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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?
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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.
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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.
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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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    Re: Parts gathering for the S-3 Elan

    Quote Originally Posted by DrEntropy View Post
    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.

    There does not seem to be a lot of activity on this forum, nor is there much going on parts wise in the UK, so I decided to continue this topic with my experience. I've placed an order with Autosparks and it looks like it might be shipped as much as 10 weeks after Covid 19 restrictions are lifted. Also same with Paul Matty but at least Matty has the my parts on the shelf so I assume that will be shipped as soon as restrictions are lifted. US suppliers seem to be answering the phone and RD Enterprises shipped my small order the same day. The down side is that the US suppliers get some if not most of their inventory from the UK so if they don't have it on the shelf, they are of little help. On the positive side, I've not come close to running out of projects, even without replacement parts. (I just finished the new veneer for the dash. Pic below)
    As for the Triumph stuff, my car has a TR6 column locking type ignition switch as well as Triumph Rotoflex joints and most of the Triumph suppliers here are shipping orders.
    Hope things are all well with you.
    Tom
    dash2.jpg
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    1959 TR3A TS58023 (in case I never finish the one above)
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    1970 Lotus Elan Plus 2 /0023/N
    1992 BMW325IC (fun to drive)

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    Re: Parts gathering for the S-3 Elan

    Tom, your link to the dashboard doesn't work. I'd love to see how it looks.

    Is it a toggle or rocker switch dash? I sourced the font style for the rocker labeling, have it somewhere in a pile of old data. Will get a sign shop to cut all in thin RTA vinyl when the time comes.

    I'm still at the garage clearing/painting stage. Have MANY parts on-hand. Want to get this show on the road!
    '64 MGB, '67 Lotus Elan S-3 DHC,'69 Lotus Elan +2
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    Re: Parts gathering for the S-3 Elan

    My car has the rocker switches. RD Enterprises in Quakertown PA has the set of labels and very reasonable. I should get mine soon and will post or email a picture.
    I uploaded the dash pic again but can't tell if it works. If you want to PM your email I'll send you that picture too.

    Although I've done a lot of woodworking, the dash was my first veneer project. It is not perfect and I'd do a few things differently next time, if there is a next time. Good enough for now. I'd be happy to post that experience if you or anyone is interested.

    Tom
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    Re: Parts gathering for the S-3 Elan

    Quote Originally Posted by TomMull View Post
    My car has the rocker switches. RD Enterprises in Quakertown PA has the set of labels and very reasonable. I should get mine soon and will post or email a picture.
    I uploaded the dash pic again but can't tell if it works. If you want to PM your email I'll send you that picture too.

    Although I've done a lot of woodworking, the dash was my first veneer project. It is not perfect and I'd do a few things differently next time, if there is a next time. Good enough for now. I'd be happy to post that experience if you or anyone is interested.
    VERY interested. Maybe you can give us pointers. The photo posted, it looks really nice.
    '64 MGB, '67 Lotus Elan S-3 DHC,'69 Lotus Elan +2
    '78 Alfa Romeo Spider-undergoing surgery: O=\*/=O
    '84 300D Turbo-"Diesela"-Now my Daily: Oo|≣|oO
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    Re: Parts gathering for the S-3 Elan

    Quote Originally Posted by DrEntropy View Post
    VERY interested. Maybe you can give us pointers. The photo posted, it looks really nice.
    I started a new thread: "Replacing walnut veneer on the dash".
    1960 TR3A TS73117 (under endless restoration, owned since 1964)
    1959 TR3A TS58023 (in case I never finish the one above)
    1969 Triumph Herald 13/60 (a whim)
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    1992 BMW325IC (fun to drive)

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