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PostPost by: 111Robin » Sun Feb 07, 2021 1:34 pm

Hello everyone,
I've owned my S1 Elise from new, 23 years now, always owned and worked on classic cars (have had my Mk2 Cooper for over 30 years) so not afraid of old tech at all. I've been researching the Elan +2 for some time and now searching for a good example. There are several on Pistonheads at dealers, strong money (+2S) but that's the norm for dealers. I'm not looking for a restoration project, a fully restored example would be preferable, that I can continue to maintain myself. I'm geographically challenged being in the NE of Scotland so even without lockdown viewing cars is always difficult. If anyone has viewed any of the cars currently on PH (or elsewhere) and can offer any recommendations it would be most welcome,
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PostPost by: The Veg » Sun Feb 07, 2021 9:44 pm

Welcome Robin!
I can't help much from over here, but I hope you find the right car! Looking at Pistonheads there are some real beauties- much nicer than my Plus 2.
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PostPost by: 111Robin » Sun Feb 07, 2021 9:49 pm

Thank you for the welcome. Yes there are some nice cars for sale on PH, however I would prefer a personal recommendation as opposed to a dealer just giving me the spin so hopefully someone can come forward with details of some of the cars. I do know that the yellow +2S was restored by a forum member however I'm not sure if he is still on here to discuss it. Here's hoping I can find a decent example, gives me something to look forward to once we are out of this dreaded lockdown situation.
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Sun Feb 07, 2021 11:18 pm

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PostPost by: 111Robin » Thu Nov 04, 2021 2:56 pm

Well after much searching I now have a Plus 2. Already have a long list of jobs planned to bring it back closer to OEM. It is basically ok, replacement Lotus chassis some time ago, original engine with good compressions but possibly using a bit of oil and a leak from the rear crank seal, drooping door hinges. I will be doing a full brake and suspension overhaul, rewiring the engine bay (possibly more), rebushing the hinges and general under bonnet tidy to start with before deciding on what to do with the engine. Fun times ahead......

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PostPost by: The Veg » Thu Nov 04, 2021 7:25 pm

Looks good!
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PostPost by: 111Robin » Thu Nov 04, 2021 7:59 pm

Got it on the lift tonight and may have found the source of the oil leak.........all of the sump screws were loose, properly loose. Sorted now so hopefully that's been the cheapest fix possible!!!.

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PostPost by: alan.barker » Fri Nov 05, 2021 11:03 am

Hi Robin,
don't do them up properly tooo tight or you will squeeeeze out the Cork Gaskets :oops: :oops:
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PostPost by: 111Robin » Fri Nov 05, 2021 11:23 am

I just nipped them up Alan, I'll monitor to see if the leak has stopped. I presume the sump was off a long time ago so the gasket has probably set hard anyway so I may just replace it later on,
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PostPost by: TBG » Fri Nov 05, 2021 11:36 am

Good morning Robin - interesting lift - what is it? D
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PostPost by: sprintsoft » Fri Nov 05, 2021 11:45 am

Hi Robin,

well done, glad you were able to eventually find a nice example, patience always pays off!

I like your garage setup, the lift is unusual, you also have some pics of a Scimitar on the lift, it looks very handy.

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PostPost by: 111Robin » Fri Nov 05, 2021 11:58 am

Thanks folks. The lift is an EZ Carlift, manufactured in the USA. It is a mechanical scissor lift, operated by an electric drill that drives a shaft connected to both sides of the lift. I've been using it for years lifting everything from Minis to 5 series BMW. The main adavantage for me is that when not in use it just rolls under the car on castors, or it can be stored on brackets on the wall. There are no hydraulic lines or pump unit so once it's under the car that's it out of the way. I just have a standard domestic garage so height is limited and this provides enough to comfortably work underneath the car or on suspension/brakes etc. There are loads of alternatives, probably cheaper, however this met all of my requirements plus it's not made in China, a rare thing these days!!!.

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