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Orange indicator repeaters

PostPost by: saildrive2001 » Wed Jul 01, 2009 6:34 pm

I didn't make a note of the postiion of the orange wing (fender) repeater lamps on my UK spec S4. The body shop of course filled in the holes so I need to redrill the holes in the correct position. Can anyone help with the dimemsions. Please note that I still have the original lamps which are smaller than the replacement ones that are available these days.
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PostPost by: oldelanman » Wed Jul 01, 2009 7:29 pm

Mine are on a level with the top edge of the door aperture with the vertical centre line of the lamp 14.5 inches forward of the front edge of the door aperture. See pic.
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PostPost by: saildrive2001 » Thu Jul 02, 2009 1:06 pm

Thanks Roger. Looks like you are in the process of a full restoration like I am.
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PostPost by: foxoles » Wed Jul 08, 2009 9:55 am

Hi,
I'm new to the forum and was interested in this thread.
Could anyone tell me the name/source of the side repeaters shown in the picture above - Rogers - UK spec.
It must have the continuous chrome surround that goes into the cutouts where the screws go.
I've got one example, but need another to match - it has no markings/name on it.
It's NOT the Lucas L734, but I've been told that its a Lucas Sedan Part No FL155.
Is this correct?

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PostPost by: robcall » Wed Jul 08, 2009 11:35 am

Thats a Sparto lamp.Same as the interior light with the white lens.
This repeater lamp is original fitment only to Sprints.They are now very hard to come by and unless you're a stickler for originality to be honest the lucas lamp is a better quality fitting. :roll:
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PostPost by: saildrive2001 » Fri Jul 10, 2009 7:23 pm

Not entirely correct, my 69 S4 SE also has the same repeaters which are smaller thatn the new ones available these days. If anyone knows a source for the smaller ones I would be interested as I need to replace the aluminium surround on one of them.
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PostPost by: robcall » Sat Jul 11, 2009 4:17 am

Hi Keith,
unfortunately the sparto lenses are no longer available.
I did my first resto in 1980 and I could only source the lucas type then!
The white/orange lenses are sometimes seen on ebay-the aluminium surrounds fit both.

My reference was from Brian Bucklands manual so i did a bit of digging :o

Robinshaw/Ross S3-lucas 52813a S4/Sprint lucas fl155 or sparto
Period photos-
Motor test S4 1970-looks to be sparto
Rindt Sprint(an S4)-sparto
lotus brochure-Elan S4(yellow dhc front/white fhc back) both-lucas
possibly a case of what was to hand for S4/SEs :roll:

Interestingly again according to Robinshaw/Ross the sparto interior light was present from S1-Sprint
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PostPost by: saildrive2001 » Sat Jul 11, 2009 3:41 pm

Hi Nigel,
Did you find out what other vehicle they were used on, there might be a chance that some are ina scrap yard somewhere.
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PostPost by: iancockshull » Sat Jul 11, 2009 11:03 pm

Jonathan

Vehicle Wiring Products sell a similar thing to the Sparto that they call Torpedo Lamp, but clear lens only. Perhaps it could be tinted orange somehow. See their item M23, less than ?2 too. 8)

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PostPost by: saildrive2001 » Sun Jul 12, 2009 1:05 am

Ian,
That's a good lead. My lenses are ok it's just the metal trim pieces that are corroded & need replacing.
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PostPost by: robcall » Sun Jul 12, 2009 2:03 am

Keith-the only other vehicle I found with these repeater lamps was a-Europa-sorry :roll:

Ian-that lens may be worth a punt :D I wonder if they can get an amber lens?

Tamiya do a transparent orange paint-meant for plastic model cars.
this could be sprayed inside the lens for effect.
http://forums.evolutionm.net/evo-genera ... paint.html
http://www.tamiya.com/english/products/ ... t85003.htm
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