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PostPost by: JR44 » Tue Jul 01, 2008 1:13 pm

OOOps i`ve started something now :oops:

Thanks mark & others for your comments thats cleared alot up for me , i`m sure it will all be in the owners manual, but i have not got it yet its still with the previous owner...yes i thought you didn`t need a choke on dellortos as i didn`t have tone on my escort that had the same carbs?I have got the original pull thingty so i`ll just pop it back in..

I realise there are better ways for the headlights to pop but i want to get the car back to the original as i can... so i think most of these parts are availible oh well thats good i just be carefull how i take it apart and make sure i put it back the same way with the new parts i`ll just take plenty of photographs? you refer to the solenoid is that the thing with the button that you push to make the headlights pop up (under the bonnet near the servo) I remember that there was a problem going up from inside the car so you had to put them up by pushing this button I will put on a photograph...

So you reckon I don`t need to take the suspension off the car to do the sills ,, oh well tha`ts fine i`ve got the spider sills I was wanting to put the sills in before it went for painting and do the suspension after the paint so all the new parts don`t get covered in bodyshop overspray etc etc.

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PostPost by: JR44 » Wed Jul 16, 2008 12:12 pm

been busy over the the last week or so carefully taking things off , stripped oot the old sill members and fitted the new ones so things are happening the job was easier than i thought , see photographs
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PostPost by: JR44 » Wed Apr 01, 2009 11:03 am

another update .. its been a while

finally getting going again been hibernating over the winter...
engine and gear box / prop is now out of the car (see photos)

starting to recieve some shiney bits back from being refurbished

calipers and servo came back from classicar . they have done a rally nice job !!
also the interiour has been reupholstered by broadland and also is a top job!!

engine will be heading down to Agra engineering in dundee for a refurb and the gearbox will be heading down to norfolk for graham bolton to take a look at
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PostPost by: JMH » Wed Apr 01, 2009 8:24 pm

John

glad to see you are making progress

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PostPost by: JR44 » Mon Jun 27, 2011 11:28 am

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its been a while since i have posted on the site oops :oops: anyway hers my update of the car

New galvanised chassis was all painted and all the suspension part were blasted and powder coated all bolts and bushes replaced new prop reconditoned diff and spider shock conversion,
fiited the engine and box

so here is some photographs of what i have been up to
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Mon Jun 27, 2011 1:47 pm

your car is looking good. why did you finally decide to fit a new chassis?
i'm pleased to see that it's a lotus galvanised chassis. well done keep it original. i have a 1973 elan plus2 130/4 but it still has it's original chassis. it was also lagoon blue new and is now carnival red with oatmeal seats
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PostPost by: Dave Fowler » Mon Jun 27, 2011 9:07 pm

What a brilliant thread - and I wouldn't even have seen it but for today's updates! You've done a fantastic job there, John; can't be too long before you get it back on the road again. I reckon you should revert to the silver metal-flake roof, but maybe that's because my own Plus 2 is Lagoon Blue with a metal-flake roof. It's such a beautiful combination.

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PostPost by: Sea Ranch » Tue Jun 28, 2011 5:27 am

Great to have the updates, John!!! The colour is beautiful!

I have to ask: where did you get the trolley for the body?? It almost looks like it cound stradle the chassis, have the body placed on it, and then lower the body down with some mechanism on the trolle till you had it fitted to the chassis . . . am I imagining things???

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PostPost by: JR44 » Tue Jun 28, 2011 11:08 am

see some more pics as you can see i opted for the 2 Genie lifts which worked great ,managed to do the lift within an hour from start to finish which i was really surprised as to how easy it was .. as i had been dreading doing that job since I got the car Anyway all done now and still got alot to do before she gets on the road..
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PostPost by: jono » Tue Jun 28, 2011 4:33 pm

Looking great!

The shut lines look excellent - were they like that or did you improve them?

Who did the paintwork?

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PostPost by: JR44 » Wed Jun 29, 2011 10:54 am

the body shop fitted new hinges and that sorted the door dropping thing so i was really impressed with the body shop i used but the said it was a bit of a nightmare so glad they done that job , overall can`t fault the paint job i was going to revert back to the metal flake roof but i wanted the car back to the why i remembered the car all them years ago as its been all blue for as long as i can remember..
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PostPost by: JR44 » Tue Sep 22, 2015 12:05 pm

Hi All

Its been a fair while since my last post, had too shelve the project due to house move etc so getting back into it again hopefully a last burst at finishing it this time.. with a view to being on the road early next year so see how things go, few new items ordered and trial fitted eg.. coolex radiator just about to start the interior work etc ..so watch this space for more pics to come
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PostPost by: NedK » Mon Oct 05, 2015 8:32 am

Inspirational stuff, John!
I've just started on my +2S, which was in rather worse condition than yours...
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PostPost by: JR44 » Thu Oct 08, 2015 11:01 am

Thanks Ned
Good Luck with your Project Ned I`m fortunately at the stage now of sourcing parts to finish mine off, this is a great site and had advice from the guys on here .. definitely fit your new sills prior to the body lift.. the body will flex, I had a new rolling chassis ready for me to lift the body off the old one and replace with the new one..
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PostPost by: JR44 » Wed Oct 19, 2016 6:10 pm

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Oh well here goes over the last few months I have taken the last final push to get work done to the +2 ...all electrics done all the brakes done engine running and for the first time in 31 years (1985) i reversed the wee car out the garage ( to clear up the mess of brake fluid, oil gearbox oil etcetc ) so basically all is well not quite ready for MOT yet but very very close .. was so tempted to take her a wee hurl round the block but no not yet .. can't say how happy I am to have the car moving under its own steam in all that time.... so will keep you guys updated from now here is some photos
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