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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by philhoward » Tue Mar 10, 2015 12:37 pm

GeoffTE wrote:Weeeeeelllllll......I dunno Viv.....the experience might be just too much for you :lol: :lol: :lol: :wink:
You've not seen Viv driving on an autotest then... :mrgreen:


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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by Coco La Blanc » Tue Mar 10, 2015 4:26 pm

HeHe,
2015 4th May - Goodwood 'Jaguar Driver's Club Trackday' should also sort a few cobwebs !!! OOOooohhh up against some 'E' Types/Etc.....
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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by MikeyBikey » Mon Mar 16, 2015 9:44 pm

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

There's a queue

Geoff said he thought my sympathetic driving stylee would run her in a treat


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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by GeoffTE » Mon Mar 16, 2015 9:53 pm

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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by GeoffTE » Tue Apr 14, 2015 10:04 am

Here's an update for anyone interested :D I've just about finished fitting out the interior trim, not without some difficult, but hey what's new :roll:
In the early Elans, S1 and S2, a rubberised matting was used over the underfelt, it's affectional known as Alligator skin (or Elephant/Frog/ toad skin according to your inclination) not carpet. This can only be obtained from one supplier in America and is very expensive (nearly £1000 inc delivery :shock: ). Luckily mine had already been purchased and came with the boxes of bits. Here's some pics
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Quite pleased with how that has all come out in the end.Not without the usual aggrevation :w . Just waiting for the seats to come back from the trimmers. Next I have to re-assemble and fit the doors with the window mechanism and trim. Getting closer to a finish :mrgreen:
BTW just had a valuation from Club Lotus for insurance purposes, Shhhh dont tell SWMBO £35k as it is at the mo :mrgreen:


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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by philhoward » Tue Apr 14, 2015 10:11 am

Beautiful, Geoff!


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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by Nick » Tue Apr 14, 2015 11:29 am

Value sounds reasonable. Paul Matty has Elans at over 40K.

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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by Roger Pennington » Tue Apr 14, 2015 11:37 am

Looks fantastic, Geoff! :D


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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by Coco La Blanc » Tue Apr 14, 2015 12:33 pm

Geoff,
Are you bringing that to the Le Mans 24Hrs this year ??? Currently 2 Sabre 1800Tis attending - that I know of !
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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by CNHSS1 » Tue Apr 14, 2015 1:25 pm

Geoff

great work as always 8)

just a quick question. Given that the club valuation is £35k, and assuming most cars sell for slightly less than the valuation (lets assume 30k?) are you likely to get back your investment in parts and services (ignoring your time as we all give that up to old cars FOC). When I restored an MGB in 1990ish, it cost me 7.5k-8k to build but was offered 10k for it with a club value higher still, so the resto was 'worth' it at the time. in recent years that's not been the case.

ive oftened wondered if I restored another classic (ignoring my penchant competing in scimitars which isn't likely to change ;-) ) whether id get my money back. If so, I suspect it would have to be another marque other than a scimitar as we all seem to pour mony into scimitars and the market still be low for them


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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by MikeyBikey » Tue Apr 14, 2015 2:40 pm

Well done Geoff.

Fantastic result.


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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by GeoffTE » Tue Apr 14, 2015 3:57 pm

Thanks chaps
Viv, Although I'd love to bring it to LM this year I'm afraid I won't be coming this year :( Matt and I had a joint Christmas present this year, weekend tickets for the Grand Prix at Silverstone 4th to 6th July, which unfortunately clashes. Really will miss your happy grin though :lol:
Chris, I don't mind everyone knowing that the car (in bits remember) cost me £14k, but that included a new chassis, mostly new suspension, new dash, engine bottom end and numerous other new bits and pieces including that matting that the PO had collected together to begin the rebuild. So far I reckon it will cost close to another £4-5k including all body prep and paint, which I did myself, new hood, windscreen, fuel tank, rotoflex' etc etc. So, yes for me definitely a good investment (as I justified myself to the Ayatollah at the time :mrgreen: ), but it all depends on what you have to pay for the original car. Even rough "barn finds" are asking silly money. I think I got a bargain in retrospect.
Nick, I've stuck with the doughnuts (Rotoflex) as I prefer them. Head has an SE cam and big valves on the inlet only ( read the thread again :roll: :mrgreen: )


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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by scimjim » Tue Apr 14, 2015 4:15 pm

Not the Le Mans Classic Geoff (which is next year) - Viv means the milk float race in June :-)


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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by GeoffTE » Tue Apr 14, 2015 4:50 pm

Ahh yes of course, silly ol' me :oops:


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Re: Restoration of 1965 Elan S2

Post by GeoffTE » Sat May 02, 2015 9:38 pm

Threatened you with the latest pics so here they are :)
First the doors had to be made up. Handles have been rechromed, door channels re-fabricated in stainless steel and new vinyl. Hardboard is used for the backing panels (can't say Lotus skimped on materials eh? :lol: )
First I fitted the sidewindows. These are simple manual lift mechanisms a la London Taxi. No winder or electric windows in the S2
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Fittin the back panel was a pain, but nothing that a restorer of GTEs can't cope with :lol:
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In the last pic you can also see I've fitted the newly refurbed seats. As I've reached the limit of 3 in this post I'll post more pics in a new post. Just sit still a mo and I'll be with you dreckly :)


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