Lotus Elan

UK TV Friday 18 Jan.Channel 14

PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:12 am

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It's cold and damp outside , so forget the garage for one evening , Friday 18th , Channel 14 , More4 , 18:55 Car SOS , 1970's Lotus Elan....

Probably a repeat but what the heck...

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PostPost by: JimE » Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:10 pm

I think that's the one where the seller gets diddled into selling his Elan to the SOS team for a rock bottom price. I didn't like that. Jim
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PostPost by: Craven » Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:41 pm

Those of a nervous disposition look away when Fuzz gets to work with a 10 ton press on the rear strut.
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PostPost by: Europatc » Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:49 pm

Jime I think that was the one with Mike Brewer 'wheeler dealer' not car sos. This was has been shown many times if its the one with his wife sat in the car while it is on the ramp.
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PostPost by: MarkDa » Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:25 am

Or watch it here - revised link

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x60bo5h
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PostPost by: JonB » Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:20 am

I followed the link and it was about a Tilly truck..
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PostPost by: JonB » Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:20 am

I followed the link and it was about a Tilly truck..
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PostPost by: JimE » Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:39 am

Europatc wrote:Jime I think that was the one with Mike Brewer 'wheeler dealer' not car sos. This was has been shown many times if its the one with his wife sat in the car while it is on the ramp.


Yep, you're quite right.
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PostPost by: 69S4 » Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:44 pm

I didn’t realise SOS had done an Elan. That’s any chance I have of getting mine fixed on the cheap gone then :lol:

Fuzz Townshend, the mechanic on the show, has now got his name attached to my local oil supplier, Classic Oils. They moved up to the Bicester Heritage site a while back and are now part of the one stop classic shop that the site is becoming. Whether they’ll have ‘meet Fuzz and get 10% off’ promotional days remains to be seen but I hope his involvement doesn’t change the nature of the business. They’ve been great as a source of cheap two stroke oil for my old smokers as well as oil for the Elan.
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PostPost by: MarkDa » Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:40 pm

Sorry about the mis-link.
Try this

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x60bo5h
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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:35 pm

Craven wrote:Those of a nervous disposition look away when Fuzz gets to work with a 10 ton press on the rear strut.


If only he'd removed the other circlip.....

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PostPost by: MarkDa » Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:05 pm

Too much brute force and ignorance all round on the hub and strut.
At least he didn't damage the hub with heat and hammering!
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PostPost by: billwill » Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:42 pm

MarkDa wrote:Too much brute force and ignorance all round on the hub and strut.
At least he didn't damage the hub with heat and hammering!


Fuzz is usually quite careful, so I suspect this action was deliberate show for TV. It probably needed replacing anyway for other reasons.

I seem to remember that the owner is/was a member of this forum and that he did say it took a lot longer than the TV timescale.
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PostPost by: MarkDa » Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:45 pm

You're probably right - it makes for good tv.
They bought a new tube as well which may indicate problems there as well.
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PostPost by: JonB » Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:19 am

Argh! They used a 3 legged puller of the rear hub!

That said, I sure wish someone would come and sort my Plus 2 out...
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