About LCH Restoration

I restore and race Elden FF's. I solo and road race in vintage racing. I also have collected as much info on the Elden Marque as I can ans work with Peter Hampsheir to further the official "Elden Registry" in the UK

Additional info on SIAM History

Well if I read and comprehended half of what I read I would be so much better at this.  The “Class H News” of June 1959 talks about the Wilmont race of May 17th.  Noted is “Frank Isaacson has his car looking better and going well”:

Class H News June 1959

When I did a search of “Frank Isaacson” on:

http://www.RacingSportsCars.com, (permission granted by http://www.RacingSportsCars.com)

Frank Isaacson on Racingsportscars, ERMA on Racingsportscars

I found the correlated information that May 17, 1959 Frank Isaacson was entered as #33 “ERMA Special”.  He finished 5th in the preliminary race and 6th in the race.  Is this a picture of Frank Isaacson?  Right car#.  We also know that when you see the Steve Hawxhurst info below the car was #35!SIAM #33 Archive-1

Frank Isaacson drove the “ERMA Special” from 1958-1959 when he switched to a “Lyne Special”.(per the records on http://www.RacingSportsCars.com)

I think this is solid evidence with other documents and interviews with members past and present that the car built by the Purdue Students was originally “ERMA Special” and rebadged by Steve Hawxhurst to the “SIAM Special” noted by Steve Hawxhurst’s son and also verified by race results:SIAM Emblem 2

S Hawxhurst-SIAM on racingsportscars

This shows that Steve Hawxhurst drove #35 SIAM special on 6-25-1961 at Milwaukee finishing 1st in HM!  Is this a picture of Steve Hawxhurst?  Right car # and now “SIAM Special”! SIAM #35 Archive-2So I think we are starting to understand the history of ERMA and SIAM H-Mod.  Watch for more info to follow.  Larry

SIAM ARCHIVE

Work is progressing on the SIAM.  Goal today is to take SIAM to the Crosley National Meet in Wauson, OH in July 2016.

In the interim I wanted to load the SIAM archive files I have gotten from Don Suiter and others through Chuck Reupart back in 1991.

First are a set of pictures Don Suiter took when he bought the car in Wisconsin in 1997 I believe.

Don then sold the car to Mark Brinker in Texas and he sold it to me via E-Bay 2004.  Later I will try to decipher a chronicle of owners of the car.

Siam E-bay Ad 2004

Chuck Reupert dug thru some of his old files and came up with many pictures of the car in action from late 50’s to early 60’s.  More pictures at:

https://picasaweb.google.com/108136620309046715550/SIAMArchiveRacingPhotos

SIAM #33 Archive-1

Steve Hawxhurst in a letter to Jim Wisniewski back in 1964 details many of the particulars of the SIAM.  (Must reading)

Steve Hawxhurst letter w-details on SIAM 1964

In 1997 Bill Mays, son of John Mays, designers of the Mays Fibersport body used on the SIAM, wrote to Mark Brinker and Harold Pace of some personal info he had on the SIAM.  I have kept in touch with Sandi Fodi, Johns Mays daughter, about the SIAM and my other Fibersport car.

A unique piece of history are copies of checks used by the Purdue students that built the SIAM.

Purdue Univ checks etc for SIAM build

Some letters documenting ownership transfers and other info can be found at:

SIAM communication 1961-1997

Sales Brochure from Chuch Walser back in 1962-63 show he had the SIAM for sale in Chicago, IL.  Look at the other cars he had for sale at the time, Jabro, Stanguellini, Lotus 18 etc.  Kinda neat!

Clarke Walser Sales sheets-1

On a side note, H-Mod racing in the Mid-West in the 50’s and 60’s was very vibrant.  I have added a copy of the Class H News, June 1959 for your reading pleasure.

Class H News June 1959

Allot of info now saved for all to share.  Enjoy and look for more updates on the SIAM restoration progress in 2016.

Larry

1973 Elden PRH-14 Super Vee

Joe Morrison in Colorado has this Super Vee for sale.  It is a 1973 Elden PRH-14 with an air-cooled 1700 VW engine.  From the Elden Racing Cars website, there were only 8  of the PRH-14 made and only 4 imported into the US at the time,

http://eldenracingcars.moonfruit.com/#/cars/4525782368

I understand from Joe and Bill S, previous owner, there is complete documentation of the car, log books etc since new.

