1962 Elva Mk VI

1962 Elva Mk VI

This rough fiberglass body might not look like much, but it's actually a rare 1962 Elva Mk VI sports racer—and one with a storied history nonetheless.

Latest updates

Jun
02
Jun 2, 2022
Finding and restoring period-correct Weber carbs | Project Elva sports racer

Once we found the correct Weber DCOE cores for our Elva, we sent them right to Mike Pierce of Weber Carburetor Restoration.

May
19
May 19, 2022
The last piece of the engine puzzle: An exhaust header | Project Elva sports racer

The last part we need before we can install and dyno our Elva's engine? An exhaust header.

May
10
May 10, 2022
Building a period-correct FWA engine | Project Elva sports racer

What does the perfect FWA engine for our Elva look like? Period-correct, docile and easy to use–both on and off the track.

May
07
May 7, 2022
Finding the necessary pieces to rebuild the engine | Project Elva sports racer

Believe it or not, components for a Coventry Climax engine don't come cheap or easy–luckily, we had several resources that could help.

May
03
May 3, 2022
Identifying our Coventry Climax engine | Project Elva sports racer

How to turn a greasy lump into a real race engine? Equal parts detective work and machine work.

Feb
19
Feb 19, 2022
Playing detective while we rebuild the rear suspension | Project Elva sports racer

We take an anthropological dig into the rear suspension of our Elva sports racer.

Jan
09
Jan 9, 2022
Finding the correct Hewland transmission | Project Elva sports racer

As if our Elva project couldn't get any more complicated, we soon found out our transaxle was not the Hewland it was said to be. Luckily, we got a tip …

Nov
01
Nov 1, 2021
How to make frame bushings | Project Elva sports racer

In order to restore our Elva Mk VI's frame bushings as accurately as possible, we used a bit of modern tech for help: A 3D printer.

Sep
01
Sep 1, 2021
Restoring our Elva’s front suspension | Project Elva sports racer

Most of the front suspension restoration went smoothly, but not without having to confront a lot of Whitworth British Standard Fine hardware.

Aug
15
Aug 15, 2021
How to rebuild brake calipers | Project Elva sports racer

Although early Elva Mk VIs came with drum brakes, we decided to restore the period-correct disc brakes currently fitted to the car.

Jun
01
Jun 1, 2021
How to rebuild a steering rack | Project Elva sports racer

Since we are confident the steering rack that came with the car is original, we decided to rebuild it instead of replacing it.

Apr
01
Apr 1, 2021
How to Choose Rod Ends for Your Vintage Racer | Project Elva Sports Racer

We turn to Aurora Bearing Company to help us find the right-sized rod ends.

Feb
24
Feb 24, 2021
Prepping Parts for Powder Coating | Project Elva Sports Racer

What you need to do before sending those parts off to be powder coated.

Feb
07
Feb 7, 2021
Rebuilding a Brake Pedal | Project Elva Sports Racer

We fixed the poorly modified brake pedal in our Elva.

Jan
20
Jan 20, 2021
How To Prep Suspension Parts for Media Blasting | Project Elva Sports Racer

Now that the body of Elva was put back together, it was time to focus on the suspension.

Jan
05
Jan 5, 2021
Filling in Fiberglass Headlight Covers | Project Elva Sports Racer

Even though endurance racing rules would have required headlights, our Elva MK VI, however, had its headlights crudely covered.

Dec
31
Dec 31, 2020
Reattaching the Entire Rear Bulkhead | Project Elva Sports Racer

Although it was included with the car, the entire rear bulkhead needed to be reattached to the body.

Dec
23
Dec 23, 2020
Repairing a Fiberglass Engine Cover | Project Elva Sports Racer

Upon further inspection, we realized that the entire rear of our Elva had been crudely widened. Our next step, then, would be to restore the rear end to its original …

Dec
17
Dec 17, 2020
Project Elva: How to Mount a Race Car Body to a Race Car Chassis

Even as rough as the body of our 1962 Elva Mk VI was, the frame was almost perfect.

May
24
May 24, 2020
Project Elva: Fiberglass Repairs Are Messy but Not Terribly Difficult

Our Elva Mk6's body was badly damaged. We figured we'd better make some repairs before we got too far along on this project.

May
08
May 8, 2020
Project Elva: Finding More Period Photos of Our Elva

At first, we couldn’t find any period pictures of our 1962 Elva Mk Mk VI sports racer. Then we scored a big breakthrough, discovering the treasure trove held at the …

May
01
May 1, 2020
Project Elva: Finding and Restoring Our Weber Carbs

Our Elva Mk VI was missing both its original intake manifold as well as the twin Weber DCOE side-draft carbs that it once held. We had more work to do.

Apr
23
Apr 23, 2020
Project Elva: Restoring the Gauges

Our 1962 Elva Mk6 originally came outfitted with a combination of Smiths and Lucas gauges. Unfortunately, the original gauges were replaced sometime in the '70s.

Apr
07
Apr 7, 2020
Project Elva: Restoring the Dampers

As we have had luck with Konis on both race and street cars over the decades, we were eager to retain the original shocks on our 1962 Elva Mk VI. …

Mar
25
Mar 25, 2020
Project Elva: Our Steering Wheel Gets Rebuilt

While original, the steering wheel on our Elva MK VI was in pretty bad shape. In an effort to get everything up to concours quality, we sent it off to …

Mar
18
Mar 18, 2020
Project Elva: Meeting Other Friends and Fans

Finding information for our 1962 Elva Mk VI can be tricky considering how few were built. Despite that, we instantly started communicating with other Elva owners.

Mar
11
Mar 11, 2020
Project Elva: Media Blasting Away Years of Paint

Media blasting away the old paint from our 1962 Elva Mk VI so we can properly restore the vintage fiberglass.

Jan
29
Jan 29, 2020
Project Elva: Disassembling Our Project

Before we can media blast the Elva, we need to carefully disassemble the car and keep track of all of its parts.

Jan
07
Jan 7, 2020
Project Elva: Finding Missing Parts

In this update, we track down crucial missing parts for our Elva.

Dec
18
Dec 18, 2019
Project Project Elva: Good News and Bad News While Visiting Savannah Race Engineering

In this update, we take our Coventry Climax engine to Savannah Race Engineering for a full race build.

Sep
26
Sep 26, 2019
Project Elva: Figuring Out What We Have

The sum is more than its parts.

Sep
16
Sep 16, 2019
Project Elva: Learning Our Car’s History

We finally track down our Elva's storied history.

Aug
24
Aug 24, 2019
Project Elva: What is an Elva Mk VI?

And what makes one tick?

Aug
09
Aug 9, 2019
Project Elva: We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat

Some assembly required.

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