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    Litton Corse build with 2.0l Lancia 8v TC

    Hi guys,

    I've recently joined SEC to share some pics and updates of my Dad's (Paul Eustace) Litton Corse replica, which he is building at home in Suffolk, UK. I know some of you have already seen information about the car from a thread on Guy Croft's forum, but I thought I would add more information and pics here.

    My Dad ordered what was one of the first Litton Corse replicas on 14th July 1989 and collected the chassis and body on 26th October 1989. The chassis is built to house a 2.0l 8v TC engine.

    The car was mostly assembled during 1990 and an engine was taken from a crashed Lancia Beta HPE. I was 9-years-old at the time and, once any parts needed were stripped from the HPE, I had the enjoyable task of crushing the HPE with the rear bucket from a JCB before it was taken to the scrapyard .

    Unfortunately, some high winds at the end of that year caused the double garage, in which the car was kept, to fall down. Luckily, the car suffered only minor bodywork damage which was easily repaired. The Stratos fund, however, took a hit, what with the need to build a new garage. Further distractions meant that momentum in the project ground a halt and the car sat in the garage for 22years until the end of 2012, when it was time to start up the project again.

    The car will hopefully be on the road for this summer and I will post pics chronologically of build.

    For now, some pics of the car at the end of 2012:

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    Work then started on stripping the car for Dad to paint it in the garage and, in early 2013, the engine was taken to Guy Croft in Lincoln for a complete rebuild and tuning work.

    Here are pics of the car after primer and acid etch coat:

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    We would be very interested to hear from other Stratos owners in the East of England, particularly any Litton replica owners.

    Cheers, Michael

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    Re: Litton Corse build with 2.0l Lancia 8v TC

    Leading contender for the longest build?
    Great to hear it's making progress again.

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    Re: Litton Corse build with 2.0l Lancia 8v TC

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisCar6 View Post
    Leading contender for the longest build?
    Great to hear it's making progress again.
    Thanks Chris, really looking forward to getting the car completed - it's been a long time coming...

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    Re: Litton Corse build with 2.0l Lancia 8v TC

    Here are some pics after the body chassis was painted and wheels and suspension fitted.

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    Re: Litton Corse build with 2.0l Lancia 8v TC

    What a fantastic and interesting history. Your dad is a solid guy to hold on to his dream for so long AND to hopefully see it through to completion :-) Looking forward to the updates and completion. There's plenty of IVA help on the forum.

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    Re: Litton Corse build with 2.0l Lancia 8v TC

    Quote Originally Posted by Cadami View Post
    What a fantastic and interesting history. Your dad is a solid guy to hold on to his dream for so long AND to hopefully see it through to completion :-) Looking forward to the updates and completion. There's plenty of IVA help on the forum.
    Thanks Cadami, I'm sure the IVA info on here will prove to be invaluable

    Cheers, Michael

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    Re: Litton Corse build with 2.0l Lancia 8v TC

    Photo of the underside of the car after painting

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    Whilst the engine was with Guy Croft, we fitted the car with a spare engine with a view to transporting the car to Lance Pritchard at OJZ Engineering in Lincoln for custom exhaust fabrication.

    Pic of the rear of the car in Lance's workshop, my Dad is on the left, Lance on the right. Very pleased with the finished article.

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    Re: Litton Corse build with 2.0l Lancia 8v TC

    Great to see another Corse emerging.
    After ten years or more close to and around the Corse 'project' I have to say I don't think anyone knew or knows how many actually got manufactured and/or built into cars.
    Good luck with the final stages.

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    Re: Litton Corse build with 2.0l Lancia 8v TC

    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelEustace View Post
    Thanks Cadami, I'm sure the IVA info on here will prove to be invaluable

    Cheers, Michael
    Hello Michael,

    Welcome, nice to see the car getting completed after all these years. I had a rifle through your FB gallery & the build looks very thorough with some interesting modifications/additions.

    If I can start the IVA list with a couple of points-

    1) Radius end on tail pipe
    2) Emissions, how do you intend to approach this? Do you have a V5 doc that tallies to the new engine?

    Regards
    "You can lead a horse to water, but a pencil must be lead"
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    Re: Litton Corse build with 2.0l Lancia 8v TC

    The general rule is build it to a minimum spec with no extras. Less to fail and do for the retest........
    Last edited by Cadami; 24-01-2014 at 13:20.

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