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Early Elan

PostPost by: mr.vman » Thu Sep 27, 2018 5:12 pm

Gary,
Thank you for posting the pictures on your early Elan. In the interior of the car, is the lattice work also attached with, "cloth"? Both sides of car have, "cloth" attaching the lattice work? Bottom of car, light coat of paint or just gel coat for color? Any information if Bourne painted the bottom of the car? The car is a Bourne car, could have many unique features?
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PostPost by: GLB » Sat Sep 29, 2018 3:53 am

Steve, the lattice is held everywhere with cloth. The gel coat was not painted. I have had private message that has been very helpful. Gary
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PostPost by: GLB » Mon Oct 01, 2018 3:53 am

some more progress. Evidently Bourne cars had cloth used in high stress areas, like lattice attachments and to cover seams. The wheel wells were painted body color with no undercoating, the bottom of the car, underside of boot and bonnet, inside of boot and engine compartment were just gel coat, ie gray. The underside of my boot lid has never been painted but the bonnet underside, the boot and engine compartment have been and I will paint them a gray that I had matched to the underside of the boot lid, close but the original gel coat is not uniform.
Still a question about the top of the foot boxes and the upper fire wall.
Here are some pictures of the repaired crack in the bottom from a jack probably. Will need some work from the inside but it is now strong and even. Normal bevel and fill repair. The gel coat was very thick, probably settled into the low spots of the ribs, the glass was fairly thin. beveled back about 10 to 1, if was 1/8 inch thick beveled back about 1 inch or slightly more on each side of the crack. I opened up the crack with a reciprocating saw, shimmed into place and reglassed. Gary
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PostPost by: knockoffnut » Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:31 pm

Tim, That is so cool. I never realized that Bourne bodies have corrugated floors! While I am on here, I have a misplaced question: Did early (S2) Elans have the inside surfaces of their bootlid (trunklid) painted body colour, or satin black? Thank you.

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I have attached a photo of a body, just out of the mould at Bourne.

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PostPost by: GLB » Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:56 pm

weather still good and warm so more work. First picture is with yellow epoxy primer surfacer. Two coats sanded between to 400 grit. White is sealer, to be sanded to 600 before paint. The gray is acylic urethane , I think it is a pretty good color match to the original Bourne gel coat. It will get splattered with cirrus white top coat but I think that is how it looked originally from my forensic sanding. I am going to put some 3 M body Schutz undercoating in the top of the wheel wells to try and minimize rock stars from the inside, then turn it back right side up tomorrow. Gary
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PostPost by: Certified Lotus » Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:01 pm

Looks good Gary. I always admire the people who can paint. One of my down falls and realize I have no business doing it. 8)
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PostPost by: The Veg » Sun Oct 07, 2018 12:40 pm

Nice work Gary!

I've always envied those who have these skills. Not that it's beyond my ability- I actually don't know if it is, as I've never had any training or even a chance to do the work with a mentor giving advice. The curiosity lingers but is it something I really want to take on.

Oh and extra credit given for the Sunbeam in the background! My dad had a bunch of them when I was a young lad.
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