New member from Australia

A forum where new members can introduce themselves and be welcomed by existing members.

Moderators: theelanman, dapinky, Nige, Elanlover, Sy V, muley, Enright, algirdas, nitroman, GeoffSmith, clemo, Dave Eds, Specky, DaveT

New member from Australia

Postby bmw02rally » Tue 24.01.2023, 04:48

Hello from Brisbane.
I bought the 91 Elan Turbo Se August 2022 from a guy who imported it over from Jersey. Its done 70k miles but only 1k in 20 years where the guy kept in inside. The history also shows 3 Cambelt changes in 1k miles to haha.
It needs an alternator rebuild but its perfect for top down drives in the Qld sun.
Mark :cheers:
bmw02rally
Newbie
 
Posts: 6
Joined: Tue 23.08.2022, 07:40

Re: New member from Australia

Postby MPx » Tue 24.01.2023, 15:13

Welcome Mark. I too imported mine from Jersey (back to the UK)...but that was 20 years ago! I hope you get as much fun from yours. Enjoy!
Mike - MPx
95 M100 Elan S2 (423)
86 Turbo Esprit
but no longer Carlton no 808 nor Sunbeam S1 :(
User avatar
MPx
Fanatic
 
Posts: 647
Joined: Mon 05.06.2006, 22:50
Location: Somerset, England

Re: New member from Australia

Postby alan e » Tue 24.01.2023, 15:25

Hi and welcome to the club you are not the only M100 owner in Brisbane check out Owen L he also lives in Brisbane.
Black 1992 M100
2010 black evora
Austin 7 1932 box saloon
BMW X5
alan e
God
 
Posts: 1064
Joined: Sun 19.02.2012, 20:43
Location: worthing west sussex

Re: New member from Australia

Postby Tuga2112 » Tue 24.01.2023, 15:29

seems 2023 winter is the alternator season.

think thats the 3rd or 4th alternator i read about packing in in the past 2 months. XD

lucky for you im nearly finished filming the refurb job of mine
1991 elan se
1991 elan se project
91 MR2 Turbo (import) project
94 Celica GT4 (Import)
94 4Runner
98 Celica SR

Youtube Channel @Tuga2112 M100 repair videos
User avatar
Tuga2112
God
 
Posts: 1713
Joined: Fri 12.09.2014, 22:54
Location: Durham with a regular trip to Walsall

Re: New member from Australia

Postby bmw02rally » Wed 25.01.2023, 05:13

Thanks for the welcomes,
unfortunately I've just had spinal surgery so I won't be getting under the car anytime soon. so short trips only.
bmw02rally
Newbie
 
Posts: 6
Joined: Tue 23.08.2022, 07:40

Re: New member from Australia

Postby steve matthews » Wed 25.01.2023, 20:06

Mark, please post pictures we love Pic. :poke:
User avatar
steve matthews
God
 
Posts: 1065
Joined: Mon 06.11.2006, 22:16
Location: VIRGINIA

Re: New member from Australia

Postby bmw02rally » Tue 31.01.2023, 06:20

Here it is with its Mini r53 wheels on as I'm keeping the originals safe. Plus yes I know the front side lights/Indicators are on the wrong way around, it was like that when I bought it.
20230124_134655.jpg
20230121_180850.jpg
bmw02rally
Newbie
 
Posts: 6
Joined: Tue 23.08.2022, 07:40

Re: New member from Australia

Postby Hector2021 » Tue 31.01.2023, 09:58

Looks great. Youre in the right part of the world to enjoy it too. The UK is some weeks away from having ideal top down warm weather. We just have to squeeze in the occasional sunny day when they appear.
NMY 1995 S2 No:490
User avatar
Hector2021
Tinkerer
 
Posts: 67
Joined: Fri 26.08.2022, 09:27
Location: Lancashire

Re: New member from Australia

Postby FunElan » Tue 31.01.2023, 22:24

Lovely car. Curious on the wheels - did you have to modify them to fit, or direct swap?
FunElan
Enthusiast
 
Posts: 222
Joined: Sat 20.02.2021, 00:46
Location: Los Angeles, CA

Re: New member from Australia

Postby Rusty Wishbone » Tue 31.01.2023, 23:16

Mark,

Welcome to Elan ownership. I hope that your car brings you some fun.
Rusty Wishbone
Fanatic
 
Posts: 715
Joined: Fri 28.12.2012, 13:16
Location: Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Re: New member from Australia

Postby bmw02rally » Tue 31.01.2023, 23:40

FunElan wrote:Lovely car. Curious on the wheels - did you have to modify them to fit, or direct swap?

