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PostPost by: Spyder fan » Thu Aug 21, 2014 12:38 pm

Jim,
Your Sprint is obviously a fake, it's not even painted correctly, perhaps Lotus ran out of white that day? :mrgreen:
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PostPost by: pharriso » Thu Aug 21, 2014 12:47 pm

Spyder fan wrote:Jim,
Your Sprint is obviously a fake, it's not even painted correctly, perhaps Lotus ran out of white that day? :mrgreen:


Just spilt my coffee!! :lol:
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PostPost by: trw99 » Thu Aug 21, 2014 6:56 pm

For goodness sake don't encourage him, Phil!

Jim, have a look at this thread: lotus-elan-f19/bit-lip-t17272.html

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PostPost by: Spyder fan » Thu Aug 21, 2014 7:16 pm

As my S4 doesn't have a lip on it's perfectly smooth bottom at the back I made sure there was a lip on the front.

Why is there a big ugly bolt showing on the rear valance on all the Elans I see apart from mine?


nice lip
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Nice Lip!


look no bolt
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Look no bolt
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PostPost by: elansprint71 » Thu Aug 21, 2014 7:47 pm

Knowing Jim (as I do) I dread to think what sort of posts he may make regarding lips, flaps and flanges......... :roll:
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PostPost by: robertverhey » Thu Aug 21, 2014 9:57 pm

Spyder fan wrote:
Why is there a big ugly bolt showing on the rear valance on all the Elans I see


Fuel tank mount
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PostPost by: Spyder fan » Fri Aug 22, 2014 6:38 am

robertverhey wrote:
Spyder fan wrote:
Why is there a big ugly bolt showing on the rear valance on all the Elans I see


Fuel tank mount


Mine must be glued in place then? :shock:
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PostPost by: jimj » Fri Aug 22, 2014 7:53 am

Tim, yes it was that thread I had in mind and the confusion of why and when. Assuming the auction Sprint is original this points to a changeover around late August/early September `72. It`s hard to believe that the moulds were changed so close to the end of production but maybe the end wasn`t in sight then. Maybe there were stocks of shells from different sources. Maybe they decided to grind off the offending item. Maybe spiderman will stop trying to convince everyone his car is superior. Maybe pigs will fly.

Pete, I won`t be taking your bait what with my sophisticated sense of propriety.
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Fri Aug 22, 2014 9:56 am

I suspect that Alan's car is superior in terms of power and handling etc but that isn't the be all and end all. I like a lot of originality on my cars but had a Spyder chassis on my first sprint - before I was educated. Current Sprint has the prototype 6 speed box in it - very difficult to detect its presence but it isn't original or necessarily 'superior'.

I reckon Mr Chapman would have highly approved of Alan's car and would have fitted a 6 speed box had one been available at the time. What is better is 'in the eye of the beholder' and we are all different.
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PostPost by: trw99 » Fri Aug 22, 2014 11:22 am

Jim, I concluded that there were (at least) two moulds in use during Sprint production. The majority of Sprints had the lip. Some Sprints had no lip straight from the factory. Replacement bodywork (for repairing rear-end shunts etc) had no lip.

I have just checked out my Sprint records and know of at least 12 other extant Lagoon blue mono cars, one or two with the gold decals, most though are stripe-less.

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