Lotus Elan

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PostPost by: Adam_R » Sun Oct 28, 2018 7:45 pm

Just bought a +2 elan and thought i better post up.
its been in a garage most of tis lift and has come to me without an engine.
Im looking at zetec conversions....

Wheres the chassis number?
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PostPost by: tedtaylor » Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:57 pm

wow, what an ambitious project you have there indeed!
should be an aluminum VIN plate on the fender well/fire wall area under hood. not sure if Plus2 frames got a number stamp or not. others will chime in i'm sure. good luck to you!
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PostPost by: wotsisname » Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:01 pm

Chassis number should be near exhaust manifold if lotus item. Spyder is on front vacuum tank.. don't use this in any DVLA correspondence. Vin plate as mentioned should have same info. There are other places on the shell that will also help.
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PostPost by: The Veg » Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:22 am

Welcome Adam, can't wait to see your progress!
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PostPost by: Grizzly » Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:14 pm

Have a look at places like inside the roof or the backs of the doors etc, often you will find the Unit/body number written in black marker.
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PostPost by: innesw » Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:17 pm

Welcome Adam,

I am also based in Dundee with a +2, need a hand gimme a shout.

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PostPost by: Adam_R » Thu Nov 01, 2018 11:08 pm

Got the chassis number, and found a number on the body on the bonnet aperture.
I need to do some research about getting it registered,

went to pick up some more spares the week, got the dash with all instruments, steering column, another bonnet and a few other pieces, including a decent looking mohair soft top (that i don't actually need)
included with this lot was a crossflow engine, so some number searching to be done.

tonight i took the front seats out, one has cleaned up fine the other needs a bit more love as it looks like resin has been spilt on it.

Innes, good to see another local, will be in touch as the project progresses.
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PostPost by: jimj » Fri Nov 02, 2018 9:16 am

It looks as if you`re going to be spending a huge amount of time and considerable expense restoring this car. Personally, I`d recommend spending a bit more and get a proper twincam engine rather than a Zetec. You would add considerably more value than the cost. +2 values are only going to go up and it will be the original spec. cars that lead the way, in my view.
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PostPost by: Adam_R » Fri Nov 02, 2018 9:21 pm

jimj wrote:It looks as if you`re going to be spending a huge amount of time and considerable expense restoring this car. Personally, I`d recommend spending a bit more and get a proper twincam engine rather than a Zetec. You would add considerably more value than the cost. +2 values are only going to go up and it will be the original spec. cars that lead the way, in my view.
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I've thought about this, but the cost of the twin-cam some what puts me off, im not into the car very much (cost wise) at all intend to do the work myself.
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PostPost by: Adam_R » Sat Feb 09, 2019 12:08 pm

Managed to get sorted with regards to registration.
have been looking at the bodywork the last couple of days, it does seem to be rather sound but I've been going over the stress fractures. ( mainly in the rear arches) I think this could be doing to the car being moved about (pushed and pulled) Have started remedial action regardless.

I'm Missing the back window, are these available in glass or will I have to go down the plastic route?

I've also noticed when looking at spares that there are "early" and "late" cars, when does an early car stop being early? (what year)

still keen to go down the Zetec route, purely for the costs involved. Unless anybody has a twin-cam they don't want?
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PostPost by: Foxie » Sat Feb 09, 2019 2:18 pm

Adam_R wrote:Managed to get sorted with regards to registration.
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I'm Missing the back window, are these available in glass or will I have to go down the plastic route?
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My rear screen was badly scratched, I replaced it with one of these:

https://www.plastics4performance.com/lo ... creen.html

Great quality and only half the weight. :)
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PostPost by: Matt Elan » Sat Feb 09, 2019 4:03 pm

Change points on the Lotus Plus 2 are many and varied - take a look at this post for details:
lotuselan-plus2-f51/originality-chart-help-required-t43324.html
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