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Hey good day everyone. We are inheriting my wife’s late fathers Elite. It’s currently in Hawaii and will be shipped to WA, as we live just outside the Seattle area.

I’m looking for some direction to locate some local resources for the elite.

Also, any local British car clubs with an active presence? I’ve seen some local places online but they all seemed semi out of date.

If I can get some photos to load from the phone, I’ll be sure to post some.


Some general info on it:

Blue over tan. Not original paint tho. It’s a dark metallic blue from a Toyota of some sort which I need to locate. Original drivetrain though. It needs a bit of love as there was some rodent activity but we got most of it cleaned up yesterday. Was semi restored about 20 years ago. Not it’s got some cracking in the paint from little bumps into stuff and one scrape on the right side.


Looking forward to making it like new again as the wife loves the car (as do I) and Ittl be nice to do in his honor.
 

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That’s a treasure
 

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Perhaps equaled only by a young man who posted on here a couple of years ago whose dad had just given him his X180R Esprit, one of 20 made for the street, and wanted opinions on what he should do with it.
 

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Evergreen Lotus Car Club is a good place to start.


Evergreen Lotus Car Club


Mike Ostrov is the Type 14 guru.

GOLDEN GATE LOTUS CLUB - GGLC Members

Contact him through the Golden Gate Lotus CC . Kyoshi is a member here.

@khamai

Gorgeous car!!! Drool...

Yes, I can help with contacting Mike O. or
Yahoo Groups - https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Lotus_14/info
and - lotuseliteworldregister.com - Lotus Elite World Register

And in Seattle be sure to contact Randall Fehr - https://www.seanet.com/~rsfehr/restorations.html

Cheers,
Kiyoshi
 

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Thank y’all so much for the direction! I very much appreciate it. I’ll take some time to look them all up and note contact info for issues when they are presented, as well as for shows and gatherings too.


I’ll be sure to update along the way as we get it and I clean it up. Ordering new tires and new carpets shortly.

I do need to figure out how to change to tubeless tho. The tires are date stamped 08 and are tubeless Michelin’s, but it’s still running tubes. If I remember correctly, that’s not ideal at all. Do I need to change the wheels completely or can I just put on new tubeless tires and put in abnormal valve stem?
 

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I am sorry for your family loss.

In a way that is what it is all about. Clearly he loved it, and it remains in the family, loved all the more. I can envision the day when someone in my family gets my Exige, or my art.

It's a beauty!
 

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I do need to figure out how to change to tubeless tho. The tires are date stamped 08 and are tubeless Michelin’s, but it’s still running tubes. If I remember correctly, that’s not ideal at all. Do I need to change the wheels completely or can I just put on new tubeless tires and put in abnormal valve stem?
Don't worry about the tubes unless you're taking it on the track for hot laps on the street tires.

I had a quality conversation with a tire engineer at a Corvair convention a few years back. One of the questions asked was tubes versus tubeless tires and what about tubes in tubeless tires - this is an issue specifically for the lucky few Corvair owners with the factory wire wheel option, as wire wheels and airtightness don't tend to coexist, and tube-only car tires pretty much don't exist either.

Put simply: tubeless tires were invented because auto manufacturers wanted to be able to build cars faster, and putting five tubes correctly in five tire/rim combinations per car took more time than they liked. Anything else you've heard about 'running cooler' etc, was observed effects, but not causes of the change from tube to tubeless.

Inner tubes used to be a separate component because butyl rubber (which is a good air reservoir) is a bad tire rubber, and SBR (styrene-butadiene rubber) is good for tires but bad air reservoir. Tubes work great, and most heavy equipment still uses them. Tubeless tires just put the butyl rubber layer on the inside of the tire, instead of having it be a separate component.

So what about tubes in tubeless tires? Most things are pretty much the same as they were in the 1950s - avoid sharp and pointy things inside the tire and rim where the tube will be, and keep everything dry and clean inside, except for some baby powder to help the tube slide around inside the tire.

Initial inflation can be slightly challenging if you're not patient because there's no place for the air between tube and tire-rim void to leak out when inflating the tube on one piece tubeless rims. A tire lever or two under the edge of the rim and carefully pushing down on the stem in combination with a gentle inflation to 5 PSI or so will give the trapped air a way out.

Once things are pumped up and stable, treat it like any other tire and you'll be fine, and enjoy that tubes leak down a lot slower than most tubeless tires on old rims do.
 

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Been a little while but the car arrived at the port in Seattle this weekend. We pick it up Wednesday. Went and bought a new trailer for it yesterday.


I’ve got new tires and tubes on the way. New suspension. new carpet kit. Windows. Some trim bits and some tune up stuff.


Looking forward to getting it here, making it a nice driver and then enjoying it. Also looking forward to the car shows.


There’s an open Facebook group the wife created called HEH Lotus Elite if anyone is interested in following some updates.


The HEH is for her dad, Harvey Earl Henderson and also for her which is Heather Elizabeth. So it’s pretty neat we can do that.
 

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Seems I cannot pm. I drove Harvey's Elite in Hawaii many years ago. We were freindly. I only heard from John Grosetto, that he had recently passed. My condolences. I seem to remember that the car was yellow? I also sold him his Caterham 7. That was an intresting story. Randall Fehr,30 SOUTH HORTON ST, SEATTLE, WA 98143 tel 206 622 7469, has restored a number of Elites. Mike Ostrov, San Francisco, visited Harvey a few times to sort out issues! Mike is the Elite guru. I owned 5 Elites, all gone now! Still have bits for them.
 
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