The longest Elite Resto ? - probably

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Re: The longest Elite Resto ? - probably

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So, besides a 3rd door, I've also acquired a large pile of '2nd parts'.
Something quite unique for me though with these 'bits' , as it seems I have all the right bits, in all the right places to actually allow it to move under its own power (no pushing this one around - hopefully.).
Yehhhh. By the weekend, I should be finally a reborn lotus driver after 30 years of mundane motoring. Can't wait. ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
Tony
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Re: The longest Elite Resto ? - probably

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Brilliant! Well done. Looking forward to seeing it :D

Pete

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Re: The longest Elite Resto ? - probably

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Regular visitors will know I've had a few distraction over the summer (Well one large Silk Red distraction to be more accurate). I can't believe it's so long since I added something to this thread.
Fortunately I had a small part of my restoration "in the bank" and finally this week end I picked up the finished Powder coated unit. - It's the Water Header tank.

Earlier in the thread I commented that "plan C" was now to try and bring the car back to as close to standard as possible. My header tank had lost the main 5/8" water outlet at the bottom through a severe attack of tin worm. All new replacements were pattern parts, mainly made out of Aluminium. - Not much use if you want originality. Acquired an intact original from LB, but it's very rusty and even if sound now, would not have lasted much longer.

I'd acquired a short flared outlet pipe somewhere in the distant past, so a plan was hatched to remove the end plate, graft it into my old tank, shot blast, replace end plate then get powder coated..
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Took it along to a guy who convinced me he could do a neat job with MIG. Lesson 1 - He couldn't. Then took it to shot blast. Lesson 2, do the shot blast bit first in future. It would have served better in the kitchen as a colander than as a pressurised water tank :!: :!: :!:
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So time for a rethink.
Acquired a selection of metal stock with intent to fabricate an inner tank, external dimensions just smaller than the inside of the old colander.
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Many hours of cutting, drilling, filing later it was off to a guy who could do a TIG job this time, and what a job he did. Made me think I should have just got him to re fabricate a full tank - but then it wouldn't have been original would it !!
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More work with the file, hammer, drill etc, back to the welders, then finally a trip the the powder coater and "Bob's your uncle" - Simples....:
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There's a few holes to now fill with P38, then I'll respray with rattle can, but at least I know I have a good base for longer term protection. Overall, very happy with the end result.

When time permits, I'll put the full works into a separate thread on the forum.

Tony
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Re: The longest Elite Resto ? - probably

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Nice one Tony! Looks like new :D

Pete

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