Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by GeoffTE » Sat May 02, 2015 9:57 pm

OK, are you still there? Here's a few more pics
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The seats were rebuilt using the original centre panel, which isn't available any more (welded seams) to try and maintain as much originality as possible. Any damaged vinyl in the rest of the seat was replaced by matching material. It's not as shiny as the original, but I've polished it up a bit so it doesn't look as bad as the pics might suggest.
Anyway, interior is now complete :hurrah: Still waiting for the windscreen and the hood and we're nearly there.
And.....I've given her a little ride !! Only 10' or so within the confines of the garage, but back and forth a half dozen times...yes, really :mrgreen: Everything seems to work including the brakes, which is just as well as SAR was only 12' away :shock: She sounds lovely and the gear change is sweet and notchy with a short throw. Clutch bite is a bit low, but otherwise very pleased. Can't wait to get her on the road, it's been a long year !


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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by Roger Pennington » Sat May 02, 2015 10:07 pm

That looks fantastic, Geoff. The photos look as though they could easily be original 1965 brochure photos! :D


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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by Scimher » Sun May 03, 2015 1:33 am

....Lovely, Geoff......& judging by the club valuation, now worth nearly as much as 'SAR'....!!.....



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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by MikeyBikey » Sun May 03, 2015 8:45 am

Wow, looks great. Going to sprint her ?


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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by GeoffTE » Sun May 03, 2015 11:17 am

WHAT ! Are you MAD ? :roll:

Oh yes, I forgot, you are :lol: :lol:


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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by Nick » Sun May 03, 2015 11:21 am

I love Elans (although have now sold mine), and did some track days in my old one, but really too fragile to sprint. Back axle and driveshafts VERY fragile.


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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by GeoffTE » Wed Jun 03, 2015 9:02 pm

Update time!! Offered her up for an MoT (the car not the missus :) ) and it soon turned out that some ""adjustments" would be needed (it's really nice to have a really friendly MoT man). The adjustments referred to include tightening a few suspension bolts, tightening a brake onion ( :oops: :oops: ) and curing a rad leak. I was allowed to pause the test while I corrected these at home (what a nice MoT man....mind you he's used to me and my Lotus projects and he did MoT SAR) Well finally she passed !!!! First time in 39 years that this car has had an MoT :shock: Taxed now too, so 100% road legal :hurrah: :hurrah: :hurrah:
I found on her first trip around the block before the test that there was a lot of popping and banging through the exhaust. I felt that she was overfuelling in the rear Weber (two twin choke Webers remember) and the timing might be a tad out. So I adjusted the float levels and retimed the ignition. This resulted in me kangerooing around the block on a brief test :? , which suggested ignition too advanced perhaps. Retarded the dizzy by guesswork, just by eliminating the popping, and she ran sooo much better. Really nice in fact and she sounds wonderful :D Anyway, what you really want is pictures...right?
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Has anyone spotted the missing part yet ????
Still a few things to attend to. Doors need re-hanging and seals fitting, spare wheel needs finishing and a new tyre, hardtop needs finishing, seat belts need fitting. BTW I'm fitting belts to a car which I don't think has had them before, although provision has been made in the car for fitting if required. Does anyone know if you have to get the belt fitting checked by an approved centre. I'm told that this might be the case. Need a break now, which we're getting next week :D


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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by b.c.flat hat » Wed Jun 03, 2015 9:21 pm

Missing part is the driver wearin' a grin a wide as the windscreen!
It's bootiful, lovely job, Crusty.



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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by CNHSS1 » Wed Jun 03, 2015 9:35 pm

Gorgeous but drafty...


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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by FrenchNewbie » Wed Jun 03, 2015 9:41 pm

Absolutely beautiful !


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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by MikeyBikey » Wed Jun 03, 2015 9:57 pm

What a clever bloke you are Geoff :). Fantastic result to a lot of hard work and commitment and a lovely sympathetic / understanding wife :) Well done


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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by philhoward » Wed Jun 03, 2015 9:58 pm

Congrats Geoff!!

Go on then - how did he check the wipers?


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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by Roger Pennington » Wed Jun 03, 2015 10:00 pm

GeoffTE wrote: tightening a brake onion ( :oops: :oops: )
That must have brought tears to your eyes! :wink: (and you thought it was just the effect of the draught!).

Seriously, it looks lovely, well done Geoff, now what next? :lol:


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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by scimjim » Wed Jun 03, 2015 10:02 pm

Lovely job Geoff.

You don't need working washers or wipers if there's no screen (kit car trick :-))


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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by GeoffTE » Wed Jun 03, 2015 10:19 pm

That's right, no windscreen and therefore no need for wipers or washers. Windscreen has been on order for 9-10 weeks and still no sign :( Just got to remember to keep your mouth closed :D
Thanks for the compliments guys, much appreciated :wink:


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