Lotus Elan

What to do first

PostPost by: ScottBeddow » Tue Oct 17, 2006 11:08 am

Hi there fellow lotus lovers.

I have an elan +2 130 that was left to me by my father, its been sitting in my mothers garage for the last 15 years due to me been a child and waiting till i was old enough to gain insurance for it. That time has come with a heap load of excitement :D
My question is what will i need to do to begin with to get my dream up and running? From what i'm told the car was in perfect working order before it was garaged up. I'm an engineer so am happy to take on most of the smaller tasks myself, but for the larger more technical things i'd rather consult a specialist. Which brings me to my second question, are there any decent people i can talk to in the yorkshire area, or will i have to travel further a field? I've heard of a guy in selby but not sure, if anyone knows i'd be very greatful. Just want to get behind the wheel and drive what i've been dreaming about for the last 15 years!

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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Tue Oct 17, 2006 4:20 pm

How about Chris Foulds in Huddersfield - never had any work done by him personally as I'm a couple of hundred miles away but meet him every year at the Lotus shows and he is a genuine nice guy. He has been involved as a Lotus Independant Specialist for years. I am sure he would help you and point you in the right direction. Doubtless he will be at Stoneleigh show 12/11.

[email protected] or www.fouldsmotors.co.uk

Chris Foulds 01484 666552

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PostPost by: ScottBeddow » Tue Oct 17, 2006 6:06 pm

Cheers Steve, thats spot on i'll be giving him a bell tomorrow

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PostPost by: dougweall » Sat Oct 21, 2006 8:24 am

Hi Scott,

I live in Darfield and belong to NYLOC (North Yorkshire Lotus Owners Club)
part of Club Lotus. Our newsletter is sponsered by Chris Foulds.
Club meet is the 4th Tuesday of each month at Buckles Inn on A64 just before the York turn off.
There are quite a few +2's in the club (for reference purposes).
I won't be there on tuesday 24th Oct, but will hopefully be there next month.

Send me a pm if you are interested, and I will give you more details.

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PostPost by: 1964 S1 » Sun Oct 22, 2006 12:56 am

A "specialist" I suppose is a very good idea, if you latch onto a good one. As a "minimalist", I'd check the oil and coolant levels and hook up a battery to see if the motor turns over on it's own with the starter. Get those + and - terminals correct. If it will turn over, I'd drop the fuel line (don't use the fuel tank) to a fresh can of fuel and see if she'll light off. The inside of the gas tank is a concern for sure, as are brake function and tires. I'd make sure those things are in order, and then drive it to see what you've got. Check to see that you get some oil pressure while cranking before iginition. What carbs do you have? Good Luck, Eric
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PostPost by: stuartgb100 » Sun Oct 22, 2006 4:56 pm

Scott,

Daft question, no doubt, but .................

You have got it insured, I hope?

Thought so .

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PostPost by: Frank Howard » Mon Oct 23, 2006 3:24 pm

Scott,

The very very very first thing that you should do, if your father didn't do it already is bin the plastic fuel lines and the plastic "T" if your car came with these. Upgrade these items with metal brake pipe and proper rubber fuel hose. Good luck.
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PostPost by: ScottBeddow » Thu Oct 26, 2006 7:11 pm

Hi there guys, sorry for the delayed reply, have been on holiday to prague.

Doug cheers mate for the info on the meets, when i get everything sorted and get joined up to club lotus i'll definitly be along to see u guys and hopefully make some new friends.

Eric i've got dellortos carbs, from what i've been reading on these forums they seem to be on the same par as the webber types, am i right on this assumption? With regards to the rest of ur advice i've got it in with a trusted mechanic now to give it the once over, but cheers for the tips.

Cheers for the advice frank, i'm sure he will of done those things, but when i get her back from the mechanic i'll look into it.

Thanks to everyone for the positive replys, i'm sure i'll be posting more questions in the near future as i'm just a beginner starting out in what i hope is a happy lotus life.

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