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Thread: Caterham doesn't make any of its parts

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    The coolant reservoir cap on the square style reservoir is from a Mini/Land Rover (Defender too I think)

    Source for the reservoir I'm not sure on.


    Globe/Ball reservoir is from VW I believe.

    Switches are from a lorry/bus of sorts.

    Heater valve switch appears to be a universal generic part
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Heater-Valv...4/153177204100

    2001 Caterham Superlight R

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    If you happen to venture to Arch Motors make sure to pop out the back. In the bushes and on top of old sheds you'll find a few discarded Caterhams too badly damaged to repair. On top of one shed is K7 JPE, the first JPE built and written off by an Italian journalist in 1993. He tried to overtake and had an unfortunate incident with a lorry resulting in a broken arm and destroyed JPE. Here's what's left.
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    Arch as it looked in 2018:


    And on the inside, need a drop floor pan?


    Maybe a replacement chassis?



    The brothers Robinson, the owners of Arch and the sons of the founder, are still at it and very helpful blokes. When I was re-skinning my '62 I got a class in forming the rear panel over the chassis rails during my visit to the factory:


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    Those are very cool pictures. Thanks for sharing! I thought Arch was responsible for just the frame but didn't realize that they make most body panels as well.

    That JPE and the history behind it are cool as well.
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    Thanks. Sounds like you had a fun visit with the bonus of hands on training.

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    I am impressed that it doesn’t have a dirt floor.
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    Certain generation of the keys are Land Rover key blanks. I presume the lock cylinder follows suit as well.
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    The fuel pump in my Caterham comes from a variety of Rover POS as per here:
    Caterham CSR260 Fuel Pump (usa7s.net)
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    I have a 1999 S-3 and the wiper motor is Lucas and was used in a lot of BMC and Triumphs. The gas gauged sending unit is from a classic Mini. I believe the spindles are Triumph Spitfire, but haven't confirmed. They are used on a lot of race cars. The rear brakes are the same as the larger of the Merkurs the Scorpio. The gas cap on my car was a Rover part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarlB View Post
    I believe the spindles are Triumph Spitfire, but haven't confirmed.
    You are correct for many of the cars. They are used on my '62. However somewhere along the line when double A-arms are used the spindles are no longer the standard Triumph component. Not sure if they are modified, from another source (likely) or bespoke (unlikely).
    Ron

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