Lotus Elan

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PostPost by: nicolacoltro » Tue Jan 15, 2013 1:12 pm

Hello guys, I tried to find a post with detailed photos of the interior, but I have not found anything, the problem is that the car when I bought it had already removed the interior and now I know how a lot of things, thanks to those who help
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PostPost by: nicolacoltro » Mon Jan 21, 2013 7:01 pm

Another problems, where i can find the Intermediate Plate ? it is number 26

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PostPost by: CBUEB1771 » Mon Jan 21, 2013 8:00 pm

nicolacoltro wrote:Another problems, where i can find the Intermediate Plate ? it is number 26


Ray at RD Enterprises (source of the diagram posted) had a run of new pieces made not too long ago. I bought a new on from him, hopefully he has some stock left.
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PostPost by: kstrutt11 » Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:00 pm

Probaby won't help much but I am pretty sure it is the same as the ford anglia and mk1 cortina.
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PostPost by: alexblack13 » Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:18 pm

Just ran a check on Ebay. One just recently sold. Couldn't see any others right now but one will pop up for sure. Try the Cortina MK1 guys and the Anglia guys too...

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PostPost by: nicolacoltro » Thu Feb 07, 2013 6:20 am

almost ready for the first start of the engine ...

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PostPost by: 512BB » Thu Feb 07, 2013 4:23 pm

Forgive me Nicola, but it looks to me, that you have supported the rear of the car, with stands to the centre of one bar on the A frames. They are not very strong there, and are easily bent, even without the body on.

Regards, Leslie x
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PostPost by: trw99 » Thu Feb 07, 2013 4:51 pm

Leslie, I think you're talking to Nico, chum, not .... well, you get the idea!

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PostPost by: stugilmour » Thu Feb 07, 2013 5:26 pm

Good catch Leslie.

Nico, I cut two 3/4" plywood pads with a slot for the rear brake rotors, shaped like the A frames. I place the jack and jack stands under the plywood to spread the load. Easy to make up now with the body off and very handy. Very stable way to support the car or frame only, and prevents the suspension staying in a full droop position which can cause issues if left for a long time.

Car is looking great. I wish I was smart enough to start it and check things out before installing the body.
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PostPost by: 512BB » Thu Feb 07, 2013 9:00 pm

Tim wrote: I think you're talking to Nico, chum, not .... well, you get the idea!
Stu wrote: Nice catch

Didn't I tell you guy's, I swing both ways :D

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PostPost by: nicolacoltro » Fri Feb 08, 2013 5:09 am

[quote="stugilmour"]Good catch Leslie.

Nico, I cut two 3/4" plywood pads with a slot for the rear brake rotors, shaped like the A frames. I place the jack and jack stands under the plywood to spread the load. Easy to make up now with the body off and very handy. Very stable way to support the car or frame only, and prevents the suspension staying in a full droop position which can cause issues if left for a long time.

Car is looking great. I wish I was smart enough to start it and check things out before installing the body.[/quo


Good idea, this Saturday I create these buffers
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PostPost by: nicolacoltro » Fri Feb 08, 2013 5:14 am

512BB wrote:Forgive me Nicola, but it looks to me, that you have supported the rear of the car, with stands to the centre of one bar on the A frames. They are not very strong there, and are easily bent, even without the body on.

Regards, Leslie x


The car before restoration had the same problem, in the past had raised supporting the lift to the centre of one bar on the A frames and they were all crooked, now I've raised them because without the body is very light, it is raised with one hand behind.
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PostPost by: 512BB » Fri Feb 08, 2013 6:51 am

Very good Nico. So long as you are aware of the problem. We all did not want to see the next set of photo's of your body mounted on the chassis, with it supported as you show above. After all your hard work, it would be a shame to bend those frames.

I wish my Italian was as good as your English.

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PostPost by: nicolacoltro » Tue Apr 23, 2013 6:22 pm

painting in the progress...

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PostPost by: c42 » Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:27 pm

Hi Nicola

The body is starting to look very good, apart from the blindingly obvious fact that it is green - what is the colour that you have chosen?

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