Only thing you need to do is take 0.5mm from the center bore as Mini's are 56.1mm and the Lotus is 56.6mm.
bmw02rally
Newbie
 
Posts: 6
Joined: Tue 23.08.2022, 07:40

Re: New member from Australia

Postby Andy C » Wed 01.02.2023, 01:34

G'day Mark,

Welcome to the (rather exclusive) Aussie M100 club!

If you ever go for a drive to Nth NSW (I'm at Inverell) .. let me know and we can share some roads, a beer and some M100 chatter

:drunk:
Andrew
Medina Green #296 Brians Wilwood Brakes, Everest Chip, Piper 2.25, PWR Cooling & ProTech Suspension
User avatar
Andy C
Enthusiast
 
Posts: 230
Joined: Wed 09.11.2005, 09:36
Location: Inverell, Australia

Re: New member from Australia

Postby chrism » Wed 01.02.2023, 10:44

Hi Mark. Welcome.

Those R53 MINI wheels look really good on your m100. I'm intrigued tho'; as far As I can see they're R85 17" 7J ET48 S spokes but they don't seem to dominate the arches like most 17". In fact, they look more like 15"-ers.

Is there any wheel arch rubbing, or any other downside? And is the reduction of 56.1mm bore to 56.6mm an easy d-i-y job with (eg) a dremel or does it have to be done 'properly' with an expensive 'engineery' machine?

Like you I'd like to keep the originals 'safe'. I really like the way you've got your front indicators, too They seem to make more sense that way around :o

Enjoy the 'm100 madhouse' :D
User avatar
chrism
Fanatic
 
Posts: 316
Joined: Sun 16.01.2022, 14:36
Location: Pulborough, West Sussex

Re: New member from Australia

Postby dapinky » Wed 01.02.2023, 11:49

chrism wrote: I really like the way you've got your front indicators, too They seem to make more sense that way around :o


History lesson of the day:-

There is no 'Lotus Design' correct way round for the indicators to be, although some people will tell you that there is a 'right' and a 'wrong' - and they may even be correct, BUT I bet you a cup of tea and a bacon roll that they won't know why they are either right or wrong....

Most such experts will tell you that the early cars had the indicators outboard (nearer to the car corners, so slightly more visible from some side angles) and later ones had them inboard, because it looks better.......

The facts are (sort of) right, but the reasons are not exactly like above.

Lotus designed the car in the mid 1980's, and it was designed to do the job, and look good at the same time - but still needed to comply with the law, as it was always intended to be a road car.

The 'indicators out' was intend to allow sufficient side view of the flashing amber to not require side repeaters on the 'A' panel...... but at the ride height intended, it didn't quite work out, and side repeaters were needed anyway to comply with UK law. (Fed cars had side repeaters in the front bumper anyway)..... so for those cars, there is no 'legal' issue with putting them either way round, and some left the factory one way, and others left the other way.

Then the UK law changed, with the introduction of the Road Vehicle Lighting Regulations 1989...... which, clearly, all manufacturers had been aware of before it came into effect, so were designing accordingly, hence the side repeaters requirement.

This law had certain 'backdated' elements to it, and makes reference to vehicles first registered before 1986 (so covers all Elans)... and also allowed some bits to be 'delayed' to allow for current vehicle designs.

As with many UK laws, there was a delay between when it was written, and when it came into effect, so started in November of 1989. replacing the 1987 rules, but didn't need 100% compliance until 1991.

Now, the indicators were not the reason for the "swap" of the front lights, it was the front position lamps (side lights) - the "new" rules required them to be within certain distances of the vehicle sides, whilst also having a 'separation' distance requirement.

The only way that lotus could meet the requirements was to completely re-design the front bumper......... or flip the lights upside down.

So, there you go - there is no actual design reason, no change of design between early and late cars, just the UK government changing the rules mid-production.

