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S3 Restoration

PostPost by: Sploder90 » Thu Aug 27, 2020 12:52 pm

Still planning that Scottish trip?
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PostPost by: glennmoule » Thu Aug 27, 2020 7:38 pm

Certainly am, and would love for one and all to join.
Unfortunately a date cannot be set at the moment due to my car’s finish date being altered.
Will get a date in the diary very soon
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PostPost by: RandyRT » Fri Sep 18, 2020 4:52 am

How's your car now? The Scottish trip sounds exciting.
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PostPost by: glennmoule » Tue Jan 26, 2021 4:25 am

Steering rack is now in for a complete going over.
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PostPost by: Elan45 » Fri Jan 29, 2021 3:08 am

Glen,

I have always used the S2 wiring schematic, with additional small looms for the electric windows. All else is the same. I am also restoring my pre-airflow coupe 5526. I'm just about ready to re-install the body onto the chassis.

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PostPost by: glennmoule » Sat Jan 30, 2021 10:00 pm

Thanks for the tip Roger, I will use it for sure.

My body is well under way and should be ready in a few weeks. I’ll post it’s current state now.

Looks like we will be completing ours around the same time.
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PostPost by: glennmoule » Sat Jan 30, 2021 10:03 pm

As of today, this is where my Elan body is at.
Doing the second panel and body fittings dry fit this week.
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PostPost by: ROADRUNNER » Sat Feb 06, 2021 2:30 pm

Looking good Glenn !

Hope you're keeping well mate
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PostPost by: glennmoule » Sat Feb 06, 2021 4:36 pm

Thanks so much. Things are moving forward quite nicely now.
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PostPost by: glennmoule » Sat Feb 06, 2021 5:20 pm

Engine and gearbox in.
I now see why the subframe lower cross member was changed to a removable one on later models. It is near impossible to get the engine and gearbox in while they are joined together.
If I ever need to remove them in the future I will most certainly be splitting them before removing.
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PostPost by: englishmaninwales » Sat Feb 06, 2021 9:17 pm

glennmoule wrote:Engine and gearbox in.
I now see why the subframe lower cross member was changed to a removable one on later models. It is near impossible to get the engine and gearbox in while they are joined together.
If I ever need to remove them in the future I will most certainly be splitting them before removing.


I find it is much easier to fit the engine and gearbox separately. I wasted several hours the first time I tried with the engine and gearbox together.
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PostPost by: glennmoule » Sat Feb 06, 2021 9:57 pm

Thanks Malcolm
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Sun Feb 07, 2021 6:53 am

Just to correct a detail that the Elan Chassis never had a removable Low Cross Member.
However the +2 did have a removable Low Cross Member.
I also fit Gearbox first then after fit Engine.
Stops the Bellhhousing Jam :mrgreen:
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PostPost by: glennmoule » Wed Apr 07, 2021 7:35 pm

Body is finally back from the paint shop.
The uphill battle begins!
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PostPost by: Certified Lotus » Thu Apr 08, 2021 4:21 pm

Looks great! Reassembling is the easy part. Keeping your fresh paint job from not getting scratched is the hard part. We won’t talk about the part you can no longer find and doesn’t seem to be available anywhere.........
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