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Hello from sunny Norwich... Hmm? How many miles am I from Hethel


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Congrats, looks like a load of fun.

My first lotus was an elite 501 soooo many years ago. The elite is a stunning car considering when it was launched.

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6 hours ago, exeterjeep said:

Congrats, looks like a load of fun.

My first lotus was an elite 501 soooo many years ago. The elite is a stunning car considering when it was launched.

At the moment I'm just stunned...let's hope we can make it 'stunning.'  If you get my drift. Quite a lot of parts either missing or need replacing... starting on the doors / replacement side intrusion bars and new hinge pins this weekend.... On the hunt for all sorts bits from anywhere I can source, haggle, even scrounge.

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Welcome, I'll take a guess that you bought either the black or white car from eBay? Both looked like good base restorations.

I know your pain with the doors. When I got my car, which is still to be restored, the previous owner said he had put everything into the car for safekeeping. It was an 'interesting' job just getting the doors open to access the inside of the car. The hinges were rusted solid shut!

Got in eventually when the very rusted door beam gave way under pressure of forcing the door open.

Good luck with your restoration and get a restoration thread going with lots of pictures. 🙂

It's getting there......

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To Tar, Bibs, WindyMiller, Exeterjeep.... and Andy Clements.. thanks for the encouragement... 

The car is basically in three pieces at the moment... the car itself and two doors separated from the car.  I have a pair of powdercoated side intrusion beams... one hinge pin... I would have had two, but lotusbits had used one of the pair they had in stock just the day before. 

Got a pair of seats today... measured up my O/H's MX5 seats and they were a close match in dimensions... so bought a pair of black leather with blue alcantara inserts from ebay... not perhaps what purists would approve of.... but the original front seats are totally rusted and falling apart... the steel content only useful as iron ore.  The rear seats though badly faded from the original black to a sort of indigo-greenish colour are fine... though were (past tense) covered in cat fur... now all clean and freshened up. 

The key to the whole project as I see it is the doors... disassembling and rebuilding them... oh and I got one nearside window frame... the other 'appears' serviceable... If the doors are doable then the rest is doable... just a case of searching and acquiring appropriate bits

Bought a pack of 'rivet nuts'... 120 assorted sizes from amazon... all M or metric sizes...  metric bolts are easiest to acquire... the rivet nuts... not seen them before are a sort of crush fastening into holes, recesses and form a sort of captive nut... saw them demonstrated on you-tube.... they look ideal for a lot of applications when reassembling body parts etc.

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Looking forward to seeing your progress. Start a restoration thread and let's have some pictures. 

Doors and window frames are all doable. You just need patience and a method to follow. Plenty of past experience to be found both on this site and Excel. Net

I've had a 74 Elite since 1986. Sorry to say the last 32 years have been off road, but it will be back on day. Certainly before the 50 anniversary..

Tony 

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Welcome from sunny Hethersett!

You know there is a source of all things Elite Engineering right here in Norfolk? In fact he's just gone home from having a coffee in my garden. MJK was technical Director on the Project and knows everything there is to know Elite wise!

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Welcome to TLF Mike.

I'll admit to having quite a soft spot for the Elite. Just love the shape of it.

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