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Elan S4 being awakened after 35 year slumber.

PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Wed Oct 14, 2020 5:58 pm

Thanks guys. I would definitely urge you to to find a project Alan as they are a lot of fun to restore and unlike most cars can be done in phases. Restoring everything on a rolling chassis is very satisfying and completes 90% of the mechanical restoration. With the body off and a copy of Brian's book, the workshop manual and the parts manual it's all pretty straightforward as well. Apart from those bloody flashing headlamps!!
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Thu Oct 15, 2020 8:48 am

Mark,

What are you doing about tyres? The rears appear to have good tread (but mismatched?) are they new enough to use or have they been on the car for years?
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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Thu Oct 15, 2020 10:04 am

The car has a set of Cinturatos fitted Steve, but one kept deflating so I put a spare on. Loads of tread, but unfortunately they are dated 1981 or 1982 from memory!

I don't know what I'll fit, but it won't be the excellent and sticky XAS at £180 a corner. I rather like the Elan to be a little playful on the back end for a bit of fun. And the wheels will be blasted and painted silver of course.
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Thu Oct 15, 2020 11:26 am

How about these then:

Cheap as chips too

https://www.blackcircles.com/catalogue/ ... gJmBPD_BwE
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PostPost by: trw99 » Thu Oct 15, 2020 5:12 pm

Surely Shirley Steve, you meant to recommend our friend TBG's tyre of choice, the Nokian iLine 165/70/13.

https://www.tyreleader.co.uk/car-tyres/ ... K8QAvD_BwE

In another recent thread he was saying how marvellous they were, not expensive and allowed him to have a bit of fun too. They would seem to fit the bill for Mark.

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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Thu Oct 15, 2020 5:37 pm

I've never heard of those! I bought a set of 5 Cinturatos for a Cortina earlier this year discounted from £85 to £45 each. They are just right for the 60s cars, although I wouldn't like to push them in the wet....although that situation almost certainly wouldn't arise.
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