Great Vintage racer for someone!

1973 Elden PHR-14 Formula Super Vee.  Fresh cosmetic restoration.  New pro build legal air cooled VW Type 4, 1,700 cc engine, break in time only.  Several new suspension parts, new Simpson safety harness.

Two sets of wheels for running Vintage FSV-2, and SCCA Formula Continental.  Nearly new Koni adjustable shocks.   Good Hoosier tires. 

Several extras: center body mold, sports car nose mold, rear wing, high downforce nose, two spare rear wheels, SCCA and SWMS log books dating from brand new.  Ready for on track adjusting and racing.

Run with the big boys.  Safe and fast car for Formula Ford price.  Only $14,000 OBO.  Joe Morrison 303-838-3518, e-mail 4joemor@gmail.com

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Historical Elden FF Documents

When I got the first two Elden FF’s from South Carolina, the following documents were part of the files that came with the car.  They maybe of interest to others as it was to me.

First are two ads published in the SCCA “SportsCar” magazine, of July 1989.  On the top was an ad for Elden Racing Cars for their new PH 27 Formula Ford.  Also in the same edition of “SportsCar”was an ad for the Elden Register, USA;  a publication put together by Paul Pfanner and Steve Nickless. Combined elden Ads

Secondly, is Issue 1 March 1989 of  “the elden register, u.s.a” published by Paul Pfanner and Steve Nickless for “American Elden Owners and others interested in the marque.”

Elden Register USA letter to owner

Elden Register Issue 1 March 1989

  • On page 2, is a list as of 6-19-88 Elden owners names and Chassis types.  At this time there were 19 names in the “the elden register, u.s.a.”
  • On page 4 is a letter to Steve Nickless from Brian Hampsheir on February 15, 1977 and another to Paul Pfanner from Peter Hampsheir, May 24, 1988
  • Included on page 9 is an article “from hard times to success” where “Mark Kettlewell traces the Elden story”, reprinted from “Autosport, March 1, 1973 edition, Courtesy Haymarket Publishing”

Inside this issue of the “elden register, u.s.a.” was an reprint of a “Sales Brochure from the EldenPH-8, Published by Tom Pumpelly’s NTW Racers Store in 1972”.  This contains allot of information on the original specifications of the PH-8 as it was imported to the USA.

Elden 1972 FF PH-8 ad

Also included in “elden register, u.s.a” Issue 1 was an advertisement for the new Elden PRH27 F.F.1600;

Elden PRH27 ad

This is very good reading and is located here ensure Elden history is maintained.  If someone has other docs we want to maintain, please send them to me and I will add them.

Alert!! SIAM is back in the shop

Picture as found in Dallas, TX

Picture as found in Dallas, TX

I have been longing to resume my restoration of the 1954 SIAM Crosley H-Mod.  So I recovered it from its dry storage location and switched it with one of the Eldens.

First thing to do was redo the steering wheel assembly.  As found, the steering box is the Crosley box with a long single rod from the box through the firewall to the steering wheel.  The upper support of that rod was a 1 1/4″ tube with some wood bushes for the rod to ride in and the steering wheel was bolted on with a key and nut.  That steering rod had been lengthened when built and was not straight.  So as you turned the steering wheel the rod turned in an arc, binding on the wood bushes.

The fix was to cut out the bad section and ordered a modern steering coupling with a 36 spline rod, new rod and a quick disconnect for the steering wheel.  The H-Mods are a small cockpit and fairly large steering wheel so I wanted a removable steering wheel to aid egress for my large butt.  I retained the original steering wheel with adapters to the quick disconnect.

This makes me feel much more comfortable.  Next is back to the engine in the engine stand and fire it back up and resuming all the other body work etc.

The History of the Falconer Rebody

It has always been a question of mine on the true validity of the Falconer body on my Elden MK10C.  The previous owner had the car re bodied but the top cockpit is different from the original Falconer design. The reason was under Lee Stohr’s ownership he converted the car from an outboard suspension to front inboard with rockers and modifications were needed in the cockpit body panel to clear the rockers.

A few days ago Allan D. helped me inventory the spare body panels I have accumulated over the several acquisitions.  When I bought the 74 MK10C from South Carolina it came with Lee Stohr’s original body.  I have toyed with the idea of putting that body back on so Allan D. and I setup the panels and low and behold this is what we found.  The following pictures show what transpired:

picture 1

 

The first picture shows the Swift type nose cone Lee Stohr used and the cockpit, but with something missing.  Also note the rear engine cover very similar in design as the Falconer.

