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PostPost by: ElanAndy » Sun Nov 26, 2017 3:19 pm

Hi all,
Hoping you may be able to help me out here! I am in the process of restoring a 1970 plus 2s, and the body was lifted off what looks like it's origional chassis a couple of weekends ago. I have managed to purchase a brand new, second hand unused spyder spaceframe chassis and am worried I may be missing a couple of parts?
Do I require any special mountings for the twincam engine? I have new rubber engine mounts but looking at what images are available on the net, it looks as though some owners have metal brackets / tubes that mount to the rubber mounting and then onto the engine?
I also do not seem to have a mounting for the gearbox? Is this something I can reuse of the old chassis?
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There are also pictures of different mountings for the rear shock absorber...my chassis simply has the uprights and a large circular hole in the moddle..Not the 'cradle' with 4 bolts that I have again seen on some pics.
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Does anything look to be missing from the rear?
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Any info gratefully recieved, Hoping for some slightly warmer and less damp weather to lift the engine out and to get going with the strip down of the old rolling chassis.
Thanks very much,
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PostPost by: normand » Sun Nov 26, 2017 4:04 pm

You need the tubular engine mount brackets that are only used on Spyder chassis, also the mounting rubbers are the same on both sides not different each side as when the Lotus chassis is used. The gearbox mount is also different. Spyder should be able to provide you with what you need.
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PostPost by: ElanAndy » Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:27 pm

Right, will give them a call tomorrow and hope for the best!
Thanks for the advice, much appreciated
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PostPost by: Robbie693 » Mon Nov 27, 2017 12:45 am

Also, the shock absorber 'cradle' is called a Lotocone - just so you know what to ask for.

You'll also need to specify wether your gearbox mounting bracket is for a 4 or 5 speed box.

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PostPost by: mbell » Mon Nov 27, 2017 1:47 am

I also have a effectively NOS spyder frame that is missing the "fitting kit". Which I think consists of the engine mount arms and front suspension pins. Do you have the pins?

Planning to contact spyder soon to purchase the arms and pins along with a 5 speed gearbox bracket. So interested in
what they tell you.

Below is picture of what I think Is the 4 speed bracket and you can see the extras holes for the 5 speed bracket in the chassis.
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