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I'M BACK - PROPERLY !!

PostPost by: BRAD61 » Tue Nov 15, 2022 6:56 am

It's been a while since I last posted, I've been chipping away in the background and can now announce that as of the 19th Nov I will be officially 'in the gang' !!!
I shall be picking up my 1973 S4 Sprint DH, it's been in a few barns since 1992 and this weekend it will see the first bit of tarmac (on a trailer !) since it was incarcerated !
It was the 29th from last Elan to be sold and my quest is to get it roadworthy by next August for its 50th birthday - a more finite restoration will follow (funds permitting) thereafter. I will be back here for various snippets of advice as I go and hope i don't cheese you all off ???!
I'll post some pictures soon of NAF 707M

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PostPost by: trw99 » Tue Nov 15, 2022 7:13 am

Well done, Brad, I'm glad you shall have the car to hand very soon.

Not sure you should give yourself until Aug 23 to get it on the road, since it was invoiced in Jan 73. That gives you, what? Seven odd weeks! Better get your skates on!

Good luck!

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PostPost by: BRAD61 » Tue Nov 15, 2022 7:53 am

Tim,
firstly, thanks for your detective prowess recently, very much appreciated.

Agreed, seven weeks is pushing it somewhat, I shan't be rushing any works. I'm working on the principal of NAF's birthday being the date of registration, hopefully giving me more time to sort out a road worthy car ???!

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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Tue Nov 15, 2022 10:41 am

Sounds like a great find, Brad.

I have recently completed the restoration of an S4 DHC that had been off the road since 1984, and the re-fresh of my old S3 Coupe, that had been little used since 2000. The refresh was pretty much the same amount of work as the restoration, so you could be in for a fair bit of work.

However, if you can do most of it yourself, it is not expensive to do, and most of the work is pretty straightforward.

To make things easy for yourself, I would start by giving the car a really good clean inside and outside, under the arches and in the engine bay. When dry, spray a liberal coat of ferrosol or a similar penetrating / lubricating oil on all the fasteners, and a bit down the bores.

I'm looking forward to seeing the progress of you car re-birth!

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PostPost by: BRAD61 » Wed Nov 16, 2022 8:33 am

Mark,
my first task is taking out the engine & 'box and hoik it over the road from my workshop to a friendly Esprit specialist for and in-depth looksy !! Then I'll get my good old fashioned cheque book out !!

I'm aiming to have a rolling restoration project by next 'birthday', after that the 'fun' will start ???!

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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Fri Nov 18, 2022 8:59 am

Brad, with the engine and box out it is the ideal opportunity to do a few other bits and pieces whist you have the room.

I'd certainly get the master cylinders and servo overhauled as they are awkward sods to do with the engine in situ. It's also a good time to go through the wiring in the engine bay, cleaning and replacing connectors and cleaning up the earth points. It's a good time to paint the engine bay as well if it's gone a little tatty.
Before putting the car on the road do overhaul all the brake assemblies, and check, probably replace, the rotoflex couplings. Then you can roll and restore in relative safety!

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PostPost by: smo17003 » Fri Nov 18, 2022 10:01 am

Another "easy" one with the engine removed is to check the condition of the steering rack coupling. For the small cost it makes sense to replace it anyway.
And if you want the gearbox checked, and repaired if necessary, you can't go far wrong by using Promotor (he's a member on here).

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