Soooo all was going well for a while….i upgraded my radiator to a triple pass lovely black thing, after it decided to spray green liquid all over my screen at 110 mph AT EXACTLY THE SAME PLACE THE ROOF CAME OFF last year over wood head. Spooky….or just where i go the fastest. Front clam off and fitted myself along with new fan. Quietly pleased with myself there :-)
Then i found out how easy it is to change brake pads (4 Pot AP Racing 308's on mine) and fitted some Carbone Quiche Loraine copper backed lovelies…much to the dismay of my cousin Paul who just had a CL related melt down on his R26.R on track boiling his brake juice and melting calliper seals etc. Nothing to do with his driving style or new dunlop stickies or owt….
He was most concerned that i'd kill myself with these pads but as it happens when i came to change them, they were the ones i'd been using all along. I did notice that one of the pads was worn at an angle though, which i think is due to either the crumbling of the pad at one side, or the calliper piston being faulty. More than likely the former. I must get round to sending back the crumbly one to CL as there was lots of life left in them if it wasn't for that.
Then my engine decided to rip itself away from the chassis one day a few weeks ago. I thought at first it was an engine mount failure, which is common on these honda conversions it seems, but no the rear mount was fine and strong….so strong that it ripped itself and its bolts away from the chasing cross member it was bolted too.
My strategy has been to deal with this head on by hiding it away in my garage and buying an R32, but i'm not sure this will solve the problem. in a fit of positivity and disregard for likely high expense i am now looking around for chassis repairers/aluminium magicians in my local area.
Going to give Russ's recommendation of these guys a go http://www.p9raceshop.com/index.shtml as they are close enough for me to drive the lotus to, even if the engine is basically now mounted in a tinfoil hammock and swinging around more than a couple at Le Chambre. Should be fun over the speed bumps in Barrugh Green…that's pronounced Bar Green if you don't want filling in when asking for directions from "Doderth"
I think this pic shows roughly the mount or transverse/torque stabiliser and where it meets the chassis….
I'll keep you posted.