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Factory correct Frame color on the elan??

PostPost by: prezoom » Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:24 pm

When/if that happens to either of my cars, I will change the license plate to UNICORN. ROCKING HORSE POOP will not fit. What has me a bit bent, is the new 3.54 diff in the Plus2 has started leaking at the pinion seal. I hate pulling diffs.
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PostPost by: lotuseuropabrit » Sat Jun 16, 2018 6:20 pm

I purchased a new frame from the Lotus factory in 1973 for my 1967 Slll Elan and it came in Red Oxide.
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PostPost by: Lotus14S2 » Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:11 pm

My S1 Elan has a reddish brown (or brownish red) colored chassis. :lol:
When new it was probably what was known, back then, as "red lead", a rust proofing paint that is no longer available, but the current red oxide primer is very close, and would be a match that would work well. I'm sure the two part epoxy type red oxide would last forever.
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:30 am

On my Sprint i still prefer the galvanised finish, still perfect and was fitted by Saint Miles in 1985 :shock:
Nothing sticks to it, not even paint :lol:
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PostPost by: Quart Meg Miles » Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:27 pm

alan.barker wrote:On my Sprint i still prefer the galvanised finish, still perfect and was fitted by Saint Miles in 1985 :shock:
Nothing sticks to it, not even paint :lol:

Indeed, the hot-dip galvanised chassis nearly put the saint out of business! He was reduced to servicing Elises to make ends meet, and what he thought of that is not in the Oxford dictionary.

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PostPost by: Bigbaldybloke » Sat Jun 30, 2018 12:00 am

My Plus 2 had a genuine Lotus replacement chassis fitted just before I bought it in 1977 and this was red oxide primer with black over that. It was rubbish paint and by 1985 the chassis needed replacing again due to severe corrosion.
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PostPost by: pharriso » Sat Jun 30, 2018 11:39 am

In the 1970 Pathe film of Lotus I captured a shot of the body going on a Plus2, looks to be satin black:

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I wonder if there was Red Oxide beneath it?
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PostPost by: Hawksfield » Sun Jul 01, 2018 4:39 pm

Hi all
Here is my contribution for the frame colour: from a 1971 +2s 130 it took some time to strip it of and repaint
using galvanised paint and black rubberised paint over that, carried out in 1987
Still in use today

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