Lotus Elan

Plus 2 Chassis Resto

PostPost by: Elan Peter » Sun Dec 01, 2019 3:36 pm

JonB than you very much. Originality is of no concern to me, if it handles better, is easier to maintain and is safer, what's not to like? Comments like the words of miles wilkins are probably due to it being better than the way lotus would have made them and they were probably a bit sore about it.
I am at this stage contemplating which engine to go for in mine, I wanted to make a replica of the Lotus test car and have a 900 series engine in it but that may be very difficult to do so I have narrowed it down to either a Zebec or a vauxhall red top!
Thanks for the support.
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PostPost by: alanr » Sun Dec 01, 2019 4:03 pm

There have been comments on here in the past about the DVLA considering that a Spyder chassis is not as per original and therefore the car may have to have a 'Q' plate on it!
How this would work considering there are so may cars around with Spyder chassis I know not but it would be seriously bad news for this to happen!
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PostPost by: Elan Peter » Sun Dec 01, 2019 4:06 pm

I agree Alan, it nearly happened with my dad's s3 but he got away with it!
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PostPost by: MarkDa » Sun Dec 01, 2019 4:36 pm

1. Don't tell them!
2. It's a subframe.
3. They were in period available and wasn't there a period you could not get lotus?
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PostPost by: Elan Peter » Sun Dec 01, 2019 4:41 pm

Very good, well done 8)
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1965 Elan S2 (Early 26R replica)
1972 Elan Plus 2 S130 (Next project, awaiting full restoration)
196? Elan S2 (To be restored after the plus 2, completely standard)

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PostPost by: JonB » Sun Dec 01, 2019 4:43 pm

Point 3 is pertinent I believe.

According to Spyder, the first of their replacement sub frames was available 10 years after production stopped. I didn?t ask if this was the folded steel or space frame variant, but one would have a case to argue, at least.

If the car you have was already registered and you have a V5, the question of a Q plate is moot. However, the ?replacement chassis is / is not a modification? becomes important when considering the Historic Vehicle status, an thus the MOT and tax exemption.
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PostPost by: Elan Peter » Sun Dec 01, 2019 4:56 pm

That is a very good point which I had not considered...
I think the best option would be, since I have a log book, V5 and all of the other neccesities, to finish the car and not mention the chassis change!
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1972 Elan Plus 2 S130 (Next project, awaiting full restoration)
196? Elan S2 (To be restored after the plus 2, completely standard)

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PostPost by: elanman999 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 5:18 pm

JonB,
Lotus +2 chassis have always had a removable cross brace not just the Spyder ones..
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PostPost by: JonB » Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:42 pm

Oops

I stand corrected!
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