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Elan Body Lifting Frame

PostPost by: sclemow » Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:16 am

For sale, a purpose built frame for lifting an Elan shell from the chassis and storing it.

I am helping to sell this for a family friend who's father built, but unfortunately died a couple of years ago.

This frame was designed by one of the engineering directors from Westlands helicopters and was professionally built. It is really well made.
The frame can be disassembled to be stored and transported, although there are some large parts. It consists of 4 A frames from which two block and tackles can be hung (included). This lifts a cradle that goes under the shell and joins together to above the height of the engine. Planks can then be inserted to store the shell above the chassis.
The whole frame is on wheels so can be moved. It was used to restore a plus 2 but should work fine for a baby elan too.
The frame is 2.5m tall, the cradles are 1.19m, in the internal dimension.
The frame is in Somerset. £250

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PostPost by: sclemow » Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:18 am

sorry, even though I flipped the pictures on my computer a couple seem to be upside down.
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PostPost by: nmauduit » Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:13 am

Very nice tool ! wish I were closer...
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PostPost by: pharriso » Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:04 am

nmauduit wrote:Very nice tool ! wish I were closer...

No kidding!
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:02 pm

Offer it to Spyder, Matty Kelvedon etc
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PostPost by: Luke » Thu Jun 25, 2020 6:37 am

Me and my father went to look at this frame last weekend, we are both engineers and can confirm this is a high quality bit of kit and more than worth the money (and a bit of a drive!). Unfortunately it would not have worked in our garage otherwise we would have snapped it up.

Good luck with the sale.
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PostPost by: sclemow » Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:39 am

Thanks Luke, it was good to meet you and Steve.
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PostPost by: mikealdren » Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:52 am

Luke wrote:Me and my father went to look at this frame last weekend, we are both engineers and can confirm this is a high quality bit of kit and more than worth the money (and a bit of a drive!). Unfortunately it would not have worked in our garage otherwise we would have snapped it up.

Good luck with the sale.


Yes, I was very tempted too but I don't have the 2.5m height clearance in my garage.
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PostPost by: sclemow » Thu Jun 25, 2020 8:12 am

Me either, or I would buy it for myself :D
I'm going to have to build myself a stand instead and lift the body manually.
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PostPost by: cleaver » Sat Jun 27, 2020 11:29 am

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