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Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:12 am PostPost subject: Lotus Elan
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Here's the latest garage addition, my father's 69 Lotus Elan. It's been parked up for the last 16 years or so but it's time to get it back on the road!

Last time it had tax on it was 2001 according to the expired discs. Thankfully it was kept in their garage which also houses the boiler so dry environment that never gets properly freezing even in winter.

Going to experiment with some vlogging on this one as well as pictures. Here's how it stands at the moment:












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Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:35 am PostPost subject:
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Very pretty little cars and worth a fortune now. It looks a fairly complete, tidy car! It'll make a lovely project.

Its a shame its got the Stromberg version of the Twink head, but at least it's a Twink.

If you need any info, the Historic Lotus Register is a good source.
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Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:53 pm PostPost subject:
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Project intro video: https://youtu.be/474wLMxTjXg
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Sat Aug 11, 2018 1:35 pm PostPost subject:
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That's cool.
Just a weekend car once finished or are you planning in showing it?
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Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:44 pm PostPost subject:
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No idea as yet, my dad’s gradually easing himself in to retirement so want to have it available for him to use and get some enjoyment out of.

It got parked up in 2001 iirc after he’d just spent a wad getting the engine plumbing looked at and the electric window fixed. He took it out for a drive, the window stuck down then it slightly overheated, so got thrown back in the garage in a rage. Electric window shouldn’t be a hard fix and I have a few ideas on the cooling system based on what Kenny Allan’s classic sports & saloons race Elan used to run.
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Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:47 am PostPost subject:
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Always really like the look of these.

Hopefully the bodywork is in pretty decent shape, a normal Elan must be bad enough to get panels for, never mind that one!
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Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:13 pm PostPost subject:
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It's all fibreglass, its the chassis you need to worry about!
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Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:23 pm PostPost subject:
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Fair enough, never knew they were fibreglass.
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Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:00 pm PostPost subject:
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The window seals on the car have not aged well, in addition to that, the boot seal was always terrible. As a kid I washed the car for my dad once and the entire boot got soaked when I was a little too enthusiastic with the pressure washer.

Given that, and the drivers side window being stuck down, it had to be a waterless wash to get the dirt and dust off, letting me get a look at how the paint is underneath.

Bit of YouTube research and I was good to go, the detailer's favourite: quick detailer spray and a micro fibre towel (or two)

The dirt was proper stuck to the paint, hence I went a bit heavy with the QD spray but it all came off quite well in the end. Used 1 microfibre for the dirt removal, folding regularly to minimise the amount of dirt getting wiped over the paint. Then used a second microfibre to buff off the residue and clear out some of the more fiddly bits.






I appear to have entirely skipped pictures during the process since I was mucking about videoing it.






Also have the glass a going over with glass cleaner on a jay cloth then buffed with another microfibre.

Here's the video of the stages:

https://youtu.be/6eWqYhrGZGs
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Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:25 pm PostPost subject:
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That's a lovely looking car. Really interested to see how you progress. Keep the updates coming.
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