced open, sadly didn't take a before pic, but I had to grind back some stress cracks and a whole section was broken through. The stress cracks are straightforward, I use glass fibre tissue to build the ground out section back up.
The broken section was a pain, it can't be accessed from the back, so I used epoxy to glue an Ally mesh to the rear. This served as a scaffold to build and bond a proper chopped mat section over the top. Just laid on the final coats of tissue tonight, hope to get it sanded and in epoxy primer tomorrow. I'll probably dress it with a bit of dolphin glaze after that to get it perfect (I hope)
Well, that's the fibreglass finished on the boot and epoxy primed, still got a little filling to do. It's amazing how something looks decent until you put some paint on it.
After that I decided to start stripping the engine bay, hoping to borrow a hoist in the week and have the engine out by next weekend. Didn't go too badly, had to cut a couple if bolts out, but they'll all be replaced with stainless anyway.
I also have some fibreglass repairs to do in the engine bay, no idea how it happened other than a guess at when the chassis was replaced. The original bay colour is black, but I'm pretty sure I'm going final body colour in there.
This is a fascinating project which i've Bookmarked, i've been a Lotus enthusiast since being a kid and though having not owned one i have a lot of interest in them. Glass fibre repairs are very interesting having helped a mate with his Bond Bug restoration last year. I know this might be a way off but what is the original colour scheme and is that being returned?