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David A's Europa

1972 Lotus Europa 2037R

Europas were built from 1966 into 1975. There were approximately 9000 built over that period.

I bought 2037R in 1982 from the then-current owner in Foster City CA (near San Francisco). It's a Twin Cam model with the early 336 Renault transaxle. It's had a history of modification and the first 10 years of the history is lost. The serial number identifies it as the 37th Federal (US Market) Twin Cam made (or was it the 38th?). The many changes will certainly not be appreciated by those valuing originality...

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When the car is running (meaning when I'm not in major modification mode) it's used for driving to the store and to Lotus club events and also driving on track days.

Approximate history since 1982:
1982-91: In frequent use. About 90,000 miles in total from new.  
1991-96: Dormant, needing engine work. Outside in the rain.
1996: Engine rebuilt, frame off restoration started.
2003: Repainted by Bob Groat in Dupont color 5205K (plus clearcoat).
2004: Restoration complete, Europa in frequent use.
2007(March): Engine cam-bearing problem, swapping in Zetec 2.0L.
2009(March): Back on the road (barely). 
2009(September): The first time a track day was free of issues.
2012(February): Gearbox changed to an NG9 (an NG3 variant) 
    with a cable shifter and rear brakes are disk brakes. 
2012(June): The electric coolant pump has a proper controller
    so the pump is only running at full power hard when needed.
2012(November): Replaced front lower A arms and bushings.
2013(June): Replaced original-size radiator with much larger radiator.
    Simplified coolant routing.
    Replaced fuel and oil lines with new lighter weight lines.
    Simplified oil system.
    Removed left hand fuel tank.
2013(October) NG9 input shaft to mainshaft coupler broken so no-go! 
    Found lead in engine oil (TitanLabs.com).  Double trouble.
2016(September) Transmission back together with new inputshaft
    and coupler. Engine with new coated rods and mains with
    very precise clearances mixing two sets of bearings.
    Engine mounts modified to limit movement.
    Half-shafts balanced.

My conversion to Zetec was quite expensive. I've made many mistakes. I bought some very pricy things, a few of which I could not use in the end. I had to redo some things several times. I had some parts specially made. The conversion and running costs are over $60,000 from April 2007 to February 2012. Others have spent only a fraction of this using different components and better planning. But no matter what the conversion is not cheap. A significant amount of design and fabrication is involved (or so I claim :-) !

If you have questions about the conversion or find mistakes here, do not hesitate to let me know. My email address is on my home page (see the top of this page for a link to home).