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Elan Sprint on Harry's Garage

PostPost by: trw99 » Sun Jan 23, 2022 5:41 pm

Harry Metcalf has done a review of his Elan Sprint on his excellent YouTube channel, Harry's Garage:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeYvA-b ... Ag&index=1

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PostPost by: seniorchristo » Mon Jan 24, 2022 1:38 pm

Fabulous review!

Harry's gearchange seems a little quicker than most. I seem to remember him modifying it at some point in the past. :)
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PostPost by: smo17003 » Mon Jan 24, 2022 2:08 pm

Enjoyed that - I'd buy one - if I didn't have one already :D

I might try and record that acceleration to use on my phone as a wake up alarm. Nice way to start the day. :)
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Mon Jan 24, 2022 2:19 pm

He fitted a solid gear lever, the type fitted to the earlier cars.
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PostPost by: smo17003 » Mon Jan 24, 2022 2:26 pm

Mazzini wrote:He fitted a solid gear lever, the type fitted to the earlier cars.


And ignition switch on the dash, I thought all Sprint's had them on the column?
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PostPost by: Spyder fan » Mon Jan 24, 2022 3:01 pm

Early Sprints had the ignition key on the dashboard, but Harry's car should have it on the column as it's a 1972/3 car.
The reason he has it on the dash is due to the car being a bitsa type project when he bought it and the column wasn't original.

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PostPost by: LoTex » Mon Jan 24, 2022 4:11 pm

Wonderful paean to the Elan and especially the Sprint version. A true Driver's car! 8)
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PostPost by: Chuck Nukem » Mon Jan 24, 2022 5:07 pm

Is Harry a member by chance?
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PostPost by: USA64 » Mon Jan 24, 2022 8:17 pm

Can anyone tell me what it was he talked about spraying under the car for protection? All I could catch was "30". :?:
We are supposed to be having fun, are we not?
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PostPost by: smo17003 » Mon Jan 24, 2022 8:32 pm

USA64 wrote:Can anyone tell me what it was he talked about spraying under the car for protection? All I could catch was "30". :?:


ACF-50 Anti-Corrosion (apparently) Fluid.
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PostPost by: mark030358 » Tue Jan 25, 2022 11:10 am

ACF-50 is a "thick(ish) oil" I use it on the Exige suspension, its excellent stuff but does need regular application

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PostPost by: Bahamayellow » Tue Jan 25, 2022 1:52 pm

smo17003 wrote:
Mazzini wrote:He fitted a solid gear lever, the type fitted to the earlier cars.


And ignition switch on the dash, I thought all Sprint's had them on the column?


Mine is one of the early sprints with ignition on the dash and horn button on the steering wheel.

Good website explains all the details of the Sprint.

http://www.lotuselansprint.com/
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PostPost by: samplomp » Tue Jan 25, 2022 9:45 pm

trw99 wrote:Harry Metcalf has done a review of his Elan Sprint on his excellent YouTube channel, Harry's Garage:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeYvA-b ... Ag&index=1

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Thanks for posting this one ! And lovely impression of this very nice Sprint and then the sound .... :)
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PostPost by: andyj007 » Thu Jan 27, 2022 7:00 pm

ive got my engine and gearbox out my car right now.. . so what gearbox mod do you think he did , im not sure i understand. as the lever drops right into the box as standard? might as well tweak it if i can .. i did find thsi on a search but im not sure its this https://kelvedonlotus.co.uk/product/qui ... lever-kit/

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PostPost by: William2 » Sun Jan 30, 2022 11:30 am

Great video. He certainly drives his Elan as it should be driven!
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