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PostPost by: Kansas Randy » Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:59 pm

Hello to all members,

My name is Randy Hendershot, and 36 years ago I found a 65 Elan with a detachable hardtop that had been stolen and vandalized. The car has sat at various mechanics businesses, with limited success in refurbishment. The biggest problem is that here near Topeka there are few Lotus cars, and my active years were spent without the internet to help search for parts. I have been helped immensely by Ray at RD Engineering, who, by the way, is a wonderful human being who "adopted" me decades ago from halfway across the USA.
Now that I am retired the pressure to get the Elan on the road has prompted me to join the local British Car Club and bite the bullet to get the car running and painted.
Future questions to the forum will involve the detachable hardtop trim and the fasteners to the windscreen frame, and interior trim parts including door panels. Unfortunately a leaking shed roof and packrats have reduced my stored interior parts to mush. I will be grateful for all the advice I can get.

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PostPost by: tedtaylor » Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:08 pm

Welcome Randy.
please post pictures!!! :)
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PostPost by: Kansas Randy » Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:20 pm

Here is a shot in the paint booth. Here in Kansas they are going to call that John Deere green.

And also a shot of the fasteners that hold the top to the windscreen frame. Any idea what parts bin they came out of???
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lotus-new-paint.jpg and
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PostPost by: Davidb » Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:30 pm

With that colour scheme perspex covered headlights would look great!

I have always assumed the hard top clamps were a Lotus product.
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PostPost by: pharriso » Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:59 pm

Welcome!, your car looks great in those colours.
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PostPost by: Fred Talmadge » Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:43 pm

Are there any winding roads in Kansas? Excellent paint scheme!
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PostPost by: The Veg » Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:22 am

Welcome Randy!
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PostPost by: tvacc » Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:11 pm

Please consider joining Lotus Ltd. We are the nations largest Lotus club. website is www.lotusltd.com

I am the Vice President of the club.
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PostPost by: jk952 » Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:32 pm

Randy,
Welcome, nice colour scheme. Below is a source for rubber trim bits (no personal connection). I know nothing about the hardtops but if the rubber is similar to the cant rails then I think I have a leftover bit I can photograph for the profile, will have to hunt in the shed to see if I still have it.
I sewed up some seat covers myself, worked out great and didn't take much time, assuming some sewing dexterity, it was the first I had ever done. You will likely need to redo the foam / cloth and wires on the underside, if you look at will understand what I mean. You can buy seat covers from Famous Frank in Fl. I think.
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PostPost by: jk952 » Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:01 pm

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PostPost by: S2Jay » Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:21 pm

Hi Randy

Just another "Welcome" from California [originally from Midwest].
Interesting story, sad to hear about the deterioration & loss of parts.
I am no expert, but there are many on this site ready & able to help with most any question you may have.

Great to see the body looking so good! Looks like progress!
Not sure if you have ever driven one of these things in the past, but it is a unique & rewarding experience for any car guy & especially any sportscar guy [oops, um "person"].

Best of luck in getting it done & back on the road! I am working on my lhd S2 & will be glad to help if I can. Have you listed the s/n or vin?
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PostPost by: nunomauricio » Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:38 pm

Welcome from Portugal!!!! I´m new on the forum. You have a fantastic paint job in you car, congratulations, one of my dream car, my uncle had two or three unfortunately they were all over.

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PostPost by: nunomauricio » Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:15 am

I have a very good Portuguese friend that lives in Kansas, he married with an American girl, in a barn ;)
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PostPost by: Certified Lotus » Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:10 pm

Welcome Randy :D Great group of Élan owners on this site, they were invaluable in my restoration projects. Yes, Ray at RD is a wonderful man with emense knowledge and most of the parts you need.

I have a complete write up with lots of photos of my frame off rebuild of my 64 Élan S1 on this site. You might want to grab a cup of coffee and read through it.

Great body color! Looks fast just sitting in the booth!
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PostPost by: Kansas Randy » Mon Nov 27, 2017 3:21 pm

Thanks for the welcome and the various bits of information. The number plates were removed by the thieves, and I have not done a deep dive underneath to see if i can find the vin on the frame. The Kansas authorities assigned me a special number and a new vin to match. Are information plates available for the S1?

I am a long time member of Lotus Ltd.

What is a cant rail?

I will explore the parts site, thanks! Just got in a big box from Kelvedon, they were VERY helpful.
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