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Road Trip from Seattle to Louisville to Buffalo..

PostPost by: tvacc » Sun Oct 17, 2004 2:29 am

Hi all..



Just got back from driving a 72 Lotus Elan Sprint.from Seattle to
Louisville to Buffalo (well almost.but that is part of the story).



My brother an I flew out to Seattle and instead of driving to Las Vegas..
decided to drive the car back.and see the USA.



You can all see the pictures and story at www.lotusowners.com
<http://www.lotusowners.com/>



What I really want to say here is that how nice all the Lotus people I met
and called along the way. Lotus is a VERY small world.and you guys (and
girls) were just so helpful in many ways.





We got stuck in Spokane when I inadvertently pulled off the dist lead from
the back of the tach.trying to fix a bad bulb..it was late.I was tired..you
know how it is.



The next morning Ray at RD faxed me a wiring diagram.Susan Coffin and her
husband in Spokane, offered to let me keep my car there if I could not get
it going..Bill "keep you stick on the ice" up in Vacouver offered to drive
4-5 hours to come over and help.bringing spare parts.Everybody was so great.
What a great network of Lotus people.



David Mautino.in northern Washington (or was that Idaho) talked me through
the wiring diagram.and will his and everybody's' help,..We was back on the
road in the morning.



We drove down and through Yellowstone and then the back roads through
Montana.and Nebraska we took the interstate.



We were fine until the water pump started giving up the ghost in Nebraska
City.We had driven 2200 miles..just 600 miles short of our first goal of
Louisville.



With our next stop being Kansa City ..then St Louis .then Louisville.(where
my brother lives)..I grabbed my Lotus Ltd help list.and called Mike Roberts
in Kansa City..Stewart Preston in St Louis (Mark Pfeffer as well) and Ben
Tennyson in Evansville IN.each about 200 miles further in our trek from
where we were then.



All of them were more than happy to help.and would let me have the car
towed to their house if the need arose.well it did.as we only made it
another 40 miles towards Kansas City when the water pump started leaking
more than I was comfortable with. We called a tow truck and had the car
towed. We then rented a car.drove all night to Louisville and I flew back
to Buffalo



2200 miles.just 600 short of our goal.great Lotus Roads.great Car..car ran
great.what a blast.would do it again in a heartbeat.



Not to sound like a commercial here..but ...Thank goodness for the Lotus Ltd
help network.saved my arss and saved my car from being towed to a place
where it was not safe.



Like I said..you can see all the pictures at http://www.lotusowners.com
<http://www.lotusowners.com/>



Was a great time.I want to do it again.this time from the south route.



Tony V

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PostPost by: elans4dhc » Sun Oct 17, 2004 12:32 pm

Hello Tony,

Sounds and looks like a great trip you had, notwithstanding the waterpump failure. Could you tell me what purpose the
red switch on one of the steering wheel spokes serves? (see photo 041010 026.jpg)

Regards,
Andrew
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PostPost by: tvacc » Sun Oct 17, 2004 6:42 pm

When I first got this car..( This is my old car.I sold it 5 years ago.now
buying it back).the horn was a little button on the valance under the
steering wheel.'





By the time I found it.whatever I was beeping at..was long gone. So I
hooked up these buttons for the horn. Kinda hoaky.and I expected the new
owner to take them off years ago.but when I went to pick up the car.there
they were.still there.



Tony V



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Hello Tony,

Sounds and looks like a great trip you had, notwithstanding the waterpump
failure. Could you tell me what purpose the
red switch on one of the steering wheel spokes serves? (see photo 041010
026.jpg)

Regards,
Andrew







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