Category: Lotus Elan

I purchased my Elan because I wanted to restore a car.  Why did I pick a Lotus and why did I pick an Elan Coupe’?  I really don’t remember how I decided.  At some point, I wanted an Elan and the Pre-Airflow Coupe’ was the only one I wanted.  I found the car via an internet search.  A few phone calls and a drive down to Berkely and I had a car.  Several years later I finally drove it.

Ownership HistoryChassis 36/5890 was delivered from the factory on August 8, 1966, to a Michel A. Marx. The car was transferred to Gil Denney (date unknown) On March 10, 2001, transferred to me, Jim Boone

Damage, Repair and Colors  I’m not exactly sure of the order of events. I do know which colors came when and the sequence of the damage, although I am not sure if the driver’s door was damaged a second time or if it was never repaired after the second accident. It seems likely it was repaired at the time the car was repainted the second time and damaged again after that. The original color was British Racing Green. Torque rods pulled through chassis. A new piece of metal was welded in place to repair. The workmanship was OK. Differential ring gear was changed to 3.7:1. Original springs were changed to “Sprint” spec. At least that is what the sticker on the spring said. Stock fan was removed and an electric fan was installed using wire nuts. Fire in the engine compartment which burned through the right inner fender damaging the outer fender. Flames also traveled through the air cleaner and scorched under the nose. Damage to the nose, right front fender top, and right rear fender.  Repainted a lighter shade of green with the sills painted black.  This may have been the result of the fire damage. Severe damage to the left rear corner left, the left driver’s door, and nose. Poorly repaired with a heavy cross textured fiberglass.  Repainted with very dark green. The driver’s door damaged again. Repair to driver’s door was thick fiberglass and 1/4″-1/2″ of body putty. Window glass replaced with Plexiglas. Wiring harness hacked and repaired with various bits of brown wire. A complete restoration was begun on May 5, 2001.

Restoration goals Stock Lotus Elan. Street driven with upgrades for reliability.  Finish the development work Lotus didn’t finish  Restoration was completed on April 7, 2004

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Yellow Again

The search for yellow. Since posting my color choice earlier this year I’ve had LOTS of people provide information on Lotus Yellow and hints where…

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Wiring Harness

I’ve been spending a lot of time figuring out the newwiring harness. The old harness is somangled and melted that it is not of much…

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Winter

The winter weather has slowed things down. Last October I was waiting for an estimate to finish the body work. The estimate was for 150 hours…

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Fiberglass complete

The major fiberglass work on the body is done, although the original estimate was way off. The damage to the left side door was more…

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Elan Update

It has been a few months since the last posting mainly due to the sabbatical. Progress since the last posting: Hung front and rear suspension…

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Body to Seattle

Several discoveries today. First an Elan will not fit into a U-Haul 6×12 enclosed trailer. The Elan should fit as it is a tad bit…

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Rear Hubs

Today I took the rear hubs to the machine shop to be reassembled. It appears the PO had changed the bearings at least once because…

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Brake Lines

I broke down and purchased a bubble flaring tool from MSC Direct. (KD Tools I.S.O Bubble Flaring Tool) This forms a very nice bubble flare….

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Brake Lines

I’ve found the world’s most frustrating task. I’ve been trying to install the brake lines. The bending of the lines is fun. The flaring is…