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Best place for Elan spares?

PostPost by: RobC » Mon Jul 18, 2005 1:03 pm

Hi,

New on the board so this is a hello! and a question post :)

I've inherited a couple of Elans from my dad, I am a keen Lotus enthusiast as I've owned Elises for the past 7 years so I am no stranger to the Lotus way i.e. everything that brakes is always a pain in the butt :)

Anyhoooo I was getting one of the Elans going at the weekend which took a little longer than expected because the bonnet wouldn't pop. The hook had jumped over the bonnet latch so it wouldn't release. After much swearing and fiddling I managed to get it open but I'm now in need of a new hook and release cable. Where are is the best place to get parts like this from?

I am sure as time progresses I am going to have lots more questions. And if anyone wants a S4 DHC that is part restored drop me a line.

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PostPost by: types26/36 » Mon Jul 18, 2005 1:29 pm

Welcome Rob :) but where in the world are you :?:
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PostPost by: RobC » Mon Jul 18, 2005 2:49 pm

Hi Brian

UK, Cotswolds :)


*goes off to update profile* :)
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PostPost by: sk178ta » Mon Jul 18, 2005 3:28 pm

Christopher Neil, Susan Miller or Paul Matty, a search on the computer will bring them up.
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PostPost by: nebogipfel » Mon Jul 18, 2005 3:57 pm

Rob,

Make Susan Miller your first port of call and you will not go wrong

Tel 01728 603307

Don't bother with email, Susan spends her spare time in the garden not on her computer :)

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PostPost by: nebogipfel » Mon Jul 18, 2005 3:58 pm

Rob,

Make Susan Miller your first port of call and you will not go wrong

Tel 01728 603307

Don't bother with email, Susan spends her spare time in the garden not on her computer :)

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PostPost by: nebogipfel » Mon Jul 18, 2005 4:02 pm

The second message is for emphasis!

I have no idea why it happened really, I suppose my trigger finger must have been itchy :)


But just in case you didn't get the message - Susan Miller, OK
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PostPost by: RobC » Mon Jul 18, 2005 4:09 pm

So are you saying I should speak to Susan Miller? :lol:
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PostPost by: archigator » Mon Jul 18, 2005 4:16 pm

RD Enterprises (www.rdent.com) in Pennsylvania, USA has had the hood latches reproduced just recently. ($18/ea.) They are also a source for the release cable, which is integral to the handle on the dash (but the replacement is not a genuine Lotus item and does not match the original handle.) If your cable is not bad, you may want to salvage it with the original pull handle in-tact. Susan Miller may have the original cable set-up; I don't know. I've dealt with both sources, and they're both great. Susan seems to have more New Old Stock items.

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PostPost by: RobC » Mon Jul 18, 2005 4:20 pm

Wow there are some goddies on there (www.rdent.com)! Thanks Gary!
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PostPost by: M100 » Mon Jul 18, 2005 5:16 pm

>Wow there are some goddies on there (www.rdent.com)

Just seen that they do a rear hub puller for $115 (on offer for $89) It looks an identical design to the one I got via someone who advertised in the Club Lotus magazine back in the mid 80's - I think I paid around ten quid for mine (new!)
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PostPost by: nebogipfel » Mon Jul 18, 2005 5:55 pm

Yep, Susan Miller :)


I know she stocks the bonnet release bits for Elans (genuine Lotus parts) 'cos I've got them fitted to mine.

For the purist, however, the knob on the end of the cable is not exactly as original and it is not lettered.

Did I mention I recommend you should phone Susan before CN PM SJS or indeed "Uncle Tom Cobbley"

By the way I'm not related or connected to Susan in any way except for being a very satisfied customer. She helped me so much with the rebuild of my Elan the least I can do is spread the word :)
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PostPost by: RobC » Mon Jul 18, 2005 6:28 pm

Excellent, thanks for all the pointers its really appreciated!
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PostPost by: brian wilson » Mon Jul 18, 2005 10:11 pm

Try the Elan Factory in Melbourne Australia

Visit the site elanfactory.com.au

Many goodies on there
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PostPost by: pereirac » Wed Jul 27, 2005 12:05 am

Susan Miller get's my vote for anything Lotus.. Triumph Spitfire dealers are great for front suspension parts. If you find out what car the parts originally came from (and a lot of parts did) then you can save yourself some money...
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