Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
1/12/16 4:41 p.m.

With the arrival of our Lotus Elan project, we were advised by several folks to make a visit to Twin Cam Sportscars in nearby Sarasota, Florida.

When we walked in the door and saw the beautifully restored Series 2 Elan in the shop, we knew we were in the right place.

Owner Steve Smith was born in E…

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NOHOME PowerDork
1/13/16 8:53 a.m.

I will be interested in reading how much of the original car ends up in the finished project. I am guessing that in a two column itemized list, it would be the shorter column.

T.J. UltimaDork
1/13/16 9:27 a.m.

Sounds a bit like George Washington's axe.

AngryCorvair UltimaDork
1/13/16 11:05 a.m.

In reply to T.J.:

Did the axe have a VIN?

Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
1/15/16 12:05 p.m.

No, this is not turning into George Washington's axe. I am using most of the original body, some of the original frame and just collected some of the missing stuff. The car came with a clear title and since it hasn't been touched since 1978, what wasn't smashed is very original and unmolested and not even in that bad of shape. The engine and trans and differential are also original to the car

CertifiedLotus New Reader
1/19/16 9:48 a.m.

One of the main elements of any restoration is the sourcing of parts, many unobtainable. Looks like your well on you way Tim!

Glad you got to go to Ray's business location. It is very unusual location and a great drive for those of us that live in the vicinity. Plus you get to talk to one of the experts in the industry who has immense knowledge.

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