Lotus Elan

What tools?

PostPost by: blueseamonkey » Mon Sep 26, 2005 6:19 pm

My recently acquired +2 is the first car I've owned, in fact the first car in our family since my Dad sold his old Morris Ital 20 years ago and moved to an island in the sun...
I'm therefore having to build my tool collection from scratch. I've already invested in a 3/8" socket set, a good set of AF combination spanners, a trolley jack and some axle stands. Can anyone suggest any other tools I might need to work on the +2 - just thought I might as well get the lot while my wife is letting me spend the cash!
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PostPost by: stuartgb100 » Mon Sep 26, 2005 7:27 pm

If your wife is willing (you say she's letting you spend the cash), then you're way ahead of me.

You've got the the most indispensible tool of all .............. that forever elusive "spare pair of hands" that you will always wish you had been born with, when working on twin-cams.

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PostPost by: wildoliver » Tue Sep 27, 2005 8:01 am

One word for you.......................Multimeter!!!
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PostPost by: pereirac » Tue Sep 27, 2005 8:29 am

A short 1/2AF spanner is useful, I cut an old one in half. There is never enough room to use a full length one. Don't forget a Torque wrench as well and a tin of copperslip....
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PostPost by: steveww » Tue Sep 27, 2005 8:31 am

A torque wrench is a very good idea, plus a set of feeler gauges.

Why not enter www.cc-prozes.com and may be solve all your tool requirements in one go. Good luck :D
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PostPost by: ElliottN » Tue Sep 27, 2005 8:46 am

A selection of extensions (for your ratchet/sockets) as well as a "wobbly" adaptor or drive for those nuts you can't reach with a straight drive. Oh and a greasegun (but use oil on the trunions) and a couple of stubby screwdrivers (phillps & slot).

good luck and have fun.
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PostPost by: pereirac » Tue Sep 27, 2005 8:46 am

"www.cc-prozes.com could not be found" :-(
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PostPost by: rgh0 » Tue Sep 27, 2005 10:54 am

Once you have the basic handtools and power tools then buy things as you need them for a particular job. Always buy the best tools you can afford as poor quality tools are a source of endless frustration.

You will rapidly find a need for some of the following as you get into it:

Torque wrench
Allen keys
Various special shapes and styles of wrench
Multimeter ( and knwoledge of how to use it)
Timing light
Feeler gauges
Bore gauges
Micrometer set ( 0 to 150mm range)
Dial caliper
Dial gauge and magnetic stand
Bearing pullers of various size
Good quality bench and vice
Small angle grinder

If you really get serious about doing most things yourself you will wish you also had the following:

Small lathe
Drill press ( set up also for light milling )
Hydraulic press
Mig welder
Oxy welding / cutting
Dremel style die grinder
Source of compressed air
Engine stand


Plus you will discover the need to fabricate or buy a number of special tools to make individual tasks easier:

eg Make up a spanner to tighten and remove the large plastic nut on the gear lever while the gearbox is still in the car.

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PostPost by: blueseamonkey » Tue Sep 27, 2005 11:17 am

pereirac wrote:"www.cc-prozes.com could not be found" :-(


Thanks for all your advice. Did a bit of guessing and found http://www.cc-prizes.com works - good luck to all!
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PostPost by: pereirac » Fri Sep 30, 2005 7:30 am

whoops, given it was a .com site, I assumed it was a 'trendy' US site...

A good pair of axel stands is also a good idea before you get under the car, unless you have a very small head..or a hydraulic lift!
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PostPost by: triumphelan » Sat Oct 01, 2005 6:18 am

Plenty of "bandaid"
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PostPost by: 1964 S1 » Thu Oct 06, 2005 1:31 am

I have one tool box I can carry with one arm.... I've never been let down by either Lotus and I have two Peugeots with an equal track record. I've just looked at a long list of tools I don't have and have never needed. I do use two small metal drive on ramps when I need to work underneath them, and jackstands always come in handy.
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