Lotus Elan

What did you do to your Lotus today...

PostPost by: nmauduit » Sun Dec 02, 2018 4:25 pm

While the city was on fire yesterday, I managed to sneak out my white S4se from the painter after a bit of detailing (flattening and polishing a couple of orange peel areas) : quite pleased, remaining parts due in a week.

I still have some work ahead for reassembly (including chassis swap)...
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PostPost by: Mick6186 » Sun Dec 02, 2018 5:02 pm

I bonded the plastic chrome trim to my new Sundym top tint screen for my 130/5. A messy tricky job. I used yards of 4" tape but still not confident of the result. Tomorrow will be interesting!!
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PostPost by: 1owner69Elan » Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:54 am

Took the car out for a run for two reasons:

1. Try to decide on fitting a 5-speed (Voigts) gearbox. Leaning this way as highway speeds are really not very comfortable at 4500 rpm (75 mph). (3.77 and wide, low profile tires). Might get in the Voights queue (and long wait and $$$) but want a modified 1st gear on the T9. Also, concerned about getting it to the US and any chassis mods (not clear to me from all the various old threads).

2. And to enjoy the beautiful December day before I start to decommission the car for its respray in January.

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PostPost by: SENC » Mon Dec 03, 2018 2:28 am

Hit a small snag on my carburettor rebuild, so took the time to clean and part out my collection of unmatched Strombergs so I'd have a ready parts bin for the future.

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PostPost by: lotocone » Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:51 pm

Left my S4 with a paint shop and discussed some details about door removal. They have painted a Europa, but no Elans, so the Elan doors will be different.

I'll be taking them diagrams and parts as things progress. It will probably be quite a while before I have to chose a color. Been thinking about Royal Blue or maybe white. I want something bright so other drivers can see the little Elan.
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PostPost by: billwill » Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:24 pm

lotocone wrote:Left my S4 with a paint shop and discussed some details about door removal. They have painted a Europa, but no Elans, so the Elan doors will be different.

I'll be taking them diagrams and parts as things progress. It will probably be quite a while before I have to chose a color. Been thinking about Royal Blue or maybe white. I want something bright so other drivers can see the little Elan.



That's why the top half of mine is bright yellow! :shock:
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36/6725 S3 Coupe OGU108E Yellow over Black.
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PostPost by: USA64 » Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:58 pm

I once saw an ambulance going slowly down the road, lights flashing, hi-lo siren on. Cars were pulling over left and right except one Gent toodling along just ahead of the ambulance. Finally the loudspeaker blared,
"THEY'RE PULLING OVER FOR US NOT YOU!"
I don't understand the current fashion for road-colored cars but people have to look before they can see any color.
We are supposed to be having fun, are we not?
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PostPost by: lotocone » Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:25 pm

Bill,

My car is also bright yellow. After decades of yellow, I thought I'd make a change to something else that is bright.
Colorado Orange is another possibility. I also have some fiberglass damage at the front of the car that needs to be repaired.

USA64,

That's a funny story about the guy driving ahead of ambulance. I don't care for most new car colors much either. Dodge has some nice bright colors on the Challenger. One them is called White Knuckle. :)
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PostPost by: JohnCh » Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:00 am

Given my car came without a jack, I decided to ditch the spare tire and replace it with a small air compressor and Slime tire sealant for tube-type tires (XAS FF go on later this week). To keep those items from moving around when underway and to offset the cabin noise increase resulting from removing the spare, the spare tire well was filled with 3 layers of 2-1/4” foam and voids were cut to tightly hold those parts in place. A void was also cut for a tool roll since...well, it's a Lotus and I might need tools to get home. Net savings sans tool roll is over 24 lb, and everything is hidden from site with the boot floor covering in place.

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PostPost by: vstibbard » Mon Dec 24, 2018 5:09 am

Graeme, I'm at same stage as you with 26R, cage fitting into new shell. Who's making yours seems to have adopted same thinking as I have with rear legs to top out rear turrets to improve angle ab=nd allow main hoop to move back for my height.

What colour is the car going to be?

