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'66 pre-airflow project

PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:50 pm
by elaninfuture
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I bought this car in spring with the idea of doing a mechanical restoration and leaving the body as is. But in the months since it arrived, I've adjusted the passenger door and purchased a set of keys. I have two other needy vintage cars, a 5-year-old, and little time to play in the garage. So this one should go.

It's a '66 FHC (3223552) that I bought from the estate of SCCA driver Bud Grocki in Massachusetts. He bought the car new, and raced it extensively in the Solo II class, culminating in winning the '73 New England Division Solo II Championship and placing third in the national championship that year. The car comes with lots of racing and other documentation and memorabilia, including time sheets, photographs, multiple trophies and cups, dash plaques from Watkins Glen and other tracks, Grocki's racing jackets and a speeding ticket.

Grocki was a strong driver, but the evidence suggests he wasn't much of a mechanic or steward. :) The engine (numbers matching with Webers) starts on remote power and fuel, but I would assume it needs to be refreshed, like much of the car. The Lotus was stored in a garage since the 1980s, covered with boxes. The body has cracks and spidering. I planned for a new wiring harness, as I always take the easy way out with electrical. The frame looks good, except for a crack just below the passenger side motor mount, likely from dumping the clutch on take-off. Interior is stock. Seats are pretty nice. Headliner has tears. The car rolls.

The photo I included here is the "good side." The car is a project. Please email joe.eaton at mso.umt.edu for more detailed photos.

Extras--
Raid and OEM wood steering wheel.
1598cc Kent Crossflow Block TI4 711M6015BA
Three 5.5 inch Lotus wheels
Mass "LOTUS-E" License Plate
Workshop manual and master parts list

Asking $17, which is what I paid for it. Open to trades plus money for complete Elan or 7. Perhaps a Series 1 Europa. Also in need of longhood Porsche parts, particularly engines. Car is located in Missoula, Montana.

Re: '66 pre-airflow project

PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:32 pm
by RotoFlexible
Bud Grocki... I completed against him (he always won) and rode with him once as he demonstrated his driving style on a Solo II course - sideways, windows up to keep the tire smoke and flying rubber bits out of the car. Good luck with the sale, it will be an interesting project for someone.

Re: '66 pre-airflow project

PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:52 pm
by elaninfuture
Thanks, Andrew. I'd love to chat to learn more about Bud and the history of the car. Here are a couple of photos. The jacket Bud is wearing and the trophy he is holding are included.

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Re: '66 pre-airflow project

PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 3:52 pm
by elaninfuture
This '66 is still waiting for a good home.

Re: '66 pre-airflow project

PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 5:50 pm
by tedtaylor
and the new reduced price is what?? :wink:

Re: '66 pre-airflow project

PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 6:55 pm
by elaninfuture
The price is $17. Offer also considered, Ted, especially if around $17. :D

Re: '66 pre-airflow project

PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2018 3:13 pm
by elaninfuture
Still for sale. Soon on BAT or ebay.

Re: '66 pre-airflow project

PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:01 pm
by elaninfuture
Need a winter project? I need the garage space.

Re: '66 pre-airflow project

PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 3:33 pm
by tedtaylor
so $17 is still the number, right? :P

Re: '66 pre-airflow project

PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:11 pm
by elaninfuture
Accepting offers, Ted.

Re: '66 pre-airflow project

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:25 pm
by tedtaylor
your asking price is certainly fair market value, but you'd do much better selling by advertising on Ebay, Craigslist, Autotraderclassic, BaT, or other venues. Most members of this forum already have a Lotus and they are usually cheap-skates (speaking for myself of course) :lol:

Re: '66 pre-airflow project

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:56 pm
by elaninfuture
Thanks. I'm a cheapskate myself. I should put it on ebay, but I'm not a big fan of the process of selling there. I have had good luck on BAT. Most likely, it will just move farther and farther back in the garage. Other projects keep cutting in line, most recently a MG TD I picked up local on Craigslist.

Re: '66 pre-airflow project

PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:00 pm
by kaput
Hello Ted,
Just emailed you. Talk soon.
-Julio

Re: '66 pre-airflow project

PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:26 pm
by elaninfuture
No longer for sale.

The market has spoken (at least the market on this site). I've had a couple of close calls, but no deal. So last weekend, I pushed the car to the front of the garage and started digging in. Project time.

Good news so far. After a day playing with the wiring, I got power to the coil and starer. She now fires up with the key, albeit from an auxiliary fuel tank. Good compression, and engine appears healthy.

My goal is get it running and driving and leave the body and interior alone. Look for a project post soon and a list of parts in the wanted section.

Thanks for all the inquiries. Joe

Re: '66 pre-airflow project

PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:59 pm
by 1963 S1
Excellent, looking forward to watching your progress.