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PostPost by: lomh 13 » Wed Jan 06, 2021 10:34 pm

Hello all,
I just bought today a 1972 plus 2 S Elan.
Sorry for my english...
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It is running, just a little problem with the clutch slave cylinder.
But there are many little things to fix in the future.
And I hope I'll find there some help to maintain this car on the road.
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PostPost by: Andy8421 » Thu Jan 07, 2021 5:05 pm

Welcome on board.

There are a number of members of this forum who live in France, and some of us based in the UK that also have houses in France and visit regularly. This forum is a great source of information, well worth checking in from time to time.

It would be great if you could post a few more pictures, it is possible your car is already known on here.

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PostPost by: HCA » Thu Jan 07, 2021 5:52 pm

Bonjour et bienvenue!

Si jamias vous etes pres Limoux, appellez moi!

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PostPost by: The Veg » Thu Jan 07, 2021 9:01 pm

Welcome, that's a beautiful car! Every old Lotus has things that need to be repaired so don't worry- you are in the right place to find help.
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PostPost by: lomh 13 » Thu Jan 07, 2021 10:03 pm

Many thanks for your "Welcome"
I know, there is always something to fix in an old cars, especialy british. I own several British cars from the 30' to the 70' that I maintain by myself. I don't realy know the Lotus, it is my first one
Before buying this Plus 2, I have found many informations on this forum. And I think (hope) that this car is a good deal.
Pour les amis français, je suis dans le sud est.
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PostPost by: nmauduit » Fri Jan 08, 2021 9:20 am

Welcome to the forum !

great place to find hints and solutions to fix most issues with our beloved autos, none too small or too big... and psychological support, too, if need be (and it will arise).

best approach to stay motivated imho :

keep it on the road !
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PostPost by: lomh 13 » Fri Jan 08, 2021 2:09 pm

The car looks good, but as we say in France "Elle est belle de loin, mais loin d'être belle".
To do very soon :
-Leaky slave cylinder, I have to open it and have look inside
-Brake fluid to be replaced
-Engine oil and filter (20W50) I know
-Gearbox oil (80 EP) I know
-Rear axle (worshop manual says Shell S.6909, ESSO AL.1763 or BP X.5116) I don't know these oil, have you an actual reference and brand ?
After that
-I have to replace the front and rear windscreen rubber seals. Do you know where I can find that ? because I have only found the rubber insert.
-There is also a paint job as by effect of the sun, it is not shinny and the roof as a poor varnish.
- The dashboard is to be replaced (a brand new one is coming with the car).
But my goal is to use it as soon as possible
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PostPost by: HCA » Fri Jan 08, 2021 2:52 pm

Now that you have an Elan, the first thing you need to do is find a parts supplier that will give you a personal service. There are many that get recommendations, but for me they are:

SJ Sportscars - https://www.sjsportscars.com
Mick Miller - http://www.mickmillerlotus.com

At SJ, Steve and James between them know pretty well everything you will have a question regarding parts. However Sue Miller at Mick Miller is so helpful and always appears to have time for you regardless of the question or the level of stress she is under, and if she does not know the answer, will get it for you pletty soon. I would try her first...

Your slave cylinder. Do not mess around, for what it is - get a new one.

Rear differential oil, good luck in finding any of those! Use an EP90 transmission oil.

Windscreen seal. You have the Ford Capri type seal. Be careful here as there are a couple of similar seals used on the Ford Consul. My suggestion: Get new seals from Sue Miller above. she knows exactly the one you need.

Painting. Find a good carosserie chap near you. I mean good as the car is GRP and preparation is all important.

Note that as of this week, due to a lot of people losing their way in the UK, brexit has kicked in and all parts that you order will be subject to French VAT that Chronopost or others will collect from you along with a handling fee. Certainly the suppliers above will send parts out free of UK VAT, but if you are ordering elsewhere, remind the supplier to zero rate the VAT and supply copy invoices on the parcel )May sound silly but I have already spoken to two suppliers of other products, one did not know the procedure and the other just did not care and is sending things to the EU with UK VAT making it our problem to claim back the VAT)
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PostPost by: lomh 13 » Fri Jan 08, 2021 8:30 pm

Thank you for these informations
I have asked Mick Miller for a price parts list.
My first goal is to have the french MOT.
Clutch as to be fixed and I have also a problem with the parking brake.
I'll saw that next week.
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PostPost by: pharriso » Sat Jan 09, 2021 11:35 am

lomh 13 wrote:I have asked Mick Miller for a price parts list.

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Here is the catalog that you are after - https://lotuselan.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=41810&start=
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PostPost by: lomh 13 » Sat Jan 09, 2021 1:05 pm

Sue Miller sent me a pdf version of the 2020 price parts list few minutes after my enquiry.
Can you tell me what I have to look after in a first time on this car ?

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PostPost by: lomh 13 » Fri Jan 15, 2021 4:10 pm

The car is now in my garage
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Slave cylinder and left engine mount replaced
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Ready to bleed the brakes
As the wheels were not on the car, I'll have look to the sill members.
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They are as new, certainly replaced no long time ago.
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PostPost by: spridget » Fri Jan 15, 2021 4:34 pm

Bienvenue camarade

Il y a effectivement plusieurs français qui ont des +2 qui viennent ici. Des membres du Club Lotus France également

For parts the easiest to deal with is SJ Sportscar with an online catalogue that you can have in french
Modern payment as well
With Sue Miller it's more complicated you must call !

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