Small (or maybe not) project. 91 elan

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Re: Small (or maybe not) project. 91 elan

Postby muley » Sun 16.05.2021, 10:52

Having had a significant number of Elan parts powder coated, please make sure the items are etch primed as part of the process. Some of mine weren't and the result was very poor.
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Re: Small (or maybe not) project. 91 elan

Postby Saltire » Sun 16.05.2021, 14:40

Might be worth speaking to Polybush or Kelvedon. I think I got some of my poly bushes from Kelvedon, although I stuck to OEM rubber as far as possible.

My local zinc plater is Doug Taylor. They’re a fair distance from you in the north-east, although they do collect and deliver. I’ve never used them for anything as big as a wishbone, though.
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Re: Small (or maybe not) project. 91 elan

Postby dapinky » Sun 16.05.2021, 14:52

Joao,

I understand your thoughts on the rear wishbones - but still feel that a dip in Phosphoric acid, followed by hand-painting them with Satin Black POR-15 is going to give you the best 'bang for buck'. Powder coating will look great - but I don't know how long for - and it's hard to touch up later down the line.

As for the bushes, then you're limited to the 2 places you have looked at - SJ's & SWL. (Unless there are now any other manufacturers for them). Back when the bushes were developed, an agreement was made between the three parties involved (the manufacturer and 2 retailers) that the funding for the development would be provided in return for sole (split?) rights to retail. As such, the items from either place will be identical, and it is a matter of sitting down with both websites and deciding who will give the best deal (after postage is added) for what you need. It may be that all from one place is best for you, or some from each..... but it won't be a lot different, as the gentlemen's agreement between them is to sell for a comparable price. Some may only be available from one or the other - but they all come from exactly the same supplier (who I know personally, and have used for the last 30+ years).
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Re: Small (or maybe not) project. 91 elan

Postby Tuga2112 » Sun 13.06.2021, 19:18

its been a while, but i have made my mind up as far as the wishbones.
Those will be powder coated.
Im expecting those to be done by thursday, i will upload pictures whenever i get them back.

Today I Made a little more progress and removed the Fuel Tank. At the moment the only thing behind me and the rust that needs to be addressed on the rear of the outriggers is the fibreglass.
I Need to order some fibreglass repair kits, but apart from that, the real thing that stops my progress is the fear of not being able to finish the job.

Is there anyone in the forum who has fixed the rear of the outriggers behind the rear panel that i could look up their experience and learn as much as possible in order to get that little bit extra confidence needed in order to tackle the job.

Im also looking at the rear suspension and thinking of taking out the upper arms and anti rollbar, and give those some rust prevention treatment. it doesnt make sense to go through al the work for the wishbones and leave the rest as is.

Some pictures of the Fuel Tank.
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Re: Small (or maybe not) project. 91 elan

Postby muley » Mon 14.06.2021, 03:15

I can understand your trepidation in doing the next step

I am fairly happy dealing with fibreglass having mended holes in 60s classic cars and repairing/cladding a fair sized clinker built boat.

Judging by the other stuff you've done ~ you'll be fine.

ETA I sold one of my first M100s because I put my hand down behind the B pillar and pulled out a fistful of red rust...

Get stuck in with your cutting disk ! Fibreglassing and filler can hide a multitude of sins.
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Re: Small (or maybe not) project. 91 elan

Postby Tuga2112 » Mon 19.07.2021, 20:51

progress has been made a few weeks ago.

after that happened Ive removed ALL the front and rear suspension arms. and im getting them powder coated

Currently im looking at the triangulation arms and wondering if the inner sleeves are supposed to come out or not before putting the bushings from SJS

The SJS part im talking about is this ~(code SJ100C0009)
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and heres a quick video i took bfore i was finished with sorting out the outriggers.
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Re: Small (or maybe not) project. 91 elan

Postby Tuga2112 » Sat 21.08.2021, 21:40

im not finally in the process of removing the paint from the car.

I Have used a random orbital sander with 60 grit for the easy to reach parts and then tried soda blasting the tricky ones.
after soda blasting failed i moved on to using sand instead, which had some effect but still wasnt good enough to get to the original primer from the facotry.

Ive received a tip from a owner (who i dont know if hes in the forum or not, but he is in the faceook groups) suggesting to use metal scrapers for the bulk of the paint.

so before paying up 35 quid for the suggested tool i tried carefully to do the same using a flathead screwdriver.
This is roughly how much progress i made in a hour in an area that the sander would have limited effect.

im not quite sure if its the way forward, but it sure feels more productive, and keeping up the motivation has its own merits.



I Have also fitted the Bosch/02 Mercedes C Class W203 C220 2.2 CDI Auxiliary Water Pump 2038350064 that Phill suggested.
Mine was ordered from AutoDoc and didnt have cable to connect to the existing plug. so i have recorded the task and will be posting here to help anyone who intends to fit one in the future before i make it availalbe on youtube
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