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help! lightpods stopped lifting

PostPost by: pharriso » Tue Aug 18, 2015 8:08 pm

elansprint71 wrote:'72 Sprint should have "fail-safe" headlamps i.e. they are sprung into the up position....

My '72 Sprint had had a front end rebuild at some point and had two vac-pod units, ....


Pete, surely (I know don't call me...) only Federal elans had fail safe headlights with a single vacuum pod??
All European Sprints had twin pods, the good news being your car is correct... :lol:
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PostPost by: elansprint71 » Tue Aug 18, 2015 8:47 pm

pharriso wrote:
elansprint71 wrote:'72 Sprint should have "fail-safe" headlamps i.e. they are sprung into the up position....

My '72 Sprint had had a front end rebuild at some point and had two vac-pod units, ....


Pete, surely (I know don't call me...) only Federal elans had fail safe headlights with a single vacuum pod??
All European Sprints had twin pods, the good news being your car is correct... :lol:


Well... you live and learn! :oops: I've been bamboooozled by those experts who write books about Elans!!!! Doh.
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PostPost by: cardno » Wed Aug 19, 2015 8:23 pm

elansprint71 wrote:'72 Sprint should have "fail-safe" headlamps i.e. they are sprung into the up position. There should be only one vacuum pod unit. If there is a leak, the lights should be up.

My '72 Sprint had had a front end rebuild at some point and had two vac-pod units, is this the case with yours?

I put the vac units in a bin and fitted modern electric actuators.


Which electric actuators did you use?
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PostPost by: Pistacchio sprint 72 » Sun Aug 23, 2015 6:29 pm

Sooo roger french came from houston texas to help me to fix that vacuum button problem...

He showed up. I took the car out of the garage so we could work on it .

I pulled the light button to show him...and they lift up!!!!

:mrgreen: biatch!
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PostPost by: Pistacchio sprint 72 » Sun Aug 23, 2015 6:30 pm

:shock: may be the button was scared to fail in front of him?
We will never know....
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PostPost by: RogerFrench » Mon Aug 24, 2015 12:55 pm

Pistacchio sprint 72 wrote::shock: may be the button was scared to fail in front of him?
We will never know....

As far as I know I have never scared anything, much less a button!
Still, it was great to meet you Cedric, thanks again for your hospitality and that really is a very nice Elan that you have.
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PostPost by: Pistacchio sprint 72 » Mon Aug 24, 2015 4:46 pm

It was great to meet a famous forum member from over the pond....
We will meet again next time you fly over for sure
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