Lotus Elan

Cross Country Elan

PostPost by: Ross Robbins » Sat Feb 06, 2021 1:46 pm

Some of you may remember that I am planning a cross country trip in my Elan this spring. In preparation for that adventure I have begun a blog to get the word out to anyone who might be interested in either meeting up somewhere along the way or just following the progress and story.

The original post is here: https://lotuselan.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=47576&start=15
I also am soliciting donations to the kids at Roundup River Ranch and have set up a donation page for the Ranch. While I will be funding my own expenses for this trip, I would appreciate any support you may feel like contributing for the kids.

The link to the blog called Cross Country Elan, is here: http://www.xcountryelan.com

If you want to be notified of any updates to the blog as they are posted, just subscribe using the FOLLOW button after entering your email address above that.

If you wish to donate, use the rounded button marked DONATE HERE and give whatever you can even if it is a small amount. It all adds up and it helps the kids.

And, finally, if you wish to connect along the route which will be published as a general path soon and with specific daily routes about a week in advance, click on MENU (the three bars in the upper right hand corner) and use the contact button.

Here’s hoping to see you or virtually connect with you in the next few months.

Cheers,
Ross
Ross Robbins
Fourth Gear
Fourth Gear
 
Posts: 514
Joined: 03 Apr 2006
Location: Colorado, USA

PostPost by: StressCraxx » Sun Feb 07, 2021 1:37 am

Safe Lotusing! Hope to see you when you are out our way.

Regards,
Dan Wise
There is no cure for Lotus, only treatment.
User avatar
StressCraxx
Coveted Fifth Gear
Coveted Fifth Gear
 
Posts: 1142
Joined: 26 Sep 2003
Location: San Francisco Bay Area, California

PostPost by: Ross Robbins » Wed Feb 17, 2021 11:00 pm

I am blogging regularly about the preparations for the trip here http://www.xcountryelan.com and I am about to post daily driving segments. If any of these look like they will be near you and you would like to meet up or join me, let me know with the contact button on the upper right of the page in the menu.Or, email me at lotusross at comcast dot net.

If you have local knowledge that can warn me I have made a poor choice of available routes, let me know that too.

I have my Covid shots so I AM going the first part of April!!
Ross Robbins
Fourth Gear
Fourth Gear
 
Posts: 514
Joined: 03 Apr 2006
Location: Colorado, USA

PostPost by: 69S4 » Thu Feb 18, 2021 8:48 am

That's one hell of a trip Ross. I'm pretty sure both you and the Elan are up for it though and I'll be following the blog with interest. I was just reading the section bemoaning the shortcomings of the std Elan soft top and, as the owner of the coupe version, I'd just say be careful what you wish for. :lol: The soft top may leak like a sieve but by the time summer arrives you'll be grateful for it. A couple of years ago I took my car down to the south of France in August and the temperature hit 45C (110+F) inside the cabin. Those temperatures and vinyl seats are not a match made in heaven!

I'm guessing Covid travel restrictions are not as big an issue in the US as they are in Europe. It's not really possible to go anywhere at all over here at present so my (smaller scale) similar ideas have been put on hold for the second year. My plan was to take a 53yr old two stroke motorcycle from the UK down to North Africa, duplicating a trip I did in 1970 and compare / contrast / draw conclusions about life/ the universe/ everything between the two trips. That latter part would (will) see the light of day in book form, the initial spark for which I have you to thank when you helped me out with the mechanics of getting into print many years ago. Reading through your blog has reminded me I ought to do something similar. In the meantime I'll be taking inspiration from yours.
Stuart Holding
Thame UK / Alpe D'Huez France
69 S4 FHC
Honda GoldWing 1800
Honda CBX1000
Kawasaki H1 500
Yamaha XS2
69S4
Coveted Fifth Gear
Coveted Fifth Gear
 
Posts: 1263
Joined: 23 Sep 2004
Location: nr Oxford UK

PostPost by: Ross Robbins » Thu Feb 18, 2021 5:42 pm

Thanks for the support Stuart. As Tim Wilkes said,..."it's only water and as we know, skin is waterproof!"

As to Covid and travel restrictions, you are right that it is a bit easier in the USA but also I will be essentially alone most of the time and will have had both jabs (second one scheduled for March 3!) and will be on back roads and small towns so the risk seems small. Besides, someone needs to provide a great act of individual liberty to start the mainspring of commerce and it may as well be me.

I had looked for your book on Amazon but did not find it. Could you send a link so that I might buy a copy. I would very much like to have it. Your next one sounds equally amazing. Make sure to let us all know when it is available in a year or two.

Cheers,
Ross Robbins
Fourth Gear
Fourth Gear
 
Posts: 514
Joined: 03 Apr 2006
Location: Colorado, USA

PostPost by: Ross Robbins » Sat Apr 10, 2021 12:24 am

Well the weather looks good, the car is ready, I’m all packed and it seems as though all signs are positive. So I will be leaving on Sunday April 11, 2021 on the first leg. While I have planned the route carefully I know that Eisenhower was right when he said "In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable." 

If you are interested in the actual progress, be sure to subscribe to the blog at http://www.xcountryelan.com to see my planned daily post from the road. And if you wish to join me for a segment, contact me through the above blog to make arrangements to connect. 



See you on the road!!
Ross Robbins
Fourth Gear
Fourth Gear
 
Posts: 514
Joined: 03 Apr 2006
Location: Colorado, USA

PostPost by: billmoore42 » Sat Apr 10, 2021 1:51 am

I would love to take a trip like this, but my 4 speed with a 3.77 diff makes prolonged freeway cruising feel like I am abusing the twin cam.

