It has been a while so it’s about time I updated this…
The last few weeks have pretty much all been about refitting bits that I’ve been refurbishing, and getting it ready to go off for the front clam to be painted to rectify the shocking paint match on the driver’s side. The hot weather really slowed me down as I seem to prefer beer and BBQs in the garden to slogging away in the garage. Can’t think why 🍺
Tow Post and Driving lights:
New tow post fitted, and driving lights. I bought the kit from Eliseparts, powder coated stainless brackets, nylon bolts, stainless springs etc. Bizarrely the heads on the M8 nylon bolts for the adjustment of beam (3 each side) are a bit too big to fit into the recesses on the holes on the driving lights – so they had to be machined a bit (cue neighbour Alan to the rescue again – cheers Al). I have fed this back to Eliseparts and they are checking their stock/supplier as they shouldn’t be like this. It’s also quite annoying that they are white – as you would see some of them through the grille – so I’ve given them a quick blast of black paint. EP really need to sort this out, but to be fair Ian was very good when I spoke to him last week.
I fitted some of Dan's clear protectors (www.divinehandcraft.co.uk) and put brighter bulbs in the driving lights as well.
Windscreen washer hose:
The plastic tubing for the washer hose was looking worse for wear so I sourced some from eBay to replace it. If anyone wants to know the size, let me know, I have it somewhere.
Heater matrix & Fan blower:
I fitted a new foam seal to the heater matrix housing to get a good fit with the fan blower (thanks Phil) and reassembled it all, fitting a Tamiya style connector to the resistor/motor wiring which aids removal in future. I used stainless bolts & lock nuts where possible to replace the ageing rivets – some of which I had to drill out when I stripped it all anyway.
Getting it back in the car was no fun at all - you’ll know what I mean if you’ve done it - and naturally involved obligatory profanities and fluid spill (coolant) despite being quick with connecting the hoses when I removed the plugs from them. Good job the battery wasn’t fitted yet then…
New battery & earth strap clean:
I sourced a Varta Blue B18 battery as the existing one, despite being fitted only recently by the previous owner, didn’t have a high enough cold cranking amps (CCA) rating. Don’t you love it when people cut corners….🤪
I also fitted a new drain hose, cleaned up the earth strap to chassis connector for a good connection while the battery was out, and fitted some new foam padding stuff to the battery clamp for a snug fit (I added a bit more after taking the photo and it doesn’t slide around at all now).
Bonnet catch mechanism:
I refitted this with a new micro switch for the alarm, as the rubber boot had long since vanished. Amazing how well these bits turned out, they were pretty knackered when I removed them before stripping & refinishing etc.
Radiator finishing trim / cover:
Quick blast of primer & black paint on this, and refitted with stainless bolts.
Crash structure bracing brackets, clamshell A pillar brackets:
Again these were pretty corroded so having stripped and refinished them, I refitted them with stainless fixings (the rivets had to be drilled out for the crash box brackets when removing).
1st June – time for a blast in something different…
Why 1st June? After months of working on the yellow one, albeit steady and slow, it was time to get the Scandal S160 back on the road after a very long winter lay up and lock down of course. After a couple of great local blasts on the B-roads including meeting Rob E before he sold his red 160, I took it up to the Peak District for a good run – 170 miles no less. No matter how hard we tried we couldn’t seem to camouflage the first three cars against the hills on Winnats Pass though 😆
What has that got to do with the restoration of my yellow S1? Absolutely nothing.
More Interior bits & audio:
I sourced some original Senotex finish door cards to replace the leather trimmed ones that came in the car.
I don’t see the point of having a stereo in the Elise if it sounds rubbish – so having already upgraded the speakers, adding spacers, wadding etc, I fitted a bargain small Pioneer sub in the footwell, hidden behind a bit of black carpet using loads of wide super strong velcro. Bit of a ball ache to wire in, but a total transformation. Well worth it if you like your tunes now and again.
I also replaced some of the plastic scrivet fixing screws with proper screws where they aren’t seen, it makes them a heck of a lot easier to remove.
Wheel arch liners (F&R):
Couple of spire clips fitted to the front arch liners to replace the well nuts (not Lotus’s finest hour), and the same on the rear.
Managed to repair and reshape this mess with a heat gun on the rear one 👍
ARB drop links:
Stripped threads…only one thing to do with those..
Protectors for headlights & indicators:
As these parts are getting more and more scarce (and pricey) I thought it made sense to invest in some clear protectors to reduce the chance of shipping/cracking them from Dan at Divine Handcraft. I also have a set to put on the clear indicators on the 160 – a must as they are better than money in the bank nowadays…
As I mentioned earlier in this thread the RTX alternator seemed to whine, so I refitted the Magnetti Marelli one that I had refurbished in Leicester (before the latest lockdown that is!!) with a new regulator. No photos, I was swearing too much from start to finish for that 🥴
Bolt checks & shakedown:
After checking all the bolts for correct torque or tightness I took the car up the road with no clam on to test the brakes etc. All was good…..with a decent brake pedal – phew!
Front clam refit:
New stainless headlight brackets fitted, and refitted the lights etc to the front clam and superglued stainless shims onto the car, after a trial fit to get the shims right.
Finally then the clam went back on. It only spent 5 months on the dining table, what’s the problem, darling…….???
The wiper blade was OK (fairly recent) but the arm itself was a bit shabby / corroded. After a quick rub down, Kurust and black paint it’s like new again – good for another 100k miles…!
Off for paint:
With it all back together, I then had yet another setback with the paint guy in Oxfordshire I had lined up to do the front clam. He took on yet more work despite promising me I was next – so I’ve sacked him off.
I’ve found somewhere else to do the front clam – MRH in Lichfield – as recommended by Paul at PJS Lotus and a few others on MLOC as well.
As I write this the car is at the bodyshop, and I should get it back in a week or so. To keep costs down, at Martin’s suggestion, I removed the clam and driver’s door on site (with my ever-patient wife’s help of course) and will refit it when we go to pick it up. After all this work I wanted to be the one fitting the clam!
I didn’t realise they were going to paint a whole grit lorry in Mustard Yellow to match the paint for me 🙂
When I get it back it needs a Geo, and not much else – at the moment….