Lotus Elan

Elan +2S130/5 complete restoration

PostPost by: olivebdr » Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:57 pm

Hello dear friends,

i'm proceeding my "introduce yourself" post with this one as my restoration project could interest some of you.


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PostPost by: olivebdr » Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:30 pm

Engine stripped out in workshop :
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PostPost by: olivebdr » Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:38 pm

When i came back from previous owner, the engine over heated on the motorway. It was due to a radiator leak.
The 4th cylinder was damaged. During inspection, it appears that valves, crankshaft and pistons were realy tired and needed to be restored...
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PostPost by: vincereynard » Thu Mar 07, 2019 7:38 pm

That should keep you busy for a while!

Good Luck. This is the place for advice.
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PostPost by: olivebdr » Fri Mar 08, 2019 3:59 pm

Thanks Vince,

I’m actally working on front suspension. And i m à little bit confused with the trunion.
I previously dismantled everything, cleaned up, and traeated with anti rust and paint.
I began to re assemble the front suspension and nothing precise to be found on workshop manual about these trunion except the use of Ep90. At the end, i have no idea how much i have to unscrew the trunion before assembling it... 1? 2? Complete rotation ?
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PostPost by: Matt Elan » Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:22 pm

Welcome to the site. You'll find a 50:50 split between using grease and oil in the trunnions - I sit on the fence with oil in one and grease in the other!

But to more serious matters. Make sure you have the trunnions the right way round, as one is left hand thread on the trunnion and vica versa for the other. I can't remember which side goes on which, but someone here will!

Then screw the trunnion all the way into the upright until it bottoms out, then unscrew it just enough to give the 30-40 ish degrees of movement each 'way' from the 'rest' position to allow for the steering movement. You want the minimum amount of unscrewing so you keep the maximum bearing surface from screw thread in the upright.
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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:54 pm

I believe it's the same as the wheel hubs , right hand threads on the right hand side , left hand threads on the left side.

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PostPost by: olivebdr » Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:06 pm

Thanks for your advices,

I did just one rotation from the Max screwing position. And fortunately there is a L on one trunion witch i believe is for left side :)
But i will check left thread into left...

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PostPost by: olivebdr » Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:59 pm

that was a loooong week end... i did not finished everything i would but here it is. 8)

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PostPost by: olivebdr » Sun Mar 10, 2019 9:09 pm

Rear side is a huge job. I spent the afternoon to understand the right way...

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