Lotus Elan

+2 on a hoist

PostPost by: gazzweld » Tue Mar 29, 2022 9:30 am

the car club that i belong to inspects the cars annually for club rego, and they would like to put the +2 up on the 2 post hoist instead of the 4 post that it usually gets put on for inspection. it won’t fit on the 2 post because the support arms can’t reach to any chassis or suspension points so it was suggested to lift the car via the 4 jacking points in the side rails. i am worried that the chassis will pull from under the body as there are only 10 bolts holding the body onto the top of the chassis. what are your thoughts please.
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PostPost by: jono » Tue Mar 29, 2022 10:12 am

It's not a problem - I used to do this all the time and even leave it up there over winter.

However, as a precaution I made some lengths of 100mm x 50mm which I put under each side of the car between the front and rear jacking points and used those to spread the load. I also glued 10mm closed cell foam to the top of them.

However I would certainly advise caution unless you know that your metal sill members are in good condition/have been replaced.
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PostPost by: mbell » Tue Mar 29, 2022 5:51 pm

My car spends many months at a time in the air supported under the sills (quickjack), I have had no issues, but also use larger full length spreader (similiar to Jono) and place it carefully to pick up stronger bits of the body.
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PostPost by: gazzweld » Wed Mar 30, 2022 5:43 am

thanks for your replies guys. i will feel more relaxed now when it goes on the hoist. l have machined 4 spigots with 100x6 mm discs as a base to locate in the jacking points and then sit onto each hoist arm. when i restored the car back in 1998, i made heavy duty, fully sealed sill members, so they should be fine.
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