Lotus Elan

Restoration Update

PostPost by: TeeJay » Wed Mar 10, 2010 4:24 pm

Well, the sun has been out and temperatures are on the up; it has been as high as12 degC.

So into the garage to pick up the +2 restoration project. (My ageing body works better in the warmth). :wink:

I have attached 3 photos of the Final Chassis Assy. Took off the various dust covers & pushed out of the garage onto the drive.

One question, should the dipstick be painted white?
Chassis Final Front.jpg and

Chassis Final FNS.jpg and

Chassis Final FOS.jpg and


Also 2 photos of the body being prepared for paint.
This is not a job I have enjoyed and at this point I question if I would do this again. Slow slow slow. Paint dust every where and very difficult to clean up, clogs the vacuum cleaners filters.

I will have some glass matt & tissue repairs to do, but several of the paint defects disappeared as I removed the original ?Cirrus White? paint top coat. This had ?shrunk? and resulted in defects in the 2nd top coat, ?Cardinal Red?
See 2nd photo below.
I was fortunate in that the body had only these 2 top coats with their associated primers & undercoats. I still have some way to go in removing the paint, but I am now down to the primer/undercoat, this is soft & much easier to remove especially by hand.
Body_prep_paint_fronta.jpg and

Passenger_side_lower_windscreen_to_wing2.JPG and


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PostPost by: elansprint » Wed Mar 10, 2010 7:05 pm

Trevor nice job you are doing & i agree have done a body shell once never again
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PostPost by: RichC » Wed Mar 10, 2010 7:37 pm

dipstick should be white .
nice 2 see you are sticking with the original dynamo ... (+ve earth too?)
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PostPost by: TeeJay » Thu Mar 11, 2010 8:46 am

Thanks.

OK will paint the dipstick white and yes the car is +ve earth.
At this stage, I am not considering changing to ?ve earth, too much other stuff (replacement of sills, dash refurb) occupying my mind. But I will review the pros & cons nearer the date that I rewire.
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PostPost by: innesw » Thu Mar 11, 2010 1:50 pm

Looks Great!
I'm just about getting to the same stage as you in my rebuild so I'll put some copy-cat photo's up of my rolling chassis in the near future....

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