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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 03-14-2011, 07:29 AM Thread Starter
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Found a 63

just found a 63 (?) siting in a field with a couple of other older english cars, was sitting under a truck cap to keep rain out, looks rough but complete , any idea what i should offer for this thing?
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Offer to haul it off for free and then sink the $30-40K it will need into the restoration.
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Lotus type 63 or 1963?

Type 63 is a 4WD F1 car...

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It appears that the OP is referring to a 1963 Elan as this is posted in the Elan section .
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Offer to haul it off for free and then sink the $30-40K it will need into the restoration.
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think ill pass on the 30-40k resto i got too many other projects right now. may just use it as yard art.
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So where is it hiding?
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in a little hick-town in virginia, poor thing must of got lost.
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Offer to haul it off for free and then sink the $30-40K it will need into the restoration.
Ok, enough about the cars....what I really want to know?

What in the samhell is that avatar. I'm going to have nightmares.

We've gone from your prior avatar which I assume was the lovely RoadMom/RoadWife or perhaps RoadMistress , but now you have this?

Who is that? RoadWTF?!?!?!
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think ill pass on the 30-40k resto i got too many other projects right now. may just use it as yard art.
Or you can give the shell to one of us that will restore it so it can be returned to its former glory!

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Well in is early enough that it doesn't have those ugly IMO side window frames. That and parts are parts and the alloy casting don't rot, the trim pieces can be re-chromed, blocks can be bored out ...

A DIY restoration can be much cheaper than $30-$40K.

It can and should be saved. There are plenty of folks in VA who would like a shot at that car if you don't want to take it on.

I might want to give it a go as I have a spare engine, transmission and the rear pumpkin... and it would be nice to have both a convertible and an FHC.
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in a little hick-town in virginia, poor thing must of got lost.
south boston?

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Well in is early enough that it doesn't have those ugly IMO side window frames.
Those "ugly side window frames" really aren't that noticeable - seriously, you get used to them and it's as if they weren't there at all.

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A DIY restoration can be much cheaper than $30-$40K.
Spoken as someone that has not already done such a job? You can (and will) spend a lot on a car that needs a lot of work. Still, it can be worth it.

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Those "ugly side window frames" really aren't that noticeable - seriously, you get used to them and it's as if they weren't there at all.

Spoken as someone that has not already done such a job? You can (and will) spend a lot on a car that needs a lot of work. Still, it can be worth it.

If only I had the space...
I've had a '67 Elan S3 SE FHC since 1980 which was restored to a driver condition - engine, electrics, body, suspension, differential.

I'm also restoring a series 1 Seven.

Have you done a restoration?
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Have you done a restoration?
Yes. Check: http://members.cox.net/elans4/. It even one "Best in Show" at LOG about 12 years ago...

I didn't mean my comment to be an insult - just that restoring a car tends to cost a lot more than first estimates. My wife used to threaten so show me the complete stack of me receipts that she saved for all the parts/etc. when I did my restoration. When I would quote how much I had spent on it, she would try to convince me that it cost about three times more than I thought. I always refused to look at the receipts and I don't (want to) believe her as to the cost.

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So how crazy is it to restore a car that is essentially complete but has sat for 24 years?

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The big answer: .................it depends.

By the way, whatever happened to the OP and this car?
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I think we should oraganize an Elise ride down to see it. I would love to have a sixties Lotus that was totally restored. How cool would that be?

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the good news is that as far as restorations go, the Elan is a great candidate. new chassis are available, engines are well known, most mechanical bits are available, bodies (being fiberglass) are not a major problem, etc.. and they are in demand, have some decent value and continue to go up. lots of aftermarket support and a big community.

so far as an "affordable" restoration - you could do far worse...

but you will still be upside down before you even get paint on it

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Anyone know anything about this OP? I'd ride up to see it (or pilfer it).

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