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boot lid/ cover fit, 1970 +2

PostPost by: pudge2260 » Fri Oct 08, 2021 12:18 am

Checking in to see if anyone has had an issue with the fit of the boot lid. Mine rides high in the right corner. have check for any past damage and have measured every possible way I can think of.
The lid looks good with no damage.

Any suggestions?

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PostPost by: h20hamelan » Fri Oct 08, 2021 12:22 am

That’s probably the case, mine measures about 5/8 from top, to top of bolt.
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PostPost by: Bud English » Fri Oct 08, 2021 10:32 pm

You didn't say whether it is front or rear, right corner that's high. If it's the front corner, here's another thing to check for. If the car has repair in that area or a respray, make sure that the recesses for the hinges in both the boot lid or the rear deck haven't been inadvertently filled in. It happens. There should be pockets in both surfaces for the hinges to seat into. If one or the other is filled in it will cause a mismatch.
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PostPost by: pudge2260 » Fri Oct 08, 2021 11:32 pm

Once again the Lotus community has the answers. The hinge pockets on my +2 have been filled. Will be working on that repair, then see where I'm at with the fit.

Currently it's the right rear that is high.

Thanks Bud for the pictures.

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PostPost by: Bud English » Sat Oct 09, 2021 6:12 am

Happy to have helped. Sounds like you've got it from here.
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PostPost by: berni29 » Mon Oct 11, 2021 5:25 pm

Hi

Does anyone know if the early +2 cars had this recess? I am thinking perhaps not.........

Many thanks

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PostPost by: jono » Mon Oct 11, 2021 7:41 pm

Yes the early cars have the hinge recessess too, they're needed to allow the boot to open properly due to the curvature of the rear scuttle panel.

On my last Plus 2 when I got it back from painting I could not get the boot to fit properly and then realised the painter had filled them in - caused me no end of problems. Hard explain but the hinges need to be on the same horizontal axis to work and the recesses achieve that. Without them the hinges try to pivot laterally when you open and close the boot or else the hinges bind up.

I ended up getting a pal to mill up some wedge shaped 'wafers' in alumnium to slip under the hinges which corrected the issue.
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PostPost by: Elseezed » Mon Oct 11, 2021 10:02 pm

berni29 wrote:Hi

Does anyone know if the early +2 cars had this recess? I am thinking perhaps not.........

Many thanks

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PostPost by: berni29 » Tue Oct 26, 2021 5:57 pm

Hi

Interesting. There is an early bodyshell on Ebay at the moment that does not appear to have the recesses, nor do they look to have been filled......

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/255190983212 ... SwDxxhcpx2

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PostPost by: Bud English » Wed Oct 27, 2021 12:01 am

Are you worried that your '70 has an early shell? The pictures I posted (yellow) are of my, March 70 +2S, 0053N.
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