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Elan Flairs - the good the bad and some ugly ones

PostPost by: elansprint71 » Mon Feb 09, 2009 8:06 am

One from the 1970s
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PostPost by: elansprint71 » Mon Feb 09, 2009 8:12 pm

:lol:
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PostPost by: elj221c » Tue Feb 10, 2009 2:29 pm

Nice one, Pete. Ken Eady or John Webb driving? I believe John was working for Len Street at the time. I was looking after a 23 BRM in those days so I was always stuck in the pits without the time to take photos. :-( Nice to see some old'uns.

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PostPost by: steveww » Tue Feb 10, 2009 6:46 pm

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PostPost by: garyeanderson » Thu Feb 12, 2009 12:25 pm

Clark Lance sent me some period photos of his S2 Elan that he has been racing for several years. The first photo is great and show the initial flairs and period roll bar that looks like someone thought about it a bit.
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the next two are of the remaking of the flairs, they look like they are covering the same wheels so this may be an appearance upgrade.
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The next photos is on the track, and looks like you are right there. well it did until I resized it to 30% of its original to make it fit better.
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PostPost by: garyeanderson » Thu Feb 12, 2009 5:19 pm

I found some photos of the flairs that I did on the back of my S3 DHC. This body was hit in the back and a S4 tails section had been grafted on, the back was mostly attached with "Marglass" and a little fiberglass cloth. I was going to leave the back alone but I just couldn't look at the half round arch of the S3 blended into the square arch of the S4 rear section.
These flairs were eyeballed on the shape. Posterboard and masking tape were used to form up the new arches. I didn't get them "spot on" but it was a learning experiance and now I can put the originals back on someday, maybe.

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looks like a stack of 4 or 5 dashboards in the convertable storage tray.
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PostPost by: garyeanderson » Sun Mar 22, 2009 11:05 pm

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I think this belongs here with those nifty sill extensions and sunroof. I guess it must have been a toss up, repair the sunroof opening or make it a type 45.

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The rest of the Type 36 to type 45 story is over at
http://www.elanrebuild.com/index.html

p.s. - the best thing about the site is the shapecraft/S2 background used
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I guess 26/0250 really needs to be added just for the exhaust exiting through the left wing.
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PostPost by: s4elan » Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:52 pm

Here is what I did around 25 yrs ago when I believed all cars needed personalization. As the Pa Dutch say, "Too soon old, too late schmart"!
The 5.5" 3 piece Compomotives w/185-60 do fit nicely though.


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PostPost by: mct340 » Tue Mar 24, 2009 4:41 am

I've found that a good set of flares help but you just can't beat the 300 horses in the "new" British car.
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PostPost by: garyeanderson » Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:10 am

Rob Walkers Elan flairs, These look very nice and not overdone
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Mark Huffman's D modified autocross Elan, I think it looks good in yellow
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PostPost by: garyeanderson » Thu May 07, 2009 2:40 pm

I was reading the discussion on Spax shocks and was wondering what a set of new Koni's were going for today. So I googled ("koni shocks" elan) and came up with a hit. Not on the price but on some flairs I hadn't seen before.

the web page is

http://www.bodinecc.com/Lotus%20elan.html

the photos are linked from there
I like the "cut look", saves weight too.
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Pete posted a link to this Elan is Racing topic, I think it belongs here too.
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PostPost by: johnsimister » Sat May 30, 2009 1:41 pm

How about these on a Sprint for sale at a well-known Bromsgrove specialist? It's described as having a few paintwork blemishes, and does appear to have blistered significantly around the wheelarches.

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PostPost by: ecamiel » Sat Aug 15, 2009 1:28 pm

These are SCCA flairs from the late 70's as used by the Newman/Sharp car. The molds went to Lotus Texas.
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PostPost by: rkneeland » Sat Aug 15, 2009 3:40 pm

I'll add my before and after pics to the thread. The arches had been cut to accomodate 6 inch Revolutions. Subsequent to input from this forum, I reverted to standard S2 arches and 5 inch Panasports and would agree that they look much better. Since the pics, the rear end has settled a bit and they look even better.
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PostPost by: lsdweb » Mon Feb 22, 2010 9:50 pm

I'm not sure!
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