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Parts "cross-reference"?

PostPost by: DrEntropy » Wed Mar 24, 2004 7:39 pm

I know there's a bunch of Ford bits (primarily engine/gearbox), but I'm sure I remember things like: The front bumper on the +2 is from the Ford Anglia. Were things like front glass on Elans and +2's made for them exclusively, or units from other mfg. company accomodated into Chapman's designs? I know Norton MC gastank lids are adadptable to our cars, and later exterior/interior doorhandles were from MGB/Leyland... Spitfire trunions on Elans... +2 front turn-signal assemblies from Austin Princess (maybe)? Anyone know of a good list of cross-referenced items?
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PostPost by: LaikaTheDog » Wed Mar 24, 2004 8:20 pm

<a href='http://www.gglotus.org/ggpart/elan+2xref.htm' target='_blank'>Golden Gates Lotus cross reference</a>
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PostPost by: nebogipfel » Wed Mar 24, 2004 8:45 pm

I have been thinking about this just lately too

There must be some scope for sourcing parts from the appropriate classic part suppliers (Triumph bits may be cheaper than Lotus ;)

I would take care with the list on GGLC, just a quick look and I have noticed errors
EG The steering rack is not BMC but is Triumph with lock stops added.

I am also pretty sure the front uprights are not Spitfire, they have strengthening webs on the inside of them. Are they GT6/Vitesse?

It would be good to know where the more obscure parts come from ...... S4 eyeball air vents for example?

Perhaps this would be a useful resource on LotusElan.net?

We could all contribute our discoveries.

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PostPost by: nebogipfel » Wed Mar 24, 2004 8:57 pm

I forgot to say ..........

Yes I'm pretty sure the +2 front bumper is upside down 105E Anglia. Rear bumper was made up using RileyElf/WolseleyHornet ends with an extra bit added in the middle.

I think the original +2 Screen and chrome surround came from Ford Classic Capri, not sure about the later bonded in ones though.
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PostPost by: DrEntropy » Wed Mar 24, 2004 9:05 pm

heh..and Ithink the earlier Elan side "vents" came from a pile of old DeHavilland aircraft bits! B)
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PostPost by: nebogipfel » Wed Mar 24, 2004 9:30 pm

So who's the local DeHavilland dealer then? :D
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PostPost by: DrEntropy » Wed Mar 24, 2004 9:59 pm

I think the Comet's been outta production a bit longer than our Elans... but if there's a stockist about, he's gonna be closer to you than to me ;-}
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PostPost by: elansprint71 » Wed Mar 24, 2004 10:00 pm

De Haviland local dealer- if you are in Canada try
www.airplane-supply.com
Ed Zalesky had a whole Mosquito for sale until recently but I guess he has loads of parts left!!

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PostPost by: khamai » Wed Mar 24, 2004 10:42 pm

I would be happy to correct or add to the GGLC Elan Xref.

That list is NOT rigid. Please send your updates or corrections to me at [email protected].

The list has been compiled from Elan owners like yourselves over the past 25+ years. Things change and new info is found/collected, but we can't possibly maintain the list without your help.

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PostPost by: DrEntropy » Wed Mar 24, 2004 11:24 pm

Well, to begin with: I know this is the case with S-2, S-3's:

EG The steering rack is not BMC but is Triumph with lock stops added.


Been there, done that. Used the Triumph "rebuild" kits on my S-3.
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PostPost by: 1964 S1 » Thu Mar 25, 2004 1:41 am

Are there parts that you cannot find? anyone...
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PostPost by: khamai » Thu Mar 25, 2004 3:39 am

Plus 2 bumper references changed.
Rack reference corrected to TR.

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PostPost by: pereirac » Tue Mar 30, 2004 9:46 pm

Club Lotus in the UK used to produce a good list of "what came from where".. I have a copy somewhere for the baby Elan so could email it to anybody interested or you could just ask Club Lotus.

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PostPost by: bvt » Sat Apr 03, 2004 3:02 pm

Just so you know.....

S3 Elan door handle that mounts on the frame.. 1970s Rover boot (one sthat had teh spare there) like teh old police cars

Eyeball vents old rover p5 .. but just as expensive...

Original Black plastic Washer jets.. well that would be telling!
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PostPost by: nebogipfel » Sat Apr 03, 2004 3:36 pm

Looks like the front vertical links are GT6 (?Vitesse) Ball joints and trunnions are common across the range.

I thought the eyeball vents were something like Rover I supose it means there is more of a chance of these things cropping up at a general autojumble (I assume they are no longer manufactured?)

Going back to the Triumph rack I have just discovered that the rack on my S4 is an unmodified Triumph rack but it's in good nick, so I'm not keen to throw it away. Does anyone know what the lock stops consist of? I'd like to add them myself ;)

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