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Creating GTS style car from a S2 - the restoration begins

PostPost by: dunclentdr » Tue May 10, 2016 7:35 pm

The body is off the chassis and in storage - major rust and deterioration of the chassis and components!

Plan is to replace all of the chassis, suspension and running gear, found a cosy (US) mouse nest with nuts in the front chassis turret!

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PostPost by: richardcox_lotus » Wed May 11, 2016 7:28 am

So how on earth did you get the body up into the rafters ?
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PostPost by: vstibbard » Wed May 11, 2016 8:02 am

Thats the worst rust I've ever seen in an Elan chassis, it must have been a regular driver on heavily salted roads or sat on ground/in water hole for the backbone to be that far gone!!!

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PostPost by: dunclentdr » Wed May 11, 2016 8:48 am

The rust is worse than it looks in the pictures! Parts of the chassis have just gone - think it was standing rather than driven in this state.

The body is in the rafters with the help of 4 strong 18 year old lads!
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PostPost by: dunclentdr1 » Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:56 pm

It's been a while since an update on my GTS project (have had to register under a new name too as problems with password etc).

Anyway, here are some pics of the 26R chassis and front end which is now largely done.

Engine is away and nearly complete, CR gearbox done and diff with LSD complete.

Believe it or not I have a project plan that will have in complete by March 2018 - bodywork and final assembly by a respected motorsport engineer. Will post more frequently now!!

It's going to be a S1 GTS by the way, French blue like the Shapecraft one in the picture.

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PostPost by: 661 » Tue Aug 15, 2017 5:19 pm

Hi,
Nice work.
Whose front hubs have you used? They look to have a longer thread than the TTR ones.
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PostPost by: dunclentdr1 » Tue Aug 15, 2017 5:49 pm

Hi Graeme

Thanks.

The hubs are from Kelvedon:-

http://www.kelsport.net/parts/product_d ... ctionID=46


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PostPost by: 661 » Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:27 pm

I' ve gone the TTR route.
Oddly I was speaking to Tony earlier today asking him if he would produce a longer hub for me such that it could accommodate a spinner locking wire. I suspect that it may prove difficult to persuade him but I'll sow the seeds.
I like the Kelvedon hub but I' m reluctant to start mixing my supplier when it comes to the important stuff.
Will you be at Malcolm's?

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PostPost by: dunclentdr1 » Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:31 pm

I won't as have big party at home - are you building a similar car, perhaps we can compare notes?

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PostPost by: gino1 » Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:39 am

Hi David, those are similar hubs to the ones fitted on my Elan too.
In fact I lent Pat Thomas mine and he made this new version which is an improvement.
Looks great..
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PostPost by: dunclentdr1 » Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:54 am

Hi Gino

Followed your build and found it very helpful, hope the car is going well.

Hubs look good, the Plus 2 calipers I have fitted at the front seem to extend further out than the flat face of the hub so hoping the (26r) wheels are going to fit OK!

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PostPost by: gino1 » Wed Aug 16, 2017 11:41 am

Hi David....the 26r wheels are the real look but when you weigh up the cost you can have two or three sets of minilites made up with the correct offset and incorporate the extra offset you need.
Re the larger callipers; you could fit some spacers ?
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PostPost by: dunclentdr1 » Wed Aug 16, 2017 11:55 am

Hi Gino - you are right - they look the part, are very expensive and it would be nice to have more than 1 set - the minilites look great on your car too.

I have thought about getting a second set made up from this supplier, they will make to size/offset and also paint as required:-

http://www.imagewheels.co.uk/lm4-alloy-wheel/

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PostPost by: 661 » Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:15 pm

dunclentdr1 wrote:I won't as have big party at home - are you building a similar car, perhaps we can compare notes?

David


I'm building a race car, it probably won't be too dissimilar to what you are doing but obviously needs to be 'in period' for FIA accreditation. I have the +2 calipers on my road Elan. They work really well without MC changes. I;m afraid I don't know if the 26R wheels will fit but I see no reason why not. kelvedon do an alloy one. I don't consider it overpriced for what it is.
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PostPost by: dunclentdr1 » Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:39 pm

...I'm in Worcestershire...
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