Another good story, you have a knack for bringing to light the trials and tribulations of owning the vehicles we have made part of our lives. When I was reading about the first ride I had to chuckle. I encountered almost the same situation. I Have slowly been turning my 66 E coupe vintage racer back to a street car. Last year I added horns and a quieter exhaust as well as a few other items to attempt to make her street legal so I can register and insure my companion of 45 years. Last week I rolled the car out of the storage garage and after checking the important stuff fired her up and proceeded to bring her to my shop at home. Just like you, I surely did not remember the sounds I heard as I rolled along the back roads from one town over to my home garage ( I also live in Massachusetts). Once home I had to search for that rattle. Surprisingly it was one of the new horns I had install last fall it had some how moved and was rattling against the bulkhead. A slight twist and a bend and that was the end of that. A quick spin around the block confirmed that particular noise was gone. My task at hand is to finish adding back the creature comforts I removed over the years while racing it. What caught my eye was your Europa as I to have a 72 that came in boxes. I have owned it for over 25 years. I have slowly been reassembling all of the bits and pieces. There is a bit of a twist to the reassemble process. We have made a number of changes, including reinforcing the frame and adding a small block Chevy with a Porsche trans axle. It's on the back burner once again as I have had to retire it to the storage unit for the time being but hope to continue on with my "Cheuropa" soon I ordered your Lotus book to day and I am sure I will enjoy reading it. Thanks for the stories!
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