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Elan in Michigan barnfinds

PostPost by: Jentwistle3 » Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:34 pm

Complete with snarky write up by the poster...

https://barnfinds.com/agony-and-ecstasy ... ter+(Daily)
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PostPost by: tedtaylor » Mon Oct 14, 2019 12:10 am

SOLD for a little under $9K. excellent buy!
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PostPost by: Elan Peter » Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:15 am

The guy makes it out like it's going to be nothing but trouble, like it's a runner :lol:
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PostPost by: steve lyle » Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:19 pm

Not to hijack the topic, but is it really that unlikely to have a reliable Elan?

I just got mine back on the road, in a state that I believe is reliable, this year.

- The carbs and dizzy are rebuilt by experts, I'm not worried about them.
- A new alternator replaced the original generator/regulator. Is there anything more reliable than a Japanese alternator? Maybe a brick?
- 26R aluminum radiator and new fan, with manual override. Seems to handle Oklahoma summers.
- Doughnuts replaced by CV axles. Have these ever failed on anybody?
- Exhaust is all stainless behind new mild steel headers. Should be good there.
- Using what looks like a new mechanical fuel pump. I presume I can trust Ford with that.
- I've rewired the front/bay/dash just recently. New Bosch-type relays, all circuits save brown & white fuse protected, no issues after 500 miles or so.
- Transmission/driveshaft/differential: I suppose problems could crop up on a 47 year old components, but no symptoms as of yet, other than weeping oil. I'll replace the seals at some point.
- The core of the engine seems sounds, compression in the 160's, valve lash in tolerance, oil pressure per spec.
- New diaphragm on the heater valve that leaked previously.
- Clutch hydraulics rebuilt.
- Brakes - new fluid every2 years, dual circuit with a functioning warning light.
- I had to rebuild the driver's door window mechanism, but I don't count that kind of stuff - nobody ever got stranded because a window didn't work, did they?

I still have a bit of a hot-starting challenge, even after putting on a new coil. But it always starts eventually, and runs like a top once it does.

So, what should I be worried about?
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PostPost by: Elan Peter » Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:22 pm

My point exactly, it is blatant opinions like this that give the marque a bad name. Should someone who has no concept of restoration really be in the car journalism business?
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PostPost by: elj221c » Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:19 pm

tedtaylor wrote:SOLD for a little under $9K. excellent buy!


Indeed, Ted!

steve lyle wrote:Not to hijack the topic, but is it really that unlikely to have a reliable Elan?


Not at all, Steve. I commuted to London in mine for over seven years back in the '80s.

Around 25 miles a day with weekend race trips around the country pretty much every fortnight and holiday trips to Devon.

If it has been put together properly it will be reliable!
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:24 pm

An S2 S/E's - I really like them, not so many about.
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PostPost by: Elan Peter » Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:26 pm

Yeah, they are super rare now!
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:48 pm

Elan Peter wrote:Yeah, they are super rare now!
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I think most ended up in the US or foreign markets.

I have too many cars, but it's a good thing I missed that auction.
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PostPost by: Elan Peter » Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:01 pm

Sounds like you are in the same boat as me. I would have bought it before considering if I could afford to restore it or even find somewhere to keep it!
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