Lotus Elan

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PostPost by: Rob_LaMoreaux » Sat Jul 15, 2006 8:34 pm

If the frames were numbered in their stacks outside, then the correct
body would have to be lined up to go together with a pre-ordained
frame. And what if all the frames left were type
36 but all the bodies in stock were DHC. It just wouldn't have worked.


But the chassis would not have waited for the proper body. The body number
is different from the chassis number and always was for the Elans. On the
early Elans the unit number was the body number and the chassis number was
different. On the later cars like my S4 the Body number wasn't used, but was
there. My Chassis and VIN are 45/9185, but all my body panels are marked
7922.

I believe you will are correct that the chassis number was assigned as the
car was assembled, but it had nothing to do with the correct body going to a
certain chassis. I suspect it was more a case of an build order for a
particular color/option package came and the next parts in the storage area
were grabbed, painted and assembled, then marked with the next Chassis
number on the list.

As far as frank's list:
He has said in the past it was information given to him by the factory back
when he was a Lotus dealer, and I seem to recall he posted a scan of one of
the pages which looked a lot like one of the pages in the back of Dennis
Ortenberger's Elite book.

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PostPost by: garyeanderson » Sat Jul 15, 2006 9:54 pm

When Frank posted the couple of pages previously, I made a copy of
them. They listed the 1) Unit Number, 2) Chassis Number,
3) Body Number, 4) Engine Number, 5) Invoice Number, 6) Date writen
in Month-day-year and 7)the original Owners Name. The Unit number was
the sequential number that was put into the book. The chassis number
was probably stamped fairly early in the build, probably when they
were made and before they were painted and delivered to the factory.
The body number was writen with a greese pencil on all parts, boot,
bonnet, doors, headlight buckets, main body, I have not seen it on
any of the S2 windscreen frames though. The engine number was stamped
on both the block and the Cylinder head. What does it all mean? Beats
the hell out of me. I would repost Frank's original but if he wanted
it out on the internet, he would have just scaned the pages and
loaded them onto his web page instead of going to all the work of
loading them into adobe acrobat.

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wrote:
> If the frames were numbered in their stacks outside, then the
correct

> body would have to be lined up to go together with a pre-ordained
> frame. And what if all the frames left were type
> 36 but all the bodies in stock were DHC. It just wouldn't have
worked.

>

But the chassis would not have waited for the proper body. The body
number

is different from the chassis number and always was for the Elans.
On the

early Elans the unit number was the body number and the chassis
number was

different. On the later cars like my S4 the Body number wasn't
used, but was

there. My Chassis and VIN are 45/9185, but all my body panels are
marked

7922.

I believe you will are correct that the chassis number was assigned
as the

car was assembled, but it had nothing to do with the correct body
going to a

certain chassis. I suspect it was more a case of an build order for
a

particular color/option package came and the next parts in the
storage area

were grabbed, painted and assembled, then marked with the next
Chassis

number on the list.

As far as frank's list:
He has said in the past it was information given to him by the
factory back

when he was a Lotus dealer, and I seem to recall he posted a scan
of one of

the pages which looked a lot like one of the pages in the back of
Dennis

Ortenberger's Elite book.

Rob LaMoreaux
Ann Arbor, MI USA
(734)-971-5583
Cell (734)-604-9280
Email: [email protected]
Too many Hobbies.... Too Little Time
1969 Lotus Elan....It's not a restoration, it's a never-ending
adventure.

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