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Nickp

posted on 7/6/19 at 06:55 AM Reply With Quote
Lotus Eclat V8 project....

Now the photo upload's working again I can put some pics up of my latest project.
It's a tatty old 1978 Lotus Eclat that came with no engine / box off an old mate.
Chassis seems good and I'm planning to fit a Lexus 4.3 vvti V8 mated to a BMW Getrag 260 box (from an E30 with overdrive 5th)

As I found it-

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Body lifted off chassis-

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Trial fit of engine-

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The V8-

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[Edited on 7/6/19 by Nickp]

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Partofthechaos

posted on 7/6/19 at 05:19 PM Reply With Quote
Nice find! Please keep us up to date with progress!
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obfripper

posted on 7/6/19 at 06:21 PM Reply With Quote
I have got some lotus factory manuals if you get stuck with anything.

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big_wasa

posted on 8/6/19 at 08:39 AM Reply With Quote
Another car I should of bought when they where worth feck all. Still being a lotus I would probaly struggle to get in/out.

It would be great if you can do a bit of a project diary / blog.

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SJ

posted on 8/6/19 at 08:40 AM Reply With Quote
That will be awesome!
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Nickp

posted on 8/6/19 at 08:59 AM Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by obfripper
I have got some lotus factory manuals if you get stuck with anything.

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Dave


Nice one cheers

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Nickp

posted on 8/6/19 at 09:04 AM Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by big_wasa
Another car I should of bought when they where worth feck all. Still being a lotus I would probaly struggle to get in/out.

It would be great if you can do a bit of a project diary / blog.


I didn't pay much for it at all but it does need a LOT of work. I got lucky with the chassis as someone must've had the body off previously and gave it a good lashing of hammerite. I'm getting it blasted and painted properly once I've made the engine/gearbox mounts.

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Nickp

posted on 8/6/19 at 09:22 AM Reply With Quote
Car was originally metallic brown, very 70's!! Looking at painting it Lotus Lemon Yellow

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big_wasa

posted on 8/6/19 at 12:49 PM Reply With Quote
Hmm thatís giving me ideas, maybe I should leave the v6 in the back of the garage.
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Nickp

posted on 8/6/19 at 01:19 PM Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by big_wasa
Hmm thatís giving me ideas, maybe I should leave the v6 in the back of the garage.


I was thinking about putting a V6 in it but I had a V8 itch that needed scratching I got the engine and a Phoenix loom at a very good price off a mate as his project (MX5) ended up been a non starter.

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Schrodinger

posted on 9/6/19 at 07:52 AM Reply With Quote
I'm quite a long way from you in Norfolk, but the guys who did the bodywork and paint on my stylus both used to work for Lotus and have done a number of bodywork restos, you can see a Europa in the background in this photo

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If you want any contact details let me know.





Keith

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