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CV vs Donuts Poll

What do you use or intend to use in the future

Solid Driveshafts (No Donuts) as the Susan Miller / TTR / Dave Bean / Elantrikbits Conversion
62
61%
Solid Driveshafts (1 Donut) as the Spyder Conversion
9
9%
Do-nuts
26
25%
Cream-Buns
4
4%
Elastic bands - Large type as Daf Cars
1
1%
 
Total votes : 102

PostPost by: types26/36 » Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:32 am

peterako wrote:As I'm using Mick Miller CV's at the moment thought I'd give the Cream Buns a try in the future... :D


Why dont you just fill the CV's with cream instead of the grease.....best of both worlds :lol: :lol:
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PostPost by: peterako » Mon Sep 20, 2010 1:15 pm

types26/36/74 wrote:Why dont you just fill the CV's with cream instead of the grease.....best of both worlds :lol: :lol:


Now there's a (worrying) thought! :D

Thankfully I can't seem to find my grease gun....maybe a can of compressed whipped ceam......hmmmm....
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PostPost by: billwill » Mon Sep 20, 2010 8:09 pm

>Obviously, we would meet in the middle somewhere. I don't think that CN's Evante was an Elan, nor did it pretend to be.

CN ???

The Evante was a George Robertson design methinx, Vegantune of Spalding.

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I think it was habit that made me install doughnuts last time they failed.

I think I SHOULD have thought it through and costed CV shafts.
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PostPost by: summerinmaine » Mon Sep 20, 2010 9:37 pm

billwill wrote:CN ???

The Evante was a George Robertson design methinx, Vegantune of Spalding.

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I think it was habit that made me install doughnuts last time they failed.

I think I SHOULD have thought it through and costed CV shafts.



You're probably right. It's been a long time since I even thought of the Evante, and I know I have catalogues from both CN and Vegantune from back in my early days. Don't think it changes my point though.
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PostPost by: billwill » Mon Sep 20, 2010 11:05 pm

CN used to chop the tops off +2s

Vegantune did the Evante. They also did a total refurb on my car in 1982 and while visting, I remember George Robertson demonstrating that because their Fibreglass had carbon fibre in it, he could stand in the centre of a bonnet lid of an Evante on the floor, without damaging it. And he was/is no lightweight.
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PostPost by: terryp » Tue Sep 21, 2010 10:32 am

63 votes cast and the interesting point is that less than 1 in 5 of us are on the standard 2 Do-nut per side set up.

Back to my oil leaks now..........
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PostPost by: 512BB » Tue Sep 21, 2010 12:20 pm

Terry,
The poll states 'what do you use or INTEND to use', and 63 peeps so far is hardly representative, is it. How many Elans and +2 on the road, worldwide? If the poll had just been for 'what have you got fitted' I think it would have been far more accurate. Just my pinion, & CW!

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PostPost by: terryp » Tue Sep 21, 2010 12:51 pm

So I did it wrong and now have a complex :cry:

One last try..........Jedi mind trick. .....

Leslie ,
you will order some solid driveshafts from Susan Miller.........
you will order some solid driveshafts from Susan Miller.........
you will order some solid driveshafts from Susan Miller.........
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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Tue Sep 21, 2010 1:18 pm

I have Performance Unlimited (modified with spring loaded floating centre shaft) with U/J's at each end and am a happy bunny

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PostPost by: Galwaylotus » Wed Sep 22, 2010 7:37 am

512BB wrote:Terry,
The poll states 'what do you use or INTEND to use', and 63 peeps so far is hardly representative, is it. How many Elans and +2 on the road, worldwide? If the poll had just been for 'what have you got fitted' I think it would have been far more accurate. Just my pinion, & CW!

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Leslie's point is valid. I voted based on my intention to change to CV driveshafts (at some undefined point in the future). My S3 is currently running donuts. If the question was worded differently, I'd have had to vote differently.
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PostPost by: peterako » Wed Sep 22, 2010 8:45 am

terryp wrote:you will order some solid driveshafts from Susan Miller.........
you will order some solid driveshafts from Susan Miller.........
you will order some solid driveshafts from Susan Miller.........


Eeek! :shock:

What have you done Terry????

I've just ordered CV's from Sue.....and I already have a pair installed!!!

Sorry Sue....only joking.....
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PostPost by: terryp » Wed Sep 22, 2010 8:52 am

peterako wrote:
terryp wrote:you will order some solid driveshafts from Susan Miller.........
you will order some solid driveshafts from Susan Miller.........
you will order some solid driveshafts from Susan Miller.........


Eeek! :shock:

What have you done Terry????

I've just ordered CV's from Sue.....and I already have a pair installed!!!

Sorry Sue....only joking.....


That's the power of the Force Peter :D :lol:

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PostPost by: worzel » Wed Sep 22, 2010 10:37 am

Hi

I love this topic!

Just what exactly is so great about originality? Move the discussion sideways a bit- does your pre-war house still have cast iron window frames or do you prefer to keep out the elements with plastic? Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't the bottom line for most firms all about money- if it does the job use it- but don't go overboard and fit something that outlasts the rest of the car. From what I've read Chapman wasn't even that interested in elans- except for the money they generated to enable him to do other things (nothing wriong with that as far as I'm concerned since I'm only interested in what these cars do rather than the details of how they do it).

What amuses me (apologies) is when I hear owners (of any marque I should add) monologue endlessly about how original their cars are. I seem to recall quite a few road testers of Chapman's output did sometimes remark about the low build standards in contemporary articles. Me- I prefer cars I don't have to nurse in heavy traffic because they overheat at the slightest hold up, that don't leak, that don't have ignition systems buried somewhere and all the rest of the nonsense.

Think about it this way if you're inclined to be a purist, the elan models changed throughout their production run so that the last ones has better design features (and some worse ones) so was a 73 sprint not quite the "same" as a 62 S1?

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PostPost by: hatman » Wed Sep 22, 2010 12:23 pm

worzel wrote:
...does your pre-war house still have cast iron window frames or do you prefer to keep out the elements with plastic?



Ah, but you wouldn't be permitted to fit double glazing to a Grade 1 listed building would you? (and an Elan is certainly the equivalent of Grade 1 listing status :D ).
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PostPost by: terryp » Wed Sep 22, 2010 12:52 pm

hatman wrote:
worzel wrote:
...does your pre-war house still have cast iron window frames or do you prefer to keep out the elements with plastic?



Ah, but you wouldn't be permitted to fit double glazing to a Grade 1 listed building would you? (and an Elan is certainly the equivalent of Grade 1 listing status :D ).


AH HA - But if it were a conversion and under Building Control you would have to meet the current building regulations by which ever means possible and with agreement with English Heritage i.e. by fitting secondary glazing.
So in the case of the Elan perhaps keep the original radiator but have another radiator somewhere else with an enormous fan :wink:

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