Jump to content


Club Member
  • Posts

  • Joined

Everything posted by SENC

  1. No relation, but if you've been looking for one... https://www.ebay.com/itm/334282307330?mkevt=1&mkpid=0&emsid=e11021.m43.l3160&mkcid=7&ch=osgood&euid=a5b2a2d88edf4e51b516ca5841a05e95&bu=44278349486&ut=RU&osub=-1~1&crd=20220108015309&segname=11021&sojTags=ch%3Dch%2Cbu%3Dbu%2Cut%3Dut%2Cosub%3Dosub%2Ccrd%3Dcrd%2Csegname%3Dsegname%2Cchnl%3Dmkcid This is the same manual available in the download section.
  2. Welcome, and looking forward to following this project along - I'm a fan of the S4s. The last one I looked at had the inset areas of the dash in black as Croc described, and it looked great.
  3. Finished 2021 with a beautiful day for a drive - hope this is a good omen for a better 2022! Tha ks to all here for a great forum, and Happy New Year wishes to all!
  4. Blessed with spectacular 70° weather allowed a couple drives this weekend, after changing the 79°-30' butterflies for 78° butterflies, on Keith Franck's advice. This effectively moved the 1st progression holes downstream by .5mm, which made all the difference in the world in the transition, eliminating the popping on decel while maintaining a nice idle. I have a little more tweaking to do, but think I'm getting very close to finding the right balance now. My 20 y-o daughter, home from college, got her first ride in it - all smiles and giggles as we accelerated through curves! I'm not embarrassed to admit to giggling every time I drive it, too!
  5. Congratulations, and excellent choice (I'm a bit biased towards 65 7s :).
  6. in the UK, but... Lotus Seven S2, 1962. 1500cc pre-crossflow Cosworth with Ford 2000E gearbox. Full nut and bolt restoration. - UK Sports CarsUK Sports Cars
  7. SENC

