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PostPost by: pereirac » Sat Jan 29, 2011 4:06 pm

Reminded me of a photo I took a long time ago at a Club Lotus meet :-)

(Apologies if the owner is a member of the forum)...
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PostPost by: bcmc33 » Sat Jan 29, 2011 6:00 pm

SD1 rear lights - an amazing fit, don't you think? I wonder who thought of that?

However, a cheap option for a Sprint at £120 a car set.
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PostPost by: ardee_selby » Sat Jan 29, 2011 6:14 pm

Presumably some S3 (Vauxhall) rear lights were not available. A good fit, as you say, and would be bigger/brighter to help ward off rear-enders.

This, I believe, is how Brian Walton's rally Elan was when he got it. IIRC Hillman Hunter lights.
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PostPost by: ardee_selby » Sat Jan 29, 2011 6:58 pm

Sorry, forgot the link (in case anyone hadn't found it in the library)

http://www.lotuselan.net/publish/experi ... elan.shtml

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PostPost by: elancoupe » Sat Jan 29, 2011 7:05 pm

Has Brian made any progress? Have not heard anything in a good while.
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PostPost by: Spyder fan » Mon Jan 31, 2011 5:54 pm

Carl,
If that Mk3 Escort in the picture was as new as it looks, you must have taken this in the 1980's? I remember doing all sorts of dastardly things to cars that were almost but not quite classics back then.

I do lots of dastardly things these days as well, but tend to leave the silhouette of the car as original as possible.

Here is the definition of a Purist
Noun 1. purist - someone who insists on great precision and correctness (especially in the use of words)
bookworm, pedant, scholastic - a person who pays more attention to formal rules and book learning than they merit.
In other words and this is bourne out by experience : They are all talk and of little substance.

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PostPost by: bigvalvehead » Mon Feb 07, 2011 7:50 pm

I was very guilty of same type of thing see below!!!!!

First Elan was H reg S2 fitted extra pop ups with Cibie oscar internals for rallying!! I was only 19
I flaired in the bumper but it is not a Shapecraft!!!!!!!!!!!!

Plus 2 had 1760 T/C on 45s with 7 inch rims

Europa was type 52 twincam development car with 47 shell and 47 type twin trailing link, reverse lower wishbone and single top link. This car had 1700cc suck throgh turbo engine driving through a Ford Taunus front wheel drive gearbox.

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PostPost by: gordont » Tue Feb 08, 2011 7:29 am

Frank those flares below with the good bad and ugly catagory - very 70's by the look of it.
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PostPost by: mikealdren » Tue Feb 08, 2011 8:01 am

Dave,
Did notice whether the changes to the +2 made any difference to the stability at higher speeds?

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PostPost by: bigvalvehead » Sat Feb 12, 2011 4:15 pm

Hi Mike
The car was set quite a bit lower than std and ran on wet weather race tyres(didn't last that long in dry!!!!!)
The front air dam prevented much of the air from going under the car and once over about 60mph the back was quite stable as the rear spoiler seemed to have an effect.

The Europa in the pic was set up with skirts and sleeping policemen had to be avoided at all costs!
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PostPost by: mikealdren » Sat Feb 12, 2011 5:36 pm

Thanks Dave,
Mine will be road only but I may try a subtle spoiler at the front to see if it helps stability at speed.

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PostPost by: barefoot » Sun Feb 13, 2011 1:44 pm

This takes some beating but has a good chassis if anybody is after one.
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/LOTUS-ELAN-2S-130 ... 1c195517d4
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PostPost by: theelanman » Sun Feb 13, 2011 5:41 pm

just spotted that one too....

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