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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Drive and punchlist

First real drive around the block today. Real drive means the doors and windows are on the car. I have a lot remaining todo. The…

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Wiper motor

I found one of the problems with the wiper motor. Poor ground. I’ve installed a new ground wire. Not sure if this was causing the…

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Wiper motor

As you may recall, I’ve been having problems with a blown fuse. Well, I think I found the culprit. While checking to make sure all…

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Windows

It was time to install the windshield and the rear window. I searched the mailing list archives, read everything I could and chickened out. Instead…

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Strange use of a penny

While getting ready to install the new window glass, I was cleaning the old hardware and found….

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Windows

It was time to install the windshield and the rear window. I searched the mailing list archives, read everything I could and chickened out. Instead…

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Headliner

Over the past week or so, I’ve been letting the headliner stretch in place in an attempt to minimize any wrinkles. I used a whole…

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Electrical Gremlins

I started the car yesterday and blew the fuse for the tach, fuel gauge, heater motor, wiper motor and cigarette lighter. With a meter it…

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Interior – Seats

I got the seats back from the upholstery shop and they look great. Did I mention I took them to a shop? I cut and…