Lotus Elan

FHC decapitate / DHC value differences

PostPost by: ivor badger » Sat Dec 31, 2016 11:59 am

Following from comments above. What are the differences between a 26 chassis and a 36/45 chassis?
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PostPost by: Maulden7 » Sat Dec 31, 2016 12:58 pm

Mazzini wrote:

The long boot hinges were a one off Lotus casting, on type 26 cars they helped anchor the hardtop when fitted. They are available from a few sources, but possibly only in ali not chromed brass, unless somebody knows different.


Any idea on the sources?
With apologies to Sandy for the blatant thread hijack :D
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These hinges are made of brass & will rechrome perfectly. The two fixing bolts are only screwed in & can be easily removed / replaced. No need to buy new (which may well need chroming anyway)
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PostPost by: englishmaninwales » Sat Dec 31, 2016 5:38 pm

Maulden7 wrote:
These hinges are made of brass & will rechrome perfectly. The two fixing bolts are only screwed in & can be easily removed / replaced. No need to buy new (which may well need chroming anyway)


Unfortunately the bores in the outer brass lugs have badly worn rather than the hinge pins, resulting in a sloppy fit of the boot lid. Might repair with a (much) larger hinge pin.
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PostPost by: el-saturn » Sat Dec 31, 2016 6:49 pm

there's no doubts and weren't any to begin with. the only confusion i created was when i went thru the swiss mot approach to these cars. mine was imported as a coupe 36/4982 (FHC) but THEY gave her a new untrue status: OPEN WITH HARDTOP - which i made become TRUE: bought a s3 or s4 drop head body in norfolk for 3000£ and 300£ freight and voila: we have a state legal metamorphosis from a to b!...... and here it never was a FHC! sandy PS: only structural addition: a saftey devices cage
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PostPost by: Spyder fan » Sat Dec 31, 2016 7:42 pm

Sandy,
With regards to your original question, the value depends on whether you are buying or selling :mrgreen:

It looks like you took advantage of a mistake by the Swiss registrars and now have a really nice DHC all legal and proper for your country.

Things change over time, it used to be that if you chopped the roof and made a car a DHC that you would add value because everyone buying an Elan wanted a convertible as their first choice, now people see the "value" of an original car, so maybe a chopped type 36 is worth no more than an original type 36, Not many cars are original any more, your car looks really good and I know reading your posts that it has the right parts, how many Elans are there in your country to this standard?

Happy new year
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PostPost by: el-saturn » Sun Jan 01, 2017 4:17 pm

thanks alan - quite a few of them are in good condition, but most of them are real close to original and the ones you see on the road hardy ever have any tuning parts: so they have much more road clearance, less sound (mines' 50mm all the way: even within the muffler), no cfrp dash, no aeroquip oil lines etc... in england there's more the attitude i appreciate. these cars are also tiny racing machines, so we have to go for it!! sandy
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