    Holbay head

    The SBH... number at the very bottom of the picture is likely the engine number... does it match the number on the block (RHS motor mount) or on any of the records? Head over to lotuselan.net, lots of knowledge there about the Lotus twin cam as it was used throughout the Elan's life, including Holbay iterations. Several there have access to extensive records and may be able to help confirm whether your engine was original to your car or, if not, what it may have originally been in. You might also find the following article on the Lotus-Holbay of interest... Engine Series – Lotus-Holbay | Colin Chapman Archive and Resource (colinchapmanmuseum.co.uk)
  8. @Mr Mark's new car post reminded me to finish this thread by adding engine number information. I don't have any personal knowledge of the coventry climax or bmc a engines that were used in early Lotus Sevens - please contribute if you do! The Kent Ford blocks, from pre-crossflow to crossflow to twink had the engine number stamped just above the right hand side motor mount. Years of paint and crud may make this hard to read - a lead rubbing may reveal it in that case, below is a picture of mine that revealed most, a second effort after cleaning confirmed the rest matched my records.
  9. Looks awesome, can't wait to see more pictures. The engine number should be on the block just over the RHS mount.
  10. Great looking car, and welcome! 68 was the crossover year for S2 to S3. There were twinks in some 68 S2s (called 2-1/2s), but I'm not sure the Holbays came along until later. The chassis number (should be stamped on the frame by the master cylinder mount) and engine number will help. John Watson, Lotus Seven Registrar is most knowledgeable and has access to many old records. Lots of helpful folks with twin cam, Weber, and gearbox experience/knowledge on lotuselan.net (Elans used the same).
  11. Had a beautiful day to take a drive and tune some more.
  12. Wow, scary. Glad you are recovering - lots to be thankful for, indeed.
  13. They arrived just before Thanksgiving - thanks Craig! I have the earlier fan on my Seven, but a bearing is going bad in it - so this one will play substitute while I rebuild the other. I'd actually hoped I might just be able to swap blades, but the older style metal blade requires a larger diameter spindle. Thanks again!
  14. I'll give a 3rd nod of approval to those stands!
  15. Had a nice, 70 mile break-in drive yesterday, and the little car ran very well. My old, spare clutch slave held up quite well, and as I started my journey home from the back country roads I'd been using for accel/decel I noticed the bearing noise was reduced. By the time I got home it was non-existent, so maybe got lucky on that one. Oil pressure was right on the money throughout, and engine temp stayed on the low side thanks to a 70 degree day and running without the bonnet. I took a shorter, 5-mile jaunt today to warm the oil back up before changing the break-in oil for regular oil, and ran strong, still no clutch noise and, more importantly, no smoking. I'm getting a little exhaust popping on lifting off the accelerator after a 3k-5k WOT pull, so some tuning is next on the list - but plugs looked decent and the engine sounded good and pulled hard, so perhaps not too far off. About only "negative" so far is a fair amount of engine oil draining from the filler cap (it is a breather, too) and pooling on the top of the rocker cover - enough that running yesterday without the bonnet resulted in a fine mist on the windshield from the air flowing over the engine at speed. I'm hoping that 50 weight will be less prone to do so than the lighter 30 weight break-in oil. But will work on a baffle if not, and not a big worry overall - the dipstick showed little to no loss on the day. Glad to have it back to a state it can be driven, and hoping for a few more weeks of good weather to do so. Thrilled the La Nina may mean a milder winter, so also hopeful for scattered opportunities throughout the winter. Thanks to all who contributed advice and guidance along the way!
  16. Mine is like Tim's - essentially rubber "top hat" shaped washers that fit within the brackets on the chassis, and that accept (non-threaded) posts that protrude from the bottom of the radiator. I have it back together now, but will search for a picture.
  17. Stay tuned... I had a long and boring Zoom today and tool yhe opportunity to scan while listening in, so should have it available sooner than later.
  18. That is a good find, @TheDingo8MyBaby, thanks! As many times as I've been to and through the simplesevens site, I never found that page. Some good information. So, that would place the Arch Motors start with the chassis later - my 65 also has a B. I understand your point about preserving some identifying information - on the flip side, in this day and age, I've wondered if full transparency for all to see doesn't provide as much protection (why risk a counterfeit of something that is publicly documented?). That wondering notwithstanding, I have a tendency to post/publish slightly altered pictures (cropped, zoomed, etc.) so that if one ever got used for something counterfeit I'd have the original basis. Silly and sad we have to go through this. Again, nice find.
  19. Great looking car, and seeing in the write-up that Mick at xtraspecialsevens did the restoration work I think you can be assured it was quality work. I'll try to expedite getting a copy of the manual - or at least the short S3-specific section - photo-scanned. I know how eager I was to have similar information at hand when I acquired my S2. If you don't already have them, Tony Weale's Lotus Seven is a must-have, and Ortenburger's Legend of the Lotus Seven highly useful. @Christopher smith - I know there was a manual as early as Cheshunt (so published 1965 or earlier), as I've seen it - and would love to find one just to have with my Cheshunt car. I think the issue was they couldn't publish build instructions - but the owner's manual does have an entire section called "overhaul and rebuild".
  20. Very exciting! Please post up some pictures and tell us about your car! Caterham produced a manual that included S2 through S4. This is the pinkish looking manual you'll see pop up on Ebay periodically. I have a copy, and am happy to grab a photo if you're looking for anything in particular. Also keep your eyes open for a Lotus Elan manual - they are more common and typically not too expensive, and some of the information is really useful for the Seven (gearbox, clutch, engine block - and if yours is a twin cam then the whole engine). @Croc - it is bound so can't run it through a scanner, but one rainy evening when I'm stuck inside or watching a ballgame, I'll do the cell phone camera scanner thing. I agree, it would be worth having it available as a reference for all.
  21. Started up and ran well! I do have an issue, though, a whirring when the clutch pedal is fully depressed. Halfway and I'm getting engagement, no whirring, but depress further and it whirrs. New clutch, pressure plate, release bearing (good quality NOS) and spigot bearing. I suspect it is the release/throwout bearing, which would be engine back out to replace - but since it it NOS I'm may run it a bit to see if I get lucky and it is just old grease that has hardened and that softens up over time. Made a poor decision to try to back off the clutch rod nut to see if that would assist. I should have known the result, but wasn't thinking clearly. As you might guess, a little extra clearance was just enough to allow the piston in the slave to get to the tapered exit and to jam . Fortunately I was only a mile from home so my son picked me up and I gathered a spare and some tools and a bleed bottle and did something I could not have done on my Elan (without ramps or blocks) - a roadside slave cylinder swap. That got me home. I'll recheck all that this week, and maybe get to a break-in drive next weekend. Not how I wanted to spend the afternoon, but happy with a running engine that seems healthy - and I'm going to be cautiously optimistic I won't have to pull it back out for another throwout bearing swap.
  • Create New...