Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by GeoffTE » Wed Dec 31, 2014 12:36 pm

Thanks, but the problem with the Elan is the depth of the radio, most common radios are too deep. I think that the Blaupunkt, even the older ones, is one of these. There is only 125 mm or so to work with, but thanks for the offer anyway.


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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by GeoffTE » Wed Jan 07, 2015 9:36 pm

Finished off the electrics ( thank goodness) and I think that everything now works. Not without the usual anguish though :w The horn on the Elan is a strange arrangement in that the central horn button when pressed earths against the central column. This, in turn. can only be earthed if a by-pass wire is connected from the rack across the U/J joint at it's base. This U/J has rubber grommets which insulates it from the column, hence the need to by-pass. I also had problems with the indicators, which, although I checked and rechecked, it STILL turned out to be B.......EARTHS ! :evil: Mind you the flasher unit also failed half way through which threw further confusion into the mix. So steering wheel fitted and gear lever in
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The steering wheel is a bit on the large side I know, but it is an original and these days these command a four figure sum :shock: IF you can find one!

I've also fitted the original Marsten radiator, which are also like rocking horse poo to find these days
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Coming together quite nicely now, although I'm in constant pain these days :cry: I have to do a few jobs underneath the car next; connect up slave cylinder, speedo cable and a few other bits, but the main job is the exhaust. I've managed to get the car up on the car ramps at the front, which give me a bit more room, but crawling underneath is hard !!!....and getting out again even harder :roll: :D Still when this is done there really isn't any excuse for putting off trying to start her up! Always an anxious part of a resto I always think !


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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by MikeyBikey » Wed Jan 07, 2015 10:03 pm

Brilliant stuff geoff.


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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by Elizabeth's dad » Wed Jan 07, 2015 10:48 pm

Stunning work Geoff. You'll need to dress like Emma Peel (in the black & white series) when you drive it!


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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by GeoffTE » Wed Jan 07, 2015 11:06 pm

Yes Jim, I've already bought the black leather cat suit :mrgreen: ......my problem is I can no longer get into it after all the Christmas fare : lol: :lol: :lol:


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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by Elizabeth's dad » Wed Jan 07, 2015 11:17 pm

I look forward to our next meeting. :wink:


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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by Scimher » Thu Jan 08, 2015 1:01 pm

...Great stuff!....The horn arrangement, steering column joint hoo-hah, all sounds like my little Herald - I presume there was more in common than just the front suspension.
At least all this scrambling around will be keeping you 'young & nubile', Geoff!!!...Plus, of course, working off the 'Christmas fare'.....................



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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by GeoffTE » Fri Mar 06, 2015 10:19 pm

Update on the Elan rebuild. Exhaust system fitted (not without issues as usual :roll: ), brakes bled....eventually....front calipers needed swapping left to right to allow proper bleeding :oops:, attempted engine start, but initially no fuel flow. Fitted one of those rubber primer bulbs that are used on marine outboard engines and primed the carbs before attempting a start. Pressed the button and.....immediate start :hurrah: (Thinking of fitting one to SAR) Some tiny adjustment on the dizzy and tickover/mixture and she ran well. Lots and lots of smoke as surplus oil on the exhausts etc burnt off, but she always starts first time now....very very chuffed :mrgreen: One problem was that the tacho was reading too high, about double the correct revs I reckoned. I fitted Accuspark electronic ignition and reading up and asking advice it seems this was the issue. I was able to take the tacho apart, halve the turns on the coil and adjust the revs. All now well, although I've had to return the new combined oil/water gauge as it was faulty :( Still waiting for the replacement :( :(
Getting close to fitting out the interior and rebuilding the doors. Already had the door handles re-chromed and some window channel remanufactured in polished stainless sttel. Should anyone be interested in a fuller account of the rebuild and the issues I've had then visit:-
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then; Elan Discussions
then; Restoration of S2 Elan EOK, by "Geoffers71"
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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by MikeyBikey » Sat Mar 07, 2015 10:16 pm

Geoff. Looks Fantastic.

I've seen it in the flesh and it really is a testament to your excellent work. Brilliant stuff.


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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by wes wilson » Sun Mar 08, 2015 11:08 am

just finished the thread
just stunning diana rigg would be chuffed as im sure u are
not sure about the apple white paint though//
really loving what you have acheived such patience is a rare thing well done /wes



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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by Roger Pennington » Sun Mar 08, 2015 12:48 pm

Looking good, Geoff (mind you, we'd expect nothing less from you! ) :D


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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by GeoffTE » Sun Mar 08, 2015 8:38 pm

Aw shucks Roger, you say the nicest things :oops: The colour by BTW is Lotus Cirrus white, for some reason my photos are coming out with a green tint :?


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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by wes wilson » Sun Mar 08, 2015 8:48 pm

GeoffTE wrote:Aw shucks Roger, you say the nicest things :oops: The colour by BTW is Lotus Cirrus white, for some reason my photos are coming out with a green tint :?
was only jossing fella the car looks amazing i hope u are as happy with it as u deserve to be when u get to drive it :) :D



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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by Coco La Blanc » Tue Mar 10, 2015 11:28 am

Geoff,
Begs a drive ---- Pleeeeeeaase ????? It looks absolutely superb ! 8) :) :) 8)



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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by GeoffTE » Tue Mar 10, 2015 11:49 am

Weeeeeelllllll......I dunno Viv.....the experience might be just too much for you :lol: :lol: :lol: :wink:


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