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68 Elan Needs Rear suspension and Brakes

PostPost by: elan68 » Sat Jul 24, 2010 10:57 pm

Hey I am new to the site, I have a 68 Elan that requires rear suspension and brake pads all around. Could you guys give me some suggestions as to where i may attain these items. Also the gas tank looks like there is a little bit of rust building on the inside. What should i do?
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PostPost by: paddy » Sat Jul 24, 2010 11:08 pm

Where are you?

In the UK, service components such as pads and bushes are available from a range of specialist classic Lotus suppliers such as SJ Sportscars (and I'm sure others with recommend their own favourites).

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PostPost by: elan68 » Sat Jul 24, 2010 11:30 pm

I am located in Ontario Canada :(
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PostPost by: summerinmaine » Sun Jul 25, 2010 5:39 am

elan68 wrote:I am located in Ontario Canada :(

What exactly do you need?

I have the left-over stock A-arms, springs and uprights from the conversion to Spyder stuff. I've kept it for no real reason, so if you need something, PM me.

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PostPost by: neilsjuke » Sun Jul 25, 2010 9:22 am


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PostPost by: Galwaylotus » Sun Jul 25, 2010 11:19 am

elan68 wrote:I am located in Ontario Canada :(

In North America, try Dave Bean http://www.davebean.com/ or R. D. Enterprises http://www.rdent.com/index.html. There are probably a host of others but these two come to mind.
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PostPost by: stugilmour » Sun Jul 25, 2010 2:28 pm


Both Ken at Dave Bean and Ray at RD are very good with shipping to Canada. Phone Bean's for your first order of their catalog and they will set up an account number with preferred shipping instructions attached to your account. The catalog is very good, and well worth the $15 or so. Ray has a very good on-line order form in his excellent on-line parts listing section on the web site. He will email back with complete price and availability, with options on parts that have variants to your preference.

A third US supplier that gets mentioned less in these threads is JAE. I believe Jeff posts here as well. i have not ordered to Canada from them yet, but understand they are very good as well.


For all US suppliers, have them write on outside of package on the invoice envelope "vintage auto parts, over 25 years old", and you will only be charged GST, no duty. Also consider shipment by US Postal Service on the smaller stuff as the brokerage fees are way less than UPS, Fedex, Purolator, etc. which are the suppliers prefered method of shipment.

For the gas tank, check out Axminster Panels on the vendor page on this site. He makes aluminum replacements that are very good. Other option is a rad shop service job on the tank where they clean and internally coat it. Local guy here wanted $300 for this job. Decided not worth it as tank may have lots of pin holes that don't seal correctly. Used tank may be available, but figured shipping would be impossible due to fuel smell issues.

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Also check out Ken Mason in Orangeville for used parts; he has a few cars around although not sure if he is parting any.

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