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    Parts gathering for the S-3 Elan

    Will be bringing the wee beastie home in a couple weeks. A body-off plan in the works... "Let the Games Begin!"

    Assembling the list. Rimmer looks to be the go-to for headlight and turn signal switches, early Spitfire bits!

    The pile begins to enlarge.
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    Re: Parts gathering for the S-3 Elan

    Best of luck! Is this a second S3?
    Roger
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    Re: Parts gathering for the S-3 Elan

    Paul Matty Sports Cars from my old stomping ground is a really good parts source, as well. Been Lotus dealers forever, and have an excellent reputation. In addition, the exchange rate of dollars to the pound is currently in your favour.

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    Re: Parts gathering for the S-3 Elan

    Original S-3, acquired in 1972. Was my daily driver for over a couple decades, would alternate between it and the +2. Both have suffered frame damage and been dormant too long. Spent too many years restoring Other People's Cars! Now it's MY turn.

    THX, Steve. I've been "casing" the FB Lotus groups, even know a couple of the posters there. Makes the planet a bit smaller, IYSWIM.
    '64 MGB, '67 Lotus Elan S-3 DHC,'69 Lotus Elan +2
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    Re: Parts gathering for the S-3 Elan

    [QUOTE=DrEntropy;1131530]Original S-3, acquired in 1972. Was my daily driver for over a couple decades, would alternate between it and the +2. Both have suffered frame damage and been dormant too long. Spent too many years restoring Other People's Cars! Now it's MY turn.

    I am rearing the same point in my life. I am glad for you. Let me know if you need anything brought over.
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    Re: Parts gathering for the S-3 Elan

    Quote Originally Posted by Grantura_MKI View Post
    I am rearing the same point in my life. I am glad for you. Let me know if you need anything brought over.
    We'll talk soon, sir. I appreciate the offer.
    '64 MGB, '67 Lotus Elan S-3 DHC,'69 Lotus Elan +2
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    Re: Parts gathering for the S-3 Elan

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    Paul Matty Sports Cars from my old stomping ground is a really good parts source, as well. Been Lotus dealers forever, and have an excellent reputation. In addition, the exchange rate of dollars to the pound is currently in your favour.
    I'm in the midst of putting my Plus 2 back in order or at least trying to do the same. The good news is that the exchange is very favorable right now. The bad is that most suppliers are working on a very limited basis if at all. Phone was by far the best if way to contact the usual UK Lotus suppliers even before COVID restrictions. Email is hit or miss and mostly miss, at least with me.

    Dave Bean in California was still at least taking orders last I knew.

    As hinted in the original post, the majority of my replacement parts have come from Triumph suppliers.

    Good luck with the S 3 DrE, it's a gem.

    Tom
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