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Elan Anniversary

PostPost by: martynbrown » Sun Jan 03, 2016 1:01 pm

January 3rd is a special occasion since we bought our Elan S4 on that day in 1981. The original intention was to experience Lotus drophead motoring for maybe just a couple of summers or so. I think I can say with some confidence 35 years later that the novelty just isn't going to wear off! As I drove the Elan home that day, ?970 lighter, I was driving an Elan with very tired paintwork, with a Ford 1600 crossflow instead of the original twin cam and with a chassis which (unbeknown to me at the time!) badly needed to be replaced. The car had 82,000 miles on the clock which seemed reasonable to me, until I got in touch with the original owner and discovered that he had covered around 140,000 miles in his seven years of ownership from 1969 to 1976. Apparently they had re-zeroed the mileometer when the twin cam was replaced by the crossflow at around 70,000 miles.

Happy New Year!

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PostPost by: rgh0 » Tue Jan 05, 2016 11:03 am

I think you have got your 970 pounds worth of enjoyment in the last 35 years - keep driving and keep enjoying in the new year :D

cheers
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PostPost by: l10tus » Tue Jan 05, 2016 7:02 pm

Martyn,

Nice one!

Did you swap the non - standard parts out, back to OEM - or is it still as was?

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PostPost by: martynbrown » Tue Jan 05, 2016 9:02 pm

Phil

Very very(!) shortly after discovering the chassis problem I fitted a second hand chassis which lasted for about 8 years and then I fitted a new Lotus galvanised chassis. In 1983 I fitted a twin cam engine which was from a 1965 Lotus Cortina Mk 1 which was being sold off for spares (?150 for the engine). I had the cylinder head uprated to Sprint spec at that time. Sadly it has the 4-bolt crank with the rear end rope seal which doesn't seem to last very long and does need replacing again. In 1986 the car was re-sprayed by Fibreglass Services - excellent job, but after 30 years it is inevitably showing its age.

My projects for the coming year are to replace the rope seal, sort out a clutch judder problem and to fit a new dash (already in stock in case the prices go up!). But for any of these tasks the car will definitely not be off the road for long!

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PostPost by: 661 » Tue Jan 05, 2016 9:52 pm

That's a fair price. I paid ?2000 in 1986 for a non working complete car in bits, including new lotus chassis.
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PostPost by: LI-599 » Thu Jan 07, 2016 5:26 am

Hi Martyn,
Regarding your clutch judder issue, my S4 had a new 8" ford friction plate and all surfaces reground but it juddered( shuddered) still. I removed it twice trying to find a cause. At this time I was informed that a Mitsubishi 81/2" friction plate fits exactly and is a softer grey material, the result is a perfect clutch release now.
We are lucky here in Australia not to have salty grit on our roads so rusty chassis' are never an issue.
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