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My restored S2/SE

PostPost by: PhilGreen » Fri Dec 18, 2015 8:28 pm

Bill,

What can I say, you are spot on. Where on earth I thought it was Champion I don't know. They are exactly what you say they are. Appologies.

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PostPost by: bill308 » Sun Dec 20, 2015 3:52 pm

Thank you Phil.

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PostPost by: el-saturn » Sun Dec 20, 2015 4:29 pm

............is 5538 a S2? my S3 (the later body) has chassis 4982!!!?? i'm sure my chassis would've "needed" a S2 body, but it got lost for a couple of months ------------ the window switches could be positioned in both postions: both holes are there: dash and door arm rests. 36 4982 - no snow, so had a lovely ride today sandy
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PostPost by: PhilGreen » Sun Dec 20, 2015 7:08 pm

5538 would be an S2. Not sure about your other numbers though.

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PostPost by: LotusArchives » Sun Dec 20, 2015 8:18 pm

el-saturn wrote:............is 5538 a S2? my S3 (the later body) has chassis 4982!!!?? i'm sure my chassis would've "needed" a S2 body, but it got lost for a couple of months ------------ the window switches could be positioned in both postions: both holes are there: dash and door arm rests. 36 4982 - no snow, so had a lovely ride today sandy


As Ben states on the previous page, the early Elan Type 36 cars were simply called Elan Coupe.

Elan S3 was not until unit number 5811.
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PostPost by: PhilGreen » Fri Feb 05, 2016 8:13 am

I was a bit worried about taking this job on but I managed it without any outer paint damage. In the previous rear end photo the boot lid was noticeabley warped a bit. It's always been like it in my ownership. Not any more.
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PostPost by: 661 » Fri Feb 05, 2016 10:05 am

el-saturn wrote:............is 5538 a S2? my S3 (the later body) has chassis 4982!!!?? i'm sure my chassis would've "needed" a S2 body, but it got lost for a couple of months ------------ the window switches could be positioned in both postions: both holes are there: dash and door arm rests. 36 4982 - no snow, so had a lovely ride today sandy



.....and still is. Kind of!
26/5538 OUR899D
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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Fri Feb 05, 2016 11:36 am

What a great looking car Phil. It is indeed a very late one at 5797, as the last S2 S/E was 5798! The last S2 of all was 5810, but of course the Coupe / S3 was being made in parallel with the S2 from September '65, chassis number 4510, so there almost certainly will be a few S3 cars between 5798 and 5810.

The way the chassis numbers were allocated to the S2 and Coupe makes it just about impossible to say how many S2, how many S2 S/E. how many Type 36 Coupes (later S3) were made as, no matter the model, the 'next' chassis number was allocated. Unfortunately the prefix of '26' or '36' wasn't recorded in the records.

So you definitely have the penultimate S/E,, and one of the very last S2 cars as well.

I used to have 26/5803, first registered on 2nd June 1966, which was one of the last of the S2 cars, but unfortunately that is now a 26R replica and living in Sweden. Some folks don't care about the history of these cars!!

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PostPost by: PhilGreen » Fri Feb 05, 2016 12:11 pm

Hi Mark,

There was a time in the late 70s that I had plans to modify it. Only at a later date did I realise quite what I had. OK some parts are replica but I've tried to be in keeping with the original design the best I can. When the weather picks up there is the small matter of the MOT. Fingers crossed with that after being off the road for so long. When I first owned it in was quite neglected and unreliable. A none working fuel gauge did not help matters. So the trip to the MOT station will be it's first real run sine being restored. Could be fun.

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PostPost by: Famous Frank » Tue Feb 23, 2016 8:40 pm

Phil,

Beautiful job!!!! Your car looks outstanding.

The L O T U S on the boot is correct for a S2 SE. Regular S2's had different badging on the right rear above the tail light. I've owned three S2 SE's. All were the same. My current one is close to yours with VIN 5738. Although mine has a flat floor but is also LHD. I also own 5838, a Pre Air Flow Coupe. It's easy to remember numbers when they are an even 200 apart.

Your dash and everything look terrific! May I ask where you purchased the carpeting? It looks like it fits very well.

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PostPost by: PhilGreen » Tue Feb 23, 2016 8:59 pm

Frank,
Thanks for the badging information and compliments. The carpet set was supplied by Mick Millar classic Lotus spares last year.

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PostPost by: gordont » Wed Feb 24, 2016 12:34 pm

Vernon
Wow 2 away from me I am 26/5416...,
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PostPost by: Certified Lotus » Wed Feb 24, 2016 1:09 pm

Phil, very nicely done! May I ask where you sourced the trim for the bottom of the dash? Is it plastic or metal?
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PostPost by: PhilGreen » Wed Feb 24, 2016 7:49 pm

Hi, I think it was fitted to the S1. I modified it from a mini wheel arch trim as I liked the look of it but found it hard to source.
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