The Big Lotus Elan Detailing Thread

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Re: The Big Lotus Elan Detailing Thread

Postby DavieBow » Sun 05.08.2018, 12:35

Then on to the the radiators and housing , you can see in the pictures how the salt erosion had taken effect and everything was looking a bit tired .
i took everything apart , steam cleaned rust proofed and coated the framework in the stone guard then installed new coolant radiator , air con radiator and fans. I also uprated all the air con set up to take the modern gas type as the OEM set up is now illegal to use .

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Although still functioning correctly you can see how corroded the old fans were
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New air con radiator going in
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New coolant fans
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Re: The Big Lotus Elan Detailing Thread

Postby DavieBow » Sun 05.08.2018, 12:41

The steering rack was then sent away for refurbishment then powder coated to match the rest of the suspension and running gear

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Re: The Big Lotus Elan Detailing Thread

Postby DavieBow » Sun 05.08.2018, 12:48

all coolant , turbo and vacuum hoses were replaced with Samco silicone hoses.

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Re: The Big Lotus Elan Detailing Thread

Postby DavieBow » Sun 05.08.2018, 12:51

Front off side suspension built after restoration and refurbishment of arms , links , hubs , bearings , bushes etc.

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Re: The Big Lotus Elan Detailing Thread

Postby DavieBow » Sun 05.08.2018, 12:56

Then onto the exhaust system , to go with the Piper down pipe , i added their 2.5" single box system.

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Re: The Big Lotus Elan Detailing Thread

Postby DavieBow » Sun 05.08.2018, 13:07

More cosmetic stuff , this time onto the bonnet , the sound deadening had perished so that was replaced and also the surround /support part finished in the stone guard , then new washer jets and silicone hose.

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Re: The Big Lotus Elan Detailing Thread

Postby DavieBow » Sun 05.08.2018, 13:09

Then all 4 wheels stripped and refurbished

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Re: The Big Lotus Elan Detailing Thread

Postby dapinky » Sun 05.08.2018, 13:33

WILL YOU PLEASE STOP :shock:


.... All this (excellent) work has served only to show me what mine could look like if I were to do it all again (okay, so I did similar stuff 3-4 years ago, but not to the same level of finish).


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Re: The Big Lotus Elan Detailing Thread

Postby Fredjohn » Sun 05.08.2018, 14:55

:agree:!

Lovely work.
Just a minor point: beware of silicone intake hoses. The Samco ones were known to delaminate and get sucked into the engine. You may of course have used a different brand.
Once back on road you must come to the Midlands monthly LEC meet to show it off! Not so far from Wolverhampton.
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Re: The Big Lotus Elan Detailing Thread

Postby DavieBow » Sun 05.08.2018, 15:00

dapinky wrote:WILL YOU PLEASE STOP :shock:


.... All this (excellent) work has served only to show me what mine could look like if I were to do it all again (okay, so I did similar stuff 3-4 years ago, but not to the same level of finish).


(Nice work 8) )


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Re: The Big Lotus Elan Detailing Thread

Postby DavieBow » Sun 05.08.2018, 15:03

Fredjohn wrote::agree:!

Lovely work.
Just a minor point: beware of silicone intake hoses. The Samco ones were known to delaminate and get sucked into the engine. You may of course have used a different brand.
Once back on road you must come to the Midlands monthly LEC meet to show it off! Not so far from Wolverhampton.


Yes I was aware of that , I spoke to Samco directly and they said that they had changed the design of the internals a long time back so they don’t have that issue any more .

I’ll definitely be up for attending one of the meets , I’ve got about 3 days work left to put it alll back together , I just haven’t got 3 days spare at work until mid September :(
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