1962 Lotus Seven Restoration


DustyM

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I spent last Friday afternoon with my father-in-law making the seats from scratch so that was satisfying, I think he enjoyed it too, made a change from upholstering couches.




The seats have a plywood base / back which I cut out and varnished, the foam filling was glued to this and covers fitted over.




[IMG]http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d15/dusty1609/lotus%207/SevenSeats1.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d15/dusty1609/lotus%207/SevenSeats2.jpg[/IMG]

The seat bases are made in two parts.

[IMG]http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d15/dusty1609/lotus%207/SevenSeats4.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d15/dusty1609/lotus%207/SevenSeats3.jpg[/IMG]

The finished set

[IMG]http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d15/dusty1609/lotus%207/SevenSeats5.jpg[/IMG]

Cheers
Jon






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More pictures to bring progress up to date.

[IMG]http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d15/dusty1609/lotus%207/Chassis15.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d15/dusty1609/lotus%207/Chassis16.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d15/dusty1609/lotus%207/Chassis17.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d15/dusty1609/lotus%207/Chassis18.jpg[/IMG]

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It Runs... Cough, Splutter, VrooooOOOOOOOOMMMMM :D:D:D

[IMG]http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d15/dusty1609/lotus%207/Chassis19.jpg[/IMG]

Now I just need to figure out how to get it down off the tressles and on to it's wheels...:blink:

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Hi Jon,

as always a new posting from you on your little Toy always awakens my interest.
It's almost there isn't it :)
On the TV Program "A Racing Car is Born" Mark Evans was faced with the same problem that you have, getting the Car off the Stands & on to the Ground.
And guess what, I've forgotten how he did it.
Casting my Memory way back, the back of the Car is light enough for 2 Guys to lift & lower, so no problem there. The front end I jacked down in a series of steps but your Engine Crane should cope with the all up weight.
I hope you won't mind me asking a couple of questions about your latest Photo?

1.
You have the Carb' throttles actuated by a Bowden Cable which is quite normal but it looks like the intake Manifold has an actuating Rod & Levers integrated (the Brass rod running parallel to the Engine) is that so?

2.
It looks like you have made a cut out in the Nose Cone to accommodate the filler Cap on the Swirlpot. Will you also have to make a Hole in the Bonnet?
The Swirlpot is quite high on the Engine & well above the Max. Coolant level in the Engine.
Wouldn't it be simpler to reduce the height of the Swirlpot?


Cheers
John

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John,

My "Plan" is exactly as you suggest, engine crane to lift the front down and also to stabilise the car whilst the rear is lifted by down by hand.

Just waiting to get the wheels back from the powder coaters, I have new Dunlop C41 Crossplys ready to go on for that authentic period driving experience

1. The manifolds do indeed have builtin brackets for a common throttle rail arrangement, that's how it was done originally.

2. The Swirl pot is to original spec, it needs the cutout in the nose cone but clears the bonnet. It's not possible to shorten it since it has two pipes entering it and one is above the other, i'll take a picture with the nose cone off and you'll see what I mean.

Dealine for completion is August 1st as there is an event in Limerick celebrating the 1935-37 Grand Prix races that were held there on the streets of Limerick and I have it entered - no pressure:blink: And I'm off to the UK tomoorow morning not back until Sunday evening so the evenings next week will be frought with activity....

Cheers
Jon

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Thanks for the rapid response Jon.
Answers as I have come to expect from an expert like you.
You're going to need some big Balls if you're going to drive those Tyres in the Wet :rolleyes:

Now stop wasting time in front of your Computer & get back out into the Workshop :D:D:D

Cheers
John

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[quote name='GrumpyBodger' date='22 July 2010 - 09:21 AM' timestamp='1279786860' post='1021']

Now stop wasting time in front of your Computer & get back out into the Workshop :D:D:D

Cheers
John
[/quote]

Yes Boss, Sorry Boss won't happen again :D

Nice clean job today, bolting new shiney bits on to the TR4 ( [url="http://classiccar.ie/forum/showthread.php?t=545&page=4"]http://classiccar.ie/forum/showthread.php?t=545&page=4[/url] )

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[quote name='DustyM' date='22 July 2010 - 09:28 AM' timestamp='1279787295' post='1022']
Yes Boss, Sorry Boss won't happen again :D

Nice clean job today, bolting new shiney bits on to the TR4 ( [url="http://classiccar.ie/forum/showthread.php?t=545&page=4"]http://classiccar.ie/forum/showthread.php?t=545&page=4[/url] )
[/quote]

Now that looks a little less fragile than a Lotus; very nice!
That's another Car that'll have had a lot of Cash invested in it.
Putting on the "Shiny Bits" is always good for the Soul 'innit :)

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Having Narrowly missed my self imposed deadline to get the car ready for the Limerick Grand Prix Celebration last Sunday, the Seven is now finished, well almost, it has now been driven for the first time in 25 years [img]http://classiccar.ie/forum/images/smilies/thumbup.gif[/img]

Great fun, if a little anti-social!

Anyway a few pictures to update the thread.



Harnesses fitted

[img]http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d15/dusty1609/lotus%207/finishedSeven1.jpg[/img]


Side screens fitted

[img]http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d15/dusty1609/lotus%207/finishedSeven6.jpg[/img]


Engine fitted and plumbed in (mostly)

[img]http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d15/dusty1609/lotus%207/Chassis19.jpg[/img]


After the first test drive, without the bonnet so I could keep an eye on things!

[img]http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d15/dusty1609/lotus%207/finishedSeven2.jpg[/img]


This afternoon after a longer drive

[img]http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d15/dusty1609/lotus%207/finishedSeven8.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d15/dusty1609/lotus%207/finishedSeven7.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d15/dusty1609/lotus%207/finishedSeven5.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d15/dusty1609/lotus%207/finishedSeven3.jpg[/img]

A few bits an pieces to sort out but nearly there now.

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