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  1. It's quite a nice blue, I thought of painting mine blue but decided to keep it red, red cars go faster hear ha ha. yeah the mazda headlight risers are what I'm currently doing, I've got all the parts to do it now so will be a good upgrade. A few other guys have done the same mod. It wouldn't tale much to paint yours especially if your doing the top half. Rub down, mask up lay a base coat and a clear down and it'll come up like new for sure. I never got round to putting the rubber waist trim around the car but I quite like it with out now so will probably leave as is.
  2. Hi Rob thanks. I rubbed it down with 2000 grit i think it was then went over the whole body with scotch bright and grease remover, once that was done we put it in the booth, not sure what temperature it was set too as it was a mates booth. We laid down the single pot base coat (about 6 coats to cover) then 3 coats of two pot clear over the top. We then blocked it back with 3000 and polished it with a buffing machine. in person it looks like glass. The paint I used was a just a automotive brand we have here in NZ. I actually had to re-fare the body as with fibre glass the whole car looked pretty rippled. Its still not perfect but good enough for me.
  3. Yeah thanks, it's taken years to complete but was worth it in the end. I wanted to keep it as original as I could with a few minor modern upgrades.
  4. Thanks, ah yes we do I'm just waiting on a personalised plate to arrive to put on. Yes you are correct. cheers, it's a Nissan metallic red
  5. It's been a long time since i posted in here but thought I'd share he rest of the photos of the build since its finally actually finished. I had the entire interior redone and changed out the front seats for RX7 batmobile seats. Also repainted her in a proper booth as I wasn't happy with the make shift spray tent i made in my garage. I've had a number of teething problems as you do when rebuilding a car almost from scratch but she seems to be running well now. Currently in the middle of upgrading the headlight lift mechanism to electric which i think is a great upgrade since the the lights never wanna stay where you want them to. I custom made front and rear bumpers as I didn't like the original ones, took a bit of work but was worth it.
  6. So I've finally brought all the material I need to re upholster the interior, I've made a start a on the carpet, it's a timely job trying to make it all fit nice but I'll get there. The radiator is mounted and the cooling system is nearly finished, just trying to fit new hoses in the cabin for the heater hasn't been easy and waiting on a custom stainless overflow tank/ filling point to be finished being fabricated. Most of the wiring is done in the engine bay, I have it turning over but haven't had it fire up yet, having a few wiring issues there. I think one of the carbs needs a recondition also as it's spewing fuel everywhere which ain't ideal. Otherwise it's really taking shape and coming together. Although If I wasn't at sea every other two months working it would be getting done faster.
  7. . Yeah I am kind of desperate for the 70mm pcd as the steering wheel is a Volante steering wheel which I’ve already bought. I contacted Mountney and yeah they explained they only do 4” pcd. I’ll look into the Range Rover and MGB boss kits. Should of bought the boss first.
  8. Hey guys I’m having trouble sourcing a boss kit for my new steering wheel. It’s for a lotus elite 1978 series 1. The steering wheel has a pcd of 70mm. I’ve tried eBay and a bunch of websites but no one can help. Surely there must be another car out there with the same spline diameter on the steering column as my lotus. Any help would be much appreciated Regards Ben
  9. Thanks Mike appreciate it 👍 I’m not sure if I can but I’ll look into it.
  10. Thanks. I actually fabricated the lower link arms my self. Was cheaper than buying standard ones as my original ones were stuffed.
  11. Yeah thanks. It's been a hell of a job putting in the air ride system but It was something I really wanted and it will be worth it in the end. There's always going to be haters, can''t please everyone ha ha. I'm definitely adding my personal touch to this car so there will be more to come once I start doing all the interior etc.
  12. Thanks guys for the comments. I've been pretty slack on here although I've been quite busy with the restoration. Since last time I posted I've decided to go with air suspension, I know should be keeping it original and everything will be except the suspension, this way i can save the front spoiler from all the steep drive ways and judder bars when I raise the height at the push of a button. Apart from that I've ran new fuel lines, brake lines, did all the wiring and managed to get the car turning over for the first time in probably 25 years. Although I still need to finish off the cooling system before I can actually have it running. I had to do some modifications to the chassis to hold the air struts and modify the boot and engine bay slightly to cater for the chassis mods. Nothing like a bit of fab work and fibre glassing. Engine bay coming together, pretty much all wired up. Turning over but haven't heard her start yet. Setting up for the new air struts, took a bit of time with this to set how high and low it can go. The boot setup, just need to carpet it and I can hook up the compressor and tank. Thanks All the fabrication work finished ready for painting Air struts mounted, tight fit. Hopefully I did my calculations right and she works out ok.
  13. Yeah I’ve seen them on eBay for crazy money. sjsportscar don’t have them. I’ve tried to order parts through lotus bits and they don’t reply at all. Kind of at a dead end. Was thinking of upgrading to new style but it’s hard to find something that suits.
