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What are these things?

PostPost by: zog » Wed Sep 27, 2023 11:33 pm

Rather than page through the parts book for an hour I thought I would ask you wise sages what these things are. The smaller one came in a box when I bought my S1 Elan in 1987. The bigger one came in a box with the S1 I just started to work on. Thanks!
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PostPost by: StressCraxx » Wed Sep 27, 2023 11:35 pm

Possibly an exhaust hanger at or near the transmission mount.
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PostPost by: Pabarlow » Thu Sep 28, 2023 1:33 am

I don't recognize them but the bigger one is way faster.
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PostPost by: Wolfman » Thu Sep 28, 2023 3:20 am

No idea if this will help but here’s a couple of pics of exhaust clamps around that area…

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From my S1 that has been restored, and while Norman Lupton (mentioned in Brian Buckland’s book) was extensively consulted, there is more some modern/non-original hardware in places on the car.
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PostPost by: Quart Meg Miles » Thu Sep 28, 2023 9:48 pm

What sort of diameter are they, Bob?
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PostPost by: zog » Mon Oct 02, 2023 9:48 pm

Sorry for the delayed response.....

The diameter of the round part on the smaller one is 2 3/4. The larger one is 4".

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PostPost by: Pabarlow » Mon Oct 02, 2023 10:51 pm

Makes one think of remote brake and clutch fluid reservoirs, though I've not seen that on an Elan.
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PostPost by: MartinH » Tue Oct 03, 2023 8:31 am

They look like hose support clamps?
The bigger one looks like the clamp on my S3 for the air duct from the filter to the carbs and without checking 4" is probably about the right diameter.

The smaller one for one of the rad hoses??

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PostPost by: Quart Meg Miles » Wed Oct 04, 2023 5:26 pm

+1 Though they look a bit flimsy in the pictures.

CORRECTION: :oops: 2 3/4 inches is the same as the Tutor screen washer bottle but my bracket doesn't look like the one pictured; my hoses are smaller diameter, more like 2 1/4 inches over the rubber and none of them are supported by the bodywork.

The air intake hose is 4 inches, as surmised.
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PostPost by: knockoffnut » Wed Oct 18, 2023 5:47 pm

...is it safe to say that these are NOT stock Elan parts...?
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PostPost by: knockoffnut » Wed Oct 18, 2023 5:48 pm

BTW congrats on your BaT sale Zog...fabulous!
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PostPost by: zog » Sun Oct 22, 2023 10:47 am

I guess they are not stock. It is just curious that I got two similar pieces from two different S1 Elans. Maybe a bracket for an aftermarket air horn from the era? Oh well......

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PostPost by: mbell » Sun Oct 22, 2023 5:53 pm

When I first saw it I wondered if it was a bracket for the air box, hold one of the inlet pipes or something. But assume it's not as someone works have known that!
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