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Where are you at with your elite?

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The thought had just occurred to me after recently completing my rolling restoration and seeing another completed elite at the nec on the weekend. So what stage are you at with your car, are you mid build or after restoration and keeping it on the road? Photos please...

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HI Charlie.

My rolling resto has been going on for about the last four years. I dont have a garage that   i can get the car into so it only gets work during the spring and summer.

As an old fart i am not to sure how to upload photos,

My old girl is a 1978 504. so far with mods stainless brake hoses electonic ignition. mazda mx5 headlamp lifters. adjustable shocks. new carpets etc. its not the best car on the road but i love it.

I go to a few local ish classic car shows around east anglia and so far my elite has been the only Lotus at 99% of the shows and i do get alot of interest. Mainly female!!!!!. The other half has a good laugh about it so she says.

I look forward to seeing the panther at some time.

All the best Clive 

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Thanks Clive, any advice with those mx5 headlamp lifters, I have a pair in the garage and would love to get them installed.

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Hi Charlie.

With regard to the headlamp system i dont have use or or access to welding kit. So my system is a bit agricultrical  ( sorry about the spelling)  To start with if you get the mounting brackets as well as the motors you will find they fit just right where the the old vac units sit. Two holes job done. I then got some 1 inch alloy strip from B+Q as to extend the rods. Keep the mx5 rods but you only need the bottom ball joint.

what i have done is used the alloy with a hole drilled in it with enough to take a rubber grommet that is the right diameter to fit over the original lift bar..

To get the lift angle correct without cutting the motor arm all i had to do was move the bar back about an inch. I have a spare couple of lamp pods which i used as a dummy run and to get the position of the rods correct.

The wiring is a doddle.

Sorry this is a very basic way of putting  it together but it only takes about three hours in all.

I am not that good with words and computers.

I will see if i can upload some pics.

All the best Clive.

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Picking mine up the week after next.  Pictures and a story to follow...

 

But this begs a question - I'm going to have to collect it on a flatbed.  Does anyone have any suggestions for how to winch it up on to the truck without destroying the front spoiler?  I'm going to take extension ramps - old floorboards in fact - so that it clears the ramps but where's best to attach the tow cable? I reckon it'd cut through the S2 spoiler like a cheese wire once it's taut.  Thanks all.

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Rope under the front spoiler to the cross member on the chassis.

Beavertail transits require a bump up in height to get onto the ramps without scraping.

As you suggested - floorboards just in front of the ramps reduce the angle at which the car will first meet the ramps... it still might scrape but it wont be anywhere near as bad.

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Every S2 Elite/Eclat has a crunchy bit on the spoiler where it's been towed, you may find the damage is already done and cease to worry

 

You will have to get some massive long ramps to avoid it, it's only a 4 bolts to remove it altogether.

 

The fibreglass at the front end of the Elite/Eclat is seriously thick, I don't know why more people don't just bolt in a towing eye through the grille like modern cars. 9 times out of 10 the car is just getting winched onto a trailer anyway.

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The S2 spolier is a real mare for this very reason, in hindsight I would have had mine loaded arse end first, I was lucky I didn't brake the spolier however there was a hairy moment when all manor of cracking noises could be heard, heart in mourh moment.

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If it is going onto a truck rather than a trailer, put it on tail first....

 

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After 'rolling' my resto for a couple of years I decided to rebuild the engine -  mainly just new liners, rings and exhaust values. And lots of gaskets.  Vogts rebuilt the gearbox.

 

Then it seemed like I should really do a chassis swap while I was about it.  Definite mission creep issue in hindsight.  I bought a lovely chassis from DirectorDan and headed off.  I kept the chassis swap as simple as possible, so left the hubs, diff etc as-was, except for a load of cosmetic work.  After all, it was mostly running OK and had an MOT.

 

I've been in France skiing since December, but when I left it we'd got the chassis rebuilt, engine / gearbox in, then put the body back on top.  When I get back to Blighty in a few weeks I've got to sort out joining the two halves back together properly (steering, brakes, petrol tank etc) and get it ready for another MOT.  And hope the engine doesn't blow up.  And the wheels don't fall off.

 

I'd post some pics, but my inter-web is rather slow right now.  Here's one rather elusive shot:

 

https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/110688590824613490459/albums/6095342341408545409/6095342349954404930?pid=6095342349954404930&oid=110688590824613490459

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Skiing since Dec... Lucky chap. I'm hoping to continue with my thread in the next few weeks. Chassis done, gearbox being rebuilt... The goal for this year was to get the engine done engine bay sprayed and tidied up and mot'd. This will be a mighty achievement if I can do it in a year! The interior and respray done only when the car passes the mot.

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Hoping to get my  S2  moving properly this Summer, putting new leads dizzy cap and rotor arm on it-(all done before but just need to check dud part wasn`t replaced with dud part).

Getting some planks in place  to help the front spoiler over the steep slope facing the garage door -not quite as steep as a trailer but bad enough. Probably best to back it up the slope...

Then, sorting the "runs, running hot -splutter cough splutter-die-cools down -runs, hot -splutter etc " problem - will probably set a day aside to get to a specialist to allow for any breakdowns on the way to give it a thorough exam.   :sweat:

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my elite s2.2 mot expired last year,hope to put it in next week and see how it goes,once it passes will have to sort speedo drive problem in gearbox that will be interesting,at least I have parts for it,last one paul matty had,just need a four post lift/ pit,anyone else come across this info would help,my main starting problem now solved,it tuned out I was given wrong type of iridium plugs ,have now gone back to plain ordinary ones ????

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My Elite has had a lot of work done, gearbox, clutch, brakes, new paint and of course once the work done... a bad noise into the clutch... a few weeks ago I put the engine out once again, it was the axle of the clutch release bearing, three days of work for a part that costs 25... I love those cars, I wanted do do a lot of work in the interior... but with this bad surprise it's reported.

 

Now just an litle electric problem to solve, I have mounted the timing belt cover, it's touching the bonnet... time after time it's getting better because when something is done another thing does'nt work :huh:

 

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car now going in for mot retest on Thursday, electrical faults. Cured , near side front and back sidelights bad fuse connection, near side brake light, bad bulb connection, steering gaitors replaced and back brakes/ handbrake adjusted manually , split pins missing in rear brake Clevis pins fitted all these by my local mechanic at a very reasonable price,the remaining worry is emission fail , my gas analyser only measures co level not hydrocarbons,so here's hoping

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I've noticed a lot of progress in the builds threads lately, great to see everyone cracking on eith their builds, really look forward to seeing some of these cars when they are done, keep up the good work lads!

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and despite some strong company - you manged to be the most striking and dramatic looking car there.....

 

:smoke:

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Dramatic shape and dramatic colour, what more do you need!

Next meet is near Winchester, would be nice if another Eclat or Elite turned up.

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looks the best one there in my opinion... no seriously!

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