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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Mon Dec 24, 2018 10:03 am

My S3 Coupe hasn’t been on the road for 20 years, but I’ve always kept it running and driving. This summer, it wouldn’t start, and with no petrol getting up to the carburettors it was obvious that the pump had to be sorted. Also, the brake pedal went straight to the floor, as did the clutch pedal, so some work was needed on the hydraulics.

The first horror I found after taking the carburettors off was the state of the petrol pipe (pump to carburettors). It’s one of the SS braided types that I fitted about 12 years ago. The rubber inside had turned to chewing gum, and it would have seeped petrol from several places if the pump had been working! I guess that this is down to having ethanol in the petrol, but it was a good lesson to only use the high-octane non-ethanol petrol from now on. Check out your pipes!

The petrol pump was overhauled, once I’d got it out. What a pig of a job. With just a ¼ inch gap between the pump and the body, it takes a bit of patience and fiddling. Getting it back in was worse, and took nearly 2 hours to fit the tank to pump pipe and the two bolts that hold the pump to the block.

The master cylinder caps had seized onto the bodies, and were wrecked in getting them off. The cylinders are very easy to get off and were overhauled on the bench in a few minutes, and put back on. The clutch slave was a different matter! That had seized onto the bell housing, and with the exhaust in place, it’s just about impossible to get any leverage on the thing to twist it.

Not wanting to move the exhaust, I though it would be easier to re-build the slave in-situ. And it was! The only tricky bit was getting the pushrod out, as the adjustment isn’t quite long enough for it to come out without pushing the clutch arm in, and they are very strong. But it came out after jacking the clutch arm forward, and the slave overhauled. I then added an extra few turns of thread onto the rod so that it could (just) be put pack in without having to push the clutch arm.

The calipers were all played with to ensure all the pistons worked properly, and the systems bled. The car now had a clutch and brakes.

The carburettors were cleaned, new points, condenser, coil, rotor arm fitted, and the car started up like it had last been run yesterday. The clutch wasn’t even stuck, which was very surprising.

The work only took 10 hours or so over a few weeks (waiting for parts and doing other jobs). So if your car has been laid up for a while, and it was good when laid up, it's not necessarily a big job to get it all running again. Next year the calipers with be overhauled / plated etc. by Classicar Automotive, and with new flexible pipes the hydraulics will all be sorted. Then it’s on to the Rotoflex couplings….either new ones or solid drive shafts.

Doing this work on the S3 was just a fill-in job whilst waiting for things to be done on a full restoration I've taken on, but I’ve got my Mojo back for working on cars now. The S4 convertible is lined up to get it’s new chassis fitted next year, along with overhauling everything that goes onto the chassis, including the engine. It’s been off the road for more than 35 years now, so it won’t be such an easy job as the S3.

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PostPost by: SENC » Tue Dec 25, 2018 5:23 am

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RHS motor mount. I need to figure out how to shrink my hands. LHS next, then start remounting carburettors.

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PostPost by: Mazzini » Tue Dec 25, 2018 8:45 pm

Working on the front hubs for my Elite.

Does anybody have a diagram showing how the fan heater motor goes together? I think it's the same Smith's unit that was fitted to the Elan.
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PostPost by: The Veg » Thu Dec 27, 2018 2:58 am

Another 'not today but yesterday' item was that I got the rear wishbones removed. I'll need to enlist the aid of another chap to get the bushings out of them as the cross-pieces are too close to the ends to get the ends far enough into my press.

I also got the dirt-shields removed, possibly the last ones still fitted! :mrgreen:
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PostPost by: SENC » Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:10 am

The Veg wrote:Another 'not today but yesterday' item was that I got the rear wishbones removed. I'll need to enlist the aid of another chap to get the bushings out of them as the cross-pieces are too close to the ends to get the ends far enough into my press.

I also got the dirt-shields removed, possibly the last ones still fitted! :mrgreen:


Veg - Make up something like this out of pipe spares, anchor plates, thick washers and a long 7/16 bolt - or run to HD and pick up what you need for less than $10. Grease the bolt, washers, and nut well to reduce friction and heat. This picture is in use on a front bone but the rear works with the same concept, just need a piece of pipe big enough for the bush to fit inside and small enough to have good contact with the wishbone. Mine needed some heat applied to get the moving - that plus a small cordless hammer drill had them sliding out pretty easily.

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