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  1. Week Beginning December 5, 2021 Regular standalone forum ads can be found here: Cars For Sale - USA7s NEW Westfield pre-lit project Marketplace - 1986 Lotus Seven | Facebook and here Lotus / Westfield Super Seven - cars & trucks - by owner - vehicle... (craigslist.org) REPEATS Stalker Marketplace - 1962 Lotus Elise Coupe 2D | Facebook and here 1962 Lotus Super Seven Brunton Stalker | eBay Replica Marketplace - 2020 Lotus 7 replica | Facebook Caterham Marketplace - 2008 Lotus Caterham R400 Superlight | Facebook Mitsuoka Zero Marketplace - 1994 Lotus mitsuoka zero1 | Facebook Replica Marketplace - 1957 Lotus Elise Coupe 2D | Facebook Elfin 7 Marketplace - 2018 Lotus Super 7 S2000 · 2.0L S2000 | Facebook Lotus 7 S2 1962 Lotus Super 7 | eBay and here 1962 Lotus | Hemmings Motor News Diva 7 1957 Lotus Diva | eBay and here 1957 Lotus | Hemmings Motor News Stalker 1962 Lotus SuperStalker Spec Sheet (race-cars.com) Lotus 7 S2 and Caterham INVENTORY (rockymountaincaterham.com) Caterham Caterham Inventory — Beachman Racing Stalker 1962 Lotus Super Seven Roadster | Hemmings Motor News Caterham 2006 Caterham Super 7 Caterham Super Sprint 1700 | Hemmings Motor News Caterham 2014 Caterham Super 7 360 | Hemmings Motor News Caterham 2020 Lotus Caterham Super Seven 1600 | Hemmings Motor News Westfield Hemmings Auctions | 2016 Westfield Other Lotus 7A 1962 Lotus 7A Roadster | Hemmings Motor News Caterham Lotus/Caterham Super 7 - cars & trucks - by owner - vehicle... (craigslist.org) CANADA MCC 7 LocostUSA.com • View topic - MCC 7 for sale Westfield Manik Sportscars - Purveyor of Exotic Sportscars From Around The World (manikllc.com)
  2. I think I detect a big smile on the driver! Did you enjoy your couple of laps taster?
  3. That Grass Roots Motorsports build thread is epic. Finally found the time to work through it. Lots of very interesting thinking and decisions during the build. He was able to do the build the way he wanted as his fabrication skills are light-years ahead of mine. It just goes to show what you can do when you throw the cost side of the cost/benefit equation out of the window. Definitely recommend people read through that thread. You will learn a lot.
  4. That diagram looks like rear A frame but your text refers to front A frame? I assume you mean rear? I would pull it apart and grease it. Its supposed to flex under load. One thing to keep in mind is that it should be treated as consumables in heavily tracked cars - refer link
  5. If you are looking for useful technical information on the Vauxhall engine, then SBD has a very good section here: Vauxhall Instruction Sheets | SBD Motorsport For parts your main options are in the UK - QED, Redline and SBD Motorsports. A relevant post on L7C that feels somewhat close to your symptoms is here: Crank oil seal change - which parts and where to buy? | Caterham and Lotus Seven Club (caterhamlotus7.club) I know an experienced long-term owner with a VX engine so can reach out to him once you have pulled the engine and worked out where the source of the leak(s) are.
  6. I am going to assume it is engine oil and not transmission fluid? Second, do you know it is dry sump tank leaking or maybe a rear main seal on the Vauxhall engine? Rear main seal is more common than a dry sump tank leaking. The bellhousing dry sump tanks will usually leak straight away at first use or just be leak free for eternity. Third, which type of bellhousing dry sump? There were two. The later Titan produced kind as used for 1995 to 2015 area is shown in photos below. There was a version used in the Rover K series and adapted to the later Duratec. Is this your type? I dont think so but want to confirm to be sure. I have only seen the earlier type of vauxhall dry sump within bellhousing once before - yours is the only one I have heard of its type in the USA. No photos sorry. It had a different swirl tower. No idea on the internals. Sadly, the solution for either type of leak is to pull the engine. For diagrams - have you checked the downloads section of this site for the available technical literature? Link here Downloads - USA7s
  7. This is the type normally installed on Caterhams Master Battery Disconnect Switch Kit — Beachman Racing Should be instructions in the kit (he says hopefully). Caterham parts also stock it but I could not link them as their website was down for me. Photo shows usual mounting point on side of scuttle within reach of driver's left hand - its the red switch with protective eyebrow.
