Lotus Elan

Roadster to Coupe?

PostPost by: Tahoe » Sat Dec 11, 2010 6:27 pm

Okay, I know it's been discussed where Coupes have been converted to DHC's. We also know of at least one conversion currently being converted back to a coupe, after a coupe to DHC conversion. Has anyone ever converted a type 26 to a coupe, or seen someone glass in a hardtop to a 26? I sometimes have coupe envy, and I'm not saying I going to this at all, but I sometimes look at the car in the garage with the hardtop on and think about how easy it would be to just glass the top to the body. Probably something I would regret later, but I'm sure someone must have done it somewhere.
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PostPost by: nebogipfel » Sat Dec 11, 2010 8:01 pm

Yes it would be easy, but why would you even consider it, living in the gorgeous part of the world that you do :shock:


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PostPost by: Tahoe » Sat Dec 11, 2010 8:13 pm

I wouldn't concider it, but I did think about how easy it was to do. Just wondering if anyone ever did it. My only real option is to buy a coupe as well.

My wife will love that :twisted:
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PostPost by: summerinmaine » Sat Dec 11, 2010 10:28 pm

Tahoe wrote:
My wife will love that :twisted:


Probably, but only if she gets to drive it!
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PostPost by: tvacc » Sun Dec 12, 2010 9:16 pm

Why not just find a Hardtop to go on your car?
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PostPost by: elansprint71 » Sun Dec 12, 2010 10:14 pm

" ..........but I sometimes look at the car in the garage with the hardtop on......."

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PostPost by: garyeanderson » Sun Dec 12, 2010 11:56 pm

Its been done in the past, I think they called them "Shapecraft"

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PostPost by: Tahoe » Mon Dec 13, 2010 12:56 am

I have seen pictures of the Shapecrafts and they are very unique, but I like the Type 36 look much better. I better get going on that hardtop I have, and make it useable. That's not likely to happen until next year (late) though.
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PostPost by: bluesbrother30 » Mon Dec 13, 2010 4:11 am

Hey Russ, apparently those "euro" guys have never seen Lake Tahoe in the winter......................let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

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PostPost by: RedS4 » Thu Dec 16, 2010 3:52 am

I have to say that I really do like the Shapecraft styling - and you get a bigger boot as a bonus!! :D
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PostPost by: ivor badger » Thu Dec 16, 2010 6:03 pm

The person who first had the hardtop bonded on to create the first FHC was Jim Clark who got Radford to do it for his personalised Elan.
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PostPost by: elansprint71 » Thu Dec 16, 2010 6:25 pm

The Shapecraft roof is made from alluminium.
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PostPost by: Tahoe » Thu Dec 16, 2010 6:35 pm

bluesbrother30 wrote:Hey Russ, apparently those "euro" guys have never seen Lake Tahoe in the winter......................let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

Mike Summers
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(about 115 miles west of Lake Tahoe where it NEVER snows)


I know! We had 4 feet in the yard after the 1st and 2nd storms, but after all the rain we had, it's down to about 9 inches. Just got another 9 inches Tuesday night. This time of year you don't know what you're going to get.

Here's the next few days:
Friday: Snow. High near 35. South wind between 5 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.

Friday Night: Snow before 10pm, then rain and snow. Low around 31. Breezy, with a south wind between 15 and 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 8 to 12 inches possible.

Saturday: Rain. High near 40. Breezy, with a south wind around 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Saturday Night: Rain. Snow level 7300 feet. Low around 32. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Sunday: Snow. High near 39. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 5 to 9 inches possible.

ivor badger wrote:The person who first had the hardtop bonded on to create the first FHC was Jim Clark who got Radford to do it for his personalised Elan.


Really, I never new that. Does anyone have a picture of that car?
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