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1970 Elan plus 2 restoration

PostPost by: pudge2260 » Sat Oct 26, 2019 4:14 pm

Just purchased a 1970 Elan +2, it's mostly there. Looking for pictures of what a finished trunk (boot) should look like. How is the battery mounted to the floor? Need lots of help, all comments are welcome.
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PostPost by: jcocking » Sat Oct 26, 2019 4:46 pm

Click on the link for Photo Gallery in the top navigation. In the filter by topic, slowly type boot or trunk to see all the photos with this in the description.
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PostPost by: stugilmour » Sat Oct 26, 2019 5:00 pm

Welcome aboard.

There is a dimensional drawing available if you need to make up new Plus 2 floorboards. They are fabricated using 3/16” plywood IIRC. I added perimeter 3/4” x 3/4” batten strips for rigidity and to provide additional vertical clearance for the battery. Commonly available batteries in NA are too tall for the stock mounting location. This results in a lot of NA cars having the boot floor panels cut to accommodate the battery.

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One suggestion regarding battery wiring. I would strongly advise moving the main ground cable from the boot floor-to-frame bolt to the body mounting bolt that threads directly to the right side frame tower behind the rear seat. This is a way better ground attachment and away from road debris.

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PostPost by: Gordon Sauer » Sat Oct 26, 2019 7:59 pm

I was able to find a Honda Civic battery size and I don’t know what it is offhand that fit on the boot floor and in that little cut out area without having to cut into the boards and then on mine there was a bobbin that with that battery also was correctly located and I ran a securing L-shaped bracket from there with the other side of the battery secured by the wall of the trunk/boot. Gordon sour
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PostPost by: Mick6186 » Wed Oct 30, 2019 3:03 pm

Attached are pictures of the boot of my +2 130/5.
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PostPost by: Mick6186 » Wed Oct 30, 2019 3:03 pm

Attached are pictures of the boot of my +2 130/5.
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PostPost by: pudge2260 » Thu Oct 31, 2019 6:24 pm

Mick6186 wrote:Attached are pictures of the boot of my +2 130/5.
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Very clean boot. What size battery are you using ? Did you have to raise the height of the panels over the tire and battery ?
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PostPost by: Mick6186 » Fri Nov 01, 2019 1:56 pm

Attached are pictures of the battery & clearance over rear of tyre which is 4cm. Clearance at the front is 6cm.
The battery sits on a spacer to clear the lip on the boot floor,
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PostPost by: The Veg » Sun Nov 03, 2019 1:48 am

FWIW, I've got an Odyssey PC925 battery that, while too wide to fit down into the recess in the floor, is still well-below the level of the floor supports. The original battery-fixings were gone before I got the car, so I have to fab-up something anyway regardless of what battery.
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PostPost by: RichC » Sun Nov 03, 2019 7:13 am

Mick, that's a very neat solution. 8)
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