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Elan Sprint Mechanical Fan

PostPost by: Bodmin » Mon May 09, 2022 10:19 pm

Can anybody advise whether Elan Sprints were originally fitted a mechanical fan as well as the electric fan?
If so we’re they 2 bladed or 4 bladed?
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PostPost by: Andy8421 » Tue May 10, 2022 5:39 am

As far as I am aware, Sprints were electric fan only.
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PostPost by: pharriso » Wed May 11, 2022 6:32 am

I have seen a number of Federal Sprints fitted with a multi-blade white or orange plastic fan mounted on the water pump boss. I think this was an act of desperation by the dealers or importer to solve cooling issues in hot regions.

My car had one, which I removed... I will post a picture once I return to the US next week,
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Wed May 11, 2022 9:24 am

Didn't some Federal Sprints have a full width radiator as well?
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PostPost by: pharriso » Wed May 11, 2022 5:14 pm

Mazzini wrote:Didn't some Federal Sprints have a full width radiator as well?

I don’t think so… but happy to be corrected.

They do have a larger radiator fan motor with a large 4 blade metal fan that can draw blood.
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PostPost by: cliveyboy » Thu May 12, 2022 7:58 am

Its quite possible that some of the early production run of a new series had the older series radiator components
I know a S3 owner whose Elan came with an S2 radiator and a S4 Elan that came with the wider S3 radiator.
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Thu May 12, 2022 9:04 am

I've seen some early S3 pre-airflow fhc's with S2 radiators and late S2 S/E's with the wider thinner S3 radiator.

I thought I'd read somewhere or somebody told me that some Federal Sprints had the earlier wider rad, but like the plastic fan, as Phil said, it could have been a dealer modification.
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