Lotus Elan

Rear Suspension

PostPost by: hat » Sat Apr 30, 2005 5:18 pm

I would appreciate a view on the following. I bought my Plus 2 part renovated. I have noticed the rear brake dirt shields are missing on both sides.

Clearly they are there for a reason but I would welcome some comments about how wise it is to run without them, assuming I get it on the road that is.

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PostPost by: rgh0 » Sun May 01, 2005 10:00 am

I have run my plus 2 for over 20 years without problems after removing the dirt shields including a lot of years of everyday use.

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PostPost by: hat » Sun May 01, 2005 11:15 am

Great, That was the response I was hoping for.

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PostPost by: 1964 S1 » Mon May 02, 2005 3:22 am

Hello Graeme, what's stopping it from getting on the road? Eric
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PostPost by: hat » Mon May 02, 2005 8:02 am

Hello Eric,

Well its not much now. I have just got the servo back from being repaired so its bleed the brakes and go over all the usual MOT type items. Unfortunately I think it could really use some time on the road to get everything bedded in, brakes etc.

Its been quite an interesting project especially as the brake master cylinder and servo have both failed without driving a yard. Trouble is I am still discovering what has been overhauled and what hasnt. I'm optimistic though. The car itself has been off the road for 17 years, although not in my ownership, so it was never going to be straightforward.

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PostPost by: Hegg » Wed May 04, 2005 5:49 am

Sounds somewhat similar to my experience. I obtained my +2 from the original owner who has disassembled everything under the hood back in 1980. He carried it around the country (I'm in the USA) for 25 years before his wife finally convinced him to sell it. Took me 4 months to get the thing put together and get it started, but it was worth every knuckle I chipped off.

I still run into occasional things that need some work (replacing all 4 shocks right now), but the thrill of getting it back on the road was unmatched. I had to do the brake master cylinder as well, but my servos are still fine and seem quite powerful.

Good luck and I hope all goes well.
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