A couple years back I picked this well beaten, no engine no hood '71 Elan out of the boneyard of the infamous Ron "Goose" Thomsen one snowless day in late February. $20 was the price, the loopless 1971 skis were kept and swapped with more common later models with the grab handle on them. A some what intact '72 hood was plucked from his pile o hoods in the trees.
The track had good lug and it rolled nice as I surfed it standing on the tunnel while Ron towed me via the four wheeler to the truck.
I figured since I had assembled a good running 247 Elan mill out of parts (see a pattern here?) I now had something to drop it on. I deposited it in the shed at mom and dads for a year. A slack build needs a slack timeline.
Initially I was going to drop the engine on it and go, but looking it over I saw the drive sprockets were disintegrating, the bogies falling apart, and some riveted patch repairs done where the belly pan had folded up in the past by someone with no welder. Thus I brought it home (where I live in snowless Georgia near the ocean) to re hab her.
Here is a tear down video- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xg78CK6WZc&t=28s
Once you watch that video, you'll see why I didn't want to just put and engine on and run it! Had to cut the bearing cup and bearing outer race off to get the shaft out.
The next thing was the bogies- Elans run single spring units, I definitely wanted to go heavier. Once again Ron to the rescue, when in MN in the summer of 2018 I was given some bogie sets (he has them stacked like cordwood between the trees from sleds he has parted) in exchange for letting me rake hay and sling bales. I love running an old Johnny popper.
I used bogies from an Olympic or TNT with a 15" track- they have four wheels and used dual springs. I replaced all the drive and idler sprockets. Bearings as need be, about 8 of the 12 bogie tires were replaced. Yes that's Cat yellow paint, because it was free.
Now, lots of patching done in the belly pan. I did not waste any time making it look pretty. I re did my other Elan some years ago, spent hours skimming with mud and multiple primer coats. Now I like to ride an Elan the way they were intended, out in the woods and swamp breaking trails. A few rocks and now that machine has cracks and chunks of bondo falling out. This one wont, cuz there ain't any!
On assembly, I found the track was shrunk. The remedy was to use rear link plates (what Ski Doo calls the plates that cup the rear idler shaft bearings, and connect the springs/tensioners) from an Olympic, as they are nearly 8" long and the Elan plates are 6 3/4". Worked just fine!
I picked up a good useable gas tank for $20 off a friend, and another guy I know was cleaning out his garage and I bought a pair of later offset forged spindles for a mere twenty bucks-
Here are a few all together pics- I am securing the hood with a bungee cord (did some pop rivet and tin splicing on 'er) and running an LED light on the handle bars. Not bothering with a tail light, this thing is not likely to go off the 40 plus acres of woods and swamp back in MN at the home place.
The muffler was five bucks at a swap meet, needed a little welding. The Indy seat was given to me by a friend. Belt guard from the trash at work. A toggle switch for ignition on/off. I love riding in the woods, and this is the machine to do it on. Like a trials bike on snow, geared low maybe tops out about 30. I wish I had taken gopro video when I brought it back to MN this summer, ripping through the prairie grass with no hood.
She's tucked away in my shed of manliness, waiting on my return to the snowy north this winter!