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PostPost by: Sea Ranch » Fri Dec 16, 2011 4:01 am

Thanks, Richard, for pointing me to this great thread of Tim's . . . one of many I had not got to yet.

Downloaded lots of those cool Lotus World jpegs . . . I know, I'm going straight to he_ _ (just hoping British copyright agents don't coming looking for my hard drive . . .) :wink: :roll:

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PostPost by: munro1969 » Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:50 pm

A bit late but I have owned it for many years now and have done further mods over the years including a v8 engine change as the triumph unit was to heavy a TVR gearbox and sierra cosworth diff and drive train etc etc etc
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PostPost by: Peter +2 » Fri Apr 05, 2013 6:11 am

I was sure I had seen something in Club Lotus about a Plus 2 V8, great to see it exists!

I think it deserves a separate post under the mod section. Keep the posts coming.

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PostPost by: Peter +2 » Fri Apr 05, 2013 6:11 am

I was sure I had seen something in Club Lotus about a Plus 2 V8, great to see it exists!

I think it deserves a separate post under the mod section. Keep the posts coming.

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PostPost by: theelanman » Fri Apr 05, 2013 7:58 am

mmmm.....
not my taste but damn fine effort......
hows the rear end with all that power....
Im guessing quite brown trouserish if youre not careful
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PostPost by: munro1969 » Sat Apr 06, 2013 4:56 pm

Yah it puts a smile on my face its actually got a 4.6 range rover P38 engine in now. Still would like a spyder chassis for it and MSD distributor etc etc etc guess i will just keep going till it kills me. It drives quite nice with the coil overs, smooth power and the T5 gearbox and the LSD diff helps in the wet. The front end is off a 60s Lotus Elite with a custom nose cone triumph GT6 bonnet bulge. I read somewhere that Colin Chapman wanted to put a V8 in the plus 2 but the American import rules at the time changed his mind. But i have also read it was a straight 6 so not sure now?
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PostPost by: Quart Meg Miles » Tue Apr 09, 2013 9:04 pm

Fantastic project, Munro. I'm all for authenticity, but if you're going to modify one you might as well take it to the limit.

Give us more data, please, like estimated power and performance (on private roads, of course), rear suspension and drive shaft specs. You do seem to have some Lotus in the chassis, and the +2 is fairly generous with space up front, so do you have a rust problem to want a Spyder chassis or do you reckon it is stiffer?
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PostPost by: Peter +2 » Wed Apr 10, 2013 2:20 am

Hi Munro,

There has been a separate thread started headed "V8 +2" if you add more information there I am sure more readers will pick up on this exciting project.

Show us more please.

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