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Creating GTS style car from a S2 - the restoration begins

PostPost by: dunclentdr1 » Sat Dec 22, 2018 4:49 pm

Thanks for all the positive comments.

Glen - I will send some pictures of how this hard top is fastened and also on another I have - yes, it is a Bourne S1 - I originally planned to use the S2 in the earlier thread photos but switched to the S1 - couldn't change the thread title as I got locked out of my account and had to re-register on the forum!

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PostPost by: 661 » Sun Dec 23, 2018 1:17 pm

Certified Lotus wrote:David, I’m in the midst of restoring an original hard top for my S1. Do you have pictures of the fittings you used to hold the front of the hard top to the windscreen frame? My hard top has two of the three original threaded bolts but they are so delicate I fear they will come off at any time. I’d also like to see the trim area of the window openings as mine is a combination of aluminum trim and rubber molding to seal the window.

By the way, if your car is 0339 it must be an S1, not an S2 and also Bourne body ? I’m confused as the headline on this post says S2 (unless 0339 is one of your other Elans?)

Your car turned out spectacular ! I’m sure your very proud of the finished result.


Glen , I presume you are talking about the 3 T- threaded bolts that are glassed into the forward edge of the roof.
These are available from elantrikbits, special order. I bought them recently and they are very good , but slightly pricey. Because of a bit of communications error I only needed the brackets that the thumb screws hold down and have the T bolts and thumb screws spare. The brackets are about the easiest bit to fabricate and I'm kicking myself for not making them. They are imperial thread sizes.
TTR obviously continue to have roofs made and I'm sure you could presuade thenm to sell you the T bolts they suppliy in their roofs, however, they are metric!
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PostPost by: ROADRUNNER » Sun Feb 17, 2019 5:44 pm

dunclentdr1 wrote:Thanks Chris.

Very pleased with how it has come together (wheels and chassis are not the final items!).

David


Looks like its in good hands there. I photographed the Semi-Lightweight E Type 3 BXV in the background for Fiskens a few years ago.
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PostPost by: dunclentdr1 » Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:10 pm

All good threads come to an end...thanks for all of the comments and input , helping return a early S1 to the road (and hill climbs and track).

Finally, today, doing justice to the car, at Prescott Speed Hill Climb.

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PostPost by: Certified Lotus » Sun Apr 28, 2019 9:49 am

David, you car is stunning! You have every right to be very proud. Glad to see your using it appropriately!
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PostPost by: Frogelan » Sun Apr 28, 2019 10:13 am

Amazing attention to detail...down to the owner's matching romper suit :lol:
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PostPost by: dunclentdr1 » Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:53 am

Haha - yes, bought that race suit well before the car, looks like a matching set now.

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PostPost by: SENC » Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:58 pm

Great looking elan, David, congratulations!
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PostPost by: dunclentdr1 » Sun Apr 28, 2019 1:05 pm

Thanks - great to be able to drive too and from the events, definitely not a trailer car!

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PostPost by: 661 » Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:15 pm

That looks ace!
Not too far behind you...….
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PostPost by: dunclentdr1 » Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:22 pm

This is what the build was all about - hill climb at the oldest (and very beautiful) motorsport venue in the world - Shelsley Walsh.

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PostPost by: rgh0 » Thu Jun 27, 2019 10:39 am

Time for a stiffer front roll bar I think judging by the picture. :D But great to see it on the track and it being thrown into a corner

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PostPost by: dunclentdr1 » Thu Jun 27, 2019 11:10 am

...TTR 26R roll bar and I use the car on the road too so may stick with this...

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PostPost by: rgh0 » Thu Jun 27, 2019 11:13 am

Road versus track is always a compromise you need to work on. I found softer springs and stiffer front roll bar enabled a good compromise when I had a dual use car

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PostPost by: baileyman » Thu Jun 27, 2019 11:34 am

rgh0 wrote:Time for a stiffer front roll bar I think judging by the picture. :D But great to see it on the track and it being thrown into a corner

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Not enough inside lift! More bar!

(Humor intended.)

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