Lotus Elan

1965 Seven S2

PostPost by: Elan45 » Fri May 07, 2021 1:55 pm

Henry,

Very neat car. I agree about leaving it w/ a patina. Both of my Lotus Eleven and 20/22, which I've restored and raced are developing a patina and I'm enjoying them that way. I have a good source for replacement stainless steel brake pistons. I've used them on both front and rear of my Elan restoration

I noticed you had a name for the dash material, lamiplate dash, and I need some more of this product for my Lotus 20 restoration. Does anyone have a source for this material?

Roger
'67 Elan S3 SS DHC
'67 Elan FHC pre-airflow
'67 Elan S3 SE upgrade to 26R by Original owner
'58 Eleven S2 (ex-works)
'62 20/22 FJ (ex-Yamura)
'70 Elan +2S RHD
'61 20 FJ project
'76 Modus M1 F3
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PostPost by: SENC » Sat Jun 05, 2021 8:31 pm

Well, while waiting on the engine boring, I changed my mind about patina and am planning a good clean and polish on the aluminum. I don't intend on getting and maintaining a mirror finish, but I think I'll regret a good clean-up so will make an effort then will likely let it patina with time. One day, I'll have it repainted its original colors and get rid of the aluminum maintenance, but why not get it spiffy one good time. Plus, removing the fiberglass made getting the rear suspension back in easier and will keep me from damaging it when putting the engine back in. Just hope I don't find another slippery slope!

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PostPost by: SENC » Sun Jun 13, 2021 6:15 pm

Firsts efforts on the rear of the car - I figured if I didn't like the look it wouldn't be too visible with the spare in place.

In sequence are the before, after compounding with a 7.5" wool wheel and Nuvite IIF7, after polishing with the Cyclo and Nuvite IIF7, and after polishing with the Cyclos and Nuvite IIS. As mentioned previously, this car was originally painted all over and scraped by a prior owner around 2008. Deep scratches from the scraping along with other dings and imperfections from 55+ years of life won't be removable without major sanding (even if then), so I knew the result would be far from perfection - and debated a long time whether polishing would be an improvement over oxidized state or just highlight the flaws. In the end, I'm pleased with the result and will continue on - though it is a laborious and dirty job!

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This post-polish picture gives a sense of the dents, dings, and scratches.
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