Restoration Impossible: Removing the Rear Hubs

Jun 27, 2017 update to the Lotus Elan project car

This is what the rear hub on a Lotus Elan looks like. Our’s is cracked, so you can actually see the spindle inside of the hub. We would need a special tool to more easily take the rear hub off the spindle and upright.

As we were disassembling our project Lotus Elan, we came to the rear hubs. We realized that they would be much easier to remove with the hub removal kit that Lotus dealers used back in the day. Our aim was to remove them without doing too much damage, so we decided that discretion would be the better part of valor.

Fortunately, Sevens & Elans, (formerly of Massachusetts) had recently relocated to sunny Florida in nearby St. Augustine.

We called owner Christopher Tchorznicki who happened to be following this build. He had the tool and generously agreed to let us borrow it and show us how to use it.

With the proper tool, we were able to extricate the rear hubs from the uprights without any damage, despite the fact they had been out in the weather for nearly 40 years without any love and care.

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bentwrench
June 27, 2017 9:17 p.m.

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