Lotus Elan

Early Elan

PostPost by: GLB » Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:04 am

I am starting to prepare my Bourne bodied Elan for repaint. I know some areas were left in the grey resin finish but I don't know if the underside of the bonnet was painted or left in resin. The underside of my boot lid is grey resin as are parts of the inner door skins covered by the door card and some areas of the inside of the nose. What should the bonnet underside be? Gary
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PostPost by: jonsered 11 » Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:21 am

Hi Gary
the underside of the bonnet should be the grey gelcoat colour, same as the boot lid!

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PostPost by: GLB » Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:39 pm

Thanks for the confirmation of what I thought. I don't think I can sand back to uniform grey color so I guess it will be paint. Any suggestions? Gary
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PostPost by: jonsered 11 » Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:33 am

Hi Gary,

yes, you will have to paint it if fibreglass won't clean back to the original grey! Get your paint supplier to match the colour of your gel coat, if you have any areas that aren't discoloured?

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PostPost by: dougal cawley » Tue May 14, 2019 2:47 pm

Is anyone still fitting 145R13 tyres on the early Elan.

The reason i ask is because Pirelli are making the 145R13 Cinturato again and i wondered if that was what Lotus fitted as OE. I know that is what they used on my Elite, but it was the 155R15 Cinturato.
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PostPost by: trw99 » Tue May 14, 2019 5:25 pm

Dougal, the earliest Elans had, I'm reasonably certain, cross plies in the UK. Certainly the earliest road tests indicate Goodyear tyres of 5.20-15 and the bare chassis shown at the 1963 Motor Show had cross ply tyres fitted.

By mid 1964 Lotus were fitting Dunlop SP41s of 145x13 and by spring the following year they were onto Goodyear G800s (I can see that distinctive tread pattern in my minds eye as I write!).

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PostPost by: types26/36 » Tue May 14, 2019 6:14 pm

trw99 wrote: Certainly the earliest road tests indicate Goodyear tyres of 5.20-15 .Tim

I didnt know the early cars had 15" wheels ?
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PostPost by: richardcox_lotus » Tue May 14, 2019 8:50 pm

Had to stop reading that as soon as it said “fully rust-proofed” ! :lol: :lol:
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PostPost by: trw99 » Wed May 15, 2019 7:55 am

Brian, clearly an error, of course they were 13"!

Actually, that error was not mine but Motor magazine's. Their Oct 62 review of the Elan had the miss-print in it and when I was looking through the article I inadvertently reproduced the errant over size.

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PostPost by: JonB » Wed May 15, 2019 8:22 am

While we are discussing tyres, this doesn't look like a very rounded shoulder to me!

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PostPost by: types26/36 » Wed May 15, 2019 5:53 pm

[quote="JonB" this doesn't look like a very rounded shoulder to me![/quote]

Back in the day that's how crossply tyres looked .........primitive by todays standards but probably what Fred Flintsone had on his car :lol: :lol: :lol:
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PostPost by: cabc26b » Wed May 15, 2019 6:11 pm

FWIW, the early cars had sound insulation glued to underside of the bonnet/hood -
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PostPost by: elanner » Wed May 15, 2019 6:46 pm

cabc26b wrote:FWIW, the early cars had sound insulation glued to underside of the bonnet/hood -


Is that so? Interesting. This topic crops up occasionally and I've often wondered about it. I'm pretty certain that my original S3 & S4 didn't have insulation, and neither does my current S4.

Can anybody report on the effectiveness of sound insulation under the bonnet? I would definitely consider installing some if it's worthwhile. Does it cause the engine compartment to get hotter? What material/product did you use? What did you glue it with?

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