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Elan-related Christmas Gift Suggestions

PostPost by: mountainpiper » Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:32 pm

I have been assigned the task of being the "Secret Santa" for my girlfriend?s father, the man who has everything...including a 1966 Elan. I know very little about the car other than he has rebuilt the transmission, engine, suspension and that he has replaced the upholstery inside. I am hoping to spend $100-$150 (USD) on something for, or related to, his Elan and am hoping those of you out there may be able to assist me. I appreciate any guidance on parts, accessories or memorabilia that he is likely to need or want.
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PostPost by: elanern » Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:39 pm

How about a car cover (California Car Cover Multiweave II for $135.00)?

Or "Colin Chapman: Wayward Genius" (Amazon used for around $150.00)?

I'll be watching this post for ideas to give my "Secret Santa".
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PostPost by: ardee_selby » Sun Nov 27, 2011 2:10 pm

Difficult one if he has everything...but I was given a pair of these (Sunstar) models. Put a smile on my face... :)

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R4 ... +star+elan

There is the "Autoart" version, but I think they only do the Coupe version

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=aut ... m270.l1313

Have a good one when it arrives!

Cheers - Richard
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PostPost by: mac5777 » Sun Nov 27, 2011 6:28 pm

Hello Mountainpiper, May I suggest something that will last until he sells his 66 Elan. I designed it for my 66 Elan. He can use it anytime he has to deal with his wheels.
I deliver more of them at Xmas than any other time. $139.00 USD If interested, contact me for a gift and delivery pricing.
http://knockoffspinnertool.com/
business-listings-f3/knockoff-socket-wrench-t2268.html
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He will never need to beat on his spinners with a hammer again.
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PostPost by: bast0n » Sun Nov 27, 2011 7:55 pm

I quite thought that spinners were meant to be hit with a hammer................. :wink:

Just like the underside of the chassis is protected by oil coming from the powerplant. It's what happens to Lotii.

Brian Bucklands book at ?50 is worth $130 dollars any day so I would give him that - it is brilliant. And no, I don't get a cut............... :mrgreen:
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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Sun Nov 27, 2011 8:18 pm

Maybe he's a member of this site? Then maybe the suggestion can come from him, anonymously.

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PostPost by: AHM » Sun Nov 27, 2011 10:02 pm

Do you know if he is a member of this forum?
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PostPost by: mountainpiper » Sun Nov 27, 2011 10:32 pm

I do not know, but I would imagine he very likely could be.
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PostPost by: bilcoh » Mon Nov 28, 2011 7:18 am

We should probably know whether your future relationship with the girlfriend hinges on the success of this gift. :shock:
Are we anywhere near "blessing seeking mode"?

Will the owner of a '66 Elan who has fully restored every element of the car himself, and thus owns all the tools and books already, please come forward and help this young man out of his predicament?

BTW, I've got the '66 Elan *and* the daughter(s), but if one of them has a boyfriend buying me a gift for Christmas, that's gonna be some mighty interesting news to me. :(

Cheers, and good luck,

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PostPost by: bast0n » Mon Nov 28, 2011 9:54 am

Mountain piper

From the front of my copy.

Brian Buckland
9 Grove Avenue
Coombe Dingle Bristol
BS29 2RN

Tel 01179049549

[email protected]

Fantastic book but you also need the proper Lotus workshop manual to have alongside it.

Good luck - you won't be dissapointed.
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PostPost by: mac5777 » Tue Nov 29, 2011 5:58 am

Dave, you now have me thinking, I also have a 1966 fully restored Elan and own all of the books mentioned and if its for me ---forget the knockoff tool, I have a few. :lol: :lol:

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PostPost by: bilcoh » Wed Nov 30, 2011 4:55 am

Ha! The plot thickens. OK, if you're on this list, have a 66 Elan, and at least one daughter, let us know. We can then start a pool to see which one of us it is. :D
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PostPost by: Famous Frank » Wed Nov 30, 2011 2:51 pm

Ok, just added thoughts:

A case of Oil!
An emergency Cell Phone
A spare Throttle Return Spring
A spare Throttle Return Brass Thing a Magig
A case of Oil!
Spare Fuses 30 amp Ha!
If it still has Donuts, .... a new set
An Alternator
If it still has Donuts, .......a CV Conversion Kit
A case of Oil!
A Pertronics II or
A Pertronics II Distributor pt# D190509
A Flashlight with GOOD BATTERIES
AAA Membership
Hagerty Insurance Towing
A case of Oil!
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PostPost by: Jason1 » Wed Nov 30, 2011 6:05 pm

I bought myself these cufflinks, they are very nice and not expensive.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LOTUS-SILVER- ... _850wt_905

Or a nice scale model:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1966-LOTUS-EL ... 141wt_1037
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PostPost by: fjcoopelan » Fri Dec 02, 2011 4:07 pm

Hi

If it hasn't already been suggested, Brian Buckland's mammoth (600+ page) Rebuilding of a Lotus Elan is something every Elan owner should have.

Brian has spent a good part of his life learning just about everything one could want to know and has put it down on paper. This is everything a workshop manual should be and more. Loads of pictures and drawings, of both UK an US Elans, help the Elan owner solve most any problem that could arise with his or her car, as well as serving as a basis for restoring a car as well.

As a bonus, Brian will usually respond to questions about Elans.

It just so happens that I sell them in North America. But the above is not hype, as owner's of this labor of love will tell you.

Available from Tottenham Lane Motoring Literature for $135, including priority mail shipping in the US.

Contact Foster at [email protected].

I also have lots of other Elan related, Lotus related, and other automotive and racing books and things.

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