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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Fri Mar 04, 2016 12:21 pm

Sonny, thanks much for this effort! So, I still cannot find 45/0243K, searching on 243K. Is this still
a glitch? If not, how do I get my car's info into your database?
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PostPost by: billwill » Fri Mar 04, 2016 6:04 pm

Have you tried without the letter K
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PostPost by: trw99 » Fri Mar 04, 2016 6:22 pm

[quote="gjz30075"]Sonny, thanks much for this effort! So, I still cannot find 45/0243K, searching on 243K. Is this still
a glitch? If not, how do I get my car's info into your database?[/quote]


Greg, per my post on page 2 of this thread "Records for all post Jan 70 Elan types from units 0172 through to 0501 were destroyed in a flood of the old airfield fire station at Hethel in the late 1970s. It is these missing records that Andy Graham, I and others are attempting to replicate. The data required is the full VIN, including year and month (and batch number for 70/71 cars), the original engine no if known and the original colour code if known. Any additional info gratefully received."

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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Fri Mar 04, 2016 9:31 pm

Yes, it doesn't find 0243 either. I guess I didnt put 2 +2 together and see that the data is coming
from Lotus. Which is still odd because I have an Archivist letter from some years back verifying
what they could of my car. Someone there should have my VIN.
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PostPost by: LotusArchives » Sat Mar 05, 2016 3:54 pm

The data on the VIN tool is not coming direct from Lotus, hence the amendment to say if you want build information to contact me at Lotus via the Archive e-mail address as It would appear our invoice register was copied by ?? many years ago and it is that copy that the VIN tool appears to be using, but not all of the information has been copied.

Greg,

When was the letter written as it may have been before the records at Lotus got destroyed?

Are you able to send me a copy, I can then look into it.

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PostPost by: redcarandco » Sat Mar 05, 2016 5:50 pm

As we say in my country perhaps am I going to fall "like a hair in the soup" but it does not seem to work with 26R chassis number and cosworth engine n?...Am I right or simply stupid in P.C. use...And sorry if somebody has already ask...I must confess I have not read all posts
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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Sat Mar 05, 2016 9:33 pm

Andy,
I have two letters, one from Maurice Storey and the other from Mike Pomfret, both are dated 2001

Not much info, really.

Attached are pdfs of the letters. I'll work with you offline, if you wish.

Thanks much
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PostPost by: trw99 » Sat Mar 05, 2016 11:27 pm

[quote="redcarandco"]As we say in my country perhaps am I going to fall "like a hair in the soup" but it does not seem to work with 26R chassis number and cosworth engine n?...Am I right or simply stupid in P.C. use...And sorry if somebody has already ask...I must confess I have not read all posts
Roger from belgium[/quote]

All the 26R data is missing from the source material Sonny is using.

And not every single Elan has it's data on this source either.

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PostPost by: redcarandco » Sun Mar 06, 2016 5:48 am

Many thanks Tim...During that time I have tried with car number I use in belgian and french races and it works ...Splendid "tool"
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PostPost by: pharriso » Mon Mar 07, 2016 11:58 pm

gjz30075 wrote:Andy,
I have two letters, one from Maurice Storey and the other from Mike Pomfret, both are dated 2001

Not much info, really.

Attached are pdfs of the letters. I'll work with you offline, if you wish.

Thanks much


Greg, one letter says supplied to Lotus East Jan '71, the other Jan '72!! :roll:
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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Tue Mar 08, 2016 12:14 am

*sigh* Yes, I know. Point is, someone / some department now has my car information so it should be
archived. Andy? Anyway, I found my old copy of the Sports Car World 'registry' and my car is NOT
there, hence, nothing comes up on this VIN tool search.

But again, I don't understand why this isn't being used?
http://www.elanregistry.org/

I believe the owner was trying to 'pass the baton' recently.
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PostPost by: LotusArchives » Fri Mar 11, 2016 9:34 pm

This sounds like it came from a book that Mike Pomfret had by his desk. I only found out about this a couple of years after he retired when another customer had more information from Mike than we have left. I managed to ask him about this and he said he left everything he had at Lotus, but by this time no-one knew where Mikes old records went, I suspect someone saw a tatty book and put it in for paper recycling. Why this was not stored with the other records ?? So if anyone has any records from Mike from the 90s/00s please let me know so that I can replace some of the lost information.
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PostPost by: TonyCaldwell » Thu Mar 17, 2016 5:59 pm

Hello Sonny,

Does / should this work for Sprints? - I 'know' / understand that mine is one of the batch that got lost.

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