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No more procrastinating: Rescuing my Lotus from the back burner


#1

Back in November, I wrote a series of articles about the seductive trap of the Lotus Europa.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2018/03/26/lotus-twin-cam-engine-repair

#2

“Enthusiast” - a person who is highly interested in a particular activity or subject.
Maybe you are not quite there yet.


#3

I wanted to own one of these since I was a teen. After reading your articles I will just look for a Miata with a hard top . . .


#4

Could some of the problems come from the fact that Lotus used a “1500” block not the later “1600”?
I believe Lotus used the 1500 block bored out to 1558 cc’s. One winter some years ago I rebuilt an early Elan and a 73 Europa twin cam engines at the same time. Both had the original 1500 cc blocks bored to 1558. The later 1600 block is taller.
Just a thought, possibly the jack shaft if different as well, I am sure Dave Bean could advise.
John


#5

It was common practice to cut the camshaft off behind the centre bearing, plug the oil feed to the (unused) rear cam bearing, and use a low pressure electric fuel pump. (Saves weight!)
Might solve your bent cam binding problem.