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  2. The internet has made the world a LOT smaller, hasn't it!
  3. I think this is right on - the plate itself is only 1 of several important factors in determining "authenticity", and the frame is the next good place to discuss. I started with the plate mainly because it is the most obvious and most discussed, and also easiest to replicate - so my goal there was to see if we could establish any obvious parameters that might help someone establish that a plate may be real or replacement (or fake). I'll post up some frame pictures and observations later, but want to reiterate what someone has already said in one thread or another here - that we are fortunate
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  5. Sure is different From 1978 when I searched the UK in person for a seven. Lucky I found a series 1 in need of help for 400 pounds that is when the fin began I meant fun
  6. I'm not big on FB but I had no idea such sites existed. Thanks for the tip. I've applied to join. I've got friends in the UK who could assist in purchases/mailing.
  7. I am sure SENC has it correct. There were only a few Coventry Climax engined Series 1 made. I think Graham Hill raced one with great success. My 1959 series 1 was an oddball. Perhaps the original owner could not afford a Coventry Climax engine but did not want to go slow with the tiny Ford side-valve. He installed a 1300 Alfa twincam.
  8. Don't know if you have facebook or whether this link will work but just came across this and took a screen shot These are usually in demand and go quick. This was just posted
  9. I may not be able to help much on the proper plate aspect. My series 1 No.475 was from 7 Tottenham Lane, Hornsey 29 April, 1959 which was a bit before the factory moved. The receipt is from Lotus Engineering Co, Ltd to R. G. Stern in Sydenham, London. But it changed hands over 5 times before I found it in Southampton. I doubt anyone would try to stamp a plate already attached to a 7 given how thin the aluminium is on the cowling. probably better to identify a real 7 by noting details on the spaceframe and where the steering rack attaches. Mine has the rack in the proper place of course but a
  10. I share your passion for the older S1s and their histories. (my 69th birthday is in two days). I found mine in 2018 but have not stopped reading everything John Watson and others have written on the HLR website and in the archives of Lowflying. I also corresponded with John but only sparingly as most information is available on line. I have to admit I almost have as much fun connecting dots on my car that I did not know existedI as Ido driving it. I still search anything "7" and just stumbled on a S1 for sale in France, MK7 422. https://www.francolembo.com/en/car/very-original-early-l
  11. Good looking views except the sign with gas prices. Thanks for posting.
  12. Some have said the original plates on S2s are the ones from Lotus Components, like this example from a 62 S2 that I found on an auction site. Has anyone seen or found anything definitive in this regard? I know Elites and Elans of the same era had plates similar to mine above, and some had plates like this - so my suspicion is that they were likely both used on Sevens, as well. Some have also said the originals were all inscribed, not stamped. I've read somewhere (but can't find it now) that early on (for Elites and Elans, at least), the plates were attached to the bod
  13. Good luck in your search, Kevin - they are special cars, indeed!
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  15. Couple weeks back at the Breakfast club rally that happens once a month in the North Bay area. That's an Evora behind...
  16. Thank you, I have a 6” steel bar that is pre-drilled with four holes, I am thinking I’d drill the floor and bolt it to the floor with two bolts then run a third through it for the belt. I suppose I could mount it fore/aft or across the floor, not sure if one would be stronger than the other or not, I don’t plan on racing, it’s more about getting the belts installed as I may be selling soon.
  17. There are lots of places on the web that tell you how to mount harnesses. You are correct the single crotch belt is mounted forward and the double one is mounted to the rear. I have not seen any place that says how the belt should be secured. The SCCA is not very specific. They allow belts to be attached to the floor if a large diameter washer or backing is used. My submarine belts are mounted with 1/8 inch aluminum plates top and bottom that are 4 inches long and 3 inches wide, as well as big steel bumper washers.
  18. A great highlight of the trip was crossing the Golden Gate Bridge in the Seven. The tunnel approaching the bridge from the south: And the actual crossing:
  19. Monday 11 October: 6:00am alarm, the dawn came crisp and clear with a reasonable morning dew and moderate temperature at 48 degrees F. I would not be wearing shorts. We had a 7:45 am driver’s meeting followed by breakfast at the hotel. We had gassed up the previous evening so we immediately headed up the Big Sur coastline around 8:30am. While area was flooded with tourists, our relatively early start meant that we had Hwy 1 virtually to ourselves. And we took advantage of it. I have driven this road too many times to count and it never gets old. Truly one of the
  20. I checked the route book from that leg of the USA2005 tour to confirm my deja vu feeling from the photo. It's the same hotel. -John
  21. Here's a beauty shot of the Super at Fort Baker: The Cambria Pines Inn is a delightful place. It's up on the bluff just above and south of 'downtown'.
  22. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of this adventure (and hopefully seeing more photos of the Giulia Super). It sounds like a great trip. BTW the photo of the hotel in Cambria looked really familiar; it turns out it's the same hotel we used for the USA2005 tour. Small world! -John
  23. For me in older age there is an appreciation of elemental harmony in the doodling design that was a schoolboys dream-Design # 7, His first pure front suspension, His first use of Rack and pinion steering! Sub 1000 pounds. Of the 243 S1 Sevens released through Lotus perhaps 300 are about today? The challenges of finding a real Seven-just on the age of mild steel tubing rusting from the inside and out, some steel repair, some panel corrosion -normal Seven stuff, that and whole frame building, or Pre-Lit Westfield S1 7s, Many Others-Mike Brotherwood will send you a frame.
  24. Sunday 10 October 2021: Sunday morning I showered, grabbed a light breakfast of oatmeal, coffee and a banana, and headed out in the darkness at 4:45am to meet my fellow travelers from the San Diego area at a park & ride lot about 20 miles from home. It was 48deg F on our patio thermometer. I was layered up in a T-shirt, quilted long sleeve thermal, fleece zip-up vest and a Gore-Tex ski shell jacket. I wore my Simpson full face helmet for head protection with foam ear plugs in an attempt to remain somewhat sane from the not very muffled side exhaust. In mos
  25. Thanks! Targeting build complete in 8 days. Excited to get the last bits completed and off to Bruce for PBC and some final adjustments.
  26. Lots of progress in the past few weeks. This restoration thread will cover most of my efforts, but in no particular order. To recap recent events: I love road trips. The lore of the open road goes back a long way; Homer’s Odyssey, from the 8th century BC, in my mind at least, is a road trip story. I also love driving. And I love old cars. Put all three together and you have an automotive trifecta. A perfect storm of fun and adventure. So when my friends Paul and Steve proposed a week-long 1500 mile jaunt from San Diego up to Leggett, California and back in old c
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