Of course, the regs in other places may well specify which way up they should be, but what are the chances of you ever finding a copper who knows which way up they need to be????? - and it matters not when it comes to MOT tests, as the test is conducted under Con & Use regs, with little regard to either Lighting Regs or Licensing Regs.......
Dave

Just the one now, but this one's mine! - and it will be finished eventually..... - but also temporary custodian of a project until it is finished enough for Angie to drive it

go on - click this link - you know you want to!
User avatar
dapinky
LEC Administrator
 
Posts: 9602
Joined: Sun 15.10.2006, 12:54
Location: As far west as you can get in West Wales before you become Irish (Pembroke Dock).

Re: New member from Australia

Postby Fredjohn » Wed 01.02.2023, 17:37

chrism wrote:Hi Mark. Welcome.

Those R53 MINI wheels look really good on your m100. I'm intrigued tho'; as far As I can see they're R85 17" 7J ET48 S spokes but they don't seem to dominate the arches like most 17". In fact, they look more like 15"-ers.

Is there any wheel arch rubbing, or any other downside? And is the reduction of 56.1mm bore to 56.6mm an easy d-i-y job with (eg) a dremel or does it have to be done 'properly' with an expensive 'engineery' machine?


Don't mean to teach you how to suck eggs, but when you fit 17'' ilo 15'', ie a 1'' diameter increase, the tyre profile is reduced by 1''. So the overall diameter stays the same, and the the wheel arch/wheel picture is unchanged, and more importantly the speedo reading is unaffected..

If you don't change the tyre profile, the speedo will be way out. Plenty of websites that calculate the effects of changing wheel/tyre sizes on speedo reading.
La vie passe vite: vivez la avec elan(s).

Elan S4 DHC 1969
Elan SE turbo 1992
Evora 2010 NOW SOLD
MB E250 CDi coupe 2013
Boardman Endurance SLR 9.4 disc 2018
Rapido 746 2010
User avatar
Fredjohn
God
 
Posts: 2278
Joined: Tue 21.08.2012, 00:30
Location: Malvern, Worcs

Re: New member from Australia

Postby chrism » Wed 01.02.2023, 18:15

Yep, point taken. Usually larger wheels 'look' larger (eg the Rover 17"-ers) but these seem to be a very natural fit (to my eye) in the w/arches. I'd be interested to know if it's a d-i-y prospect to grind of that .5mm of bore size.
User avatar
chrism
Fanatic
 
Posts: 316
Joined: Sun 16.01.2022, 14:36
Location: Pulborough, West Sussex

Re: New member from Australia

Postby exeterjeep » Wed 01.02.2023, 18:51

I bought a cheap router to increase the bore on a set of MG wheels
exeterjeep
Tinkerer
 
Posts: 92
Joined: Sun 14.11.2021, 13:04
Location: Exeter, Devon

Re: New member from Australia

Postby chrism » Wed 01.02.2023, 19:07

Gotta pic or item suggestion, please?
User avatar
chrism
Fanatic
 
Posts: 316
Joined: Sun 16.01.2022, 14:36
Location: Pulborough, West Sussex

Re: New member from Australia

Postby bmw02rally » Thu 02.02.2023, 06:19

Mine were already done by the guy that had them previously and I actually got the wheels and tyres really cheap because none of the Mini guys wanted them lol.

0.5 of a Millimeter is such a small measurement (accept for guys that work with open-wheelers of course haha) that many people get away with using a dremel like tool. I wouldn't personally because I have a mate with the correct access to more accurate tools.

The wheels haven't caused any issues for me but then I haven't driven the car much and compared to my native lanes of South Wales, the roads in Australia don't really show up any issues. Being an ex-rally try hard for 30 years I'm used to driving around problems as well haha.
bmw02rally
Newbie
 
Posts: 6
Joined: Tue 23.08.2022, 07:40

Re: New member from Australia

Postby bmw02rally » Thu 02.02.2023, 06:25

Andy C wrote:G'day Mark,

Welcome to the (rather exclusive) Aussie M100 club!

If you ever go for a drive to Nth NSW (I'm at Inverell) .. let me know and we can share some roads, a beer and some M100 chatter

:drunk:


Cool Andy, yep if I travel south I will look you up. :smt023
bmw02rally
Newbie
 
Posts: 6
Joined: Tue 23.08.2022, 07:40

Next

Return to New Members - Introductions

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest

cron