Lotus Elan

Cosworth YB Turbo Into Elan

PostPost by: bigvalvehead » Sun May 17, 2020 7:47 pm

Hi Steve
What locks have you used?
Cheers
Dave
Dave Hughes
S2 26R
Elan DHC Sprint
Shapecraft Honda powered S1(in progress)
Turbocharged 26R clone (also in progress)
Evora 400 development car ex Lotus Factory
User avatar
bigvalvehead
Fourth Gear
Fourth Gear
 
Posts: 529
Joined: 11 Sep 2003
Location: Cardiff Wales

PostPost by: stevebroad » Sun May 17, 2020 8:37 pm

bigvalvehead wrote:Hi Steve
What locks have you used?
Cheers
Dave


Hi Dave

https://www.carbuilder.com/uk/mini-bear ... -pair-75mm

Steve
stevebroad
Fourth Gear
Fourth Gear
 
Posts: 918
Joined: 08 Mar 2004
Location: Essex, England

PostPost by: stevebroad » Mon May 18, 2020 10:51 pm

Finally started the job I have been thinking about for over a year and not been looking forward to tackling, door window frames. Made the second frame yesterday and started on the fitting process. I have no idea how I am going to secure it as it needs to be pretty rigid, so I am just going for it and will see how it pans out.

20200518_133306.jpg and


20200518_181203.jpg and
stevebroad
Fourth Gear
Fourth Gear
 
Posts: 918
Joined: 08 Mar 2004
Location: Essex, England

PostPost by: stevebroad » Wed May 20, 2020 10:16 pm

Continuing to work on fitting the passenger door window and frame. Designing and fabricating on the hoof as it is uncharted territory :-)

20200520_170823.jpg and


20200520_145604.jpg and


20200520_213722.jpg and
stevebroad
Fourth Gear
Fourth Gear
 
Posts: 918
Joined: 08 Mar 2004
Location: Essex, England

PostPost by: stevebroad » Thu May 21, 2020 8:48 pm

stevebroad
Fourth Gear
Fourth Gear
 
Posts: 918
Joined: 08 Mar 2004
Location: Essex, England

PostPost by: stevebroad » Mon May 25, 2020 9:31 pm

Friday, as it was my son Alex's birthday and we had a gocart racing/bingo/trivial pursuit party, was the first lockdown day that I didn't work on the car! However, I have made quite a bit of progress over last few weeks and there is not a lot of bodywork left to do.

The roof and doors were the last big jobs (still have to make a rear diffuser but that can wait). Roof is on, passenger door is well on the way and the driver's door is in progress.

All that will be left after this will be details and I can then start the paint process as I have decided, finally, on the paint scheme.
stevebroad
Fourth Gear
Fourth Gear
 
Posts: 918
Joined: 08 Mar 2004
Location: Essex, England

PostPost by: stevebroad » Wed May 27, 2020 12:54 pm

Decided to order the polycarbonate for the side and rear windows today. I was pleasantly suprised that it was still available as I had assumed that it would have all gone to make shields and barriers. Well, a lot has and some suppliers are prioritising these uses but I found a couple that can supply with only an extra week added to the shipping time.
stevebroad
Fourth Gear
Fourth Gear
 
Posts: 918
Joined: 08 Mar 2004
Location: Essex, England

PostPost by: stevebroad » Mon Jun 01, 2020 12:56 pm

Had a final session of grinding on the passenger door, prior to sticking on the inner panel, and added 100gms of lightness :-)
stevebroad
Fourth Gear
Fourth Gear
 
Posts: 918
Joined: 08 Mar 2004
Location: Essex, England

PostPost by: gjz30075 » Mon Jun 01, 2020 1:48 pm

Steve, do you plan on making the side windows operate up and down, like S1,2 cars,spring loaded
scissors?
Greg Z
45/0243K Sprint
36/5727 pre airflow coupe
User avatar
gjz30075
Coveted Fifth Gear
Coveted Fifth Gear
 
Posts: 2951
Joined: 12 Sep 2003
Location: Roswell, Georgia, USA

PostPost by: stevebroad » Mon Jun 01, 2020 2:09 pm

gjz30075 wrote:Steve, do you plan on making the side windows operate up and down, like S1,2 cars,spring loaded
scissors?


Gosh, no! Much too much extra weight :-) I will fit a sliding panel to the driver's window and the passenger's one will stay as it is.

If you look as the video of the passenger door you can see that the window is held in place with 14 screws.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USuy0VemAZM
stevebroad
Fourth Gear
Fourth Gear
 
Posts: 918
Joined: 08 Mar 2004
Location: Essex, England

PostPost by: stevebroad » Wed Jun 03, 2020 11:30 pm

Passenger door finally complete and surprisingly stiff now the inner skin is glued on. Now begins the task of making it presentable and ready for paint.

Started work on the driver's door. This has its challenges as I had to raise the bottom corner of the windscreen due to it being low. I discovered this when I was setting the car up in readiness for the roll cage to me made. I got the chassis level and found that the top of the screen was low. I cut the A pillar in order to level it up but this then required the bottom edge of the screen to be adjusted to match.

This resulted in a lift of around 25mm. All looks good but a knock on effect was that the door was now too low. I used the existing door as a pattern for the mould but I have now got to make it fit. The car body was a mess with nothing lining up but is should look OK if you don't look too closely :-)

The window support in the top of the door comprises of 4 parts and I was able to line this up with the new body line. However, as shown in the second photo, the outer skin is a little short so some extra work will be required to sort this out.

20200603_185038.jpg and

20200603_191601.jpg and
stevebroad
Fourth Gear
Fourth Gear
 
Posts: 918
Joined: 08 Mar 2004
Location: Essex, England

PostPost by: stevebroad » Fri Jun 05, 2020 3:04 pm

Filleted? I meant fettled. Also, 2.6kg is 5.7lbs. I put it down to stage fright and no script :-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGfi5yq ... e=youtu.be
stevebroad
Fourth Gear
Fourth Gear
 
Posts: 918
Joined: 08 Mar 2004
Location: Essex, England

PostPost by: stevebroad » Sun Jun 07, 2020 1:59 pm

stevebroad
Fourth Gear
Fourth Gear
 
Posts: 918
Joined: 08 Mar 2004
Location: Essex, England

PostPost by: stevebroad » Sat Jun 13, 2020 10:33 pm

We have been having a major tidy up of the barn and finding lots of stuff. One thing I found was a tin of Isopon P40, my favourite filler/repair paste. I thought, great, as I had a need for some. However, on opening the tin the paste was a little stiffer than I remembered. Then I thought about it and this tin was bought when I was still living at home, so it is at least 38 years old and probably over 40! Used it for a small repair but decided to bin it and get a new pot for the the next 40 years :-)

20200609_120305.jpg and
stevebroad
Fourth Gear
Fourth Gear
 
Posts: 918
Joined: 08 Mar 2004
Location: Essex, England

PostPost by: stevebroad » Mon Jun 15, 2020 7:06 pm

I can't keep it secret any longer, here is my proposed paint scheme for the Elan.

103893183_3174874792571128_6572397560765943144_n.jpg and
stevebroad
Fourth Gear
Fourth Gear
 
Posts: 918
Joined: 08 Mar 2004
Location: Essex, England
PreviousNext

Total Online:

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests