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Air flow introduction

PostPost by: 65ginetta » Fri Jan 15, 2016 12:06 pm

1966,My Vehicle number 36/5598. My body #1320, Non airflow
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PostPost by: Francisco » Fri Jan 15, 2016 5:15 pm

Hi all. My S3 FHC is body number 1620 and chassi 36/6055. It is not an Air Flow.
It left the Factory in September 66. Hope this helps.
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PostPost by: LotusArchives » Sat Jan 16, 2016 6:54 pm

Francisco wrote:Hi all. My S3 FHC is body number 1620 and chassi 36/6055. It is not an Air Flow.
It left the Factory in September 66. Hope this helps.
Take care
Francisco


Thank you to all of you that has contributed. The reason for going down the body number route rather than the VIN route is bodies can be changed, as appears to have happened to unit 6843 if it has a pre-airflow body.

Francisco, your car was the last pre-airflow body I was aware of, but body number 1467 being a air flow has thrown a spanner in the works.

Please keep contibuting with your body numbers so that we can get a better picture of bodies with with air-flow.
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PostPost by: dodo_z » Sat Jan 16, 2016 7:35 pm

LotusArchives wrote:... but body number 1467 being a air flow has thrown a spanner in the works.


Sorry for the confusion, there are too much Elan bodies in the workshop - 1467 is pre-airflow.

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PostPost by: Francisco » Sun Jan 17, 2016 12:02 am

Thank you Andy!! Nice to know I might have an...historical Elan!!
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PostPost by: tonyr27 » Thu Jan 21, 2016 10:43 am

I'm certain our Elan Coupe was converted to airflow at some stage.

Body number no 2186, chassis number 36/5286, registered 50 years ago 17/01/1966 Reg no FRR850D.

I would be interested if anyone has any history on this Elan as we've only owned for two years.

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PostPost by: englishmaninwales » Thu Jan 21, 2016 11:58 pm

englishmaninwales wrote:My pre airflow S3 Coupe was registered 17/06/66 and its number is 36/5712. Not sure if that helps!
Malcolm

Just to add that the body number is 1403. Never knew the body numbers existed until this thread!
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PostPost by: englishmaninwales » Fri Jan 22, 2016 12:04 am

tonyr27 wrote:I'm certain our Elan Coupe was converted to airflow at some stage.

Body number no 2186, chassis number 36/5286, registered 50 years ago 17/01/1966 Reg no FRR850D.

I would be interested if anyone has any history on this Elan as we've only owned for two years.

TonyR

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Maybe a new aeroflow body shell with those numbers and dates, retaining the VIN/registration?
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PostPost by: tonyr27 » Fri Jan 22, 2016 1:53 pm

Malcolm
I guess it could have suffered major damage at some stage and had the shell replaced, as it seems odd for someone to just convert it to airflow!
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PostPost by: jhogne » Fri Sep 16, 2022 6:38 pm

I know this is a rather old topic but was just asking this very same question and I don’t know if this was ever solved.
I believe I have one of the earlier S3 Coupe Airflow. Type/Chassis 36/6544 and Body No 1723. Body number on Firewall and written on both doors. No markings on the roof. See images. I have no data of when or where (Hethel or Cheshunt)the car was built although I believe it to be a 67. Any insight on this info would be appreciated.

This car also has a Cheshunt chassis plate where the Diff oil spec has been scratched out for all suppliers, which I believe was close to the time when the factory change took place.

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PostPost by: elancoupe » Fri Sep 16, 2022 8:44 pm

Thanks for bumping this up - I have an update , that I kind of forgot about.

I had previously said that my pre airflow, #6138, built in Sept 66, had no findable body number.

Rather by accident, I uncovered the number on the firewall, #1640. I continue to believe it to be among the last before airflow was introduced.
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PostPost by: dgym » Fri Sep 16, 2022 11:54 pm

Hi Johan,
I have 36/6612, It left the factory in Dec '66 just before xmas.
Our cars must be near the very start of the Airflows (still haven't found my body number) .
do you have the face level vents?
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PostPost by: types26/36 » Sat Sep 17, 2022 5:01 am

jhogne wrote:
This car also has a Cheshunt chassis plate where the Diff oil spec has been scratched out for all suppliers, which I believe was close to the time when the factory change took place.

Best,
Johan


#6544 was built/invoiced on the 28th April 1967.
Regarding the scratched out diff oil on the Vin Plate, from what I have seen it was done on SE models fitted with the 3.55 ratio diff but don't know the reason why.
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PostPost by: dgym » Sun Sep 18, 2022 12:52 am

Could this be my body number? I think I'm seeing 1749
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PostPost by: jhogne » Sun Sep 18, 2022 11:50 am

dgym wrote:Hi Johan,
I have 36/6612, It left the factory in Dec '66 just before xmas.
Our cars must be near the very start of the Airflows (still haven't found my body number) .
do you have the face level vents?
-Jim


Hi Jim, Yes I believe I do. To be sure we talk about the same thing, I attached this photo of small round vents just outside the dash.

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