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PostPost by: Fourporche » Fri May 05, 2017 12:00 pm

My 1970 elan doesn't seem to have the " Pin" lights was this part of the standard feature !? or possibly removed at some point?
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PostPost by: billwill » Fri May 05, 2017 12:04 pm

What on Earth is a Pin light?
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PostPost by: tedtaylor » Fri May 05, 2017 12:42 pm

I assume he's referring to the little tiny white marker lights under the front bumper?
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PostPost by: Fourporche » Fri May 05, 2017 1:03 pm

Yes them!!
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PostPost by: Grizzly » Fri May 05, 2017 1:26 pm

Does your car have the recess for them? a guy we do work for occasionally has a US delivered Federal car and that has the recesses but doesn't have the side lights fitted.

Also i noticed his front turn signal lights are different (i assumed some one had changed them in it's past but noticed the car i've linked below has the same ones)

Bit like this....
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Or this
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PostPost by: Fourporche » Fri May 05, 2017 1:38 pm

That looks the way my car looks!
No pin lights
How can I tell if mines an SE
I have no SE badge on it either
What extra equipment does the SE have
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PostPost by: Gray » Fri May 05, 2017 3:33 pm

An SE should have a chrome strip on the sill, plus SE badges on the rear wings, but it does depend on what Lotus had in stock at the time of build. Cam covers should also be a different colour.
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PostPost by: pharriso » Fri May 05, 2017 4:11 pm

Later Federal Elans (S4s & Sprints) did not have sidelights in the front valence as we had the front lights & reflectors mounted on the front bumper
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PostPost by: pharriso » Fri May 05, 2017 4:18 pm

Fourporche wrote:How can I tell if mines an SE? I have no SE badge on it either, What extra equipment does the SE have
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We (Andy Graham Lotus Historian, Tim Wilkes & myself) have come to the conclusion that all Federal S4s were at the UK SE trim level, since they all (dangerous word with Lotus) appear to have Seat Belts, Knock-Off wheels & SE Spec engines.Only one level of trim was marketed here in the States.
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PostPost by: snowyelan » Fri May 05, 2017 4:31 pm

My 69 SE didn't have them either, no holes drilled thru the body but the recess was there.

Mine is definitely not a federal car (no holes behind the bumper for the federal side light wiring) and as far as I know it has been in Canada since new.

Lots of differences with these cars, mostly random.
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PostPost by: Fourporche » Fri May 05, 2017 5:25 pm

If they are indeed SE spec engines
What engineequipment does that have that makes it different :D
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PostPost by: billwill » Fri May 05, 2017 9:54 pm

:D

Them 'pin' lights are called side-lights or parking lights in the UK.

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Do the orange lights go on at night in the USA. & maybe flash off as an indicator? Or are there two filaments so they flash brighter at night.
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PostPost by: pharriso » Fri May 05, 2017 9:59 pm

Fourporche wrote:If they are indeed SE spec engines
What engineequipment does that have that makes it different :D


Emission equiped Stromberg cabs with crossover pipes & revised distributor advance curves...
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PostPost by: tedtaylor » Fri May 05, 2017 10:23 pm

billwill wrote::D

Them 'pin' lights are called side-lights or parking lights in the UK.

:shock:

Do the orange lights go on at night in the USA. & maybe flash off as an indicator? Or are there two filaments so they flash brighter at night.


Yellow lights are combo parking and turn signal/hazard warning lights. (dual filament)
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PostPost by: Fourporche » Fri May 05, 2017 11:11 pm

Parking
And turn indicators :D ?
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