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Elan Sprint Jack and handle

PostPost by: tvacc » Wed Oct 01, 2014 10:03 pm

Does anyone have an original Elan Sprint Jack and Handle they want to sell.

Or can anyone take a picture of what it looks like, both the handle, jack and bag.

I had an original Sprint. USA edition. I remember the jack being grey, with a 3-6 inch flat lifting area, sort of long.
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PostPost by: pharriso » Wed Oct 01, 2014 10:56 pm

Tony, I have been looking for one now for 2 years... very hard to find.

Here's a picture (Elan at front, +2 at rear):

Metallifacture jacks 004.jpg and


I have an S3/early S4 one to swap if anyone is interested...
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PostPost by: Plus 2 » Thu Oct 02, 2014 4:30 am

pharriso wrote:Tony, I have been looking for one now for 2 years... very hard to find.

Here's a picture (Elan at front, +2 at rear):

Metallifacture jacks 004.jpg


I have an S3/early S4 one to swap if anyone is interested...


I can't see how that jack in the picture above at the rear for the +2 would work without damaging the fibreglass edge of the sill/rocker or mine is just different maybe on a +2S :?:

I have a spigot boss on the end pivot platform about 3 inches long with a deep shoulder at the base and not just a little nipple as the picture shows. The spigot slots through the fibreglass sill/rocker hole into the tube on the inner metal sill and the deep shoulder prevents the rocking base coming into contact with the fibreglass as it seats on the metal side wall first.

The jack screws down flat and is exactly the same structure on the scissor/thread as the front one pictured but without the long platform and just a spigot instead..............it is the original jack as supplied with the car

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PostPost by: vernon.taylor » Thu Oct 02, 2014 5:31 am

Yes, I think the one in the back is for a Ford Cortina. They go for silly money, too.

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PostPost by: fasterbyelan » Thu Oct 02, 2014 7:46 am

vernon.taylor wrote:Yes, I think the one in the back is for a Ford Cortina. They go for silly money, too.

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What is silly money? Do I need to put my original jack in the safe? :wink:
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PostPost by: Pistacchio sprint 72 » Thu Oct 02, 2014 7:57 am

I'd like to find one too.... :mrgreen:
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PostPost by: Plus 2 » Thu Oct 02, 2014 9:22 am

vernon.taylor wrote:Yes, I think the one in the back is for a Ford Cortina. They go for silly money, too.

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Thanks for that info Vernon I will have to check it out.

I bought this one in a boot fair a couple of weeks ago for ?1 (yes 1 GBP no typo or zero's missing) when I was in the UK changing my company car over................now that's silly money by the look of it then.

I mainly purchased it for the ratchet spanner part and threaded bar centre as mine is just a little bit worn and I have had to have the square male part corners on the jack part by building up with weld as they had rounded off slightly and this one looked unused virtually. I also thought I may be able to just turn a spigot down to match the +2 and remove the nipple and weld the correct shouldered spigot onto the platform. It appears an easy job too to make that channel part on the small Elan version of the jack and weld that on the platform. I know not original but a bit of Ford tractor grey paint I doubt it would look much different.The bad news..................there was actually two of them and what a sucker then as I only bought the one :(

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PostPost by: fasterbyelan » Thu Oct 02, 2014 9:32 am

The ratchet spring on my original Jack Handle broke. Matties had a replacement although the colour is different ( PM Part No. X050T0003Z)
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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Fri Oct 03, 2014 12:13 pm

Tony, here's a pic of a jack and handle, with the bag for an E type. I don't know if the bag is any different for an Elan, or even if the Elan ones came with a bag. Close? Hoefully an original owner can chime in. I have my original jack and handle and don't think it came with a bag but I'm the third owner, so who knows.

This pic is from Wire Wheel, Hayes Harris, currently on ebay.

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PostPost by: pharriso » Fri Oct 03, 2014 2:40 pm

The only Jack bag I have ever seen was with the unregistered 0028J which was sold last year:

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Sue makes a jack bag, but nothing like that!
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PostPost by: fasterbyelan » Fri Oct 03, 2014 3:47 pm

Mine came wrapped in a rug!
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PostPost by: tvacc » Fri Oct 03, 2014 4:22 pm

Picture above is just what I got with my car.
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PostPost by: ken ob » Fri Oct 03, 2014 5:14 pm

Yes the white nylon/stringy type bag is correct.

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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Fri Oct 03, 2014 5:51 pm

Not sure on dates but there was also a simple sack cloth bag for the jack too
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PostPost by: elanner » Fri Oct 03, 2014 7:11 pm

Whoo hoo, apparently I have an original. Perhaps I'm not as financially underwater with my rolling restoration as I thought! :lol:

But how does the U section lifting platform fit to the body? My S4 Owners Manual shows it neatly fitting under the sill/rocker, but the body of my S4 is flat underneath so that doesn't work. To work well the platform would need to have an L section, and to rotate.

It seems hopeless to me. It doesn't fit to the body, it's not particularly safe under the suspension lift points (because the platform pivots), & doesn't fit rationally in the trunk. And the ratchet is always the wrong way around. ;-)

I only use mine when I need a backup jack for some reason or other. For simple wheel lifting I keep a wonderful, tiny vintage scissor jack in the trunk. I wish I could find another.

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