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  1. So whilst waiting to get the engine parts I decided to work through the parts that I have already got to see what I have and what condition its in so started with the interior. The previous owner had seats and carpets all redone and they are pretty good. One big job off the list
  2. Hi Dunc Elite 503 in Ireland I have emailed you for the form and I will complete and return Cheers Andy
  3. How do we add Elite details to the register?
  4. Other than it looks cool, can't help
  5. So finally got the financial part of the transaction complete and the Elite is now legally mine. Along with the paperwork some of the parts removed by the previous owner arrived so I will opens this weekend going through and cataloging what I have and its state, replace, repair, refit. I also need to move some of the other toys around to give me space for both storage and the up and coming work plan
  6. Not good news but fingers crossed the gearbox is good and the little niggles you can fix yourself. I have another fibreglass car, an Alfa Romeo SZ (See attached), which need some paint after too many track days had taken their toll. A local glass fibre specialist took it on, he had previously painted an SZ, it was dropped off Feb 2018 with an agreed completion date Jul 2018. I eventually collected it April 2019 but it had to go back for some snagging jobs so was taken back Sept 2020 for 4 weeks of snagging. I eventually went to collect July 2021 only to find it not finished. Just spoke to the paintshop today and apparently it is next in the list and will be ready end of March - I won't be holding my breath. To make matters worse during 2019 I moved from the UK to Ireland so every trip back involves flights or ferries. Needless to say that when it comes to painting the Elite it won't be going to that body shop.
  7. Ouch, doesn't seem to cover the older models Our Italian friends use to charge about a tenth of that but it could take 6-20 weeks to come through
  8. Ok so some of the parts started to arrive today, interior, bonnet, rear bumper and internal bits the were stripped by the previous owner. The new refurbished interior including seats, door cards & carpets - I will take some photos over the weekend but they look and feel stunning. Also arrived all the paperwork including a list of jobs already done along with parts used and costed and importantly the registration papers including the chassis details. I assume that like other manufacturers Lotus have a contact that you can provide chassis details and they can provide any build specification details, does anyone know who that contact would be please?
  9. That will push the market, I see it has Safety Belt Pretensioners Lotus were well ahead of the game
  10. Never been a fan of Green cars but this colour does rather suit the Elite lines
  11. Just noticed that most Elites have black satin bumpers front and rear, mine has colour coded ones - another job to add to the list
  12. Seats look very good, current owner paid more for the seats than i did for the car and all the parts. Only seen photos (attached) so far picking them up this weekend so I can see properly
  13. Following on from my introduction to this forum on the general chat page I have created this thread to track the progress (or lack of) of my recommission / restoration of my recently acquired S1 503. The plan is very simple but is certain to encounter obstacles on the way but high level here goes Step 1 - Get the engine to run. The car was taken off the road due to failed water pump which has been removed, also all the ancillary belts were removed at the same time. Rather than get this job finished the previous owner decided to get the carbs rebuilt, being Italian he took them home and had them fully rebuilt and they are now ready for refitting. So first job order fuel pump, all belts including timing belt and tensioner and get them all refitted, refit the carbs, replace any worn fuel lines and probably fit a new fuel pump. Hopefully once complete we can get the engine running. The car is currently with a local mechanic here who I am going to ask to carry out this work. Step 2 - Refit all the parts to the car Whilst he car was awaiting the above mechanical work the interior was stripped out and seats and all seats / door cards etc. were sent to Italy to be retrimmed. The rear bumper was removed as was some to the trim and other bits, so there is a box of parts to be refitted. I plan to refit all these parts to see what is missing but also to hopefully be able to check everything that does or doesn't work so I can add to my to do list. Step 3 - Mechanical Recommission / Restore From the To Do list identified in Step 2 strip recommission or restore all the mechanical / safety bits required to pass an NCT (Irish MOT). The big question here is the recommission / restore, there will be parts that will need to be taken apart some of which will need to be replaced because they are broken or worn but do I replace anything that is likely to wear in the future as they are apart. I am thinking things like bushes, bearings, seals which may be fine now but as they are all nearly 45 years old are likely to be near end of life and will probably fail sometime in the future. Logically it makes sense if they're out to replace but this will impact budget which will in turn impact timeline. Step 4 - Road legal & Drive As per other recommissions I have done in the past, and reading other threads here, the only time you know everything works is when you use it. So once Step 3 has been completed to the point of getting aforementioned NCT the plan is to use it, It won't be pretty but driving it will show up other issues. It will also be a natural break of spending time in the garage learning swear words I didn't know I knew. Anything that come up during this stage will need to be rectified Step 5 - Cosmetics The fun bit, getting it looking like I want it too. It will certainly need a paint and a full cosmetic refurb. The interior I have but carpets, head linings trim parts will all need to be checked, cleaned and replaced and also those personal touches. No it won't be getting air-ride or a V8 but there are always bits that make it your own. Seems simple 5 steps, a fair bit of hard work, an equal amount of spare cash a few tantrums along the way - what could possibly go wrong 😉
  14. Thanks for the support I am sure I will be asking questions a long the way but looking forward to it
  15. I will start a Project thread for this and keep you all informed as I am sure I will be asking stupid questions along the way.
  16. Certainly in need of TLC but she comes with a complete newly done leather interior, rebuilt Dell'ortos and a box of other new parts. Everything seems to be there apart from one piece of chrome trim bottom of passenger side rear window. Needs a water pump and fuel pump fitting but looks solid underneath no obvious signs or rot but will get her up on the ramp on Monday to further check the condition of the backbone. Engine turns over OK and was running before water pump was removed, apparently. Plan is to get the engine back together to confirm she runs OK and no major issues then to strip and replace (where necessary) all suspension, steering and braking components. Then refit the interior and once she runs, drives and stops will get her tested and road legal. Plan to run her over the summer and then get her repainted over the winter. But as with all these type of projects which years each of the above happen will be dependent on costs as we work our way through.
  17. Thanks guys, off for final inspection this morning so fingers crossed might be a Lotus owner by tonight
  18. Hi All been pointed in this direction from other non Lotus related car forums after discussions on what I am planning to do! Long time petrolhead with a primary focus on those from warmer climates mainly Italian, my user name should give anyone in the know a clue to one of my passions but other variants of that brand and other sister brands are or were in my small collection. But why here you ask and what am I about to do? Well being of a certain age cars of the 70s have a big pull for me and a chance conversation with an Italian friend over here highlighted he owned something that brought back memories and pending a discussion tomorrow it should be mine by the weekend. I wouldn't be here if it wasn't a Lotus and no point playing the guessing game I did on an Italian forum yesterday which took them nearly 4 hours to decide what I was considering as i am sure you will get there much faster. So it's a 1978 Lotus Elite 503, ex UK car but now registered over here in Ireland which makes it pretty unusual. It's a project but looks like its all there and comes with lots of new or refurbished parts pulled together by the current owner. I suspect it will be a bit more difficult than the normal family jigsaw puzzle but hopefully over the coming months it will move towards completion. I am sure I will be asking lots of questions and will probably need support and encouragement and hopefully I have come to the right place.
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