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S3 / S4 Sprint Hardtop Hardware

PostPost by: Famous Frank » Sun Sep 27, 2020 3:44 pm

I have a customer asking if I have any S3 / S4 or Sprint Hardtop Installation Hardwate? Although I manufacture exact S1 / S2 Hardtop Installation Hardware I have no idea what the Installation Hardware even looks like tor the S3 / S4 or Sprint. Does anyone have a pic of the S3 / S4 or Sprint Installation Hardware? Is available to purchase it anywhere?

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PostPost by: Elan45 » Sun Sep 27, 2020 5:59 pm

I ordered 2 S3-4 hardtops from Lenham in probably 1976. They were supposed to be air-freighted to Columbus, but I think they were only flown into the US and then trucked across Pennsylvania. Anyway, the big box was pretty torn up. So I ordered replacement hardware from Lenham. What I got were these special little "J" hooks. Since one of the HTs went to a business friend and he had already moved it on, I was left w/ a spare hook. The other 2 went w/ the HT I then sold in 1978 when I bought my FHC. The HT has a rim under the front edge which is supposed to slip into the slot where the normal soft top goes when the hood is erected, but I could never get the HT to mate w/ the windscreen frame of my S3-SS. I'll dig around and try to find the "J" hook I kept. The "J" hook goes through a bracket on the inside of the HT and is then fastened to the folded up top bows in their tray.

I want to retain this hook because I now have a 3rd Elan, another S3 that was converted to 26R in 1968 and I may want a HT for it

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PostPost by: nmauduit » Mon Sep 28, 2020 9:21 am

Elan45 wrote:I ordered 2 S3-4 hardtops from Lenham in probably 1976. They were supposed to be air-freighted to Columbus, but I think they were only flown into the US and then trucked across Pennsylvania. Anyway, the big box was pretty torn up. So I ordered replacement hardware from Lenham. What I got were these special little "J" hooks. Since one of the HTs went to a business friend and he had already moved it on, I was left w/ a spare hook. The other 2 went w/ the HT I then sold in 1978 when I bought my FHC. The HT has a rim under the front edge which is supposed to slip into the slot where the normal soft top goes when the hood is erected, but I could never get the HT to mate w/ the windscreen frame of my S3-SS. I'll dig around and try to find the "J" hook I kept. The "J" hook goes through a bracket on the inside of the HT and is then fastened to the folded up top bows in their tray.

I want to retain this hook because I now have a 3rd Elan, another S3 that was converted to 26R in 1968 and I may want a HT for it

Roger


thank you for the description : if you locate it, a couple detail photos (edit: of known original parts) would be of help to some people here I'm sure...
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Mon Sep 28, 2020 10:30 am

Available from Kelvedon at £45+vat

https://kelvedonlotus.co.uk/product/har ... tting-kit/

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PostPost by: TBG » Mon Sep 28, 2020 11:28 am

Kelvedon having a laugh?????? £45 plus vat for something I could knock up in half an hour for well under a fiver!! :shock: :shock:
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Mon Sep 28, 2020 11:54 am

Don’t just talk about it do it then!
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PostPost by: TBG » Mon Sep 28, 2020 12:38 pm

Old bean - I don't have a hardtop - just a bald head that I like to have out in the breeze/gale.............!! :lol: :lol:
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PostPost by: Famous Frank » Mon Sep 28, 2020 9:42 pm

Elanfan1,

Thank you for the great picture! If possible, can there be a side picture ? And maybe some measurements such as thread size, length, width, etc. I’ll try to fav some up for the states side folks.

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PostPost by: Famous Frank » Mon Sep 28, 2020 9:43 pm

Should read “Fab some up!”
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Tue Sep 29, 2020 9:16 am

That photo was lifted I didn’t take it myself so can’t help with anything you ask sorry. Have you checked with suppliers stateside that they don’t stock them? I can well imagine Kelvedon supplying them as wholesalers to other retailers (or maybe the other way around). If not I guess you could buy a pair in as patterns at least you won’t have to pay the VAT
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Tue Sep 29, 2020 10:25 am

elanfan1 wrote:That photo was lifted I didn’t take it myself so can’t help with anything you ask sorry. Have you checked with suppliers stateside that they don’t stock them? I can well imagine Kelvedon supplying them as wholesalers to other retailers (or maybe the other way around). If not I guess you could buy a pair in as patterns at least you won’t have to pay the VAT

That's a good idea and knock some up. Sell them for a Tenner and make a Fiver , a nice little earner :lol:
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