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Engine nr easy to find?

PostPost by: danbuoy1 » Thu Mar 19, 2020 9:31 pm

Sent the old log book off for my recent purchase which hasn't seen the road for 30 years and DVLA sent a questionnaire, to be fair they probably just want to make sure the bits and reg haven't secretly been transferred to another, however they want engine nr - the engine bay is a mess and not going to delve, pictures suggest it might be buried under bits, can I find it without removing the bits? Have dealt with DVLA before and they're quite friendly and helpful - makes a great change from usual bureaucracy.

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PostPost by: pharriso » Thu Mar 19, 2020 9:40 pm

danbuoy1 wrote: can I find it without removing the bits?
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Maybe, look on the horizontal boss just above the RH engine mount:
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If your car was not purchased as a kit from Lotus the engine # will be on the Vin plate under the bonnet:
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PostPost by: danbuoy1 » Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:00 pm

Thanks for reply Phil, I did see some pictures on net but they all show it on a dissembled engine and as attached picture shows, dont want to start delving :lol: So with a bit of cleaning, it should be easy to find? VIN plate is no problem but of course may not match engine.

I didn't know they were sold in kit form - I guess that would be found on the DVLA heritage certificate?

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PostPost by: pharriso » Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:42 pm

Shine a light between the carbs straight down.... Good luck , that's going to take some cleaning!
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PostPost by: danbuoy1 » Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:47 pm

Great - thanks Phil, weekend job.

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PostPost by: trw99 » Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:11 am

Paul, the engine number can also be found on the rear of the cylinder head. You’ll need a torch and a mirror to see it in situ.

It is usually located below the web that goes between the two cams on the head.

The +2 was available in component form for only the first year of production. Thereafter they were factory finished.

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PostPost by: alan.barker » Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:48 am

Hi Paul,
it looks like your car is a late 1969 or 1970 +2S so it was not a Kit. Webers and 2 tapped holes on Camcover which was used for Stromberges if fitted. A hump on the Bonnet i imagine, Puddle Lights bottom edge of Doors and lights inside Ashtrays :wink: :wink: :wink:
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PostPost by: rgh0 » Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:56 am

trw99 wrote:Paul, the engine number can also be found on the rear of the cylinder head. You’ll need a torch and a mirror to see it in situ.

It is usually located below the web that goes between the two cams on the head.

The +2 was available in component form for only the first year of production. Thereafter they were factory finished.

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By the time of the plus 2 coming into production the cylinder heads had a two digit two number code on the rear rather than the engine number so probably no joy their unless a whole engine swap with an earlier engine block and head.

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PostPost by: danbuoy1 » Fri Mar 20, 2020 4:02 pm

Thanks for replies - that's very helpful, by the sounds of it not a kit - learning all the time :D

I'll have a look at both places mentioned @weekend, presume head should match block unless either changed. I think DVLA just want proof car still exists and the reg isn't sitting on some shiny new kit car, I've dealt with them before and very easy to work with.

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PostPost by: danbuoy1 » Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:52 pm

Had a look today and with help of carb cleaner/long brush and petrol, managed to find and clean the engine nr on block and matches VIN - took a couple of photos, hope satisfy DVLA. Didn't look on rear of head but this should suffice.

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PostPost by: pharriso » Sun Mar 22, 2020 10:38 pm

danbuoy1 wrote:Had a look today and with help of carb cleaner/long brush and petrol, managed to find and clean the engine nr on block and matches VIN - took a couple of photos, hope satisfy DVLA. Didn't look on rear of head but this should suffice.

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PostPost by: danbuoy1 » Sun Mar 22, 2020 10:48 pm

pharriso wrote:Shine a light between the carbs straight down.... Good luck , that's going to take some cleaning!
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