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PostPost by: Galwaylotus » Thu Sep 22, 2011 12:53 pm

Don't know where you're located but you wouldn't do that here! :roll: FHC with the windows up most of the time!! :lol:
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PostPost by: Coupe » Thu Sep 22, 2011 1:52 pm

Today, and sometime in the past with a previous owner (not sure what year 80s early 90s ?)
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PostPost by: rodlittle » Fri Sep 23, 2011 8:04 am

Mine looks like a car again at last
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PostPost by: nebogipfel » Fri Sep 23, 2011 8:27 am

spanner wrote:
Galwaylotus wrote: Pretty much eliminated the fumes in the cockpit! :D


Thanks Galwaylotus. Fumes? I always "fly" open cockpit.

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Best way to fly Jim :wink:
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PostPost by: bast0n » Thu Oct 06, 2011 8:50 am

Perhaps this should be in where did you park your Elan today...............?
Two weeks in northern Spain - 1800 miles - no problems - roof not up once.

FANTASTIC roads in all directions and food and wine to die for.

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PS S4 owners don't be too jealous of the S3s looks................

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PostPost by: Mazzini » Thu Oct 06, 2011 3:21 pm

Lovely...but still doesn't look quite right without the wheel arch indicators :)~ lol
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PostPost by: bast0n » Thu Oct 06, 2011 9:43 pm

Mazzer - you are a bad boy!!

Neither of my S3s has had side indicators. Why ruin a perfect shape with false eyelashes.............?

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PostPost by: Mazzini » Fri Oct 07, 2011 2:42 am

I always thought the S4 had a much more shapely rear end...and of course wheel arch indicators :)
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PostPost by: bast0n » Fri Oct 07, 2011 11:06 am

Oh Mazza!!

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PS why is your passenger door open, or is that an S4 thing..............?

I thought that you were looking for an S3 SE DHC. You are wise to get one - they are the best............

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PostPost by: ardee_selby » Fri Oct 07, 2011 12:22 pm

bast0n wrote:Oh Mazza!!

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The real thing!

PS why is your passenger door open, or is that an S4 thing..............?

I thought that you were looking for an S3 SE DHC. You are wise to get one - they are the best............

Taking cover now,

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It appears that the sill strip isn't just for show. The second (great) photo above gives the impression that it has a function...i.e. keeping spray below it and off the doors. Is that correct? They are missing from my S3 / SE and have always thought them as superfluous, but I might need to rethink.

Also, do S4 sill strips stand more proud of the body profile? :wink:
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Fri Oct 07, 2011 1:54 pm

bast0n wrote:Oh Mazza!!

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The real thing!

PS why is your passenger door open, or is that an S4 thing..............?

I thought that you were looking for an S3 SE DHC. You are wise to get one - they are the best............

Taking cover now,

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Dunno - Mark took the picture... I haven't looked at it too closely, but I do recall my old S3 dhc having a drivers door that even Mick Miller couldn't make fit.

I wanted an S3 because I had one years ago. I really wanted that white S3 SE dhc that came up for sale a couple of years ago, but I think it was more to do with a trip down memory lane than 'practicality' - you owned one new in '66 didn't you? :)
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PostPost by: bast0n » Fri Oct 07, 2011 3:58 pm

Richard - the sill strips don't really function as a stopper for thrown up "cow" of which there is an abundance in backwoods Spain. They have a small effect but I think that it the shape of the body that stops most of it. They do look nice though.

Mazza - Yes I had a new one in '66. I thought that I had ordered an S2 but the S3 turned up, and very pleased was I. SAR 370 D. I cannot trace it now and wonder what has happened to it. It must have been a very early S3 - June '66.

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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Fri Oct 07, 2011 4:05 pm

The husband of the PO of CYG told me that he had tried to adjust out the sticking-out bit of the passenger door. When I told him they were all like that from the factory he looked a bit sick...he had spent 2 days on it!

My S4 door isn't any better, and I don't think that the S3 is either!

That looks like a nice early S3 dhc, D, with the badges on the front wings. How close to the first (5702, June '66) is it?

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PostPost by: mac5777 » Fri Oct 07, 2011 5:17 pm

I must be the luckiest guy for door fit. My S3 came from the factory in June of 1966. and the doors are original with no repairs. So the factory did make good fitting doors at one time. I have heard many stories why some doors did not fit as well, but nothing seems consistent. Does that mean the door problems started after June of 66?
Since this is what my Elan looks like today, I don't think I have hijacked the thread.

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PostPost by: bast0n » Fri Oct 07, 2011 5:50 pm

Mark - registered on 9th November '66 to an Alan Hindmarsh of Hedge End Southampton. 45/6277

High above Assisi (Italy) on a dirt road as you do............

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