  8. Ouch! Thats hefty. Shape and size looks like the engine impacted it at some point in its life - failed engine mount under braking? Or an "oops" when when reinstalling?
  9. I have been using the PC680 for many years in a number of Caterhams. Once they drain too far they cannot be rehabilitated. @coffee break has good advice. It is very common for our se7ens to have parasitic loss on our electrical system and so a battery cutoff switch is a good idea to prevent flattening the battery unless you leave it on battery tender constantly.
  10. Gorgeous view. Brings back good memories of my years living in Japan. Thank you for sharing.
  11. I like BMW straight 6s! Do you have a link to the article for us?
  12. From a local Vermont expert @The Fuselage - he has recommended some excellent Se7en quality style roads for your enjoyment. Clearly its not recommended for winter - its Vermont we are looking at here. From personal experience I can make the observation that the local police are quite vigilant, particularly around Ludlow in my case.... There are highway speeds and then 25mph town speeds with little to no warning and the local police are quite strict. Two options - a longer one and a shorter one. These photos can be downloaded or printed to take along with you on your journey. They are hi-res so may work better to read by expanding out. Option 1 - Long Option 2 - Short
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  14. Welcome to USA7s! Congratulations on your first post and on recently acquiring your Caterham. The downloads section of this site has a lot of technical materials available. The build manual at the following link has a wiring diagram for both engine harness (Figure 213) and main harness (Figure 214) at pages 216 and 217: If it is not a fuse then the majority of the time it is a loose earth lead. There are two earths. Your engine is good so I would assume it is fine. Your main earth is connected either on bulkhead in engine bay or a chassis rail nearby. However, you have some unusual symptoms in that dash and tail lights are failing. If the tail lights are off, are the indicators and license plate light also not working? Rear fog light? Brake lights? If all the lights on the rear are not working then they all share a common earth - that would be the first thing to check. The instruments and rear brake/night lights do share adjoining fuses - maybe check both are secure. Fuse box layout for a Duratec can be see at page 46 here: This is just a starting point for checking. As you feedback any additional observations, we can better diagnose.
  15. Congratulations on your new Caterham! Don't be discouraged -this is where you start to personalize it to your desired specification and feel. An 8% steering rack was standard road fitment for many cars. The 22% steering rack was more for the race cars. The turns lock to lock are 1.9 and 1.7 respectively. There was a 5% (I think that was the %) rack fitted at one point but that was 2.5 turns lock to lock. You could look for that rack but its only half a turn different lock to lock. Not much difference in all 3 types. I don't think that is your primary problem although it could be a contributor. The steering wheel is tiny on a Caterham. Not sure what size you have but going from a 10 inch steering wheel to a 12 inch wheel makes a huge difference in lessening steering effort. That will not solve your directional issue though. Tires can make a big difference. ACB10s are notorious for tram-lining but the photo shows another brand - Yokohamas I think? What pressure are you running? Should be around 18psi (cold) to allow the sidewalls to flex properly given the tires were designed for a much bigger heavier car and they are mounted to a flyweight Caterham. If you were running one of the Avon tires you could lift the pressures to 22psi (front cold) and 20psi (rear cold) but that feels too high for the Yokohamas. Maybe try experimenting within that range of pressures to see if you get a better front feel. You don't say about any unusual tire wear evident on the tread but that would be a pointer to the next topic - suspension alignment. So then we get to front suspension alignment. The three settings to consider - toe in, camber and caster. All 3 could be contributing to what you are experiencing - a reluctance to change direction. Picking the assembly manual from the downloads section of this site and going to Section 14/page 6 [also page 124 of the PDF page reference it shows the initial alignment settings and how to do it. Use those settings to baseline what you have either by adjusting yourself or try a professional shop to set it up for you. Then drive again off those settings to see what it feels like. Its going to be a process of elimination to narrow down what is causing the issue but it should be one or a mix of the factors listed.
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