Lotus Elan

Reality check on Elan +2 purchase

PostPost by: Dave W » Tue Apr 01, 2014 6:51 pm

Thanks for the detailed response Stu. Most useful.

Having owned a couple of caterham 7's in the past Im used to older designs plus happy to tinker :). Good advice re buying the best I can afford.

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PostPost by: stugilmour » Tue Apr 01, 2014 8:18 pm

Excellent Dave. I was thinking it is a Caterham with a body. You will be impressed with the extra room! :) Best of luck with the search.

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PostPost by: cal44 » Tue Apr 01, 2014 10:59 pm

Welp...........look in the for sale section of this website. Comes with a 5 speed. Here is your chance.
I does look like it has a sunroof..........they never came from the factory with a sunroof.

I've often wondered if folks in the U.K with sunroofs were having moments of wishful thinking.
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PostPost by: Dave W » Wed Apr 02, 2014 6:41 am

Thanks for heads up, although not sure about retro fitted sunroofs.

Noticed Paul Matty seem to have an older car here :- http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C485434# . Following advice on here I might pop over in lunch hour, as only 30 mins away, to get familiar with cars.
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PostPost by: theelanman » Wed Apr 02, 2014 1:09 pm

nice early car.....
couple of things.....the spots to the front don't look Lucas.....this car may have come without...
also the rear end....has an exterior boot handle and the straight through exhaust.....
I always thought the boot handle type came with the transverse exhaust

just a couple of observations......

quite like the alloys tho' :mrgreen:
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PostPost by: Johnfm » Mon Apr 07, 2014 6:15 pm

Where are you based Dave?
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PostPost by: Dave W » Mon Apr 07, 2014 6:49 pm

Evesham , Worcestershire.
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PostPost by: Johnfm » Mon Apr 07, 2014 7:53 pm

I am up North and may have a '67 to sell in a few weeks.
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PostPost by: KevJ+2 » Mon Apr 07, 2014 8:16 pm

John, after everything I've read that you've gone through, are you selling up? You seemed to have done so much and I've learned a lot from your posts.
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PostPost by: Johnfm » Mon Apr 07, 2014 11:02 pm

Not sure yet.

I have an 911 targa shaped itch that needs scratching...

I will probably keep the little red beauty - I have just spent the last few weekends and ???? tweaking and tidying and media blasting and painting and fettling.

Off on a jaunt to lakes in a couple of weeks to photograph it on classic English roads.
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PostPost by: bill griffiths » Wed Jun 17, 2015 2:36 pm

Early plus 2 center consoles seem still to be a problem? I resolved the crash pad replacement by making an aluminium former and covering with foam, and sanding it to the exact shape. Looked entirely original except for the saddle stitch along the top edge because not possible to cover in vinyl in one piece. I have photos if anyone is interested.
Back to centre consoles.
Does anyone make them to the original pattern?
Alternatively, does anyone have photos and dimensions? If so I am happy to build one either in aluminium
or glass, whichever is more convenient, and report back.
Problem is I cannot recall the exact shape.
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PostPost by: shaun » Wed Jun 17, 2015 6:41 pm

Just ordered new centre console and under dash covers from miles Wilkins at fiberglass services
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PostPost by: theelanman » Wed Jun 17, 2015 7:18 pm

Skinny 1 piece or padded 2 piece version?
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PostPost by: bill griffiths » Sun Jun 21, 2015 10:58 am

Many thanks for the Fibreglass/ Miles contact.
I shall phone him tomorrow...I'm a bit far away to drop in.
But please help with the two types to which you refer.
My Plus 2 is early; it had a basket weave hinged lid...perhaps for keeping mail in.
Provided you were most unpopular!
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PostPost by: Sea Ranch » Sun Jun 21, 2015 3:45 pm

Must be a special Tasmanian edition . . .

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