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Factory idiosyncrasies

PostPost by: Donald Lee Butler » Thu May 11, 2000 1:57 pm

Hello all,

I'm helping a fellow club member with his S3 S/E (45/6226) and noticed more examples
of building with the first part available. My S4 has right hand drive windscreen wipers
and his has the proper left hand drive version (wipers should park opposite from the
driver to clean the top corner in front of the driver). What really had me confused when
going around the block is that it has a right hand drive steering column! The turn
signal and Hi beam stalks are reversed which had me using "Hi beam" for "turn right"!

Don Butler
45/9469
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PostPost by: "Roger Sieling" » Thu May 11, 2000 2:17 pm

Don,

It was original for all Elans to have the traficator switch on the right hand side of the column. Yours may have been reversed, which would be easy to do since the switches don't care which side of the column they're mounted to. I have left mine on the right and find it ergonomically comfortable to leave my left hand always on the wheel and move my right form the wheel to the shifter to the column turn switch. I find my self reaching through the wheel with my right hand at times on other cars to operate the turn indicators with that hand.

Roger

>> ***@***.*** 05/11/00 09:41AM >>>
Hello all,


I'm helping a fellow club member with his S3 S/E (45/6226) and noticed more examples
of building with the first part available. My S4 has right hand drive windscreen wipers
and his has the proper left hand drive version (wipers should park opposite from the
driver to clean the top corner in front of the driver). What really had me confused when
going around the block is that it has a right hand drive steering column! The turn
signal and Hi beam stalks are reversed which had me using "Hi beam" for "turn right"!

Don Butler
45/9469


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PostPost by: Donald Lee Butler » Thu May 11, 2000 2:47 pm

Roger Sieling wrote:

Don,

It was original for all Elans to have the traficator switch on the right hand side of the column. Yours may > have been reversed, which would be easy to do since the switches don't care which side of the column they're > mounted to.


Hello Roger,

I was surprised by what you wrote since the "stickers" on the column match the function. But when
I compared the stickers to the picture in the owner's manual I noticed that the Hi/Lo is
upside-down!
Thanks for the insight, I hadn't noticed that detail in the owner's manual (I bought it recently).

Don Butler
45/9469
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PostPost by: gobw2 » Fri May 12, 2000 5:05 am

Don, that isthe way my car's column came - 45-6078. I got used to it
until NJ Motor vehicle inspector tested turn signals and failed the car.
Theswitches are easily reversed, and since every other car I have owned
is on left, I kept it that way. George

On Thu, 11 May 2000 09:41:21 -0400 Donald Lee Butler <***@***.***>
writes:
Hello all,

I'm helping a fellow club member with his S3 S/E (45/6226) and
noticed more examples
of building with the first part available. My S4 has right hand
drive windscreen wipers
and his has the proper left hand drive version (wipers should park
opposite from the
driver to clean the top corner in front of the driver). What really
had me confused when
going around the block is that it has a right hand drive steering
column! The turn
signal and Hi beam stalks are reversed which had me using "Hi beam"
for "turn right"!

Don Butler
45/9469



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