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Spotted - Yellow S1 Elan near Wittringham

PostPost by: Mazzini » Tue Sep 15, 2020 5:04 pm

Lovely S1! I was in the white S3 S/E dhc.
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PostPost by: TBG » Tue Sep 15, 2020 7:03 pm

Gosh - do people live that far north? :shock:
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Tue Sep 15, 2020 7:07 pm

Gods own country (on a sunny day).

Do you have a close ratio (2.5/1) gearbox in your S3?
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PostPost by: el-saturn » Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:36 pm

i´m real south and never spot any elans ---------- sandy, alps
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:55 pm

Was it Kenny?
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PostPost by: TBG » Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:01 pm

"Do you have a close ratio (2.5/1) gearbox in your S3?"

Mazzer - I am not sure! As far as I know it is what it came with in 1966. I do have the 3:1 cwp though. :D
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PostPost by: elans3 » Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:36 pm

3.1 ? do you mean 3.55 ?
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Wed Sep 16, 2020 5:26 am

elans3 wrote:3.1 ? do you mean 3.55 ?


TGB has a 3.1 diff.

If you have a close ratio then 1st would be good for probably 55mph.
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PostPost by: TBG » Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:13 am

I don't use more that 6000rpm at most. This gives 44.3 in first, 65.4 in second and 94.6 in third. If I could pull 8000 rpm that would give 175.4 in top!!! Jeeesh! :D
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:22 am

Sounds like you have the later box. The close ratio with a tuned motor and a 3.5 is perfect for fast road use, but I think this set up might struggle with some of the Alpine passes. I know you have a tuned 1700 motor so you should be laughing.
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PostPost by: trw99 » Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:39 am

[quote="TBG"] If I could pull 8000 rpm that would give 175.4 in top!!! Jeeesh! :D[/quote]

I jolly dare you!

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PostPost by: TBG » Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:44 am

Tim - yes - perhaps not! But with the 3:1 I get a fairly relaxed 80 mph at 3500 rpm and that is what I need for long cross Europe jaunts - if they will let us in!! :shock:
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PostPost by: Elan 1600 » Sun Sep 20, 2020 1:00 pm

Where does a 3.1 diff come from?
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PostPost by: TBG » Sun Sep 20, 2020 1:27 pm

https://www.ntgear.co.uk/

Speak to Gordon who is most kind and helpful. :D
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PostPost by: Elan 1600 » Thu Sep 24, 2020 2:30 pm

Thanks for that.
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