Reconditioning Lizzie Lotus

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Reconditioning Lizzie Lotus

Postby plannerphil » Thu 05.05.2022, 04:35

Thanks to some help from FunElan, today I purchased a Elan M100 in British Racing Green with around 53,000 miles. I paid $13,000. Here she is! I'm thinking her name will be Lizzie.

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FunElan's post from a year ago described the car's various needs. In this thread I'm going to document my experience getting the car reconditioned and share the costs. I don't expect to do much of the work myself. Hopefully this thread will provide potential buyers with some helpful data and some entertainment for the rest of you. :D

Based on our inspections, here's my to-do list:
  1. Replace at least one CV boot
  2. Fix a leak around the cam sensor
  3. Replace a leaky valve cover gasket
  4. Repair one headlight mechanism
  5. Replace the window seals (where they meet the tops of the doors)
  6. Repair one top catch
  7. Repair the split stop stowage cover
  8. Replace the top elastic
  9. Recondition both leather seats
In addition to those items, I want to improve the appearance of the paint, replace some other cosmetic bits, and upgrade the stereo.
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Re: Reconditioning Lizzie Lotus

Postby TorqueHorse » Thu 05.05.2022, 05:37

Well done! :clap:
'90 FED M100 -mid resto
Chassis Exterior FrSus RrSus Engine Trans Wheels Steering Brakes Cooling Fuel Ventilation Exhaust Interior
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Re: Reconditioning Lizzie Lotus

Postby FunElan » Thu 05.05.2022, 17:24

Looking forward to seeing the progress, glad this car was saved :-D

It's what inspired me to get one.
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Re: Reconditioning Lizzie Lotus

Postby esprit888 » Thu 05.05.2022, 19:42

I would also remove the two non factory driving lights, the one on the drivers side blocks the airflow to the intercooler, the one on the passenger side blocks the airflow through the oil cooler. Nice looking BRG, does it have the epoxy bleed through on the hood and doors? (mine sure did)
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Re: Reconditioning Lizzie Lotus

Postby Grosbard » Sat 07.05.2022, 02:52

Congrats, Phil! Look forward to meeting sometime, since I'm also in SoCal!!
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Re: Reconditioning Lizzie Lotus

Postby plannerphil » Sat 07.05.2022, 03:45

Harry at A1 Automotive Service, who seems to be the favorite SoCal Lotus mechanic, is going to do a thorough inspection of the car. However, he's not available until Tuesday. I just had to do something for Lizzie immediately so I took her to the detailer today. Below are a couple before and after collages. I'm especially impressed with how well the damaged clear coat on the top stowage lid and trunk lid buffed out. I paid $305 plus tip.

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Here she is freshly waxed. Those OZ wheels look gorgeous when they're shiny clean.
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Re: Reconditioning Lizzie Lotus

Postby plannerphil » Sat 07.05.2022, 03:49

Grosbard wrote:Congrats, Phil! Look forward to meeting sometime, since I'm also in SoCal!!


Yes, totally! I met FunElan the other day. Where are you located?
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Re: Reconditioning Lizzie Lotus

Postby 378S2 » Sat 07.05.2022, 04:15

Ah lovely and a manageable list of jobs there. Good luck with it!
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Re: Reconditioning Lizzie Lotus

Postby dapinky » Sat 07.05.2022, 09:44

From the pictures, I'd say that was $300 well spent - it looks great.

Your initial list of jobs contains nothing that is either impossible or overly-costly to sort out - and all can be done whilst still enjoying the car. I don't know how 'handy' you are, but I would do all of them myself.... but I know that not everyone has the inclination to spend a whole day fixing something that a mechanic could do in less than an hour for £50..... certainly there are jobs on there which even the most basic of tool-owners can accomplish with little spending, and a shortish timeframe...... your car, your choice.

Whatever you do or don't do yourself, enjoy the time spent with the car :D
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Re: Reconditioning Lizzie Lotus

Postby Grosbard » Tue 10.05.2022, 20:57

Sent you a PM. Your car looks beautiful! Which detailing place did you use? Useful info to file away in case I ever need it!
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