For Sale

Just a note:  My local welding/metal fabrication/machine shop now charges over $100.00 per hour labour fees for any work performed, plus the cost of material(s). If any of these parts would suit your project, it may be quite a cost saving to purchase them while they are still available.

1) An unused/as new pair of Phillips Safety Eyewear braze welding glasses fitted with #5 Cobalt Blue Lenses.  The nose clips can be unscrewed and removed if this eyewear is required to be worn over prescription glasses.  Note: The cobalt blue lens is an advantage when gas flux braze welding, as it allows the bronze welding process to be easily viewed.  $40.00 SOLD

2). Caterham style rear licence plate bracket.  This bracket has a thin (18g.) mild steel plate welded on between the two uprights to fit a U.K. style rear licence plate.  As North American plates are narrower and slightly taller than their U.K. counterpart, it will accept this type of plate very easily.  Two different bracket options for a licence plate lamp are included, one as per the Caterham design to be fitted on top of the plate, and one as used by Lotus below the plate.  The bracket allows for a spare tire with a width of up to 9 inches maximum to be fitted, or it can be cut shorter as necessary.   $50.00

3). 1-1/2 inches by 3/4 inch by 16 gauge rectangular mild steel tube 36 inches long, to be shortened to fit the rear of the frame and welded between the rear upper damper towers (just behind the rear seats).  Designed to fit 4 point shoulder seat belts (or 6 point for racing). Note: Belts not included.  It is supplied with 4 x 7/16 inch i.d. UNF threaded bush inserts for bolting the shoulder belts to this rectangular cross member.  The cross member has not been drilled to take the bushes, as it depends on personal preference how much spacing there needs to be for the belts.  As it fits between the damper towers, it can be sealed to prevent water intrusion. $60.00 SOLD

Note: The UNF i.d. thread is the same size as used by Caterham and Lotus to secure their seat belts.

4) 3 of – left-hand-drive Triumph Herald/Spitfire steering rack tubes. Only one comes with the geared rack bar.  Most parts from a r.h.d rack can be used, and most  spares for these racks are available as brand new parts from U.S. and U.K. companies specializing in Triumph cars. These rack tubes have been carefully media blasted to remove old paint.  They are repainted with a primer followed by a black satin finish.

$15.00 each for the rack tubes without the geared rack bar, and $40.00 for the rack tube with the geared rack bar.

5) Original Lotus Seven windshield wiper motor mounting bracket.  This mild steel bracket is flat, but I can form it to the shape as used by Lotus if necessary.  It fits on the  upper left hand side of the chassis and attaches to the dash tube by welding.  It has three holes pre-drilled for mounting the original electric wiper motor, or will allow mounting of other types of motor.  $30.00 SOLD

6)  2 of – mild steel windshield stanchions made of 1/8 inch thick plate to replace the

Lotus/Caterham aluminum originals. These stanchions are the same shape as the originals, and have brackets welded on the top to fit racing mirrors (not supplied). The original designer of these mild steel stanchions had fitted them to his Seven along with a racing windshield (shape unknown) when racing his car. The second owner of the car did not want them and sold them to me with a few other spare parts.  $30.00 the pair.

7)  A 14 gauge shaped mild steel plate for welding between the steering rack mounts to further reinforce the front of the chassis and securely locate the steering rack.  This modification removes the stresses incurred solely by the rack if the front of the chassis is not triangulated.  $40.00

8) Mild steel spacer bushes for mounting parts on to the chassis.  Some of these machined bushes are exactly 1 inch long, and some are just over 1 inch long for welding either side of the 1 inch square and round chassis tubes.  Various inside and outside diameters for fitting such items as the exhaust system, engine mounts and rubbers, anti roll bar, wing brackets, suspension components etc. $7.00 each

9) Ford 105E or Cortina cast iron rear differential crown wheel and pinion housing – no innards, but comes fitted with bearing caps.  All parts are still available for this differential housing (from Burton Performance U.K. among others).  It is lighter than the Escort case by at least 3 pounds, and has the same bolt pattern as the Cortina and Escort diff.  Reasonable offers considered.

10) 1 pair of Lucas L691 rear brake/tail lights with red lenses (dual contact filament bulbs with 3 wires connected including ground wire).  Lotus used the L691 signal lights with amber lenses on the Lotus Seven Series 3 – front and rear, and for the front signal lights on the Series 4.  As the two types of original aftermarket rear brake/tail lights (Wingard and Thorpe) used on the Seven Series 1 to 3 are hard to find and very expensive, these L691 lights with red lenses would compliment L691 rear amber signal lights on a Seven. $47.00 the pair.

11) A U.S. gallon of middle graphite grey paint as used by Lotus on the Series 3 Seven chassis.  This is an oil based paint, and as far as I know, it can only be sent by ground courier. $50.00 SOLD

12)  An 18 gauge mild steel jig to correctly centre the top bearing tube of a brake balance bar (Tilton recommended) on to the Lotus pedal. The pedal that would suit best for this modification is a clutch pedal, as this will provide better spacing of the 3 pedals for correct heel and toe operation. Note: this jig can also be used for the rear gearbox rubber mount on a Lotus Seven Series 2/3 with the early type of insulating rubber, as it is at the correct height. It will require cutting to suit. $25.00

Terms of SAle

All the items are priced in Canadian Dollars.  Postage is extra and will be in Canadian Dollars.  Insurance and tracking will be available at extra cost.

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William Fayers

Welcome to the Anglo Canadian site for information on the Lotus Seven and the racing derivatives. My interest in this quirky little car began during high school in England, and has continued to this day. With the purchase of a Series 3 - too long ago than I care to remember - I have collected as much information as I could from the always very helpful owners, companies, racers, and mechanics who dedicated so much of their time to this fascinating little car. A number of Formula1 drivers started their careers racing a Seven. Gordon Murray, the exceptional designer and engineer originally with Brabham/MRD Formula 1 and designer of the McLaren Formula 1 road car, includes it in his list of favourites. If you have any stories or advice on maintaining the Lotus Seven, please drop me a line.

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