Lotus Elan

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PostPost by: DJW » Thu Feb 04, 2021 3:54 pm

Great, I’ll arrange for collection in 2022 ;)
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PostPost by: JonB » Thu Feb 04, 2021 3:58 pm

I have a front bumper in need of a new home here.. PM me if interested.
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PostPost by: jono » Thu Feb 04, 2021 4:08 pm

Thanks Jon but I've sourced one.

...but if you have a good rear one, and a nose moustache? :)

Dave - no such chance this one's a keeper, then no more restorations for me.....except a classic bike which is my next plan 8)
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PostPost by: NedK » Sat Feb 06, 2021 2:12 pm

Please post as many photos as you can be bothered to! Esp of the awkward bits that you know us first timers will be confused by. I find them a big inspiration for me to get stuck into my +2S restoration.
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PostPost by: McBiter » Tue Feb 23, 2021 11:43 am

Great stuff. Echoing the previous post asking for pictures. Really helpful. My body was somewhat over enthusiastically 'soda blasted', resulting in a loss of all the gel coat and a mountainous surface overall. Showed all the cracks though.Replacing with resin and sanding back. Very slow.
Q. Will you leave an access panel from the boot to the diff? Mine has one but can either be made decent or removed.
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PostPost by: jono » Tue Mar 02, 2021 10:23 pm

Tonight I separated the body from the chassis for the first time in 53 years - I will strip it down then take it for blasting but I'm certain it will go again - no holes or rot, some thin bits along the sides of the backbone where water has been trapped by the saddle felt. These areas might go through in the blasting process but they can be cut out and repaired
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PostPost by: jono » Wed Mar 10, 2021 3:25 pm

The chassis is now stripped and off to the blasters - I'm 100% satisfied it can be saved with some light refurbishment (front towers are remarkably good). I may do some 'improvements' by adding gussets here and there to known weak areas.

This now gives me time to return to the bodyshell as I would like to be in the position of that being off for paint by June so that I can repair and build up the chassis while it's away.

(sorry about the photos - they are right way up when I attach them but go on their sides once uploaded for some odd reason)
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PostPost by: jono » Wed Mar 10, 2021 3:42 pm

I've been doing some fibreglass repairs which I'm quite enjoying.

I've done the cills and built up and re drilled all of the the holes where the fibreglass had gone very thin by grinding/feathering back and then laminating up 3-4 layers of chopped strand mat. I've also built up new sections which were missing or broken. Both cills were then given 2 layers of tissues and resin before flatting back - really sold now and almost straight.

I sandblasted the stainless screws and washers before fitting so that they will take paint without it flaking off. I also laminated up and reinforced the jacking points inside the car and fitted galvanised cill members.

I've repaired the split in the nose and just need to grind it back a bit before applying a layer of tissue - the contours can be brought back with a thin layer of filler. An old ding in the nearside frnt has been ground out and layed up with 3 layers of CSM on the outside. I now need to get inside the nose with the grinder and put a couple of layers on the inside as well.
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PostPost by: JJ66 » Wed Apr 07, 2021 7:04 am

Great work Jono, I admire your fibreglass skills! I will tackle pretty much anything on a car but I've always been 'afraid' of the fibreglass, guess its just down to getting experience? Your chassis looks amazing and I've no doubt that the mileage is genuine. Those front turrets look very good. Your making super speedy progress, hope you manage to keep the momentum up, and I'm looking forward to seeing the build!
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