Well it has been a bit of time since I have updated this blog. Since Oct last years we did our normal traveling in the fall and then spent most of the winter working on Elden AM74-5 and 73-39 and Am73-79
Elden 74-5 was found to have mismatched front uprights. One was 1/2 ” taller offsetting the hub center line. Borrowed 2 different ones from our last acquisition and began a search for new replacements. Was introduced to 2 potential suppliers in the UK. One private individual and another a race shop:
I also spoke to Pat Prince at Pat Prince Engineering and he has the jigs for the suspension parts. So soon I will be sending the stuff I need to Pat for repair or fabrication.
We are now running the new Hoosier VFF treaded tires a bit difference that the slicks I have run for years. But we are nearing an optimum setup.
Elden #2 was nearing completion for this racing season. Note I am doing preservation not restorations so I don’t strip down the car. When I picked up the car there was an invoice to “straighten the frame”. Well it is still “bent”. I couldn’t align the car, ran strings down the chassis found the rear sub frame tweaked 1/2″ at least. So work has stopped.
Elden #3 AM-73-79 is getting a new body. The old body had been cutup and missing some parts so I ordered a new body from:
Hoping that body is here in June. So the plan right now is to strip the bent chassis down for repair and to move forward on Elden AM 73-79.
Racing highlights: We ran ran Elden 74-5 the MK10C rebodied Falconer and the video link is:
Well we will catch up again after the SVRA Open Wheel World Challenge at Indianapolis, in June.
I wanted to start a register of cars I know of now 12/2015 Please help me keep track of the cars in the US and others with the intent of supporting the preservation of the Elden Marque, (Data gleaned from personal contacts or by contact in: http://www.Apexspeed.com, http://www.RMVR.com)
Elden FF’s and Super Vee’s in the USA, Canada and UK
Elden Register by Me1
I would like for this to be a living document so any updates or additions will be appreciated.
Note: This is not an Official Elden Register by the Hampsheir’s, but my own contacts.
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.
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.
Its been a bit of work. The MK8 was to follow the MK10 therefore got the left over time. For the last month tried to get it ready for a paddock run. This weekend will take her out for paddock lapping for general systems check out. Still needs front shocks, rebuilt ones in process, using an old set of SPAX for now. I need to figure out how to bend a rear sway bar as this car doesn’t have one. But for now she has been washed, and loaded into the trailer. Watch for video next week of the paddock debut
Thanks to Jay Davis, the second owner of the Elden MK10C I am posting some of his pictures he was gracious enough to share. I was most interested in radiator location and attachment points for the same.
One of the question Jay answered for me was if the car came with an original Piper engine. In the pictures there is a Piper cast aluminum oil sump, Piper oil pump, Piper velocity stack and Piper valve cover. I have all but the Piper valve cover which Jay says he still has. Also Jay says that the original block had some weird gob of weld/epoxy covering block damage. The block I have from the car has two areas that have repairs from internal shrapnel. Also the cast oil sump shows the same. So I believe I have the original engine in the car and plan on using it.