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Elan Restore - Purists look away

PostPost by: Mister E » Fri May 22, 2015 7:27 pm

Passion has trumped all logic. The restoration begins.
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PostPost by: Famous Frank » Sat May 23, 2015 10:23 pm

Send me some of that passion, .......please! Great start! Tell us your plans and good luck!
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PostPost by: Mister E » Tue May 26, 2015 2:04 am

The plan is to keep it a road car and to stay true to the spirit of the Elan. It will always be a vintage vehicle and need fettling but efforts will be made to make it a little more reliable. Keeping the cv rear axel, electronic ignition, modern alternator, one piece exhaust manifold etc. Every nut and bolt will be gone through.

The motor will get a few more HP but nothing radical. Blue printed and balanced. A cam to open up the strombergs a bit.

Paint will be lotus themed but possibly not correct for the year. Same with interior.
26r headlight just because I personally don't care for the look of the pop ups.

Here's an update photo.
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PostPost by: Mister E » Tue May 26, 2015 2:13 am

Famous Frank wrote:Send me some of that passion, .......please! Great start! Tell us your plans and good luck!
Frank

Thanks Frank. Starting wasn't so scary. Let's see how long the momentum lasts.
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PostPost by: Certified Lotus » Wed May 27, 2015 12:13 pm

Restoring is all about momentum. Make yourself a list of things to get done in certain periods of time. You will be amazed at how much you will accomplish. Or not and then it might take years......... Many restoration projects get sold almost near completion because they took so long the energy and excitement is gone.

I'm a bit of a fanatic and work diligently to get projects done in short periods of time (weeks instead of months or years).

The biggest issue is parts availability and cost. Both get in the way and slow things down.

Good Luck and remember, have fun!
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PostPost by: Mister E » Mon Jun 01, 2015 1:00 am

The momentum and disassembly continues.
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No rust. As in none, zero, zip, rust!
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PostPost by: Mister E » Sun Jun 07, 2015 9:30 pm

After disassembling everything, this is the first tiny step towards rebirth.
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PostPost by: Bud English » Mon Jun 08, 2015 4:22 am

...and someone (you in the past?) has already done the frame stiffening mods. You're a step ahead to start. :D
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PostPost by: Mister E » Mon Jun 08, 2015 2:52 pm

Bud English wrote:...and someone (you in the past?) has already done the frame stiffening mods. You're a step ahead to start. :D

The frame had no stiffening done prior. We also did the stiffening at the uprights. We are doing the all the critical spots as outlined on this forum. Powder coating the frame will be next step.
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PostPost by: Bud English » Mon Jun 08, 2015 7:58 pm

Duh, that's the step you're doing now. From the pic I thought you were just cleaning up. Should have seen the obvious ground lead for the welder laying there. Looking good.
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PostPost by: Mister E » Wed Jun 10, 2015 4:03 am

Another inch forward. Body to painter. Absolute top notch shop that has fiberglass skills. Unfortunately in Portland Oregon a 4 1/2 hour drive from home.
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Body weighs in at 285 pounds
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Some sorting will need to be done
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Shop needed longer arms for rotisserie to fit the Elan
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PostPost by: Mister E » Sat Jul 04, 2015 3:39 am

Although Lotus never could have made one. The first John Player livery was in '72 I believe. I would like to think the original cast of characters at the Hethel plant would approve. Progress. Powder coated frame after adding a bit of stiffening. Restored steering rack. Fiberglass repair. Tail light mod in progress (S1). Mock up of rear suspension. New solid brake lines. All new running gear, bushings and bearings.
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JPS frame color...not for faint of heart.
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First of many Tony Thompson bits.
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Round was right...before regulators forced the change
Antenna fill.jpg and
Adding lightness - No need for a radio or antenna with a twin cam!
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Fiberglass repairs 3.jpg and
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PostPost by: Mister E » Tue Jul 14, 2015 5:01 am

This will be the new carb/head set up.
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2" SU's Dialed in on dyno (tapped Ivey and J. Curto expertise)
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PostPost by: Mister E » Sat Jul 18, 2015 7:01 pm

14" wheels in JPS color scheme.
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PostPost by: twincamman » Sun Jul 19, 2015 12:47 am

just as a tip I use saran wrap to hold the wet fiber glassin place till it hardens then it peels off leaving a nice smooth surface ,,works up side down too ,,ed
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