Lotus Elan

How far to rebuild before body fit?

PostPost by: Bitsilly » Thu Jan 19, 2023 8:24 pm

I was wondering if there is any guidance on how far you can build up a rolling chassis before fitting the body?
It looks like I will be waiting a long time for my body to be painted and I have the rolling chassis finished with engine in, exhaust manifolds, alternator, but as I am twiddling my thumbs, and have never done an elan before, can I fit water pipes, etc, etc,
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PostPost by: smo17003 » Thu Jan 19, 2023 9:03 pm

I wouldn't bother with anything that has to pass through the bulkhead i.e. heater hoses. The one thing I wish I had done while the body was away was make up a dummy dashboard with ignition switch, gauges, solenoid etc., fit the rad, and rig up a fuel supply. Knowing that the engine is performing as it should, before fitting the body, could be a big time saver.
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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Fri Jan 20, 2023 3:01 pm

You can't fit the carbs nor the rearmost studs for the carbs before fitting the body.
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PostPost by: snowyelan » Fri Jan 20, 2023 3:52 pm

If you haven't done it already, run a piece of string for pulling the parking brake cable thru the proper holes in the chassis tunnel.
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