  14. Hi there does anyone out there have any rear lights for a series 1 1974 lotus elite. One of mine is broken and they are proving to be hard to find. Must be willing to ship to New Zealand. Thanks in advance.
  15. Well it's been sometime since i posted anything so thought i'd better do an update on my progress. With plenty of sanding, filling and more sanding and no skin left on my finger tips I was pretty happy to finally get the finishing coat on, after building a make shift spray tent in my work shop.
  16. Thanks guys, yeah definitely need to sort the carbs out looking at this picture. Not quite up to the same bling as the rest of the engine.
  17. It's been a busy few days at the workshop, my parts arrived from the UK so I could put the engine together and put the rear end back together. I installed new wheel bearings, braided brake lines, new hand brake cable, new brakes, new bottom arms also. Took me half a day to drill out the bolt that runs through the aluminium wheel hub carrier. aluminium and steel don't really go great together, i added grease nipples to the centre where the bolt goes through so i can keep that lubricated. I'm not 100% sure about this hand brake assembly I mean its all together and works ok but i wouldn't trust it on a hill. The engine went back together trouble free, everything looked really clean inside for its age. A bit of paint some new air filters, new rings and bearings, job done. New service kits installed into the dellortos also so hopefully they work ok. I'm considering painting them now also as they kinda look out of place there. Now just waiting on a new clutch kit and and I can marry the engine and gearbox and load them onto the chassis. g
  18. A lot of work but it's all part of the enjoyment of restoring a car you really like. Yeah your right, nothing quite like a clean car. I think the detail is what makes a car stand out, luckily i have lots of time and patience to clean up all areas and in the end I hope to have a very reliable car. Oh really! that is interesting, Vinegar! who would of thought. I will have to try that out, thanks for the tip.
  19. Well that's the engine and gearbox out. Actually looks not to bad on the inside, some fresh rings, bearings and gaskets and and i'll have her back together in a day. Needs some serious cleaning up though on the outside. Busy couple of days de-rusting, rust killing and painting anything that needs it, which is basically every single part on this car that is metal. At least everything will be mint, even if ya can't see it.
  20. Yeah I sure am . In NZ we don't salt the roads so this car should last some time I'd say. One would say I'm quite a perfectionist so every little thing has to be right. Wow nice car Richard! you did a great job.
  21. I'm guessing the salt from the roads in the UK got the better of everything on here. Although thank god the chassis is galvanised so it will need a clean up and respray black to tidy up. The whole rear end is stripped and I think just about every part that is movable is seized or corroded. The car has no brake lines or fuel lines, so that will be another job to run some new piping. The front brake calipers are off getting refurbished. All new bushes through out are on there way! Full steam ahead! Can't wait to rip into the engine! all new seals, gaskets, bearings. She's going to be like new once I've finished with her. The water pump shaft is bent also so I've sourced another! not cheap! yikes. Thank god for SJsportscars and lotusbits, I'm going to become their best customer lol
  22. Hey Richard Yeah thanks. Bigger the garage the better I say lol I would just have to careful with the 17" as that one I had on there did not fit the rear and the steering was limited so the offset would have to be double checked when buying new wheels, but i like the sound of say a 15 or a 16" wheel. It's a bummer as the original wheels look good polished up but like everyone has said, decent tyres will be an issue to find. Thanks yeah I'll be posting some very shortly. By the way your lotus looks very nice, any more pictures?? Hey Ant yeah i checked out his ride on retro rides, they got some awesome photos of it. Its my inspiration basically lol. Looks slick on those rims. I want the ride but i want it to look good to. I may have to experiment with some sizes and see how it roles.
  23. Thanks guys, having a good shed definitely helps a lot! I think the trolley was 2 metres by 1.8 metres but I'll have to double check. I was going to brace it but the body it so light i decided not too, plus i was too eager to start pulling things apart. I had thoughts of 17" wheels but maybe a bit big and I do wanna keep a retro look so i'll either polish the original ones or try source some other ones.
  24. Hi everyone Well after seeing so many threads and other people interested in Elites and also have projects going on I decided to start my own thread and update the world on my nice little project, when I say little I mean ground up rebuild. It all started as a 21st present from my Grandad where it sat in my garage for years, He's a huge lotus fan but after the chassis rusted out he shipped over a new galvanised one to New Zealand. He never quite got round to installing it so by the time i got it the rest of the car was a pile of rust with a nice new chassis. Anyway I have it my garage where I where I have spent the last 6 months de-rusting, grinding, welding, sanding and painting. Although I still have a long way to go I'm really seeing some progress and what it's going to look like. Here are a few photos, I have a lot more to post yet. I have put the final paint on but we'll get to that. When i got the car I sanded it back and undercoated it but then never touched it again for 10 years as I was traveling the world. Excuse the 17" wheel on the front, I had a punctured tyre and needed to move the car. My first attempt at welding so I could lift the body off and move it around easier while i worked on the chassis. Was very happy to have the hoist to lift the body off. Was unbolted and off in 30min. The frame worked out perfect
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