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New to m 1976 Lotus Elite

I bought this Lotus Other Elite Type 75 | eBay
on a whim and am waiting for it to be shipped to Atlanta.
Im not finding much information on the web, can someone point me in the right direction?
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Congrat's! It looks to be a pretty decent example. You'll have fun detailing it. I had pretty much its twin back in the late 70's. It was a nice car and fit 4 just fine. Enjoy!

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Once you achieve Private Message capability, PM Esprit2 AKA Tim Engel.

He is very knowledgeable about the car. He presently owns two of them...

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Welcome and congratulations! It looks like you got a fantastic deal!

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Atwells referral to TIm Engel will be very helpful.

That Elite is about as original as nice as you will find for that model and I think you paid a fair price for it.

With a little internet searching you can find a number of resources. Lotus Talk is a good one, but primarily for Elige and Evora.

Somewhere on line is a 4 seat Lotus e-mail list. I do not know if they are still active.

Lotus Limited is a national Lotus Club

The Lotus Forums (which is UK based) has a large number of ELite/Eclat owners that are active

There is a regional group in the Atlanta area called Lotus Limited SOutheast.

Enjoy being part of the Elite!

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Thank Y'all for the welcome into the Lotus world and the good information. I will look up both the mentioned Elite owner and the Atlanta based(how convienant) group.
How do I become capable of sending private messages?
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How do I become capable of sending private messages?
Keep posting. After a certain # of posts you will have the capability. (10 or less, I think)


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Well then, post I will.
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I am anxious to talk to some Elite owners as I have quiet a few questions and I havent even got the car in Atlanta yet.
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Looks as if the Magic Number was 5... :-)

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I joined the above mentioned Group and asked for imformation. Tim Engel replied with a wealth of imformation.
I have never been in one of these groups . I dont really understand why one would use the group format vs a msg board like this one. Maybe Im missing something.
At any rate i now have a very good list of what I need to look at when the car comes off the trailer.
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Congrats!

I've seen this car a few times over the last 20 years or so. Hope you enjoy it!

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I dont really understand why one would use the group format vs a msg board like this one.
Mail-Lists or Newsgroups predate the modern Forum.


While they do no treat the eyes as well as a Forum, the Files sections of these groups can be a wealth of documented knowledge. And, it's all in one place, no wading through pages of comments to find a particular piece of information. (Torque values, or repair procedures, or cross reference lists come to mind.)

There is room for both IMHO...

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I think I have a new clutch cable for one of those leftover from last I had one. I sold off the new 45mm Delorttos and manifold/airbox and English cams to a Jensen Healy guy. Pretty fun car to drive. Yours is nice looking. I think by '76 they had engineered out the oil leaks between the head and block. Those take 7/8" diameter Girling wheel cylinders in the back, which I understand are super hard to find. I bought three each last summer for like $35 each for my Cortina. That was all I could find. It is easier to find .7" or .75" bore wheel cylinders. the 7/8" are more difficult. http://www.classicpart.co.uk/listing...eel-cylinders/

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Hi Sliser

Haven't heard from you for a while, do you still own the car?
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On a whim?

What you mean to say is, "I was drunk and on eBay the other night..."

Congrats, man. Hella fun purchase!
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I think I've seen that car before. I live right across the Straits from Victoria.

I've had two Elites, a very early 74 (#12 I think) and a 76.
Great cars once sorted, but a few things that may have you cursing Lotus. I recall, the AC/H ester vacuum valve being one such joy.

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Soooo cool.

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