Lotus Elan

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PostPost by: Larry C » Sun Jul 19, 2020 10:35 pm

I am the original owner (!) of a 1973 Lotus Elan Sprint. Its construction date is September, 1972. It has been sleeping soundly in a room I built for it in my basement. Last month, it rolled into my garage to see the light of day for the first time since 1979. I am planning a full restoration. It m]needs lots of work, though the body is in excellent condition. I am planning a Spyder chassis, already on order, the original chassis is not in great shape, and i like the performance and safety elements of the Spyder.

I'm 71, a former high school teacher (30 years) who had a second career as a consultant to businesses for another 17. I figure it's time to get the car back on the road. Way back when, I converted to a Weber head with twin 40 DCOEs, overbored the block, installed new pistons, polished the intake and exhaust passages, had all rotating and reciprocating parts balanced, stress received the block, and then some. then I decided to get married and build a house on my own in Vermont. The car got parked, and I don't regret that at all.

I have lots of extra parts including a Stromberg head and carbs, a full block, camshafts and more in case anybody needs anything. I am sure I will be asking questions and reading what has come before.
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PostPost by: SENC » Mon Jul 20, 2020 1:27 am

Welcome, glad you're getting back into your Elan! And you're in the right place if you need any assistance, lots of knowledgeable and helpful folks here.
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PostPost by: The Veg » Mon Jul 20, 2020 4:29 am

Welcome Larry! Looking forward to reading more about your project!
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Mon Jul 20, 2020 5:57 am

Welcome!
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PostPost by: geni » Mon Jul 20, 2020 7:12 am

quelques photos avant sa restauration ?
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PostPost by: pharriso » Mon Jul 20, 2020 3:40 pm

Welcome Larry, I have sent you an e-mail asking for details on your Federal Sprint for the register :-)

I am sure everyone would appreciate pictures of your car.
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PostPost by: RichardHawkins » Mon Jul 20, 2020 7:54 pm

Welcome Larry, I am also 71 and my car has also been inside since 1979 when I bought it. I was just struck by this slight coincidence of time and age. I have been working on my car (1969 FHC Elan) since I retired. Keeps me out of trouble.

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PostPost by: RichardS » Wed Jul 22, 2020 8:17 am

Welcome Larry

Nice to hear of another Sprint being brought back to life.

Mine was only off the road for 20 years from 1990 to 2010 while the kids were at home!

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