Lotus Elan

Some progress

PostPost by: graham » Mon Jan 11, 2010 10:25 am

It was great to get the chassis out from under the body and start mounting the rebuilt parts. All suspension rebuilt by previous owners powdercoated, have sandblasted all brackets ,diff, wheels and repainted what need to be. Running with standard 165/80 13 tyres. All brakes done ready to go on. It was time to take a break from sanding, filling ,priming etc. Have to make choice of fully rebuilt crossflow 130hp or look to the zetec swap but I want to keep as much standard as possible.
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PostPost by: ppnelan » Mon Jan 11, 2010 1:55 pm

Dry sunny days - I remember those... :wink:

In case you do not realise, the +2 wheels should have stainless steel inserts in the centres to stop them falling off... :shock:

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PostPost by: graham » Tue Jan 12, 2010 4:37 am

Thanks Matthew - the inserts were put on when wheels went on chassis.

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PostPost by: graham » Mon Mar 29, 2010 9:10 am

attached few more photos of progress.Busy converting isuzu 5 speed gearbox and not totally sure about zetec and computer.Chassis modified to take zetec.
711 motor can be converted to t/c if I can find a head at some stage. But the boxes of bits is dwindling-thank goodness for this forum much appreciated help
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PostPost by: innesw » Mon Mar 29, 2010 10:45 am

Looks great!

I love that green! (Is that going to be its colour? Or just a test sample?)
Good luck with the rest of the work, seems to be coming along well.

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PostPost by: c42 » Mon Mar 29, 2010 12:36 pm

Hi Graham
Any chance of some pictures of the front end showing the crossflow installation, this is also my preferred route and any reference shots would be a great help.
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PostPost by: graham » Mon Apr 12, 2010 7:45 am

Further update - Body has now been painted after many hous of sanding filling sanding as most of you know.We have had the car for 1year now so very happy with progress so far but will slow down a little now as daylight saving finished.
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final paint
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PostPost by: graham » Sun Apr 18, 2010 8:33 am

Added a couple more photos with panels fitted temp, to keep out of way. It looks more like the car we brought back to NZ in the mid 70s. That one was pistachio this one not quite as bright, was originally lagoon blue.
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PostPost by: blackandgold » Sun Apr 18, 2010 12:19 pm

Hi Graham,

Looks like you have made some great progress I like the color choice, how long before it is on the road ?
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PostPost by: graham » Mon Oct 25, 2010 8:58 am

Update on progress. Chassis has been fitted with crossflow motor and a modified 5 speed isuzu gearbox -followed along the line of Maurices conversion but with adapter plate. Am using crossflow motor as easier to fire up to try gearbox. Will continue to modify zetec as funds allow but for now I would like to get the body reunited with chassis after 12 years apart.Hopefully that can happen within a week as nights a lot lighter with daylight saving.
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PostPost by: graham » Mon Apr 18, 2011 9:39 am

Have added some more photos, all set to try firing up this easter and then get glass screens in and a few minor jobs. looking forward to a drive down our driveway and see if the gearbox works. Its 2 years since we bought the car and a few dollars and many hours in the garage.

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