Lotus Elan

VRH314H Update

PostPost by: AlistairF » Mon Oct 17, 2022 6:41 am


I thought it was time for an update on my Elan +2S.

Previously, the front brakes were renewed with plain discs, refurbed callipers and Mintex m1144 pads which work really well. Also the disintegrating front lower Polybushes were replaced by Kelvedon uprated metalistic bushes, and the petrol breather pipes and all oils renewed. The cam cover gasket was replaced by a cometic one which solved the uppermost oil leak but the front of the engine has more!

More recently, I have had the carbs rebalanced and they were definitely rich, but the tuner suspect a weak diaphragm in one of the carbs, so a full carb rebuild may be on the cards this winter.
The Pirelli P4s were starting to show signs of age so now we have Avon ZT7s which work really well.
The OS rear damper (AVOs?) was sticking and has just deposited a small pool of oil on the garage floor after a run out to Hethel for the Elan picnic event a few weeks ago (pic below). I think TTR Konis may be a good option for replacement?

What else is on the to do list? There are a few cosmetic things to sort out, a small water leak from around the thermostat housing, a creak from behind the dashboard, the ventilation fan makes a racket, and the drivers door restraint strap bobbin (?) in the sill is worn. I won't get all of this done but will focus on the safety and driving elements before the cosmetic.

The picnic in the Hethel was interesting but attendance a bit disappointing with about 40 cars, some rolling restorations, and a few absolutely better than factory fresh, and everything between. Fortunately the weather was kind and my Grandson an I enjoyed the tour of Classic Team Lotus.

That's it for now, but I do wonder what I did with my time before the Elan?


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PostPost by: alan.barker » Mon Oct 17, 2022 8:11 am

hi Alistair,
for the Shocks imho it's Koni Koni or Koni.
If you think that you might fit CVs then think about the Koni that are a little shorter to stop CVs locking up.
I know someone will now say on a +2 you don't need the shorter Koni. But you only want to do the job once and 100% Koni Shocks are not cheap but imho the best for road use.
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PostPost by: trw99 » Mon Oct 17, 2022 8:14 am

Alastair, although they were not all there at the same time, we counted some 60 Elans coming throughout the day.

We were happy with that, 60 Elans for the Elans 60th!

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PostPost by: AlistairF » Mon Oct 17, 2022 9:26 am

Hi Tim,

Ah, that will be why I counted about 40. Indeed I had to leave a bit early unfortunately and how great to get 60 for the 60th... sets a challenge for the 70th!

Well done!

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