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

Artsy Elan

1966 Elan Gallery

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Carburetor Rebuild

I got the Elan out of winter storage and it just wasn’t running right. It would stumble, pop, cough, spit, and just plain misbehave. The…

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Weber Tuning

Spring has arrived and it was time to get the Elan out of mothballs. I wasn’t too happy with how the car was running in…

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Cars and Coffee

In almost every town there is a Cars and Coffee gathering. In Portland there are two. The closest is down in Tigard and meets at…

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Cars in the Park – Italian Day

PORTLAND, Ore. — In celebration of The Allure of the Automobile, the Portland Art Museum will welcome local car clubs to the Park Blocks. Enjoy…

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It’s Alive!

After a couple of days being sick, I finally got back out in the garage to work on the Elan.  While Nadya went to the…

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Putting the Engine in Boss

I received the engine back from Loynings Engine Service earlier in the week and had a few friends from the Lotus Club come over the…

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Pulling the Engine Boss

After trying everthing I could to make the Elan engine stop smoking I’ve admitted that the mechanic I used to rebuild the engine didn’t know…

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All British Field Meet

Saturday was the All British Field Meet in Portland. Nadya drove the Elan and I drove the Seven. The only car at the show that…