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Lotus Elan +2 Chassis 151 restoration

PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:00 pm
by Steve Brown
Hi to all members,

My fiancée and I are restoring Lotus Elan +2 chassis 151. We began the strip down in December and are now progressing to the chassis assembly which we plan to have completed by the end of the month. Many thank to Pete Williams Engineering for his help with the engine, gearbox and diff rebuilds and Andy and Sean from Spyder for all technical help over the last three months with providing a new chassis, suspension etc .for the car. Plan to finish the rebuild by September at the latest,

I am still searching for a really decent front bumper for my car, any help from members would be greatly appreciated.

Kind regards

Steve Brown

Re: Lotus Elan +2 Chassis 151 restoration

PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:51 am
by Gray
I don't know of any bumpers, but if you come to the Club Lotus SW meets there are a few of us with +2 experience.

Re: Lotus Elan +2 Chassis 151 restoration

PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2019 3:32 pm
by Matt Elan
Have you been in touch with Melodyk from this forum - she and her husband are resident in Cornwall and have another lovely early Plus 2.
Have you managed to source a front bumper yet - Oddly rear bumpers are harder to come by than front ones.

Re: Lotus Elan +2 Chassis 151 restoration

PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:43 pm
by Steve Brown
Hi. Thank you for your message. No I have not had any contact with Melodyck. Bumpers are still being sought.

Re: Lotus Elan +2 Chassis 151 restoration

PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:12 am
by Elanintheforest
Steve, the front bumper is very easy to find as it is from a 1960s Ford Anglia 105E. The rear is much more difficult as it was specially made for a Plus Two, using a Riley Elf / Wolsley Hornet rear bumper and extending that with a piece in the middle.

There is an Anglia one for sale on ebay at the moment, but it will need to be plated.....

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lotus-Elan-2 ... SwRAZdFxvB

Mark

Re: Lotus Elan +2 Chassis 151 restoration

PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:49 am
by Steve Brown
Thanks Mark, all purchased. I have been trying to buy bumpers from a member for nearly four months but he just doesn't get back to me giving the excuse that they are in another garage which he doesn't appear to visit. It's been a nightmare and to be honest I have given up with him. I need to get on with the car as I have a road trip planned in the Spring to the Eiffel Mountains and the Nordschleife. At that rate I would still be thinking about it in 5 years time. The chassis is now finished, and on the floor again and rolling. I have fitted solid driveshafts from Tony Thompson Racing along with Quaife Billet shafts in both the diff and hubs and billet nuts and bolts. I have a brand new pair of Spyder semi drive-shafts which are now surplus to requirements along with brand new driveshafts for both the diff and hubs complete with nuts bolts and bearings. Oh well, could look for another build I suppose.

Re: Lotus Elan +2 Chassis 151 restoration

PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:18 am
by Elanintheforest
If you're not stripping and painting the body then you'll have plenty of time! Sounds like a great build, and I'll bet you'll be looking for another project next year. Too much fun!


Mark

Re: Lotus Elan +2 Chassis 151 restoration

PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:34 pm
by Steve Brown
Hi Mark,

It is a full nut and bolt resto bud. Body to be stripped and repainted in its original baby blue colour.

Not keeping it standard though, it may seem criminal to the purist but I intend having some fun with it before I am too inflexible to get in it anymore and have to sell it. The plan is the have it looking just like it should do on the surface, but go to town on it under the skin, just as Chapman would have done, effectively improve the car. I have kept all the original parts in the garage attic just in case whoever buys it wants to go back to basics.

The rear end is, as I previously said, all billet and Quaife. The diff is rebuilt and has a Tony Thompson additional diff brace fitted. Prop-shaft rebuilt and balanced. Gearbox rebuilt, ally bellhousing, competition clutch, engine rebuilt and fully balanced to +00.30. It runs as smooth as an eel coated in baby oil. I have also fitted the Burton cassette water pump kit, expensive but well worth it I think. We had to modify the timing chain adjuster and housing a little to get the chain to run without scuffing the housing, something Burton are apparently aware of but have failed to rectify in their build, "naughty, naughty very naughty". Fortunately there is sufficient material in their casting to allow machining.

Head is rebuilt big valve and fully ported running re-jetted 45's. It is punching out 165 on the dyno. I am going to fit an aluminium rad, swirl pot and fuel tank. Servo uprated. It should be a ball to drive quickly but with plenty of good road manners when cruising. I am looking forward to my Germany trip, it should look and drive amazingly but we shall see...…………….time will tell.

Steve

Re: Lotus Elan +2 Chassis 151 restoration

PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:32 am
by Elanintheforest
I hope you know the bodyshop folks well Steve, or you're doing it yourself! A 3 month job usually takes 6 months, and a 6 month job 18 months! That's if you're paying normal commercial rates. A fill-in job can take many years!! Make sure they know how to repair fibreglass cracks properly as well.

That's going to be a stunning Elan.

Re: Lotus Elan +2 Chassis 151 restoration

PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:47 am
by Steve Brown
Hi Mark,

Not doing the bodywork myself bud, too specialised. I have researched this in depth and finally found just the man for the job, unfortunately he is some 200 miles away from me in the Southampton area. He is a glass fibre expert.

He is the sprayer of choice for Southern GT GT40's and I have seen his work, quite brilliant.

I will have photos of my GT40 in the next few days showing the whole process the car goes through, the man is an absolute craftsman.

I am hoping for a stunning car Mike, I have spent a lot of money and even more time to get it that way but you never know until the fat lady sings matey.