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PostPost by: marcfuller » Wed Apr 06, 2005 6:46 am

Did all LHD Elans also come with brake and clutch cylinder holes on the
right hand side? Both S3's I am familiar with have a set of holes on the
right covered with a stapled on piece of panelboard. Is there any reason
not to remove the panelboard and fill the holes with GRP?
-Marc '66 Elan DHC (36/6025)
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PostPost by: garyeanderson » Wed Apr 06, 2005 10:50 am

Hi Marc
I beleave that the S1's through S3's were made to be either RHD or
LHD, My 70 S4 Coupe Was built as a RHD and I had to drill the holes
when I converted it to LHD. Other than some one else converting it
later, I don't think that the holes serve any other purpose.
Gary

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Did all LHD Elans also come with brake and clutch cylinder holes on the
right hand side? Both S3's I am familiar with have a set of holes
on the

right covered with a stapled on piece of panelboard. Is there any
reason

not to remove the panelboard and fill the ho les with GRP?
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PostPost by: richboyd » Tue Apr 12, 2005 10:27 pm

My S4 had hole on both right and left side footwells. Like you, I thought
the flimsy board unseemly. I had the holes in un-used side fiberglassed
over when my car's body was undergoing major repairs. The body shop person
told me it was a real chore getting into the footwell from the inside,
something needed to do the job properly.

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At 11:47 PM 4/5/2005, you wrote:

Did all LHD Elans also come with brake and clutch cylinder holes on the
right hand side? Both S3's I am familiar with have a set of holes on the
right covered with a stapled on piece of panelboard. Is there any reason
not to remove the panelboard and fill the holes with GRP?

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PostPost by: marcfuller » Tue Apr 12, 2005 11:30 pm

Thanks Rich!

I've decided - the holes (the RH ones) and fiberboard are going. It is not
original and it probably adds a little weight but since the fiberboard
didn't seal well it should reduce engine fumes in passenger compartment,
stay dryer and be a little quieter.

Since I have the dash and all the interior out of the car, it seems like it
will not be too much of a chore. Just feathered out the floor side with an
angle grinder, washed it with acetone and taped waxed alum foil to the
engine side of the firewall, covering the holes for a smooth exterior. I
am going to 'glass them up tomorrow.

Regards,
-Marc


At 04:27 PM 4/12/2005, you wrote:

My S4 had hole on both right and left side footwells. Like you, I thought
the flimsy board unseemly. I had the holes in un-used side fiberglassed
over when my car's body was undergoing major repairs. The body shop person
told me it was a real chore getting into the footwell from the inside,
something needed to do the job properly.

Rich Boyd

At 11:47 PM 4/5/2005, you wrote:

>Did all LHD Elans also come with brake and clutch cylinder holes on the
>right hand side? Both S3's I am familiar with have a set of holes on the
>right covered with a stapled on piece of panelboard. Is there any reason
>not to remove the panelboard and fill the holes with GRP?
>
-Marc '66 Elan DHC (36/6025)
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