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Woody Menear

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Ladies and Gentlemen:

I am in need of many parts for my 1965 Elan S2.  It was neglected and stored outdoors, for decades.  I am looking for steel road wheels (R O & Co. 13 X 4-1/2, bolt on).  I would love to have useable seat frames, too.  While I make a Christmas List:  How about a top (hood) frame?  Thanks!

Woody Menear

Hummelstown, Pennsylvania USA

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That’s going to keep you busy, will be a peach of car when done, look forward to hearing of your progress. 

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Stuart,

Yes, it's plenty of work; but enjoyable work!  Believe it, or not this will be a relative, "walk in the park" - when compared to the repair of an airplane that I am just finishing up.  This is relatively speaking, "relaxation"! LOL!

 

Woody

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Wow nice work! Your going to have some seriously nice toys 

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Stuart,

 

You are most generous in your comments. What I really need to do, is check into, "The Henry Ford Clinic, for The Gasoline Addicted" and get clean!  Any tips on the road wheels, seat frames or other useful bits for my Elan, would be greatly appreciated.

 

Cheers,
Woody Menear

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I think most bits should be sourcable here in the uk. Try https://kelvedonlotus.co.uk/http://.  

And

www.mickmillerlotus.com/lotus-parts.html

Both are great and very knowledgeable companies and enthusiasts. If they can’t get bits they will point you in the right direction.

Good luck with the car. Well done for saving it 

 

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Woody

you will most definitely find this useful

Ive rebuilt a couple of the early elans and always find this group very knowledgeable indeed

www.lotuselan.net

http://www.lotuselan.net/forums/

and Stuart is right ....that'll be lovely when its finished........

good work

cheers

Gareth

 

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Thank you, both for sharing your experience and knowledge.  I shall keep you posted.

Sincerely,

Woody Menear

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Woody, well done on your acquisition.

Susan Miller at Mick Miller Lotus (link as above) is a delight to deal with and she is very knowledgeable. If she doesn't have a part, she'll either obtain it for you or point you in the direction most likely to yield results. It is best to telephone her, as that is the quickest way to communicate. She works entirely on her own so is not always available.

On your side of the water try Dave Bean, they too are a knowledgeable group and enthusiastic: http://davebean.com/

There is a fellow on the Continent who has begun making seat frames. Seats are increasingly difficult to find, so if you come across an old pair, bent and rusted, do not dismiss them; they can be rebuilt! I have only ever seen him on the 'Classic Lotus Elan and Plus 2 Owners' Facebook group. Do come over and join lotuselan.net and the FB group , as well as staying here!

Hood frames are available for the Series 3 Elan onwards, though sadly not in the original D profile. I am not sure about the frames for Elan 1600 and Series 2s though. Dave Bean will be able to tell you. I know Susan Miller does the road wheels, though they are made up in small batches, so get your order in well before you need them.

If you private message me with your cars VIN number I am able to give you some information on how it left the factory, as I have records for all Elans and Plus2s.

Tim

PS Woody, I'm sure you know this already, but don't throw anything away!

Tim

 

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Tim,

Thanks for your kind response.  I have just sourced some R. O. & Co. road wheels which are in much better condition than mine; so...one square filled.  The seats remain on my wish list.  I am in contact with a Lotus specialist at the U.K. who has seats.  I have no compunction of listing the car's data:  Chassis number is 26/4128 and the Body Number is 3665.   The engine block number is: LP2559LB and the block casting is embossed with a large, "L" - which I am told is "A Good Thing" - although I do not know enough to comment.  I do know that all the body panels have the number, "3665" and I am certain that is also a good thing.  It's a very original, essentially undamaged, 29,500 mile car.  That said; it has been indifferently stored and pretty much unloved.  I intend to save the car, if I don't go broke, first!  Lotus purveyors are mighty proud of their stuff...as I suppose they should be?  Thanks for the help!  One can reach me directly at [email protected]  If anyone is unpleasant in their use of that email account, I shall put a hex upon their families!  Or...I shall simply block them!  Cheers,

Woody

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Thanks Woody.

Those numbers match the factory records for that Unit no. Furthermore it was invoiced by the factory on 13 Dec 64 and would have arrived in North America around Mar 65.

Good luck with the restoration.

Tim

 

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Tim,

Thank you for your kind and informative research on my forlorn Lotus!  I am writing from Manchester this evening and if you were handy, I would happily buy you a pint, or two for your troubles!  I shall keep you in the loop on the Lotus. Attached is a photo of the airplane (aeroplane) - in formation with a Mustang, in the days before it came to grief in a landing accident, with a subsequent owner...should be flying next Spring, (Lord Willing).

Cordially,

Woody Menear

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Thanks Woody.

What a great shot that is! Good luck.

Tim

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