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Re: Mellow Yellow

PostPosted: Wed 08.04.2009, 17:04
by lotos
Valve stems are in!

BBS valve stems.jpg
BBS Valve stems - $4.50 / piece from Tire Rack
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Now I just need to find some new tires...

Re: Mellow Yellow

PostPosted: Thu 09.04.2009, 07:18
by Doug
lotos wrote:FYI for those interested - Tire Rack has the BBS valve stems in stock, they're $4.50 a piece, $30 total including shipping for four.


that's either some messed up math, or someone got bent over for shipping of 4 small bits??!!

Re: Mellow Yellow

PostPosted: Thu 09.04.2009, 17:23
by lotos
Ended up ringing me $8 for shipping, so the total was $26. Gotta love the world we live in - $8 to ship under a pound. UPS and FedEx need to revise their light parcel rates.

Re: Mellow Yellow

PostPosted: Wed 15.04.2009, 18:35
by lotos
Once they arrive... I'll finally install the new wheels, fix the headlight motor while the wheel's off..

Then I just need to install the short shift and the new stereo/gps/bluetooth. And of course buy a whole lot of other things still (chip, bov, brakes, exhaust). But we're getting there!

Re: Mellow Yellow

PostPosted: Sun 26.04.2009, 03:56
by lotos
The date is set for next Saturday for my buddy to help me out by bringing the Elan into his shop bay. The main goal is the new wheel/tire setup, but I'm bringing along the headlight repair kit and the short-shift kit as well so I'm optimistic to whittle down my to-do list quite a bit in a week's time!

Re: Mellow Yellow

PostPosted: Sun 26.04.2009, 04:17
by tigerdog
Good luck, Randy! Take lots of pictures and post them, Specky / Nitroman style. Since your Fed car was nearly completely stock when you bought it, documenting what you find may help many of us down the road. Even with minor projects, every photo is helpful to someone sooner or later. Enjoy the new tyres, too!

Re: Mellow Yellow

PostPosted: Tue 05.05.2009, 11:46
by max and andy
When we put the new wheel on that we bought. Kwickfit put the valve in as the photo above. With the nut at the top. Should it be the other way around? As is we find it hard to put the air nozzle on enough to tell how much air is in? Plus should the nut not be up against the alloy to stop it going into the wheel. Plus Max can't get her Power Fairy valve caps to fit as is. :-D A&M

Re: Mellow Yellow

PostPosted: Fri 08.05.2009, 02:08
by max and andy
The good news is i managed to turn the nut holding the valve around and now we can see how much air has been put in. Oh and Max's Fairy Power valve caps fit again :? . The only problem is the nut is not very tight as everything turns when the nut starts to get tight. It probable should of been nipped up proper when the tyre was off. Is this my second Elan fix or am i kidding myself again? Andy

Re: Mellow Yellow

PostPosted: Tue 12.05.2009, 18:27
by lotos
Finally got my new wheels installed (and fixed the headlight motor, too) !! Thanks for all of the help with the appurtenances, everything worked out great.

It was great to have the car on the lift and really get a chance to see something other than shocking yellow paint :mrgreen: I'm pleased to say the car is in excellent condition, not even a scrape or scratch on the underside (other than the chin lip painted area but you can't even see it unless the car is on a lift...) The boots all are still sealed and flexible, and only a small bit of oil seepage from the oil pan gasket. Once we cleaned up the area under the engine, it looks possibly like new and I'm relieved. Even the brake pads have life left in them. The muffler has some cracking issues, but nothing to worry about and I'll probably get a new exhaust system one of these days.

The usual white crap in the headlight motor:
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Powderized headlight bushings
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And finally - all done! Back in the parking lot with new wheels:
new-wheels.jpg
All done! S2 Wheels
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We didn't have time for the short shift kit this time, but soon soon soon! The long throw is really annoying.

Re: Mellow Yellow

PostPosted: Wed 20.05.2009, 06:55
by algirdas
Dear Randy:

Are you going to the LOCO meeting this month? I have your door cheaters.

Sincerely,

Algirdas

Re: Mellow Yellow

PostPosted: Tue 26.05.2009, 18:15
by lotos
algirdas wrote:Dear Randy:

Are you going to the LOCO meeting this month? I have your door cheaters.

Sincerely,

Algirdas

Algirdas - Sorry I missed your post here! I'll be there tonight and I appreciate you hauling those triangles back from UK for me! See you in a few hours.

- Randy

Re: Mellow Yellow

PostPosted: Mon 29.06.2009, 21:53
by lotos
Still haven't fumbled with the fan - been really busy lately! But I did notice that it's only super-loud and obnoxious with the A/C on....

I took my wife on a surprise trip to Toronto and Niagara Falls for our 9th anniversary (she didn't find out the destination until she read it on the airport gate sign!), but NOW, I can finally install the short shift kit and the AB Cables...

Re: Mellow Yellow

PostPosted: Mon 29.06.2009, 21:57
by superbad
Cool pic! Wish I could have made it...

Re: Mellow Yellow

PostPosted: Mon 29.06.2009, 22:01
by Elanlover
lotos wrote: I took my wife on a surprise trip to Toronto and Niagara Falls for our 9th anniversary (she didn't find out the destination until she read it on the airport gate sign!)



Shoulda let me know (as I'm in Toronto)! Hmmm........probably wouldn't have wanted me around for the anniversary dinner though :smt057

Re: Mellow Yellow

PostPosted: Mon 29.06.2009, 22:47
by tigerdog
Hi Randy! Excellent photo - I love the yellow Elan against the green and tan of the track. Sounds like you had a great time!

Re: Mellow Yellow

PostPosted: Mon 29.06.2009, 22:55
by nitroman
lotos wrote:The usual white crap in the headlight motor:
Image


We are all just dupes for a notorious British crack cocaine cartel!

Re: Mellow Yellow

PostPosted: Mon 29.06.2009, 23:27
by Monty
Hey Randy, Good to see you`ve been out on Track :smt023

Re: Mellow Yellow

PostPosted: Mon 29.06.2009, 23:55
by lotos
superbad wrote:Cool pic! Wish I could have made it...

Me too! What shape's your Elan in right now?

Elanlover wrote:Shoulda let me know (as I'm in Toronto)! Hmmm........probably wouldn't have wanted me around for the anniversary dinner though :smt057

Oh, wish I had known, we were sort of running out of things to do during the *day* ... ;) We JUST MISSED all the insane strikes!



nitroman wrote:We are all just dupes for a notorious British crack cocaine cartel!

Funny... everytime I have been through customs, it all goes smoothly and we joke, "Why didn't we smuggle a few suitcases full of <something>???"

Re: Mellow Yellow

PostPosted: Tue 30.06.2009, 01:22
by superbad
lotos wrote:Me too! What shape's your Elan in right now?


I would feel kind of nervous tracking it until the cam belt has been done (it's OK on miles, but not on time). The tires suck. And like yours, it's got stock brakes and suspension. So I would have just been puttering around, but it was my wife's birthday party, so I couldn't go anyway. My dad was up there though, I think he was doing driving instruction. Probably took the dark grey Aston.

Re: Mellow Yellow

PostPosted: Tue 30.06.2009, 01:26
by lotos
superbad wrote:Probably took the dark grey Aston.

Yep, and it ran nonstop all day! Funny, he was behind us on the way home and we pulled over to put the top up at my wife's insistence.. he pulled into the gas station after us to check on us and make sure we were alright. "Afraid of rain or something?" "Nope, sunburn" He laughed and drove off.