Lotus Elan

What did you do to your Lotus today...

PostPost by: TBG » Sun Apr 26, 2020 9:35 pm

Wash and hoover.... first time out in 9 months...

That is truly sad!!! :roll: :roll: :mrgreen:
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:24 am

alan.barker wrote:
JonB wrote:Crowd goes “Oooooooh!”

And that’s a nice looking workspace you have there as well!

The Floor looks toooo clean. Maybe there's no Oil in the Engine :lol:
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It's amazing how much oil comes out of the pressure pipe union if you forget to fit the sealing washer :lol:
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PostPost by: vstibbard » Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:44 am

I'm drooling over your Lagoon Blue/white Sprint, that's my favourite colour combination followed by Yellow over White.

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PostPost by: CULVENOR » Mon Apr 27, 2020 11:53 am

Re-attached the wires to the indicator switch -- the previous repair looked a bit dodgey.
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PostPost by: HCA » Mon Apr 27, 2020 12:15 pm

I hope the photo is not your repair... :shock:
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PostPost by: pharriso » Mon Apr 27, 2020 12:19 pm

HCA wrote:I hope the photo is not your repair... :shock:

No kidding, has to be the worst electrical repair I have ever seen :roll:
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PostPost by: HCA » Mon Apr 27, 2020 12:39 pm

It certainly would rank quite high up I agree. I had a few in the same vein, with the HRS wired in with domestic 1.5mm2 (earth colour) where s/he could not quite get the spade connector to crimp and gave it a dab of araldite to keep it there.. :D

I just ripped the whole lot out and made new! 8)

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PostPost by: alan.barker » Mon Apr 27, 2020 1:04 pm

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vstibbard wrote:I'm drooling over your Lagoon Blue/white Sprint, that's my favourite colour combination followed by Yellow over White.

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Hi Vaughan,
well here's another but fhc
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PostPost by: Bombay Racing Green » Mon Apr 27, 2020 5:32 pm

This afternoon was my first encounter with the dreaded bell housing jam. Gave up. Going to split the assembly.
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PostPost by: 661 » Mon Apr 27, 2020 5:44 pm

Bombay Racing Green wrote:This afternoon was my first encounter with the dreaded bell housing jam. Gave up. Going to split the assembly.

Nooooo! Give it a wriggle and a bit more angle. I assume manifolds off, starter off, slave cylinder off?
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PostPost by: ericbushby » Mon Apr 27, 2020 6:13 pm

Hi Pete,
It does go in, Honest.
The first time I put the engine and gearbox in I did it on my own and although difficult and slow it worked.
The second time I had two mates helping me, both experienced and capable.
After about an hour with one of us underneath, one at the top and one in charge of the crane we gave up.
A pint of tea and a bacon buttie later it went in in ten minutes.
The problem is that we do not know how or what we did different if anything.
I am fairly sure it was the bacon sandwich that made the difference.
We`ve been there and are rooting for you.
Keep going and best of luck
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PostPost by: snowyelan » Mon Apr 27, 2020 7:55 pm

It was the grease from the bacon......
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PostPost by: Bombay Racing Green » Mon Apr 27, 2020 8:14 pm

Getting the tail shaft into the chassis was the problem. Everything was off the engine. Also broke the terminals off the reverse switch! I ordered one yesterday just in case.
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:03 pm

Did you have the front of the car raised off the ground? With a jack underneath the gearbox, I used a piece of wood to lever the tail shaft into tunnel.
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PostPost by: vstibbard » Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:22 pm

Alan, you just topped it!!! FHC coupe Elans are such an integrated design, I loved washing my S3 SE down.

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It's one of the Elans I regret selling, the other was my S1.
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You're one lucky man, Elan and the lovely roads of France to enjoy! I've fond memories of trips to LeMans in mid 80's initially in a Fulvia Zagato Sport then my S4SE DHC, my best friends family had a lovely farm house, we used to drive the S4 from SE London to Moissac in a day, spend three or four weeks there and return, we'd depart on the 2AM ferry and pull up at about 6-7pm having rolled own the smaller roads and some of Napoleon's tree lined routes south.

Graeme (661) on this forum and I played water polo with Seb the 80's, it was Seb's parents holiday house and today Seb owns a house about 10Km's from his parents that we still visit!!! I miss not having the back roads and byways of UK and France to enjoy the Elan's nimble handling. One day I hope to bring the 26R over for a summer, if they'll accept it in tits original Group IV spec.

Hope you're all keeping safe and well in the UK and US, we've been lucky, for once the litany of distance has worked inner favour.. just

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