Lotus Elan

My restored S2/SE

PostPost by: PhilGreen » Fri Dec 04, 2015 10:16 am

Finally got around to finishing off my Elan. Only 40 years in the making. Bought in 1974 and used for about 9 months. Then taken off the road after various problems, a rotting chassis being the final straw. Over the years getting side tracked with other projects I managed to get a replacement Spyder spaceframe chassis. Many years later I managed to get a paint job done and that spurred me on with the job. Things really stepped up last year when she had my full attention. Many hard to get parts later and here she is. Next step will be the MOT. I'm led to believe it is the penultimate S2 made. So there are a few S3 items as standard.
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PostPost by: PhilGreen » Fri Dec 04, 2015 10:19 am

S3 badging and come bottom sill strip.
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PostPost by: PhilGreen » Fri Dec 04, 2015 10:20 am

S3 badging and chrome bottom sill strip.
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PostPost by: PhilGreen » Fri Dec 04, 2015 10:26 am

New seat cover set, interior panels, teak dash and Len Chandler steering wheel, carpet set and S2 window finger lifts to name but a few of the items replaced.
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PostPost by: PhilGreen » Fri Dec 04, 2015 10:31 am

A new hood and gutters for the cant rails that it had never had. I'm wondering if when purchased as new it was in kit form.
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PostPost by: PhilGreen » Fri Dec 04, 2015 10:44 am

Made my own design for straps holding the cant rails in the boot.
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PostPost by: PhilGreen » Fri Dec 04, 2015 10:49 am

The head is standard for now as it will only be used for shows. So an octain booster and lead replacement additive should cover it.
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PostPost by: PhilGreen » Fri Dec 04, 2015 10:53 am

Maybe not a purist idea but I like the idea of them and think they also look good.
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PostPost by: Certified Lotus » Fri Dec 04, 2015 12:04 pm

Very nice. Congratulations on getting the restoration done!
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PostPost by: Geoffers71 » Fri Dec 04, 2015 1:17 pm

Well done, car looks superb :wink: I like the cant rail solution.
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PostPost by: The Veg » Fri Dec 04, 2015 6:20 pm

Beautiful! :D
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PostPost by: Europatc » Fri Dec 04, 2015 7:59 pm

Excellent job well done, roll on the Summer
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PostPost by: nigelrbfurness » Sat Dec 05, 2015 9:57 am

It's a lovely car. I had 5538 for many years, a very late S2 and it had the LOTUS letters across the back like that, but possibly more widely spaced though memory is not to be trusted, and Indianapolis 500 winners badges on the flanks - I'm guessing yours should have those too for completeness.

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PostPost by: PhilGreen » Sat Dec 05, 2015 12:09 pm

I have those badges. They have always been fitted behind the front wheel arch.
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PostPost by: nigelrbfurness » Sun Dec 06, 2015 9:37 am

Ah yes, I can see them now! Elderly eyesight.
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