Lotus Elan

PPI in Minneapolis/St. Paul Area

PostPost by: FL-Frank » Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:21 pm

Hello all,

Can anyone recommend someone in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area that I can contact to arrange for them to do a Pre Purchase Inspection for me on an Elan?

Thanks!
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PostPost by: memini55 » Thu Feb 21, 2019 6:23 pm

There are a couple, Frank Howard is one which owns and drives and Elan.
You can search as he is a member with this group.

Tim, I'm sorry the last name slips me now but he heads up one of the Lotus clubs and has lots of Lotus knowledge.

I have Frank's email also but would need to see if he wants me to share.

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PostPost by: Esprit2 » Thu Feb 21, 2019 6:56 pm

I'm Tim Engel, with Lotus Owners Ofth North (LOON) in the Twin Cities. I'm a long-time Lotus owner and fan, but I've never owned an Elan. I have owned two Europa Twin Cams, so I'm familiar with the Twin Cam engine.

Which car/ who's car are you considering? I may know it.

PM me, and we can talk about some other local Elan owners who 'might' be interested in doing a PPI for you. I hesitate to post their names here without prior permission.

Top Gear Autoworks is a foreign car specialist in Minneapolis. The owner/ lead mechanic (Dave Juntunen) is Lotus trained from the G-body Turbo Esprit through the Evora. He doesn't have factory training on the vintage models, but he has worked on them. He would charge for a PPI, and the car would have to be taken to his shop (it's Winter here, snow, road salt, all that stuff).
http://topgearmn.com/

There is also a Lotus dealership in Minneapolis. However, they are into the new models, and have no one on staff who is familiar with vintage Lotus models. Personally, I wouldn't go to them for a PPI on a model older than the Turbo Esprit.

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PostPost by: memini55 » Thu Feb 21, 2019 7:19 pm

Thanks Tim and sorry for the brain fart on the last name.

We haven't meet but might this spring if I make the trip up for the show.

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PostPost by: FL-Frank » Wed Feb 27, 2019 4:08 pm

Tim,

Thank you very much for your help!

You sir, are a true gentleman and scholar!
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PostPost by: Esprit2 » Wed Feb 27, 2019 6:28 pm

You're welcome, and thanks for the kind words. It kept me in a warm shop on a snowy day.
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Thank you very much for your help!

You sir, are a true gentleman and scholar!
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PostPost by: FL-Frank » Wed Feb 27, 2019 7:47 pm

Hi Tim,

Check your email for a message from me.

Frank

Esprit2 wrote:You're welcome, and thanks for the kind words. It kept me in a warm shop on a snowy day.
Tim

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Thank you very much for your help!

You sir, are a true gentleman and scholar!
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