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What is this missing piece of interior trim next to dash?

PostPost by: MrBonus » Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:29 pm

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I'm looking for the piece at both ends of the dash. It looks like when it was previously restored, this piece was not sourced nor replaced.

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PostPost by: alan.barker » Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:45 pm

For me nothing is missing but the Trim along the top of the Dash has dropped down. Maybe you can warm it up gently with a Hot Air Gun and slowly push back to the original shape.
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PostPost by: MrBonus » Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:59 pm

alan.barker wrote:For me nothing is missing but the Trim along the top of the Dash has dropped down. Maybe you can warm it up gently with a Hot Air Gun and slowly push back to the original shape.
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Ah, then I'll just leave it be. Thanks!
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PostPost by: pharriso » Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:14 pm

There should be a filler piece attached to the A pillar trims:

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Available from Paul Matty - https://paulmattysportscars.co.uk/product/elan-screen-pillar-trim-set/
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PostPost by: MrBonus » Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:19 pm

pharriso wrote:There should be a filler piece attached to the A pillar trims:

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Available from Paul Matty - https://paulmattysportscars.co.uk/product/elan-screen-pillar-trim-set/


Fantastic, thank you!

Google had failed me on this piece and was starting to wonder if my dash had been custom modified or something.
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PostPost by: types26/36 » Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:26 pm

And if it is a late S3 (mine was a S3SS) it will have an air vent in it.
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PostPost by: MrBonus » Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:29 pm

types26/36 wrote:And if it is a late S3 (mine was a S3SS) it will have an air vent in it.


Maybe I'll just put a glass eye in there.
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PostPost by: types26/36 » Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:38 pm

Yes its better to keep an eye on it .......... :lol:
But seriously your heater may have the outlets for the vents and if so you will have a draft blowing in all the time as it is closed off by the vent.
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PostPost by: gherlt » Thu Sep 06, 2018 5:34 pm

I thought all Coupes have vents there ... your car is DHC or FHC ?
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PostPost by: types26/36 » Thu Sep 06, 2018 5:43 pm

I thought the pre-air flow Coupe's did not have the vents.........could be wrong though.
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PostPost by: types26/36 » Thu Sep 06, 2018 6:19 pm

Just checked my books and the S3 Coupe's started at 36/4510 Sept 65.
The air vent fitted from #6600.
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Thu Sep 06, 2018 6:23 pm

I made a mistake there should be the moulded part with the little vent. The vent is a bit of a gadjet that moves about between open and closed
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PostPost by: MrBonus » Thu Sep 06, 2018 6:26 pm

gherlt wrote:I thought all Coupes have vents there ... your car is DHC or FHC ?


FHC.
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PostPost by: elancoupe » Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:46 pm

types26/36 wrote:Just checked my books and the S3 Coupe's started at 36/4510 Sept 65.
The air vent fitted from #6600.



As with most things Lotus...... :) I have seen airflow Coupes with numbers in the 6200 range.
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PostPost by: billwill » Fri Sep 07, 2018 12:53 am

My 67 S3 coupe originally had those air vents, but the first renovators in 1982 did not replace them after the re-covering of the soft bits.
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