Can you mention if you have a 4 or 5 speed and what differential ratio you have? Maybe I am paranoid, but my 1700 cc stroker twin cam sounds a bit overworked at 3800 to 4200 rpm when cruising at 70-75 mph around here.
1967 Lotus Elan FHC Spyder Chassis
1972 MGB (since 1975)
billmoore42
First Gear
First Gear
 
Posts: 48
Joined: 12 Apr 2018
Location: Northern California

PostPost by: StressCraxx » Sat Apr 10, 2021 2:59 am

billmoore42 wrote:I would love to take a trip like this, but my 4 speed with a 3.77 diff makes prolonged freeway cruising feel like I am abusing the twin cam.

Can you mention if you have a 4 or 5 speed and what differential ratio you have? Maybe I am paranoid, but my 1700 cc stroker twin cam sounds a bit overworked at 3800 to 4200 rpm when cruising at 70-75 mph around here.


Two words: "B" Roads. Interstates are no fun in an Elan. I have the same gearing as you.
Best to plan one's routes on the lesser traveled two lane roads, preferably with curves and pleasant sights.
There is no cure for Lotus, only treatment.
User avatar
StressCraxx
Coveted Fifth Gear
Coveted Fifth Gear
 
Posts: 1142
Joined: 26 Sep 2003
Location: San Francisco Bay Area, California

PostPost by: TBG » Sat Apr 10, 2021 8:03 am

Bill "I would love to take a trip like this, but my 4 speed with a 3.77 diff makes prolonged freeway cruising feel like I am abusing the twin cam."

Bill have you not been following my posts regarding a 3:1 CWP? A triumph all round - top is a cruise but a very fast one at that and the other gears are a hoot. 70mph at 3400rpm- What's not to like?

20180615_122328.jpg and
TBG
Third Gear
Third Gear
 
Posts: 426
Joined: 21 Apr 2020
Location: Somerset, England

PostPost by: 65sunbeam » Sat Apr 10, 2021 6:28 pm

Have a safe and fun trip Ross!
Hope to see you when you are in South Carolina-will send you a message about that.
Eric
User avatar
65sunbeam
Second Gear
Second Gear
 
Posts: 76
Joined: 23 Dec 2009
Location: South Carolina, USA

PostPost by: billmoore42 » Sat Apr 10, 2021 7:29 pm

TBG:

Thanks for the update and encouragement. I ordered a 3.1 CWP from the outfit in Scotland and have it in my garage. Having replaced the Rotoflex couplings a year ago, I have unpleasant memories of trying to get the bolts to line up, so I have not taken the leap and pulled out the driveshafts and the couplings again to get at the differential.

My other concern is the way I have to feather the clutch a bit when I start out in first gear to avoid stallng. I have been told this is due to the donuts, and getting CV driveshaft conversion would solve this and make the car pull away in first more like my MGB or a normal car?

So I will probably make this a CV driveshaft conversion project when I take the differential out. I understand installing and uninstalling the CV driveshafts should be easy compared to the donuts?
1967 Lotus Elan FHC Spyder Chassis
1972 MGB (since 1975)
billmoore42
First Gear
First Gear
 
Posts: 48
Joined: 12 Apr 2018
Location: Northern California

PostPost by: Ross Robbins » Sat Apr 10, 2021 10:15 pm

Thanks Eric, I look forward to connecting :D


Bill Moore

As Stresscraxx noted, and as is fully explained on my blog, I will be taking B roads almost exclusively for just the reasons you suggest. I do have a 4 speed C/R transmission and a 3.55 diff ratio that helps. I can cruise at 65 at just over 3,500 rpm and the car seems happy there.

I start gingerly with the 3.55 and cannot imagine a hill start with a 3.1. In fact it seems to me that TBG should have started a new thread to proselytize for his favorite ratio and not divert from this one about a very long trip in a very big country. :evil:
Ross Robbins
Fourth Gear
Fourth Gear
 
Posts: 514
Joined: 03 Apr 2006
Location: Colorado, USA

PostPost by: h20hamelan » Sun Apr 11, 2021 5:15 am

Ross Robbins wrote:Thanks Eric, I look forward to connecting a very big country. :evil:


56376EFE-6218-4E94-911B-2C3B28A84BEE.jpeg and


Big continent eh!
Born, and brought home from the hospital (no seat belt (wtf)) in a baby!
Find out where the limits are, and start from there
Love your Mother
Earth
User avatar
h20hamelan
Coveted Fifth Gear
Coveted Fifth Gear
 
Posts: 1008
Joined: 25 Sep 2010
Location: W Kootenay’s B.C.

PostPost by: SENC » Sun Apr 11, 2021 12:05 pm

Good luck and wishing you safe passage on your journey, Ross!
Henry
69 Elan S4
65 Seven S2
SENC
Fourth Gear
Fourth Gear
 
Posts: 780
Joined: 30 Dec 2015
Location: NC

PostPost by: billmoore42 » Sun Apr 11, 2021 2:38 pm

Ross:

Thanks for the info on your 3.55 and the B roads. I dread that I may change to a 3.1 CWP, and then find I have to change back to something like a 3.55 due to tough starting on hills. At least with the 3.55, you have about 200 less rpm at highway speeds than the more standard 3.77
1967 Lotus Elan FHC Spyder Chassis
1972 MGB (since 1975)
billmoore42
First Gear
First Gear
 
Posts: 48
Joined: 12 Apr 2018
Location: Northern California
Next

Total Online:

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 24 guests