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    Default New 7 owner

    I just bought a 1992 Caterham 7. RHD, with 1.4 Rover fuel injected K-series. It's my first Caterham but not my first British sports car. I have a BJ8 Healey in the back of the garage that's next in line for restoration when I finish my 69 Chevelle convertible. I've always been primarily a muscle car guy, but in the last 10 years I've gotten into other stuff. In addition to the Healey and Chevy, I've got an 80s Honda that I race locally.

    I was supposed to pick the up this week but I only have an open trailer and the weather is not cooperating. Rrrg.

    Anyway, I'll have pictures and probably a lot of questions once I get it home.

    Cheers
    Andy

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    Welcome Andy. Many of us here have been following the auction. Great looking car and a nice price!

    Sounds like you are handy with a wrench-that is a big plus as these cars need a certain amount of TLC. Obviously do a nut/bolt check fairly soon. And dont take any long trips until you shake it down locally and make sure everything is working properly. Ear protection and eye protection are musts. Don't recall status of your car's tires, but since these are so light they typically have lots of tread, often long after the rubber has fossilized and grip is marginal.

    Enjoy!You will soon be the center of attention wherever you go!
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    Andy,

    Congrats on the purchase and welcome to the forum.
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    Congratulations Andy. Given you now have a K series engined seven you will probably want to access the technical resources of Blatchat website with the Lotus 7 Club of UK. The only other K series engined Caterham around on this forum is owned by Tom (Yellowss7) so he will be a huge engine resource too. Otherwise everything else is within reach in the USA.

    Good luck trailering it home - the weather has been atrocious all over the country this last couple of weeks. How far do you have to drive?




    Kitcat - I think you are thinking of the wrong car Mike. This was not the Bringatrailer auction car.
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    Whoops, you are right Croc! I like the K series engine for its uniqueness. I suspect similar spec (weight & power) as 1.6 X-Flow? We need pix!
    '97 Caterham Super Sprint, 1700 Crossflow-sold
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    Quote Originally Posted by Croc View Post
    Congratulations Andy. Given you now have a K series engined seven you will probably want to access the technical resources of Blatchat website with the Lotus 7 Club of UK. The only other K series engined Caterham around on this forum is owned by Tom (Yellowss7) so he will be a huge engine resource too. Otherwise everything else is within reach in the USA.

    Good luck trailering it home - the weather has been atrocious all over the country this last couple of weeks. How far do you have to drive?




    Kitcat - I think you are thinking of the wrong car Mike. This was not the Bringatrailer auction car.

    Thanks guys. Thanks for the resources Croc. I'll check those out.

    You're correct, it wasn't the BaT car. I was looking at it but decided I liked this one better even though it's RHD and has an engine that will make the guy at Autozone stare into space. I ended up spending a bit more but I'm happy with it.

    I've got a 1000 mile round trip and unfortunately all I have available is an open trailer, so I have to wait for the weather. Looks good for next week though. Hopefully I'll get it here in time for Track Night in America on the 11th.

    I've been trying to con my 8 year old into going with me on the trip. Maybe I can bribe him with Subway and pizza

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    Andy69,

    Congratulations and welcome to the virtual asylum.
    Do try to get your kid to go. A Seven is just his size. At stops, I get every kid I can into the driver's seat and they love it.
    Don't fret about the RHD. It's not a problem. More authentic looking too. Funny when a passenger tries to get it and discovers they are on the wrong side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panamericano View Post
    Andy69,

    Congratulations and welcome to the virtual asylum.
    Do try to get your kid to go. A Seven is just his size. At stops, I get every kid I can into the driver's seat and they love it.
    Don't fret about the RHD. It's not a problem. More authentic looking too. Funny when a passenger tries to get it and discovers they are on the wrong side.

    Funny bit of totally useless information: My only experience driving on the left hand side of the road was in Jamaica, Turks and Caicos, and St. Thomas. Cars there are mostly LHD. So, a mirror image of what I'll be doing with this car, so the island adage of "ahm in de bush" still applies

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    The K series was the go to engine in the Uk for a good while. It's very light weight and very tunable. The original R500 was a 1.8L K Series pushed up to 242 HP with a ridiculous 9200 rpm red line. Most didn't last at that level and they detuned them to 232 hp with an 8600 rpm redline.

    Mine was built to the VHPD spec, Very High Power Derivative and dynode at 196BHP. Very reliable engine if you let the oil warm up before you thrash it. Head gaskets were an early problem due to plastic dowels used to locate the head. Metal ones and an improved head gasket usually solves the issue.

    Cateham, Redline and QED in the UK support them parts wise. I'm putting a new starter in mine right now.

    Good luck the purchase. Your face will hurt for days after you drive it from smiling so much. Tom
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    Congrats on the purchase, post pics when you have it! Great engine - I have a car coming in 2-3 weeks with a Rover K series VHPD built to 233 hp and 8000 redline. I’ll create a separate post soon with the details. Ron.
    What can I add to my fuel stabilizer to make it last longer?

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