Popular Post GrandThriftAuto Posted May 23, 2021 Popular Post Report Share Posted May 23, 2021 Hello! After lurking here for ages it’s probably time I contributed something, so here’s a thread about my 76 Elite 503. I bought it unseen on eBay in August 2017, fighting off a total of zero other determined bidders. It somehow had an MOT and was a runner, but I collected it on a trailer because I’m foolish but not that foolish. I trailered it to storage with a friend for a while, and thence to Lotusbits who rebuilt the top end and the steering and the brakes and suspension and stuff. It was a long list and entirely transformed the car. For sone reason I then decided it was the ideal car to drive through the snow from home in south Wales to a work meeting in the New Forest via London, which went fine apart from when the headlights failed in a biblical rainstorm in the dark on the M3 (the switch broke). The heater even worked for some of the trip. Other than that it’s had the great courtesy only to break down as I’m backing it into my shed, so a quick push home has been enough to recover it. The first time was when the main earth lead fell off, because some genius (not me) had attached the connector to the cable with a dab of solder instead of a BFO crimping tool, and the second proved to be the fuel pump being eaten by ethanol. The fuel pump rebuild features in my YouTube channel. I have a modest collection of 1970s and 80s cars and the Elite is definitely a favourite; I have also done a brief general review of the Elite to try and enthuse others about these brilliant and hugely entertaining if slightly quirky devices - link below in case of interest. So mechanically it’s quite good but cosmetically it’s a bit grim. There’s still lots to do. More on that to follow. 6 3 Quote GrandThriftAuto vlog: collecting classic cars on a real world budget Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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