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DrEntropy
09-20-2005, 06:44 AM
I'd expected this forum to be a LOT more active than it is.

If you're LURKING and not posting, shame-shame. I'm gonna go over to the "OTHER" forum and recruit!

Most of the early Lotus owners I know have multiple examples, so I ~KNOW~ there's a good reason for joining this bunch.

JohnS
09-20-2005, 07:13 AM
What "OTHER" Forum would you be referring to?

coldplugs
09-20-2005, 08:40 AM
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What "OTHER" Forum would you be referring to?

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He may mean www.lotuselan.net (https://www.lotuselan.net) which is an excellent site covering Elans only.

Re the original question re hard-core Lotus types, there are a few. I'd include myself although I am currently Lotusless. Most of them are too busy working on their cars to spend time on the net. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif

78Z
09-20-2005, 10:15 AM
I love Lotus cars. Unforunatly I don't have one currently so not much to talk about. I am going to start my Seven clone build soon though.

CraigFL
09-20-2005, 12:16 PM
of course the real diehard seven fans are on https://www.blatchat.com

DrEntropy
09-20-2005, 06:25 PM
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He may mean www.lotuselan.net (https://www.lotuselan.net) which is an excellent site covering Elans only.

Re the original question re hard-core Lotus types, there are a few. I'd include myself although I am currently Lotusless. Most of them are too busy working on their cars to spend time on the net. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif

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Spot on. That ~is~ an excellent (Elan) site.

I don't expect current ownership status determines whether or not one may post here. Also a valid point with regard to where the others may be... "Porsche owners get together and look at eachothers' cars. Lotus owners get together and look at photos of eachothers' cars on blocks inna garage!"

Sad, but sommat true.

DrEntropy
09-20-2005, 07:01 PM
Evidence of the depths to which an addiction can take one: My garage in west PA inna late '70's; how to accomodate three cars in a two stall garage...

https://www.roskart.com/gallery/3lotus.jpg

I AM HARDCORE as well /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif

coldplugs
09-20-2005, 09:00 PM
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Evidence of the depths to which an addiction can take one...

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Nice.

Speaking of Elans and Lotus-Cortinas, does anyone remember what those spring-like washers that are used on twinks under the nuts holding the Webers on are called? (How's that for sentence construction?) These are the ones that supposedly control the flex in the carb mounts to tame the effects of vibration. I want to recommend them for a different application (of Webers) but can't remember what they're called. (Thacker washers? Thatchery nuts?)

TypeRboy
09-20-2005, 09:34 PM
Thackery washers is right. You should use them on the lower carb studs and rubber on the upper studs, that's the ideal setup. I don't know where the lotus guys are, but this certainly is one of if not the least active forums at britishcarforums, that's for sure.

DrEntropy
09-21-2005, 05:16 AM
I thought it was "Thackary", but my mind was shot long ago: So fulla 'pooter poop now its a wonder ANYTHING car related is in there. I ~miss~ the days when a good bench racing session was done leanin' over some F-A or E-Prod LBC, preppin' for the weekend event... Back inna Day.

Used to be a JOKE referrin' to "Cubic Dollars" to campaign a sommat competitive entry. Now it's a reality.

<*sigh*>

Dan_Morrison
09-21-2005, 02:35 PM
I could be wrong, but I think it's actually spelled "Thackeray". And my take on why there aren't more Lotusphiles here is that (as mentioned above) they are on dedicated lists/forums. -Dan

lotus_types
09-21-2005, 04:03 PM
Well I'm "hard core" but dont post much on here as there doesn't seem to be much Lotus chat.
As regards the carb mounting washers, the Lotus workshop manual refers to them as "double coil spring washers" and both the Paul Matty CATALOGUE and the QED CATALOGUE list them as "Thackery Washers"
Ofcourse you guys in the States have your own english /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/nonono.gif

DrEntropy
09-21-2005, 04:15 PM
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I could be wrong, but I think it's actually spelled "Thackeray".

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That's it! Thanks Dan. I near blew a gasket walkin' around today with that runnin' through my head.

Now I can sleep tonight ;}

coldplugs
09-21-2005, 05:28 PM
Well, I'm happy that we got that settled. Now I'll know what to ask for at NAPA. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif

DrEntropy
09-21-2005, 05:57 PM
Wish I could be a fly onna wall as ~that~ happens.

"What year and make/model did you say that was for, sir?"

<gigglesnort!>

Super 7
09-21-2005, 07:19 PM
They break. I don't care for them. I think my Webers work better without them.

DrEntropy
09-22-2005, 08:08 AM
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You should use them on the lower carb studs and rubber on the upper studs, that's the ideal setup.--TypeRboy

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All the cars listed below ('xcept Diesela, 'course) are Weber'd this way and it works just fine.

Super 7
09-22-2005, 04:21 PM
You go with your personal experience, I'll go with mine.

All mine have dual side drafts except for the '67. I'm no longer using them.

DrEntropy
09-22-2005, 08:10 PM
Whoah! Okay-okay!

Eschew th' bloody Thakeray washers! I wasn't tryin' to start a "Civil War" over the preferred method of carb mountings.
sheesh!

Whatever works! Tomatoe, tomato.

TypeRboy
09-29-2005, 01:06 AM
Hey it's all good man, for a street car with a small cam and well adjusted floats a more solid mount is fine.. On a track or especially an off road car with lot's of vibration in the motor the fuel can partially atomize in the float chamber and run the motor lean, which can spell disaster at racing rpm's. It's not the bumps and jostling that cause this, it's the high frequency vibrations, and a little flexability in the carb mount helps this alot...

It just depends on the application, and how lucky you've been in the past.

People are finally discussing something on this forum, and I don't want it spoiled by a big fight!

DrEntropy
10-09-2005, 06:44 AM
I ~WANT~ your Cortina!

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TypeRboy
10-25-2005, 12:05 AM
Well, you know... everything has it's price!!!

Naw, you know what, it's tons more fun than the Lotus, and it took me years to find a good one. I am just about to put the BDA back together ( long story ) and should have it up and running again this winter.

They are a pretty cool car..

DrEntropy
10-25-2005, 07:08 AM
We had a MkI Lotus for a few years, but sold it. Front-end chassis needed more work than I was willing to do at the time.... I'm a dummy, I'ma dummy, I'madummy! Miss that car a lot.

Bugeye58
11-07-2005, 07:06 AM
Saw a Lotus Cortina at a junkyard a couple weeks ago. It was sitting on top of a schoolbus. The upper end of the engine is gone, but other than that looked to be in decent shape. Restorable, at least.
But, the owner has absolutely NO intentions of selling it.
I thought maybe I had scored a goodie for a minute!
Jeff

DrEntropy
11-07-2005, 08:27 AM
Similar experience a few years back: Followed a "scrap wallah" truck with a Lotus Cortina MkI in top of an old chevy. Got to the "yard" and the guy delivering said I'd need to see "the Boss".... He was a COMPLETE jerk. "No way, no how." would he sell that car, it was destined for the crusher and that's where he would make sure it went... No appeal, no reprieve

Morons, the lot. Hope they rot in Hades.