Lotus Elan

What did you do to your Lotus today...

PostPost by: vxah » Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:20 am

There you go!
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PostPost by: baileyman » Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:18 am

Lifted the rolling chassis off the trolley (made from TTR shipping crate lumber). Brake lines were a bear until getting proper cunifer and borrowing a Sykes-Pickavent. Still trying to figure out how the fuel line gets around the right front upper flange reinforcing which boxes it in. John

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PostPost by: innesw » Fri Jul 26, 2019 10:34 pm

Problem solved with help of previous threads that my "new" now 7 years old alternator is not charging (no excitement or "sense" current)
- No ignition light with ignition on
- Bulb fine
- Bulb lights when circuit ground to engine
- Bulb lights when circuit ground to alternator casing
- No circuit when cleaned and plugged back into alternator

Alternator coming off tomorrow see if an internal contact has gone, question is rebuild original (in a box somewhere) rebuild "new" replacement or just buy a new one?! :lol:

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PostPost by: The Veg » Sun Jul 28, 2019 11:52 pm

Today I completed the windscreen install begun last weekend. Last weekend I mounted the seal and glass, and today I got the lockstrip done. The strip was without a doubt the most difficult, sweaty, scream-and-curse part of the job, even with the proper tool!
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PostPost by: The Veg » Sun Jul 28, 2019 11:59 pm

And a more roundabout entry: today this went online, even though it was made last weekend. My Lotus -or at least its underside- starred in this cheezy lil' safety-video I made for the podcast that I help to make.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iIbvYo3fFo

And now you know just how goofy-looking I really am! :lol:
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PostPost by: JonB » Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:37 am

The Veg wrote:And now you know just how goofy-looking I really am! :lol:


Not at all, Veg. Most classic Lotus owners look like they are in their 70s!

Good safety chat. But I wouldn't use those ratchet stands for any money.
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PostPost by: 1owner69Elan » Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:33 pm

While my car is in for paint, took the opportunity to clean up the door mechanisms and clasps. Still have a little more polishing to do on some of it but a vast improvement I think for a usually neglected part of most cars.
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PostPost by: SENC » Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:31 am

Whilst awaiting arrival of a propshaft and yoke from TTR (that will hopefully be correct), after cleaning the engine bay a bit I ran a replacement oil pressure pipe. The original was quite dinged, included one section completely pinched - which likely explains some of the pressure inconsistency I was seeing. I also replaced the original oil pump, which I'll rehab for a backup.
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PostPost by: Sploder90 » Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:50 pm

Started pricing up the bits needed for the engine rebuild....
That new Zetec on fleabay is suddenly looking awfully cheap.. :?
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PostPost by: baileyman » Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:58 pm

Installed pilot bearing, preparing for clutch, then in short order transmission and engine into the subchassis.

Funny how most of my time is chasing down correct fasteners.

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PostPost by: The Veg » Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:39 am

New mirrors today. The previous setup was a single Sebring-style mirror on a very low plinth, and in a fairly useless location. You can see where it was in one of the pictures. I was in a dither about what type to use. Some of the vintage Porsche styles seemed nice at first, but were pricey and I didn't fancy having MADE IN GERMANY stamped in the middle of what should be a nice smooth bit of metal. I wasn't crazy about the look of the Tex mirrors at first, but after looking online at tons of pictures of Plus 2s it seemed like they were the most popular choice, and the look did grow on me. They really do look somewhat appropriate given the era of the car. Seems like most of them were mounted up close to the quarter window and about halfway along it, but after temporarily mounting the driver seat I found this location mostly useless. Farther down and forward worked best for me and allowed the most adjustability for different seat positions. The same position on the passenger side wasn't as useful but I can still see half of it, and it's a convex type so that helps too. I wasn't too impressed by the mounting setup at first, but they seem to be secure enough and it saved having to dismount the window-motor to get fasteners on the inside.
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PostPost by: el-saturn » Sat Aug 17, 2019 6:30 am

.........just tightened the muffler nuts - only the wife ....drives me likewise sandy
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PostPost by: JonB » Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:23 pm

Pulled the engine.

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PostPost by: el-saturn » Sat Aug 17, 2019 9:07 pm

what does the pistacchio baby s4 have to do with the poiple +2 ????? sandy
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PostPost by: baileyman » Sun Aug 18, 2019 12:51 am

Attempted to swing engine-transmission into 26R subframe with the recommended 30-35 degree tilt, and small jack, and shop made guidance jigs, all day, finally determining that the 32" length will not fit in the 31" space. Therefore, tomorrow will be positioning transmission, then engine, then bolting together the pair in place. It would appear those who do the connected in and out must have direct communication with deity.

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