Lotus Elan

Alloy Rad

PostPost by: rdssdi » Fri Jul 07, 2006 1:03 am

Has anyone purchased a "drop in" aluminum replacement radiator for an Elan
+2?

I have a 1969 "federal" model. It is fitted with the "small" radiator. The
"large" radiator was in the first 900 or so +2's. At least this is what I have
been told. I do not know why they went to the smaller pattern. It is
apparently from a triumph or a modified triumph radiator.

Is the "baby" Elan fitted with the same radiator?

I am making a drawing for quotes. Any suggestions on companies I should
contact to make an alloy rad?

Thanks

Bob
1969 Elan +2
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PostPost by: dlindemann at aol.com » Fri Jul 07, 2006 2:47 am

Hi Bob -
I coordinated a group purchase of alloy Europa radiators from Mac's Radiator
in Oregon
< _http://www.macsradiator.com/_ (http://www.macsradiator.com/) >. They
produced a quality product at a reasonable price. They were also able to
accommodate some of the variations between models. I also had them fabricate a
custom radiator for my S1 Esprit and I'm extremely pleased with it - the car
has never run so cool.
Good luck!
Dave Lindemann
1973 TCS Europa
1977 S1 Esprit

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Has anyone purchased a "drop in" aluminum replacement radiator for an Elan
+2?

I have a 1969 "federal" model. It is fitted with the "small" radiator. The
"large" radiator was in the first 900 or so +2's. At least this is what I
have
been told. I do not know why they went to the smaller pattern. It is
apparently from a triumph or a modified triumph radiator.

Is the "baby" Elan fitted with the same radiator?

I am making a drawing for quotes. Any suggestions on companies I should
contact to make an alloy rad?

Thanks

Bob
1969 Elan +2
dlindemann at aol.com
 

PostPost by: daves56 » Fri Jul 07, 2006 1:08 pm

I've also been thinking about swapping out radiators. But I noticed that
an older model VW radiator is just about the right size. A 78' Scirocco
or Rabbit uses one that's about 23" X 12" (there were several sizes) and
the cost is about $80 brand new, shipped. The major drawbacks are that
the top inlet is on the wrong side and new mounting brackets would have
to be made but those problems are simple to solve. A large aluminum
radiator has got to cool better than a small brass one.



Just a thought.



Dave Sutcliffe

69' Elan +2

77" Esprit V8



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Has anyone purchased a "drop in" aluminum replacement radiator for an
Elan
+2?

I have a 1969 "federal" model. It is fitted with the "small" radiator.
The
"large" radiator was in the first 900 or so +2's. At least this is what
I have
been told. I do not know why they went to the smaller pattern. It is
apparently from a triumph or a modified triumph radiator.

Is the "baby" Elan fitted with the same radiator?

I am making a drawing for quotes. Any suggestions on companies I should
contact to make an alloy rad?

Thanks

Bob
1969 Elan +2
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PostPost by: collins_dan » Fri Jul 07, 2006 1:20 pm

I bought one from Dave Bean. Talk to Ken there. He put one in his car
as well. Fit great in my '70 S4SE. Was able to retain my current
hoses, mounting brackets, large fan and just add an inline cap. I
bought a piece of 12" x 12" 16 gauge sheet metal from Home Depot, cut
in half and bend to connect new rad to old mounting brackets. Made a
huge difference in engine temp. Dan

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PostPost by: elangtv2000 » Fri Jul 07, 2006 2:30 pm

Interesting, David. Do you know if the Scirocco rad is aluminum?
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PostPost by: daves56 » Fri Jul 07, 2006 4:20 pm

Yes, aluminum core with nylon ends. But I'd like to find a supplier that carries these since I haven't actually seen or measured one in person.

Dave S.

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Interesting, David. Do you know if the Scirocco rad is aluminum?
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PostPost by: richboyd » Mon Jul 10, 2006 7:06 pm

Stores like Summit sell Scirocco radiators for around US$230. They're
popular in dragsters because they're light (good for Elan).
Looks like the run about 22inches wide by 13inches high by 3inches thick. See:
http://store.summitracing.com
and search on "Scirocco radiator"

Rich Boyd

At 09:17 AM 7/7/2006, you wrote:

Yes, aluminum core with nylon ends. But I'd like to find a supplier
that carries these since I haven't actually seen or measured one in person.

Dave S.

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Interesting, David. Do you know if the Scirocco rad is aluminum?
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