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Australian Lotus Elan

PostPost by: Steve Budden » Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:17 am

Hello,
I have recently purchased a 1970 Elan from Tasmania and am looking forward to doing a full body off restoration on the car. I am sure this forum will give me a great deal of valuable information on the car. As I am recently retired my life long hobby of restoring cars has become a full time endeavor. I will post some pics as I get going.
Cheers
Steve
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The car has been in storage for many years in Tasmania
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The paint has humidity bubbles however the body is in great condition
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The interior is almost perfect however the engine is not going and will need a full mechanical resto
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PostPost by: pharriso » Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:58 am

Looks like a beautiful car, welcome Steve!
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:31 am

Lovely car and welcome to the forum!
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PostPost by: Certified Lotus » Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:17 pm

You have a great start, looks like it was stored well. Welcome Steve! Everyone on this forum was a huge help with my own restoration.
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PostPost by: 661 » Sat Apr 15, 2017 7:29 am

That looks lovely
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PostPost by: el-saturn » Sat Apr 15, 2017 11:32 am

lovely car and welcome - did u detect any traces of a tasmanian devil? sandy, alps
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PostPost by: Steve Budden » Sat Apr 15, 2017 11:47 am

I have to say this car was free of any traces of the Tasmanian Devil
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PostPost by: elansprint71 » Sat Apr 15, 2017 9:02 pm

Welcome on board- was the previous owner on here?
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PostPost by: JimE » Sat Apr 15, 2017 9:48 pm

Looks a great car to start with. The interior looks particularly good. Welcome Steve.
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PostPost by: Steve Budden » Sat Apr 15, 2017 9:53 pm

The car was in storage for decades so interior is almost factory fresh. No rust and body is indamaged. Should make a great resto
1956 Ford MK1 Zephyr under restoration
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PostPost by: JimE » Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:05 pm

Little tip for you. If you want the rocker switches to look like new apply some silicon brake fluid.
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PostPost by: Steve Budden » Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:09 pm

Never knew that one before. Great tip thanks heaps
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PostPost by: Bombay Racing Green » Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:35 am

Hi Steve,

Welcome! What a nice car. Good luck with the resto. You are lucky, Australia has some very knowledgeable Elanners.

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PostPost by: Steve Budden » Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:17 am

Hi Pete,
Many thanks, I am looking forward to getting the car. Getting a car out of Tasmania is proving very difficult, particularly when it doesn't go.
What sort of Lotus do you have.
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PostPost by: Bombay Racing Green » Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:57 pm

Hi Steve,

It's an Elan DHC S4. 7001100050C. So it was produced in January in the same year as yours. I'm very envious, I am very grateful that I have it, but I do like the lines of the FHC. I imagine getting it out of Tasmania will be difficult if it's a non runner. Where about in Australia are you?

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