Lotus Elan

soft top fitting

PostPost by: jonsered 11 » Fri Dec 14, 2018 12:25 am

Hi, I'm about to fit a new hood to my 1963 S1 Elan, what's the best way to go about it, I have draped it over the Windscreen frame, the Cant rails and slotted the back rail under the clips on the boot deck, it appears to be a reasonable fit however what clips are best attached first?

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PostPost by: ftsoft » Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:01 pm

Well --- on my s2 I've found that attaching the rear bars that slot into the grommets first then stretching the top to fit into the slot in the windscreen frame works best.

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PostPost by: jonsered 11 » Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:08 pm

Hi Frank,

thanks for getting back to me!
Yes, I have attached the rear bar and fitted the front into the windscreen frame slot, just as you suggest....however am I better to fit the boot deck tenax(4 per side) or the snaps along the cant rails, and the 2 on the windscreen first, as they affect the tension on the various parts of the hood, can you recall which you fitted first and how good was your fit when finished?

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