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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:59 am

Jeff, not boring at all. Thanks for your memories.
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PostPost by: JimE » Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:02 am

Thanks for that Jeff. Brilliant. I must have come across you as I was a regular at the Parts Dept especially on a Saturday morning. Here's a pic of a poster you use to keep on the wall in your bit. Remember it? I'd love to get hold of an original but I think they were just made available to dealers so most will have gone missing now. Jim
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PostPost by: Jeff Bridger » Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:35 pm

Hi Jim,
Yes, I do remember that poster and was asked many times if it was for sale, but no.
I presume the last Parts Manager out of Len Streets got it !
I only bought back to NZ a few Sales Brochures etc but they were on the later Elite, Eclat and Espirit models.

I have seen "Wheeler Dealer" and "Car SOS" shows on TV where they have worked on Elans and it is good to see that the Parts seem to be readily available. In particular the lower alloy housing for the rear Chapman strut was not available from the Factory, for my last year because they had gone to the Foundry that had made them originally and it was now a Supermarket and the "old fella" who owned the Foundry, had died years ago and all his moulds had been dumped !
Well, that was Lotus' story anyway.
Someone must have re-moulded them.
Also, the rear "Doughnut Drive System" has a great looking alternative with a Constant Velocity System available. In my time, there was a Sliding Shaft, with metal Universal Joints System being worked on.

Unfortunately, I don't have room in my garage for another car (already have two) so have resorted to a motorbike and do Adventure Rides with a mate. My 'bike is a Yamaha TTR250 and there is a specialist in Devon who have loads of Parts and have made some "modification" Parts. I visited them on our 2015 trip and will do so again next year. If only to drink some of the local brews with the lads.

All the very best
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