Lotus Elan

Boot lid fit

PostPost by: "kstrutt1" » Mon Nov 28, 2005 1:52 pm

Hi there,

My +2 is slowly coming back together after being rear ended by a
Toyota landcruiser. I have fitted a complete rear outer skin and am
now trial fitting all the trim items before I paint it.
The item I am currently having problems with is the new boot lid.
basically i am sure the body is square (I have ensured it is level
side to side all along the car but the new boot lid does not fit
very well, there are 2 problems.

1 The bootlid is 5mm high at the back RH corner, by adding shims
under the hinges I can get this to look reasonable.

2 Even with the above correction the gap across the back to the
number plate panel is uneven at the sides it is 6,mm in the middle
nearer 12mm .

has anyone else had these problems, I am thinking there could be 3
root causes

1 the boot lid is twisted (as with the skin it came from Boss motors
out of the original mould so should be Ok)
2 the bodies were never square in the first place and I have
corrected this
3 They are all like this.(I can't remember what it used to be like

Anyone any ideas?

73 +2 S 130 convertible.

PostPost by: "e s" » Mon Nov 28, 2005 4:16 pm

The boot being much more arched than the body is virtually a given on the +2. I think the body molds pulled on curing[making the boot apeture curve upat the ends] and the boot lid ucrved the other way when bonded to its inner panel. On my car, I added maybe 1-2mm of material[bondo] to the very edges of the bootlid at the edge. I then ground the bottom edge of the boot lid at the edges. This allows you to then tighten the boot lid down a bit with the plunger and it looks normal.

I hate to say it, but on the twisted issue, if the lid does not appear out of square on the flat by itself, I would suspect the body section of being twisted on the car. I would go about measuring very carefully both items ona very flat floor and then deciding what to do.
"e s"

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