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
I won first place in the peoples choice awards at the ABFM. I kept telling people “If I don’t win then the contest is fixed!”…
Getting Ready for the All British Field Meet
Much of today has been spent getting both of the cars ready for the All British Field Meet this weekend. Most of the work on…
First oil change today with about 500 miles since the restoration. I must remember next time to check if my oil catch can is empty…
Now that I’ve been driving a bit it is time to get the car all tuned up. The cams are a bit hotter than the…
I noticed the Elan was getting dirty(!) sitting in the garage and I didn’t like that. I decided a car cover was in order, but…
A nimble car
Everytime I take the car out, I am surprised how nimble and delicate it feels. Moving quickly along country roads is a delight. The entire…
I went out today and drove the car a bit more aggressively than I have in the past couple of weeks. Not too fast but…
Yea, I know I said I was done but there is still the punch list and a couple of items left on the todo list….
You may recall I was not happy with the height of the brake pedal. To fix this I ordered an adjustable pushrod from Dave Bean….