Lotus Elan

new 69 Elan owner from Phoenix Arizona

PostPost by: Freeman » Sun Jun 13, 2021 12:00 am

Greetings from sunny and hot Arizona,
I've just bought my first Lotus and will be seeking a lot of help as I get this wonderful girl back on the road.
The good...chassis, body, and interior look great. The brakes need to be rebuilt, and I'll need to replace the rubber donuts for proper universal joints. Living in Arizona, the PO already purchased a larger radiator.
The bad...the engine has been completely dismantled. I purchased it from a fellow in Michigan, but he knows little about it's history. It's complete and looks to be in good condition.
So my first of many questions. Who is a reputable engine rebuilder for the twink in the southwest? I'd prefer local, but willing to travel if needed. Not looking for any major mods. Just a solid runner.
This Lotus will be joining her cousins from England, a 74 Jensen Healey (so I guess it's not my first Lotus) and a 75 MG Midget.
thanks,

Barry
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Sun Jun 13, 2021 9:18 am

Welcome Barry can’t help with the engine builder as I’m the other side of the pond but was the Elan is up and running I bet you’ll never drive the MG!
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PostPost by: StressCraxx » Sun Jun 13, 2021 3:32 pm

Congrats on your new Elan. I don't know of a good builder in PHX, but I do know of a great one near Santa Barbara, CA.

Tony Ingram is excellent and the coast is a nice break from the heat. https://www.lotus7.com/Home.html
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Sun Jun 13, 2021 4:28 pm

Welcome!!!!
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PostPost by: stovekjj » Mon Jun 14, 2021 1:04 pm

Welcome to the fold..
Here in San Diego, Bill Schlossnagel rebuilt my twink 20,000 miles ago,
PM me and I can connect you.
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PostPost by: Elan45 » Mon Jun 14, 2021 1:28 pm

Welcome to Elan ownership. +1 on Tony Ingram. I've bought parts from him for years. I'm in Ohio or Florida, depending on season.
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PostPost by: The Veg » Thu Jun 17, 2021 12:30 am

Welcome Barry!

Looking forward to seeing more of your car!
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PostPost by: Freeman » Thu Jun 17, 2021 7:04 pm

thank you all for your warm welcomes. I'll post a few pics as I make progress on getting her back on the road.
thank you, Barry
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