Lotus Elan

chassis, wheel well paint

PostPost by: Gordon Sauer » Tue Mar 07, 2006 4:04 am

There's been talk about the baby elan chassis that is red oxide in color but
with my +2S/130 body now off, it appears it's not been off before, and it's
clear under the jute pad in the center area that it is black--was Lotus actually
painting the chassis black on the later cars? Also, the wheel wells--I've
seen baby elans with body color wheel wells, which seems correct unless changed
later, but did the later cars (eg circa ''72 +2S/130 ) have factory painted
black wheel wells by then?--any consensus out there--trying to get how car would
have been painted coming out of Hethel! Gordon Sauer
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PostPost by: elansprint71 » Tue Mar 07, 2006 9:17 am

Gordon,
My '72 Sprint had a black painted chassis from the factory but my '68 S4
had red oxide with black stuff (like bitumen) on top.

Cheers,
Pete.

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There's been talk about the baby elan chassis that is red oxide in
color but
with my +2S/130 body now off, it appears it's not been off before, and
it's
clear under the jute pad in the center area that it is black--was
Lotus actually
painting the chassis black on the later cars? Also, the wheel
wells--I've
seen baby elans with body color wheel wells, which seems correct
unless changed
later, but did the later cars (eg circa ''72 +2S/130 ) have factory
painted
black wheel wells by then?--any consensus out there--trying to get how
car would
have been painted coming out of Hethel! Gordon Sauer

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PostPost by: "timrw99" » Tue Mar 07, 2006 10:58 am

I have had a look at my contemporary photographs of new Elans,
including factory press cars and those used in advertising. They all
appear to have black painted wheel wells. At the time of course, it
was popular to get the dealer to underseal your newly ordered car
(in fact it was pretty essential on British Leyland cars in the
early 70s!).

My choice would be to paint the wells the same matt black used for
the engine compartment. It is Lotus code L 08 and the Pinchin
Johnson code was PJ 0235X9050RZ, ICI Non Gloss Black.

Tim

--- In ***@***.***, Pete Taylor <[email protected]>
wrote:
Gordon,
My '72 Sprint had a black painted chassis from the factory but
my '68 S4

had red oxide with black stuff (like bitumen) on top.

Cheers,
Pete.

***@***.***e:

> There's been talk about the baby elan chassis that is red oxide
in

> color but
> with my +2S/130 body now off, it appears it's not been off
before, and

> it's
> clear under the jute pad in the center area that it is black--
was

> Lotus actually
> painting the chassis black on the later cars? Also, the wheel
> wells--I've
> seen baby elans with body color wheel wells, which seems correct
> unless changed
> later, but did the later cars (eg circa ''72 +2S/130 ) have
factory

> painted
> black wheel wells by then?--any consensus out there--trying to
get how

> car would
> have been painted coming out of Hethel! Gordon Sauer
>

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PostPost by: "Roy" » Tue Mar 07, 2006 1:19 pm

At the time of course, it
was popular to get the dealer to underseal your newly ordered car

Tim,

The body section of the workshop manual says 3M's underseal was used
to help stop crazing on the wing underside and to help stop water
ingress. I would have thought it was black rather than colour coded.
My Elan had none and the wing tops have suffered accordingly.

Roy
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