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Hi all just joined ive got a 1978 elite 504 purchased about 3 weeks ago not run for a year wish me luck.

Thanks Buddsy i think the first job will be changing the timing belt and trying to get the tailgate open as the cable has snapped.

Welcome, I've got 2 Lotuses which haven't run for a combined 35 plus years  

Welcome to the forum. Not run for a year...youll be fine. Short amount of time for a Lotus!

Im an Elite lover ;-)




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Welcome to TLF Kelvin. :welcome:

Hope it all goes well for you. Some photos wouldn't go astray.

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@kelvin welcome to the forum.

We really need to see some pictures.

Bang on with the cam belt. First job to do before you run the car.

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Hi Kelvin

welcome to Lotus ownership , my cable snapped shortly after I bought my elite some 11years ago 😩, don’t know if somebody found an easier way but I found the easiest way was to take a small Hss drill bit to the centre of  the two dome headed caps that sit at the bottom of the tailgate through the glass , this should release the two bolts holding the locking pin , alternatively if you can get a pair of grips on them you may be able to loosen them without damaging them although unlikely, depending where the cable has snapped of course you may be able to take the rear interior side panel off and pull on the cable with a pair of grips ,

good luck and enjoy the elite !!😜👍

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