View Full Version : GEM of an ELAN

06-01-2004, 07:26 PM
Dont usually travel here, but offered to help a good friend get his elan running.... God hates me. My friend won't return my calls,tho if I were him I would'nt answer my phone either.

06-02-2004, 07:40 PM
finally got it kinda running, took it out for a high speed run, wheel fell off pulling into the drive way. Far more to this story than I care to talk about,but I want to say that I could straighten a can of worms with less trouble. PS... thrilling when it was on song.

06-02-2004, 10:06 PM
... wheel fell off pulling into the drive way...

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Did someone get stung by the "backwards" Elan knock-off hubs?

06-03-2004, 03:50 AM
Yes I was thinking that myself... /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazyeyes.gif

06-03-2004, 11:48 AM
Well, not sure,after several runs,asked him about twitchy handling, was told elans were very sensetive,...GUESS SO. I am a TR MG ALFA owner/driver,what do I know. Actually he was working on the car years ago,then parked it with things left undone. I guess I should have checked his unfinished work better.

Dave Thielke
06-17-2004, 06:13 PM
I sure don't remember them being this way if they were set up right. Sensetive, sure, that's what they were built for and why we bought them.
Re: The wheel nuts, the reason for the backwards direction from what we are used to on the MG, Triumph and Jaguars is for the tendancy for the wheel to walk around the splined hub on the inside surface of the retaining nut. This had a tightening effect on the nut. On the Lotus, the bevel was on the outside of the nut, so the effect was in the opposite direction. This had me puzzled at first when I went from Elites to Elans with Knockoffs. I remember having several cars come into our shop that had the hubs reassembled incorrectly when people had the suspension apart and weren't aware of this.
Dave T

Super 7
07-22-2004, 11:34 PM
I found it very difficult to tighten the knock offs properly on my first Elan. I lined the later "nut" type much better.

I felt pretty bad trying to pound the knock off tight with a brass hammer and hitting the alloy wheel by mistake. ouch

I don't know of any twichy handling, but in a Lotus you do have to loose the habit of turning the wheel BEFORE you want to turn. There is no waiting on response to steering inputs, and it takes getting used to.

When my rims loosened up, they made noise and never came close to falling off. I did have to buy a new rim once though. The last one Dave Bean had, suposedly.

07-22-2004, 11:48 PM
I never found the Elan to be "twitchy". I would say "precise" would be a better term, and you had to stay ahead of it or it could bite you.
The 26R's were wonderful!