Lotus Elan

new project 1973 130s

PostPost by: el torro » Fri Aug 02, 2013 6:07 am

hi i have previously owned 1978,9&currently 1980 elite thats being restored,the elan plus 2 is a car i have always wanted to own and after selling my 1966 porsche 912/911t i had money to do this,i bought car on ebay its a partially restored and has about 50 boxes of bits,the chassis and running gear is about 70% done,the learning curve is at zero level but with help of workshop manual and 160 photos from p.o. itshould improve,all paint has been rubbed off by hand and i have to decide to go with original colour l0cirrus white or what??
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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Fri Aug 02, 2013 5:27 pm

Sounds like a great challenge you have there, but the cars are pretty straightforward. With the right set of books and a bit of help from folks on here, she should be up and running soon!

I have some underbonnet pictures of an unrestored '73 Plus 2, showing brake pipe, wiring look, vacuum pipe layouts, etc. I also have a physical wiring schematic for the back of the dashboard, which otherwise looks like a colourful bowl of spaghetti.

Others will have photos of just about every component and its location, so even if you don't know what something is, put a photo up and it will soon be identified.

Cirrus white looks superb on the Plus 2

Have fun!
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PostPost by: mbell » Fri Aug 02, 2013 5:35 pm

Congrats, with the help on the guys on here it should be a fun project. I am currently reconmissioning a 73 130/5 that's been off the road for 20 years, but most of the parts are in place so a bit more straight forward.

I love white on the car but it depends what the original color was? Mines now red but was met blue originally. At some point I will return it to its original color. If it wasn't such a nice color originally (and didn't have the cream interior ) I would have painted it white.
'73 +2 130/5 RHD, now on the road and very slowly rolling though a "restoration"
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PostPost by: el torro » Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:39 am

more progress,all calipers and pads fitted,including new refurbished handbrake pads,pedal box reassembled(what a nightmare),brake lines and hoses fitted,this was a kit but i have lockhead type not girling so will dry fit servo to see if pipes from master cylinder to servo and servo to 4 way junction are long enough,spraying engine bay with satin black so that i can run wiring etc when there is easier access and fix/tidy up wiring loom at same time,this is very time consuming but needs done,i am going to get car done in original colour cirrus white ,wile try and put pictures on later but i have trouble to do this any tips welcome
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PostPost by: mbell » Fri Aug 30, 2013 7:13 pm

Glad to here your making progress. To add pictures you can just click the "Upload attachment" button, then browse to the picture on your computer.

It also works from a smartphone so can directly up load pics from the phone (if you have one).
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