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trialsman

posted on 16/1/20 at 05:07 PM Reply With Quote
Trying to replace front plastic bushings

I'm trying to replace the control arm bushings on my English made Locost. The outside diameter of the metal tube they are in is 1.35" (34.29mm) X 1.2" (30.48mm) long and that includes paint. The bushings are red plastic and two piece with a larger flange on the outside of each right and left. I'm trying to find out what the bushings are before I disassemble then. Any suggestions? Are they Spitfire bushings? I'll try to post pictures later if that will help. Russ
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gremlin1234

posted on 16/1/20 at 08:03 PM Reply With Quote
they don't sound like triumph spitfire bushes,
do yours have a central metal tube ?
a picture would really help ;-)

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rusty nuts

posted on 17/1/20 at 08:28 AM Reply With Quote
Have a look at the Superflex website the kitcardirect and the rally design websites. It may be a common locost bush kit?
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Mr Whippy

posted on 17/1/20 at 01:00 PM Reply With Quote
you need to push them out and measure them, could have come from anywhere but at least if you know the sizes you can move forward

English made... that probably accounts for at least 75% of all lotus 7 clones, can you tell if it's home made or a kit manufacturer?



[Edited on 17/1/20 by Mr Whippy]

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trialsman

posted on 17/1/20 at 02:24 PM Reply With Quote
It appears to be a homemade, I assume, but it is an awfully well made one. There is an alum. plate in the engine compartment that has what I assume is a VIN. It says "R SIERRA LD" and an 11 digit serial number that starts with "BBAFUB.....". There may be a letter or number in front of the first "B".
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40inches

posted on 17/1/20 at 02:56 PM Reply With Quote
This site has dimensions, there are others in the catalogue. Rally Design
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gremlin1234

posted on 17/1/20 at 03:38 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by trialsman
It appears to be a homemade, I assume, but it is an awfully well made one. There is an alum. plate in the engine compartment that has what I assume is a VIN. It says "R SIERRA LD" and an 11 digit serial number that starts with "BBAFUB.....". There may be a letter or number in front of the first "B".
a very quick search on that number brought up this very intersting (well certainly for you) thread


https://www.locostbuilders.co.uk/forum/7/viewthread.php?tid=85695

oh, I find it was your own thread from 12 years ago

[Edited on 17/1/20 by gremlin1234]

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MikeRJ

posted on 18/1/20 at 09:41 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by gremlin1234

a very quick search on that number brought up this very intersting (well certainly for you) thread



The OP started that thread

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rusty nuts

posted on 18/1/20 at 10:02 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by MikeRJ
quote:
Originally posted by gremlin1234

a very quick search on that number brought up this very intersting (well certainly for you) thread



The OP started that thread


Oh I find it was your own thread from 12 years ago . Think that gives you a clue?

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obfripper

posted on 18/1/20 at 11:00 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by trialsman
It appears to be a homemade, I assume, but it is an awfully well made one. There is an alum. plate in the engine compartment that has what I assume is a VIN. It says "R SIERRA LD" and an 11 digit serial number that starts with "BBAFUB.....". There may be a letter or number in front of the first "B".


The chassis number is from the donor vehicle, BB- Gt Britain, Halewood produced, AF- Escort 4 door, UB produced Sept '78, the rest of the chassis number will be the same as the original escort engine number.

Dave

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trialsman

posted on 19/1/20 at 12:41 AM Reply With Quote
Wow, that's good info to know. Any idea what the other number is? ARFDMJ E###
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obfripper

posted on 19/1/20 at 10:55 AM Reply With Quote
Looks like some of the build plate numbers (would have originally been on the slam panel on the opposite side to the vin plate).
The A is escort, R is rhd , F is 4 door saloon, D is base model, M is manual, J is 1300cc, the rest i'm not sure on, but are likely to be trim and options.


Dave

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obfripper

posted on 19/1/20 at 11:10 AM Reply With Quote
Just to add, the SIERRA is the original colour(a fawn beige, and the colour of the build plate if original) , R should indicate Recaro seats but may mean something different on a base model, LD i''m not sure but should be external trim options.

Dave

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