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PostPost by: Mazzini » Tue Oct 23, 2018 2:07 pm

Went to collect a couple of 5 speed Elan propshafts from a prop company. I ran into an old friend on the way back.
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PostPost by: 661 » Tue Oct 23, 2018 2:21 pm

Finished fitting the inline electric fuel pump , used to prime the carbs, and had a lovely drive around the Beachy Head loop.
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PostPost by: rgh0 » Thu Oct 25, 2018 10:35 am

Panda wrote:In our case, a noisy Sunday running the 26R replica at Wakefield Park near Goulburn in NSW Australia. Driver Len Goodwin almost got a pb doing 1.08.4 and came 11th outright in a field of about 100 cars at the Combined Sports Car Association Supersprints despite a damp track. Lots of fun and great company!
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Nice time :D wish I could do that at Wakefield

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PostPost by: davidc » Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:30 am

same boat as draenog.

few weak spots on bottom of turrets due to blocked drain holes have now been sorted :D

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PostPost by: vstibbard » Fri Oct 26, 2018 9:38 am

I took the both damaged and new 26R shell and new rolling chassis out to have roll cage and seat fitted, footwell extended, carbon/kevlar reinforcements to drivers floor, boot under fuel tank and inside tunnel area adjacent to flywheel etc, finally have some money aside to progress the rebuild.

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PostPost by: mark030358 » Fri Oct 26, 2018 2:55 pm

Alps, September... :)
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PostPost by: nmauduit » Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:56 am

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a long awaited job completed yesterday : give a tad more room to the right foot for my street elan, so that it does not need to be driven with tigth race shoes...

tightened accelarator nut to get the slack away (that was the easy part)
bent the brake and clutch pedals 8mm to the left (pedal box off required, a typical Lotus sunday evening job)

next I will consider a foot rest...
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a couple days later, here is the foot rest

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the box is made of a sheet of 1.5mm alloy sheet, attached to the lattice and with a fold wedged behind the card : about 20mm side rest for the left foot... not much more room down there to fit a wider one.
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PostPost by: ericbushby » Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:44 pm

A Sunday evening job ???
It took me ages to do that, especially getting the bearing block back in the correct place so that it wasn`t binding. A friend left the block in place and saved all the trouble I made myself.
It was one of the best modifications I have done and I would highly recommend it.
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PostPost by: nmauduit » Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:14 pm

ericbushby wrote:A Sunday evening job ???
It took me ages to do that, especially getting the bearing block back in the correct place so that it wasn`t binding. A friend left the block in place and saved all the trouble I made myself.
It was one of the best modifications I have done and I would highly recommend it.
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well, night comes early now... I would say around 5 to 10PM with a couple things in between now and then to get my nerves back. I did not remove the wheel side pivot point either, only the handbrake ... and stock voltage regulator since the 2 small bolts are hidden behind it on the firewall (typical Lotus job for long harmed sticky fingered mechanics).

What took me the longest was to muster the motivation to do it, several years... and eventually what triggered it was that I had to remove the tandem master cylinder to solve for good (hopefully) the reservoir front port leak. I now have a bruised rib from lying on the rocker panel but was quite happy at the end of it, eventually.
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PostPost by: 661 » Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:17 pm

Cage fitting!

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PostPost by: nmauduit » Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:39 pm

661 wrote:Cage fitting![/attachment]


looks pretty sturdy... how much does it weigh ?

and can it be dismantled or is it welded in once and for good?
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PostPost by: Certified Lotus » Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:50 am

The differential was leaking from the front seal of my recently acquired 1965 Elan S2. Chris & Ted came over to help me remove the diff, replace the seal and re-install. Took two hours to remove and less to install. Good work in a day. Great to have such good Elan friends!

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PostPost by: lotocone » Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:09 pm

[quote="Certified Lotus". Good work in a day. Great to have such good Elan friends! [/quote]

Wow, you can say that again Glen ! You guys are a team.
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PostPost by: Certified Lotus » Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:40 pm

I’m very lucky to have a number of friends that are mechanically inclined and like to work on Lotus cars. Plus I offer free beer and lunch if your helping :D
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PostPost by: tedtaylor » Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:08 pm

did I miss lunch????
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