Lotus Elan

Ford engine in a +2? Please help!

PostPost by: karlos » Thu Nov 10, 2016 8:45 pm

I fond this car in a barn with a Ford Engine on it.

is it possible? I thought all +2 had lotos engine.

Car Plate: Typr50
Unit n.? 7001.030029M
Engine n.? F/21905

Could some one check, please?

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PostPost by: RogerFrench » Fri Nov 11, 2016 3:49 pm

Easy to put a Ford engine in. Maybe the Lotus engine broke.
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PostPost by: theelanman » Fri Nov 11, 2016 4:08 pm

a Zetec or Duratec or crossflow will fit.......

aswell as the original twincam......

the twincam has a ford block
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PostPost by: Sea Ranch » Fri Nov 11, 2016 6:19 pm

The Lotus Twin Cam IS a Ford engine, with a Lotus alloy dual overhead cam head on it. Plus Ford bell housing, gearbox, differential.

Is that what you're seeing?
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PostPost by: nigelrbfurness » Sat Nov 12, 2016 9:24 am

It was not uncommon to find Elans with ordinary Ford engines back in the early 70s - I had several, usually with 1500GT Cortina engines - as at that time it was expensive to repair a twin-cam properly and lots got bodged. I remember buying an Anglia van (which was a death trap) someone had put a smoky TC in, swapping it out for a 1500 from an Elan S1 and selling both for far more than I paid for them. That would have been around 1973, I think. Heady days. Too old now for such shenanigans. Yawn, where's my teeth?

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PostPost by: jono » Sat Nov 12, 2016 12:43 pm

....ah ah!

The Lotus twincam is actually a Lotus designed and built engine which happened to use a Ford bottom end mated to a Lotus twin cam head and bespoke front cover/water pump assembly :D

...just being provocative :wink:
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PostPost by: elansprint71 » Sun Nov 13, 2016 10:12 pm

Yes, but.... can anyone help our new friend with the numbers he has supplied? I have no info on the +2.
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PostPost by: TroonSprint » Sun Nov 13, 2016 10:30 pm

Could Karlos post a photo of the engine?
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