Lotus Elan

Restoration of Elan S4

PostPost by: Grizzly » Fri Mar 13, 2015 1:31 pm

I think the bits of the gearbox Lotus Mix and match are Black where the gear casing is Ford Green, i know on mine the Bell housing and Tail case where Satin Black where the Gear case its self was Ford Green, but as it's not really seen i just painted mine Lotus Grey.

Bit of a heads up, if you uprate the Alternator make sure you have the appropriate wiring for it, a good friend had a problem with his Ignition light staying on all the time and when it was looked at he found the original wiring had melted (he's lucky there was no grounds next to it at the time as it wasn't fused)
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PostPost by: JC33supreme » Fri Mar 13, 2015 4:54 pm

It lloks absolutely gorgeous - inspirational. I wonder how long until I get to that stage (if ever).


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PostPost by: S?bastien K » Tue Aug 02, 2016 3:43 pm

Hi All,

I'am S?bastien from Belgium,
I restored a Lotus ELAN S4 Coupe FHC S/E Model Export from 1970.

I have a very good job on your chassis, engine etc... nice!

I have questions , do you know what the original color :

- of the chassis ?
- of the engine block ?
- of the gearbox ? all oder some parts?

RAL Number?

Sorry for my Englsih ;-)

Thank you in advance

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PostPost by: William2 » Thu Aug 18, 2016 9:50 am

It's taken longer than I thought but at last my Elan is complete with currently 100 miles on the clock! The final job was fitting the hood and I am very pleased with the finish. I just need to drive it now to run the engine in. Thanks once again to everyone on the forum who has helped me out over the last 3 years with my endless questions!!
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PostPost by: ken ob » Thu Aug 18, 2016 10:00 am

Great colour, it looks fantastic.

Slightly confused by everything since the invention of the wheel.
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PostPost by: S3FHC » Thu Aug 18, 2016 10:01 am


congratulations on finishing the rebuild, just stunning! :D

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PostPost by: Certified Lotus » Thu Aug 18, 2016 11:01 am

Beautiful William! Very well done!
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PostPost by: pharriso » Thu Aug 18, 2016 1:14 pm

Lovely restoration & I also love the colo(u)r, now it's time to enjoy it!
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PostPost by: rcombs » Thu Aug 18, 2016 1:58 pm


It looks fantastic! The color is great. I only hope mine looks as nice when I get it done.

My tranny was the same green with a satin black bell housing.

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PostPost by: Mazzini » Thu Aug 18, 2016 5:48 pm

Lovely!!!! :D
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PostPost by: S?bastien K » Thu Aug 18, 2016 6:54 pm

Nice job William !

I restored my S4 coupe...

could you tell me they are the steps to paint!
Dry Time ?
Color? ...
...the details are welcome.

For a good job in Long Time...

Sorry for my English


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PostPost by: mark030358 » Thu Aug 18, 2016 11:00 pm

Lovely job, great colour, I almost did the S4 I restored with a friend in Carnival Red (hope it is)
Well done I know how hard they are to do properly
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PostPost by: The Veg » Thu Aug 18, 2016 11:36 pm

1969/70 Elan Plus 2 (not S) 50/2036
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PostPost by: SF69Elan » Fri Aug 19, 2016 4:09 am

Wow, really beautiful color - looks great with the gold bumpers and silver wheels. Well done!
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PostPost by: William2 » Fri Aug 19, 2016 10:34 am

Thank you for your complimentary comments. In answer to a couple of questions, the car was painted in Regency Red 2 pack acrylic and then lacquered followed by a coat of canauba wax polish. I hasten to add that I did not spray the car myself.
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