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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Carb linkage and Cable – Part II

I finally found the proper hose end that would allow clearance for the new throttle linkage. Installation was easy with only one gotcha. The idle…

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Pictures at last

A couple of days ago I posted I was done and a lot of people wanted to see some pictures of the completed project. A…

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I declare it done!

On the way home from the local Lotus Club meeting I broke 100 miles of test drives. I therefore declare the restoration of my Elan…

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Wiper blades

It took about a half hour at the parts store searching through the various wiper blade books to find a suitable replacement. The TRICO 33-122…

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First Sunday Drive

A Red Letter Day, for the chief financial backer, at least! Jim took me for my first ride today, five miles or so to a…

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Carb Linkage and Cable

The throttle cable was a little sticky so I decided to replace it with a low profile linkage from rd enterprises. I even paid extra…

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Actual Progress!

I made actual progress on the punch list over the last couple of days. The big achievement was getting the speedo working. I pulled the…

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Drive and Insurance

Another major milestone in the restoration project. I drove all the way to the insurance company to apply for classic car insurance. This was the…

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Wiper motor – Cont

Given I had a 50/50 chance of reinstalling the wiper parking mechanism correclty do you think I picked the proper way around? Nope. Of course…