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How many convertibles

PostPost by: elanchap » Thu Jun 16, 2011 6:15 am

Didi, very impressive restoration record on FB! Where did you purchase the body bracing for the convertible conversion? Or did you make them?

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PostPost by: Didi » Thu Jun 16, 2011 3:07 pm

Thx, Elanchap, but .. sorry for the question ... (my English is not so good :oops: ) what is a "body bracing" ?
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PostPost by: elanchap » Thu Jun 16, 2011 4:04 pm

Hello Didi,

I was referring to the metal reinforcing that you installed in your Facebook pictures 63 - 68, needed to stiffen the body due. I have a body spare +2 and was considering taking off the roof to make it a convertible. I would need the same type of reinforcement and I was wondering if you purchased those pieces of steel or did you fabricate them yourself? I looked on the Christopher Neil website and didn't see any for sale.

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PostPost by: kstrutt11 » Fri Jun 17, 2011 12:45 pm

Christopher Niel used 3 steel bars bundled together around the windscreen frame, these then splay out like a bird's foot at the base and are laminated into the bodyshell, even when I did mine 15 years ago they did not list these parts, it appears they were just bent up to suit each vehicle, I followed suit.

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PostPost by: axbel » Fri Jul 29, 2011 5:40 pm

Hi,
I have a 1968 Lotus Elan Plus 2 (CN)convertible.
It is RHD,red with BBS split rims.I have owned it since 2002.I believe it has the original hood arrangement but I never use it(dry weather motoring only).
As far as I knew a few years ago there was only one other one(white) in France.I was very surprised to read that there are now supposedly 6 as reported on your site.
It's a unique car.What else is a REAL open 2+2 sports car?It's a real head turner and so much more beautiful than the baby Elan.In my opinion all Plus 2s are underpriced but they are appreciating.
Happy motoring!
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PostPost by: Didi » Fri Jul 29, 2011 5:51 pm

axbel wrote:... It's a unique car.What else is a REAL open 2+2 sports car?It's a real head turner and so much more beautiful than the baby Elan ...
I agree :D
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PostPost by: ohartmanno » Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:27 am

I´m looking for a nice +2 convertible.
Can anybody help - would be very thankful!

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PostPost by: Didi » Mon Jan 23, 2012 1:48 pm

Hi Oliver,

There is one in the Netherlands : TARGET CARS BV
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PostPost by: Didi » Mon Jan 23, 2012 4:38 pm

elanchap wrote:Hello Didi,

I was referring to the metal reinforcing that you installed in your Facebook pictures 63 - 68, needed to stiffen the body due. I have a body spare +2 and was considering taking off the roof to make it a convertible. I would need the same type of reinforcement and I was wondering if you purchased those pieces of steel or did you fabricate them yourself? I looked on the Christopher Neil website and didn't see any for sale.

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First, sorry for my very late answer.
For one or other raison I forgot it :oops:
I make the reinforcement for the frames by my self.
First I make a model in carton, then in metal.
I make the reinforcement, because the front screen frame pushed against the door frames at high speed and I have small cracks below in the corner from the window frame.
Original, there is a tube as you can see, if you look carefully, on this and this picture.
Sorry, I have no better pictures.
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PostPost by: vernon.taylor » Tue Feb 07, 2012 3:40 pm

Salut

With owners permission, who are the six in France?

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PostPost by: rdssdi » Tue Feb 07, 2012 4:34 pm

I have not seen any +2 convertibles in the U.S.. All I have seen have been photos on the internet and RHD cars.

Are there any LHD +2 convertibles? I would think mostly in Europe.

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PostPost by: 612kiwi3333 » Wed Feb 08, 2012 7:08 pm

There is a LHD convertible in Wisconsin. I am surprised he has not spoke up as he is on this forum. He had it shipped here a couple years ago.
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PostPost by: collins_dan » Thu Feb 09, 2012 1:47 pm

The one in Wisconsin is RHD, I believe. There is a LHD one from Canada that came down for the LOG in Gettysburg the other year. I believe he did the conversion himself. Dan
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Thu Feb 09, 2012 2:37 pm

hi Vernon,
are you happy with your +2 convertible that you bought from Paul Matty :mrgreen:
Do you find that the body twists when driving it now you have owned it since last summer.
Do you have any problems with the fuel tank breather :?: I understand this can be a problem on convertibles with petrol leaks :!:
What's your honest opinion and comments :?:
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PostPost by: vernon.taylor » Thu Feb 09, 2012 6:48 pm

Salut Alain

Yes, I am happy with my +2 convertible.

As for body twisting I'm not experienced enough to answer that. All I can say is that I haven't experienced any funny stuff whilst driving, and it's too new a toy to have taken corners with the back sliding out. Wife wouldn't like that. I did manage to make the back break away the other day by really jerking the wheel, but before I could react it was back in line.

It may be, and it would be logical, that the body flexes more when jacking.

My car was converted around 2007 but a guy that worked at CN for fifteen years doing just that - he converted and restored the car for himself. He told me that he had put Spyder sills which he considered better/stiffer than Lotus items. He also said he had gone to extra trouble with windscreen stiffening using 6mm bar. According to him lesser conversions have windscreen pillars that give/flex when installing the hood leading to the upper parts of the door touching the pillars.

I had petrol smells from a normal +2 I had, so when I installed rear seat belts (here: elan-plus-f13/rear-seat-belts-t14067-30.html ) I also did the petrol breather mod (here: elan-plus-f13/fuel-breather-mods-t23356-15.html ).

Other than that just a couple of usual niggles: replaced alternator at PM's cost, Kenlowe electronic module at their cost, right-angle drive at mine, and heater still to sort.

I'll be in Anncey - if you go we can meet up; and of course if you're in the area look me up ;-)

Might have another opinion about convertibles after this weekend - should be seeing a bloke who's restoring one.

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