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Lotus West -Tech Manual

PostPost by: UAB807F » Sun Jan 17, 2021 7:43 am

Thanks Phil, for someone who's never seen the original manual (wrong side of the pond ! ) it makes fascinating reading.

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PostPost by: alan.barker » Sun Jan 17, 2021 10:12 am

Hi Phil,
many thanks and nice reading
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PostPost by: rgh0 » Sun Jan 17, 2021 12:12 pm

Thanks for doing this Phil. Many years ago before the Internet I heard about the legendary Lotus West Tech Manual but never saw a copy. Great to see now and wish I could have seen it back in the 70's when I was trying to maintain my Elan with no knowledge and little real information

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PostPost by: John Larkin » Sun Jan 17, 2021 6:12 pm

Thank you Phil. It's a treasure trove of information.
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PostPost by: Vic » Tue Jan 19, 2021 3:18 pm

Dan Wise,
That's a name I haven't heard in a while. If I'm not mistaken, this is a picture I took of you at an autocross in 1980.
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PostPost by: elanner » Tue Jan 19, 2021 4:38 pm

Thanks Phil - this is really great stuff.

Nick

(By the way, 00EN079 - Twin Cam Valve Stem Seals seems to have a dead link?)
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PostPost by: pharriso » Tue Jan 19, 2021 4:58 pm

(By the way, 00EN079 - Twin Cam Valve Stem Seals seems to have a dead link?)


@Nick, Issue resolved, it was a naming issue.

If anyone else finds an issue (broken link etc.) please let me know by PM & I will fix it asap. :roll:
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PostPost by: persiflage » Tue Jan 19, 2021 10:00 pm

I’ve just spent an interesting 40 mins flicking through the manual .... thanks Phil and of course to the original contributors.
Love the retro typeset too :mrgreen:
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PostPost by: USA64 » Tue Jan 19, 2021 11:45 pm

Many thanks Phil! They also had a parts cross reference which I had part of. Perhaps we (editorial WE I mean you) could publish that as well, and maybe add to? More useful for the Brits of course, as in: "Oh! a Herald part! I'll just trot down to the wrecker and pick one up!" :roll:
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PostPost by: pharriso » Wed Jan 20, 2021 1:01 am

USA64 wrote:Many thanks Phil! They also had a parts cross reference which I had part of. Perhaps we (editorial WE I mean you) could publish that as well, and maybe add to? More useful for the Brits of course, as in: "Oh! a Herald part! I'll just trot down to the wrecker and pick one up!" :roll:


I have a Lucas parts reference that I published as Appendix 1 & 2... do you have something extra?

Happy to publish it if you can scan it or mail it to me, :)

p.s. I doubt there's many Heralds left in the Wreckers, even in England!
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PostPost by: Elan45 » Wed Jan 20, 2021 4:52 am

A friend has just this winter grabbed a set of drum braked Herald front suspension out of a breakers in north Ohio for me to use on my 20 or 20/22. I haven't seen the bits yet since I'm 900 miles away.

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PostPost by: Elan45 » Wed Jan 20, 2021 5:00 am

Oh, and Phil, I have number of Lucas parts books and data cards I'd be happy to let you scan into the archives. Some are very rare, while others are common enough I have duplicates. I've saved most of this stuff since the late '70s.

Do you have any literature from Sy Kaback's Lotus distributor from the late 50s early 60's. I'm pretty sure my 20 FJr pased thru his hands.

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PostPost by: StressCraxx » Wed Jan 20, 2021 5:37 am

Vic wrote:Dan Wise,
That's a name I haven't heard in a while. If I'm not mistaken, this is a picture I took of you at an autocross in 1980.
Vic


Hello Vic! How have you been? So glad to hear from you. I spoke with Ross Robbins a few weeks ago. He had some very kind words about you. I love that photo. I was thinner and had hair then. Not much of a driver though...
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PostPost by: StressCraxx » Wed Jan 20, 2021 5:58 am

Phil, Thanks so much. You did an amazing job on this. It's a great part of history when most of the support for our cars came from each other. Lots of really clever enthusiasts did some amazing work.
The ones I can recall:
Dave Bean
Rod Bean (no relation to Dave)
John Kouba
Roger Kessinger
Larry Lim
Frank Monise

Best wishes to you.
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