Lotus Elan

Mods you have done - Hits winners, misses and loosers

PostPost by: ardee_selby » Mon Aug 01, 2011 2:51 pm

ripley wrote:As an Elan newbie (never driven one; mine isn't ready yet) I would like to know what the guys with experience think about a strut brace(?). I've seen both versions: At the front or/and at the rear (both between the shock mounts). Does it really make a difference by making the axles stiffer?

There was this thread...

Having seen the awful state of the original frame on mine, when I removed it, I considered what might be done. FWIW I came to the conclusion that for a road car they weren't necessary. (G.Arnold gave an emphatic "No" in Club Lotus Newsletter to the same question). At the front I felt that collapsed turrets were God's way of letting you know that corrosion has got out of hand! :wink: At the rear I didn't think it necessary either...the turret "ears" had given way leaving the turrets themselves untouched. I put this down to the adjustable Koni inserts which had been on granite-setting, and the presence of the pressed steel brace across the top of the rear "firewall".

However, the rally prepped Elan described here had bracing added front & rear...
...maybe to give a sense of security, rather than increasing torsional stiffness of the frame overall.

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PostPost by: Famous Frank » Wed Aug 03, 2011 6:49 am

Fred, The picture you posted of the rear strut brace in the trunk looks just like the one in my old 66 white S2 SE. Is your car by any chance a white S2?

Either way, if you are just a normal street driver, I'd say it's not necessary. But if you plan on doing more than 10 Solo II's or track days a year, I'd put one in.

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PostPost by: ripley » Wed Aug 03, 2011 10:24 am

Frank, no it's not mine (unfortunately), the photo comes just from my Elan pics I've collected over the last years. By the way, is it still possible to buy some trim parts from you?
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PostPost by: alexblack13 » Fri Aug 05, 2011 9:36 pm

My quick mods list

Electronic ign. magnetronic. All in the dizzy.

Primer hand (bulb) pump in the boot.

Carpeted battery cover plate.

Alternator. On the car when I bought it.

Compact air horn system.....Nautilus..

Electronic adjustable cooling fan controller.

Spyder driveshafts.

Lotus 5 speed box.. Just wonderful... (now!)

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PostPost by: bast0n » Fri Aug 12, 2011 3:25 pm

This is a brilliant discussion! So much to learn so much to do....................

I personally do not agree with electric fuel pumps that entail having pressurised fuel along the full length of the car when the good old sucker from Ford works so well.

I have:-
Alternator and twin belt pulley
Electronic distributor
Coil in cockpit to keep it cool
Solid drive shafts from Sue Miller
Home made throttle linkage - brilliant...........!
Huge electric fan electronically and manually controlled
Skid plate for adventurous driving with full luggage load
BIG air horn- Italian police style
Driving lights in grill
Strobe lights - white - in grill to clear the way ahead...............Oh dear, I must grow up.....
Stainless fuel tank
Braided hoses everywhere
Battery master switch

A few piccies below for illustration and apologies to those of you have seen them before.




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PostPost by: garyeanderson » Wed Sep 14, 2011 11:39 am

This topic has been dead for a month so it's time to wake up again.

I looked at the S2 and remembered another mod I had done to keep the relays a bit dryer. I also installed a column mounted high/low lamp switch and moved the directionals from the right side to the leftside of the column. LHD S2's that were brought to the U.S. were delivered with a foot operated main beam switch and indicator switch is located on the right. This didn't work for me very well with the artificial leg so the left foot high/low switch was removed and a Triumph column switch substituted where the indicator switch had been located. I wanted something a bit more modern for the relays and I got 2 15 amp hella relays with fuses. I put them near the original lamp switch above the tunnel, its just lays there for the last 14 year, I was going to tie wrap it to something but it never moved so it didn't happen.
As you can see I modded the circuit a bit to maximize reliability by just grounding the relays, I don't like the idea of those switches being the point of failure that I fear. If I forget to turn off the lights thats my problem.
This is not for everyone or any one, but is what I have done, thats all.

here are a couple pictures.

65_dash_done1.jpg and

S2 headlamp mod.jpg and
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PostPost by: pauljones » Thu Sep 22, 2011 7:49 pm

Hi all,

To add my 2 pence worth, I have on the back;

3.54 diff,
Sue Miller shafts,
Re built brakes with EBC green stuff pads,
Braided hoses.

In the boot;

Andy Wiltshire(Axminster)EFI Fuel tank,

At the front;

Rebuilt brakes with EBC green stuff pads,
Braided hoses,
Clive Baker full size radiator with twin fans.

To be fitted;

Emerald Fuel Injection,
Lotus 5sp box.
Re wire in October by Miles Wilkins(to get her working)

As spare;

Spyder rolling chassis.

Would like to see how a full set of poly bushes perform,remove the servo and put in ally 4 pots.The steering could also be looked at too.

Kick the tyres and light them fires...!!!!!!!
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PostPost by: garyeanderson » Thu Sep 29, 2011 12:57 pm

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PostPost by: jon1986eac » Fri Sep 30, 2011 12:58 pm

Fuel Injection & Emerald ECU. Brilliant!! Light seats great too.
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