Falconer original vs as now

If you notice the original Elden Falconer Body work, copied from a picture on Race-Cars.com, there is a bubble in front of the cockpit opening, assume to deflect air over the drivers head.  By using Lee Stohrs middle section incorporating the inboard rockers the Falconer bump was eliminated.  I will say I wish I had the bubble as the wall of air off the nose is very annoying at 100 mph, trying to lift my helmet off!

So the mold I have is the final product of the current Falconer body style.  What is great I now understand the evolution of this cockpit body panel and the rest is original Falconer.

Fianl Falconer mold

Thanks to Lee Stohr for the picture of his car in 1980, and Race-Cars.com for their tremendous archive.

 

Body Panels for Elden MK10B AM73-79

Elden MK10 B AM73-79 as raced by Jay Davis.  I wish to re body this car with the parts I already have.  Thanks to Jay for this and other pictures of the car during the time he had it.

As Raced Jay davis.jpg

On this car I got from Tim H. in Tulsa,  there were some panels that were saved from the days of Jay Davis.  Note the two holes at the back of the side body panels for radiator plumbing, as this is the remnants of conversion of this car from a MK10B to MK10C , You can see the front radiator hose openings have been glassed over from when the car was a MK10B configuration.

This picture shows the top cockpit using an Elden cockpit body panel with a nose grafted on.  Along side are the side body panels after much modification.

Elden #3 body parts.JPG

Since I want to take this car back to a Elden MK10B with the radiators behind the front wheels as is AM73-74, this next picture shows what I have to work with from my inventory:

Potential MK 10 C body panels

So it looks like I need side body panels and a nose.  I am thinking of trying to pull a mold off the last Elden MK10B AM73-74 side body panels I just got from Greg N.  He also had the wood “buck” to make a nose mold and may try to use it to make a female mold, but will have to see my fiberglass skills on the side panels.

Recap Elden FF Chassis #’s

Since I use allot of numbers, etc describing the Elden FF’s in my shop, so  I  created an index:

#1  1974 Elden MK10C (re bodied to Falconer) AM 74 5; currently racing, came from South CarolinaRMVR Pueblo Motorsports Park

#2  1973 Elden MK8 AM 73-39 currently running Solo events, came from South CarolinaMK8 at farmington Oct15

#3  1973 Elden MK10B  AM 73-79 waiting for restoration, came from Tulsa OklahomaJay Davis Picture #1

#4  1973 Elden MK10B  AM 73-74, waiting for restoration, came from Cleveland Ohioattachment

First Impression of Elden #4

After getting back from a bit of time away, had to see what arrived from Greg N in Cleveland, OH.  To me Elden #4 is chassis #AM 73-74 a and is a MK10B, front radiators by the front wheels.

The car had been is garage storage for many years.  When J.T. Newland passed on Greg N got the car.  Newland raced the car maybe thru 79 or so and then bought a Hawke.  Seat belts date to 81 so that concurs with Greg’s recollection.  Unfortunately the paperwork of the car was lost in the inheritance.

Quick overview of the car revealed a couple of interesting things: 1) non-removable steering wheel, 2) fuel tank appears to be foam filled Aluminum tank not fuel cell, 3) all the hose clamps are of British manufacture, most of the heim joints appear original, 4) Scholar engine was original.

This makes me wonder if car is a one owner, low use car?  The fiberglass nose is not original but we all know noses are the first thing to get damaged in most Formula cars.

So the plan right now is to pull the engine and open it up to see what it is.  Put Elden #3 (AM73-74, MK10B) along side this one and see what differences need attending to.  Looking at my body spares I may have some usable side and cockpit panels.  Missing maybe engine cover and proper nose cones.

Arrival of Elden FF #4

Last night we received the fourth Elden FF from Greg N in the Cleveland OH area. The car was run several years and put away in favor of a Hawke. The previous owner passed and Greg N ended up with the car.

Greg N and I are anxious to see this car back on the track in conjunction with my 1973 Elden gotten in Tulsa a few years ago. That car had a very nice chassis restoration but no body. I have a top body mold and some side fairings alnong with this new car to pull some molds, maybe can save both cars.

Anxious to evaluate the car and make list on lists of options for the two cars.

Picture to follow when we start the evaluation.

Larry