Lotus Elan

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PostPost by: PeterK » Fri Oct 17, 2014 1:03 pm

....... it passed its MOT today !



It all started two years ago when I was looking for a Stag. I don't have a garage big enough for a car (too much motorcycle stuff, benches, etc) so couldn't do much welding in the street. So it's all MattElan's fault - he forced me (well that's what I told SWMBO) to buy a project Plus 2.

When I say a project Plus 2, more an incomplete collection of promise. The photo of the body is taken on my drive, but the others photos are of when I went to look (and buy)
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The Spyder chassis was almost unused, although dates probably from the 80's. There were some brand new adjustable struts and front wishbones, but no engine. The gearbox also contained some of its needle roller bearings and selector indents and springs in a plastic bag inside. I subsequently found that many other important little parts were missing :-(

Apparently a PO-2 had started to turn it into a track car, but gone overseas, and this is when the engine went walk-about. PO-1 then bought it but decided to was too much work, found another and decided to part this one out. They had started work on rubbing down the body, and everything was stripped and lying on a table when I went to visit.


So, two years later (twice as long and costing twice as much as predicted) , I give you my (still work needed) Zetec Plus 2
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Embarrassingly when I bought the project, I said that I would upload pictures of progress. Well I took all the pictures, just life, jobs, etc got in the way, so maybe I can make time now.


Anyway, please have a virtual beer on me :-)
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PostPost by: KevJ+2 » Fri Oct 17, 2014 1:37 pm

Excellent job Peter, she looks really great and 2 years is really good going for such a huge job.
Virtual cheers :wink:
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PostPost by: Europatc » Fri Oct 17, 2014 5:00 pm

Well done Peter
enjoy
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PostPost by: Bud English » Fri Oct 17, 2014 5:45 pm

Looks great Peter and sits right too. Twice the time and twice the money is still under budget for a Lotus, no matter what you told the wife. Just ask mine. :lol:
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PostPost by: John Larkin » Fri Oct 17, 2014 5:59 pm

Well done and congratulations!

I love your wheels! What are they?

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PostPost by: friedy » Fri Oct 17, 2014 6:50 pm

Nice one !
Looks fantastic. Enjoy. 8)
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PostPost by: PeterK » Fri Oct 17, 2014 9:00 pm

John Larkin wrote:Well done and congratulations!

I love your wheels! What are they?

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Magna alloys, 5.5 at rear and 5 at front, all fitted with 185/70 tyres





Thanks for the kind words all
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PostPost by: cal44 » Fri Oct 17, 2014 10:45 pm

Yes please........mo' pictures
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PostPost by: tmrlotus+2 » Sat Oct 18, 2014 4:04 pm

Wow, beautiful job. That's amazing progress in that period of time.

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PostPost by: frogeyesimon » Sat Oct 18, 2014 8:32 pm

Congratulations Peter.
I have got my +2 running quite well now - did 100 miles last week without needing to be towed home!!!
Going to take it to white lion antiques hartley wintney next Sunday (26th) - you around?

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PostPost by: PeterK » Sat Oct 18, 2014 9:13 pm

Thanks Simon
Unfortunately I am away next weekend, but hope to make the following meet.
Gives DVLA time to get my historic tax to me :-)
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