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 Mike's 1964 Elva Courier MkIV Build Thread! 
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Stopped by the shop where the Elva currently lives for other business and found a bit more progress!

The front chassis rails are all welded in!
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We also have the Spitfire towers tacked in place for the time being...need to find some Spitfire front control arms first. Anybody have any?
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Tue Mar 18, 2014 8:53 pm
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Small update! I found the original steering rack off the Courier:
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But it's a little...bent.
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I was going to have it repaired, but I took a quick look on Ebay UK and found a remanufactured RHD Spitfire rack for just over $200!
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I also dug up the radiator, which appears to be perfectly fine and useable:
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And I got the motor back from the dyno, too! Came out just under 300bhp, should be a lot of fun!
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We removed the valve cover, oil pan, and gearbox internals to save weight. Should make a big difference. :)

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Tue Apr 01, 2014 9:57 pm
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MikeClifford2 wrote:
And I got the motor back from the dyno, too! Came out just under 300bhp, should be a lot of fun!


Hmm, may we presume that dyno run was done today?

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We removed the valve cover, oil pan, and gearbox internals to save weight. Should make a big difference.


Take the pistons out, too - less internal friction...

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Tue Apr 01, 2014 10:14 pm
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Eric Russell wrote:

Take the pistons out, too - less internal friction...


Good point! Every bit counts in racing!

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[quote="MikeClifford2"]Got some pictures of the number plate today! Unfortunately, the time outside took its toll on the paint. Does anyone have a good method of restoring the plate? It was tough to get a clear shot because the car has been basically pushed into a dark corner until the weather improves, but here you go:

Mike--

A few years back I tried restoring the plate for my Courier (100-15-L). I experimented with applying a light coat of black paint to the entire plate and then removing it off of the raised lettering. Unfortunately the plate is not very stiff and the lettering is higher than the background by only a little bit but I got the best--though by no means great--results by "wiping" the paint off of the lettering with a straight edge.

I can't help but think that there would be a way to do this via some kind of scanning and photo-printing process.

In the meantime I am also in the process of doing some substantial work to my Courier as a result of its collision with a granite wall at last year's PVGP. Fortunately the frame damage is restricted only to the front portion of the right ladder tube beginning at the point where the lower A-arm mounts and going forward. This has of course thrown the entire sub-frame to which the steering rack and upper A-arms mount out of whack but once I get the right tube straight repairing the rest should not be too difficult to repair/replace.

Best--Michael Oritt


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Michael Oritt wrote:

A few years back I tried restoring the plate for my Courier (100-15-L). I experimented with applying a light coat of black paint to the entire plate and then removing it off of the raised lettering. Unfortunately the plate is not very stiff and the lettering is higher than the background by only a little bit but I got the best--though by no means great--results by "wiping" the paint off of the lettering with a straight edge.

I can't help but think that there would be a way to do this via some kind of scanning and photo-printing process.


Thanks Michael, but after talking with Dad it sounds like the "original" look is preferable in some circles to a "fresh" look when it comes to things like number plates. As such, I'll probably leave mine alone.

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With 300 bhp who cares what the number plate looks like :lol:

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Big update today! The body is back on the car!
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We did some quick work on the nose, just to get the basic shape of the headlight bucket back.

Some of the next areas to address are the side of the front cowl:
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And where the cowl attaches to the dash:
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Additionally, when we were placing the body back onto the chassis this happened:
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Turns out this area had been previously repaired with bondo and WOOD:
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If you can't tell, that's a big piece of plywood that someone used there for strength I assume. Looks like we might need to take a closer look at the bodywork from now on.

We got a nice gusset welded to the front of the new floor and the new rocker panel:
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We have to do some modification to the new front chassis tubes to make things fit, but the trunk lines up almost perfectly!
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We have the dummy motor and gearbox in there as well, just trying to see how things line up:
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It looks like the motor is a couple inches too far forward by our initial measurements:
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We do still need to cut a notch into the firewall just behind the cylinder head though. On the original Ford-powered cars, there was a notch just behind the head where ours is flat:
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Still a lot left to do! Unfortunately, the incident with my daily driver now requires all my time and money so the Courier will have to stay like this for a while.... :(

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Wed Apr 16, 2014 10:42 pm
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A small addition: You can see here where the fabricated front chassis rails meet the nose. We have some measurements for the location of the stock brackets (and may still be able to use the brackets from the bent front end), but it'll have to wait until I have the funds.
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Really exciting update today! I've been chatting with a friend who is a longtime Elva fan and expert, and he offered to search around for any info about MkIV Couriers and my car in particular. Look what came in the mail!
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He put together an awesome collection of period magazine ads, road tests, and an article about the restoration of another Courier MkIV, but this was BY FAR the coolest part:
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That's the original bill of sale for my car! Holy crap! It's awesome to know where the car came from, what options it had on it from the dealership, and to look at some of the interesting details like the original owner trading in a 1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spyder for a whopping $500 credit. Very cool stuff! :D

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