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Brian Buckland's Book Reprint

PostPost by: UAB807F » Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:35 am

In defense of Brian's book, it does contain a lot of detail that's not in the manual with the benefit of being collated in one place. For example it shows the various front brake calipers used over the years, differing styles of trim and where Lotus only parts are used. IIRC there's even a section on alignment checking which isn't covered in the Lotus manual.

The downside is that it's been around for 10-12 years and so like Mile's book on the TC engine, it could do with an update to cover what parts have been reintroduced. It's not an essential book for a restoration and it doesn't replace the combination of manual and parts book diagrams, it's more of a background knowledge thing.
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PostPost by: John Larkin » Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:53 pm

I found Buckland's book to be informative and useful when I first used it in 2006/2007. A friend and I have another Elan that we restoring after fire damage and again the book is proving helpful. It has paid for itself several times over by saving a lot of time.

I will definitely buy his update.

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PostPost by: prezoom » Fri Feb 23, 2018 3:31 pm

Like John, I purchased Brian's good when it first came out. I was trying to bring my S2 back to life, and new to Elans. When used in conjunction with the official shop manual, it provided valuable information to my education of the cars. Pictures can be extremely helpful when identifying various parts. It has also been useful in the work I am doing on the Plus2. I will be purchasing the latest version when it becomes available.
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PostPost by: Harvey » Tue Feb 27, 2018 2:29 am

I also run a Plus 2 and, like Rob, have found it very useful. The section on how to get the hand brake to actually hold the car on a hill was worth the price of admission alone. I just finished removing and replacing my engine using Brian's recommendation for lifting the engine using a sheet bend knot to secure the lifting strap. There are many tips like this throughout the book that make it good value for Elan and Plus 2 owners alike.

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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Tue Feb 27, 2018 1:46 pm

It's what comes from having worked on Elans for 50 years and driven them for close on 1,000,000 miles. I doubt that many folks know our cars so well.
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PostPost by: SENC » Tue Feb 27, 2018 5:31 pm

I've learned a lot from it, and found it a fun read, too. It has no doubt saved me headache and wasted time - and likely a few $s as well. I look forward to the update and will happily buy it again.
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PostPost by: juddyd » Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:29 pm

FYI. There is a Brian Buckland's Lotus Elan Manual currently listed on eBay.co.uk @ GBP 31.00! Auction ends 3/13/2018.
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PostPost by: Elanman68 » Mon Mar 05, 2018 9:15 pm

Will watch to see how it goes but am more likely to buy the second edition when it's published as that ensures that the author receives his dues. Thanks for the heads up.
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PostPost by: innesw » Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:08 am

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PostPost by: Certified Lotus » Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:35 am

I started my Elan S1 rebuild with only the shop manual. Once I found out about Brian?s book I located one (in the UK from a Lotus club website for the normal price) and bought it. Was worth every penny and more as it became my reference book to go to first rather than the shop manual. As previously said, the photos are an excellent addition to explaining various parts or assembly. I will buy the second addition when it comes out.
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