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Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by GeoffTE » Thu May 01, 2014 9:14 pm

Some of you expressed an interest in seeing my "new" project, :mrgreen: This 1965 Lotus Elan S2 was last used on the road in 1976 :shock: It was taken off the road because it needed a new chassis. However, nothing much happened until 1990, when the rebuild on a new chassis was started by a well known Elan specialist of the day. So, new chassis, suspension, drive train, etc plus much engine work including reground crank, rebore, new pistons, head rebuilt etc, BUT nothing assembled, all still separate :w The rebuild stalled for some reason and was never restarted, (although the original restorer since died) It was bought about 8 years ago by a chap who intended to finish the rebuild. He collected many more new parts to finish it, but never actually commenced before he realised he already had far too many projects and it would never be finished in his lifetime. Which is where I stepped in :roll: The car is complete, but all in boxes, apart from the rolling chassis no part is connected to any other :? Lots and lots of new parts though, new teak dash, brake and clutch cylinders, new trim including almost impossible to get floor covering, original wooden steering wheel (rare as rocking horse poo!) etc etc It's like a jigsaw without the picture :lol: However I do have a workshop manual and I have restored an Elan before, albeit nearly 30 years ago :?
Anyway it's pictures you want so here goes;
Collection day (note the car has not been sat on by an elephant, it was just the best way to store the hardtop)
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Back home, All boxes of bits stowed and body off the chassis
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Although the rolling chassis was new in 1990 it all had to be taken apart again. Amazing the effect that 25 years just sitting there can do to car parts :roll: Unlike with SAR this was a pleasure in that all new bolts were used and copious amounts of copperslip. Everything responded well to treatment :D and everything so far is looking good
Front suspension redone, rust removed, treated and parts repainted

Ooops, can only add 3 attachments , so will have to continue on another post. Watch this space


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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by greeny » Thu May 01, 2014 10:10 pm

Nice looking project can't wait to see the progress!!


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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by MikeyBikey » Thu May 01, 2014 10:15 pm

Fantastic stuff Geoff, be with you all the way :lol: :arrow:


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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by scimjim » Thu May 01, 2014 10:22 pm

If it turns out as well as SAR, it'll be far too valuable to drive ;-)


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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by Roger Pennington » Fri May 02, 2014 1:01 am

Geoff, It looks as though you've got quite a task in front of you, but I'm sure you're the man for the job :)
Sounds like you're recreating the past and building an Elan in component form!

As a matter of interest, is it a Spyder chassis?

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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by toomanysabres » Fri May 02, 2014 7:53 am

Having had an S3 Elan the only chassis recommendation I can make is to reinforce the welding of the cantilever engine mounting brackets. In mine the weld on the LHS cracked along the top edge right to the corner of the chassis.


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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by GeoffTE » Fri May 02, 2014 8:25 am

Yes it's going to be a real puzzler, there are boxes of bits containing weird and wonderful things that I have no idea where they go. :? What fun! Yes, Roger it's a Spyder chassis, the guy I bought the car from also had a new Lotus chassis and gave me a choice of which one I wanted. Although not original (then again a replacement Lotus one isn't either) I plumped for the Spyder one as it's much stronger and stiffer, being reinforced in all of the known weak points. Eg the engine mounts Geoff, and the front turrets, a known dirt trap, are closed off. So, when it came to a decision the engineer won over the purist :D Will post some more pics when I have a moment !
BTW anyone know why my pics are coming out with a green tint? They look fine on the camera :?

Oh and yes Jim, have you seen what Elans, particularly S2s, are fetching these days :shock: But I'm not precious about my cars, they're for DRIVING !
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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by philhoward » Fri May 02, 2014 8:28 am

Pics - looks like something has put a "70's" effect on them??

Looking forward to seeing this one coming along, Geoff!


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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by Nick » Fri May 02, 2014 8:30 am

That is a Spyder chassis, not a Lotus one. These are as good, if not better. DO NOT WELD WITHOUT CONSULTING SPYDER. All easily distort under welding. It is probably worth taking it back to them to get it on a jig.

Front suspension also looks non standard. These are nice cars to re-build as really like meccano. A good rebuild will be worth £20k plus. Where are you? Paul Matty in Bromsgrove are very helpful


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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by GeoffTE » Wed May 07, 2014 8:02 pm

Moving on apace in the last few days. Rear calipers rebuilt, including the notorious handbrake mechanism, and installed and the outside rotoflex coupling. Can't fit the inside one or the drive axles as there would be excessive droop (ooer :lol: ) which is bad for the coupling. These have to be installed after the engine a transmission have been installed. I know you all like pics so....
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Wheels added so I now have a rolling chassis :D
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Engine is the next major task, looking forward to that, but not without some anxiety :roll: :wink:


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Post by CNHSS1 » Wed May 07, 2014 8:07 pm

lovely project 8) keep the pics coming


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Post by greeny » Wed May 07, 2014 8:17 pm

Lovely!


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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by MikeyBikey » Wed May 07, 2014 9:42 pm

Blimey Geoff. Impressive stuff. At this rate you'll be the south west's most productive restoration service...

do you do charity week, there's a certain yellow 5a that needs your tlc


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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by GeoffTE » Wed May 07, 2014 11:20 pm

You don't do so bad yourself, Mike. Mind you I only do those things that actually NEED doing :mrgreen: :lol: :lol: :lol: :wink:


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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by Roger Pennington » Wed May 07, 2014 11:34 pm

That looks great Geoff. :D

You know, I was looking at that, and thinking "wheelbase 84", Track 47", - if your body restoration doesn't work out, I think we could help you out!" :lol:


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