Lotus Elan

Lotus Letters

PostPost by: Everett Stephens <ever » Fri Jun 18, 1999 1:34 pm

OK, I will claim the honor of asking the first REAL question.. (heh

I have new L O T U S letters for my trunk. Bean sent me little
plastic 'mouse condoms' that he says fits into the drilled trunk hole,
and the letter pegs fit into these and hold securely.

Well, the pegs do not fit. the drilled holes are roughly 3/16", and
the pegs are maybe 1/8+ in. also, the pegs have a lip of about 1/16"
to keep it from going too far... which will hold the letters up off
the boot even if I could fit them in the existing holes.

PO had siliconed letters to boot, so don't know how they were
attatched previously... not to mention how to get to the backsides to
put any type of clip on them...


Everett Stephens <ever

PostPost by: "seiichi-horie" » Fri Jun 18, 1999 2:05 pm

Bon soire. My name is seiichi-horie from Japan.

Did you open too much a hole greatly?

I think first, fit letters.
and follow pate from the inside.
In the last,to attached 'mouse condoms'

PostPost by: CitroMike at xxx.xxx » Fri Jun 18, 1999 2:22 pm


You can goop a little silicone sealant on the back and stick the letters back
on the trunk.

I tried the factory approach and it works if all the holes are exactly the
right diameter (freshly drilled), or if you fill the holes with touch-up
paint you may be able to get them to stick.

But why take a chance. I say just glue them on.

Mike Roeder
CitroMike at xxx.xxx

PostPost by: David Shiers <david at » Fri Jun 18, 1999 4:29 pm

The plastic "condoms" should fit tightly when the letters are pushed

into them. I had no problems with mine. The letters are only just off the
boot lid, hardly noticeable.

David Shiers
David Shiers <david at

PostPost by: jimfixit <jimfixit at » Fri Jun 18, 1999 6:13 pm

had the same problem
I ended up using the "condoms" in about half the holes and the other stayed
in without a problem. Guess the holes were not drilled to perfection
jimfixit <jimfixit at

PostPost by: rodbean at xx.xxxxxx.xxx » Fri Jun 18, 1999 7:20 pm


Yes, this is a good question. The answer is that you don't need the
plastic things and, unless you really want to drill out the holes to 1/8,
you can use them for something around the house (or maybe for Elan door
upholstery screws).

But you do need the little lip on each peg. You push the letter in to
engage the lip(s) and make a nice tight fit (it says here).... provided you
haven't drilled the holes out.

rodbean at xx.xxxxxx.xxx

PostPost by: Everett Stephens <ever » Fri Jun 18, 1999 10:31 pm

You're my hero! As soon as I find a garage big enough for my 70 Elan
and my 91 Elan, I hope to add a later-model Caterham! Did you build
it or have it built/buy used?

how do you like it? Does it compare anyhow to the old Elan? I know
it really won't compare to the 91 Elan.

I most likely will do the silicone thing. I am a bit paranoid about
driling bodywork.

Everett Stephens <ever

PostPost by: Randall Fehr <rsfehr a » Sat Jun 19, 1999 4:46 am

The problem here is that the original tiny steel clips that slipped over
the studs on the back of the letters & emblems are no longer available.
These tensioned the studs in the holes and fit flush so there was no gap
between the letters and bodywork. The parts you were sold are in my opinion
an unsatisfactory substitue.

The back side of the boot lid outer skin is pretty well inacessible on the
Elan S3-S4, but you might be able to dab a bit of silicone onto the studs
with drops on a screwdriver offered through the access holes on the inside.
A less satisfactory option would be to obtain double-sided emblem affixing
tape from an autobody supply shop and stick the letters down directly to
the paint.

Randall Fehr <rsfehr a

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