Lotus Elan

+2S 130/5 windscreen

PostPost by: prezoom » Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:47 am

Had good luck with heated windscreens.com., getting two for my Sabra GT. Had to wait until they ran a batch, which was almost two years. Both arrived without damage. Seems they also fit a Meadows Frisky.

Now if I could just have the same sort of luck with front and rear screens for my Elva Courier Coupe.
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PostPost by: jono » Mon Feb 27, 2017 5:09 pm

I renewed my Plus 2 screen around 4 years ago as the original screen had the usual de lamination issue which marred the newly restored car.

I bought one from a reputable supplier for ?185 with top tint.

it took only 2 years for this one to start to go cloudy as well in the lower corners which was a big disappointment.

Just to say, if you do buy a laminated screen I suggest you run a smear of Tigerseal around the entire edge of the glass to avoid this annoying issue - I wish I'd done that but I did not expect a new screen to fail in this way.

I can't understand why the manufacturers do not seal the glass around the perimeter as standard.

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PostPost by: RedBarnMan » Mon Apr 03, 2017 10:31 pm

I thought bonded in windscreens were a requirement of the American market and were developed in a hurry and were always a problem to fit even in the 70's - so we have had to suffer an awful system on their behalf. Spider have modified several bonded windscreen cars to take rubber seals but this does involve making a flange for the lower edge of the windscreen for the rubber to fit over. I bought some of this rubber trim a while ago but have not fitted it yet. I think it should be possible to bond with more modern butyl adhesives but they are intended to work with highly accurate metal bodyshells not the mis-shapen apertures of a fibreglass Lotus. However if you were to build up or level off the aperture to be a good close fit for the windscreen and then use a small T section trim to seal the edges between screen and body that would give the benefits to rigidity. Just look at a range of modern cars to see how this works. You won't of course get the correct period look or the water leaks, discoloured plastic and poorly fitted corners though.
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PostPost by: tcsoar » Fri Apr 07, 2017 11:52 am

Hi Guys,

Thought I would let you know how I did my screen, with the help of a professional fitter.

The screen was bonded to the car with out any trim fitted. When the adhesive/bonding material was set the gap between the screen and body was filled with the same, we then took a chrome trim surround, the one fitted to the +2S which I had ground the bottom lip off so that it formed a 'T' section, and inserted this into the fresh adhesive to cover the gap between the body and the glass. To finish black silicon sealant was used to fill the gap between the glass and trim. This was done 5 years ago and so far so good, no leaks. The only thing that detracts is that one top corner of the trim lifted a little higher than the other.

A couple pictures of the car/screen.

2.jpg-screen.jpg and

dscf5837.jpg and

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PostPost by: Sea Ranch » Sat Apr 08, 2017 4:38 pm

I really like that idea, Chris. I have long wondered about that approach myself. Seems a more direct way to ensure the glass is fully bonded to the aperture. Nice.

Would love to see any detailed pix you may have of the result or the process :mrgreen:



ps. car looks beautiful :mrgreen:
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