Our Elan Gets a Decklid
May 24, 2016 update to the Lotus Elan project car
The one piece we were still missing on our Lotus Elan project was a Series 1 or 2 decklid. And until we found one, we were not willing to begin the repair of the rear section of the body.
The last thing we wanted to deal with was getting the back of the body all put back together, only to realize the decklid did not fit properly.
Fortunately, about a month ago we got a call from one of our readers who lived near Traverse City, Michigan. He had a spare decklid he would sell us for $100.
How ironic. In this whole big country we found the decklid for such a rare car some 30 miles from where we found the car itself. Perhaps this was the actual decklid from our car?
A friend at nearby Hagerty stopped by and picked the decklid up and shipped it to us. It was in perfect condition and would allow us to move forward and begin the arduous task of putting our Elan back together.
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Somewhere on the deck lid there should be a body number. I can't remember exactly where, but I can try to check mine when I get home. All my parts had the same number, except now the bonnet is hanging in the garage with the gaping scoop and an aftermarket one is on the car.
I didn't see a number, but I will check again.
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