Lotus Elan

What did you do to your Lotus today...

PostPost by: vstibbard » Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:45 am

I've been busy over the past week collecting my Loti, now all back under the one roof at the Shed and now its time to get into them again. With 26R S2 in foreground, S2 repaired 26R shell and S1 Shapecraft under the cover.... next step is to drill all the holes on the 26R shell and get to out for paint using the S2 as the reference, then its off to be painted a pale Lotus Blue and then into final assembly with 1760TC, semi close etc.

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PostPost by: Mike Spence » Mon Oct 05, 2020 11:51 am

Look nice on picture !
Who is your supplier of the 26R shell ?
Are you satisfied of this shell ?

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PostPost by: baileyman » Mon Oct 05, 2020 12:34 pm

Looks like the slip-in roll cage in the S2?

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PostPost by: Elan Peter » Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:00 pm

Could I please see some pics of your shapecraft. It's my dream car so would love to see some pics. Not a problem if you don't want to. You can pm me if you want.
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PostPost by: vstibbard » Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:08 am

Mike,

The 26R shell was supplied by TTR, as was the red one in the background, on both counts very happy with them.

I'm just under 6'5", so the roll cage was custom built here in Sydney by a chap who makes cages and chassis for Dakar, rally and the highest level drift cars. This is the second cage with further improvements to give me more space and add cross bar that connects to the bolts that are behind the centre of dashboard, and also has mounts to fit the steering column and keep the front legs apart in event of a side impact. Both were custom fitted to the shells and chassis. I've been in a 190KPH rear impact with concrete wall in the red shell, the cage limited the damage rear section, with the cockpit, doors opening and closing and the roof undamaged. The worst damage to the shell was restricted to the boot area which was shattered up to back of the boot lid, this was cut off and replaced locally.
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rear damage after spinning in oil and hitting Eastern Creek pit wall at ~ 190kph backwards

Peter, I'll be posting pictures as I progress the builds of all three, the with 26R and Red S2 the first in line, the Shapecraft needs some more detailed work to roof and windscreen fit so I'm in a queue with a local guy who is amazing with ally.

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PostPost by: Elan Peter » Tue Oct 06, 2020 3:53 pm

Thanks for replying vaughan, I'm sorry to see the 26R damaged, I hope you were alright, looks pretty nasty.
I can't wait to see the Shapecraft, should be a great car!
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PostPost by: h20hamelan » Fri Oct 09, 2020 6:51 am

the mistresse's lined up by sunset

the 2005 elise, about 5 months total rebuild from major glass fibre damage, windscreen & aperture... :wink:
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PostPost by: The Veg » Sun Oct 18, 2020 6:53 am

Now that I've got the brakes sorted I took it for another blat about the roads near home. It went well overall, and these are my observations:

-Shifting greatly improved. Dumped unknown dark grey sulfurous-smelling gearbox oil and refilled with Redline MTL since previous drive. Still a bit notchy but not nearly as bad as before.

-Desperately need to stick an old sparkplug boot on the dipstick. Oil-mist blew everywhere from the tube, including onto the windscreen as the bonnet is not currently fitted. Problem: I don't have an old sparkplug boot (anybody in USA want to send me one?).

-Toe adjustment may need work. Steering doesn't feel as on-center as I would think it should at 50+ MPH, also steering effort at low speed seems a little high for such a light car.

-Clutch still sticks, presumably master cylinder as slave is new. Sometimes have to pump pedal to get the clutch to engage (although master has been rebuilt). This caused a bit of porpoising at times trying to keep from stalling the engine at low speed.

-Car seems loud/noisy, but much of this may be due to having almost no interiour present. I've glued some aluminium-faced 3/16" closed-cell foam insulation on most interiour surfaces (floor still isn't done, to prevent the stuff being destroyed by me being in and out of the car and doing work inside). Good thermal insulator but not sure that it will be much good for noise. Uncertain how helpful carpets will be in this regard.

-Tires are surprisingly grippy for their age. Exact age uncertain but I suspect about 8-10 years, although so few miles have been put on in that time that tread-wear looks minimal and the many little nubs around the sidewalls are still present.

-Slight oil leak at endplate of oil pump, which is NOS unit for spin-on filter, recently installed. Will investigate.

-Amount of oil in catch-bottle connected to crankcase vent seems a bit much for the small distance driven. Did not measure, maybe 3-5 Tbs from no more than 15 miles.
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PostPost by: TBG » Sun Oct 18, 2020 9:41 am

Oil blowing out of the dipstick and a lot in the catch tank points to over pressure in the sump. Broken ring or two??
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PostPost by: The Veg » Sun Oct 18, 2020 1:51 pm

I hope not! The engine got rebuilt by a previous owner not very many miles ago. Could it be that they haven't quite worn-in yet?

Also, would a broken ring produce visible marks on the cylinder bore? I don't recall seeing anything unusual when the head was off about 15 miles ago.
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PostPost by: TBG » Sun Oct 18, 2020 2:49 pm

Well - where would the over pressure be coming from if it is not from combustion?
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PostPost by: mbell » Sun Oct 18, 2020 3:17 pm

Possibly a too restrictive breather.

It could be that rings haven't beded in well and some running might improve it. Or a ring might have gone and running it might cause damage...

I've just put a bit of shrink wrap around my dip stick that seals it up.

The oil pump leak is probably the o ring. Easy fix but requires a thicker than standard o ring or will just leak again.
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PostPost by: 661 » Sun Oct 18, 2020 4:33 pm

Started to corner weight the car on four ebay 300kg scales.
What a dog's dinner.
Will take it to the professionals!
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PostPost by: h20hamelan » Sun Oct 18, 2020 5:52 pm

661 wrote:Started to corner weight the car on four ebay 300kg scales.
What a dog's dinner.
Will take it to the professionals!


What did you find the most challenging?
I will be doing mine, on my stationary alignment rack this week or next.
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PostPost by: 661 » Sun Oct 18, 2020 9:13 pm

h20hamelan wrote:
661 wrote:Started to corner weight the car on four ebay 300kg scales.
What a dog's dinner.
Will take it to the professionals!


What did you find the most challenging?
I will be doing mine, on my stationary alignment rack this week or next.

As per the PM to you, the scales were ultimately not of a quality that could be relied on. 2 of the them bowed in the middle ( therefore the wheel was at a lower height) and one scale split, so lower and of questionable reading.
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