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PostPost by: garyeanderson » Sun Feb 19, 2012 1:50 pm

I made mention to this as a topic in "The Case For Under Restored Cars" which may have been dragged a bit off topic.

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Anyway I pushed out the Elan for a quick photo. I like to build and I like to drive, I don't really enjoy fixing or maintenance but sometimes they are necessary evils so you can go and drive. Fixing oil leaks is just one thing that I see as of little values. You can see this by the looks of my Elans sandbox. Oil is still cheap compared to finding and fixing things that can be put off.
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I owned a Mercedes Diesel for some period of time (1980 to 1982) and it had a drinking problem too or high oil consumption and/or leaks - lets just say I was "dumping" in 3 quarts every trip to work that was just about 100 miles. As you can see I always had the right of way, who wouldn't give way to me unless it was at night. merging was its specialty! :)
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This Benz was was my drinking car. I walked around it once and counted the number of different objects that I hit and it was a lucky 13 and I kept driving it until I got another 200D body for the leaky/oil burning engine, I may have put a couple of gaskets in it but that was about all, it still burned 3 qts/100mile. never had a dui but was pulled plenty, 12oz beer cans would stand up under the seat, real nice...

My first new Ford F250 was not quite as bad at one quart every 700 miles, this pickup I owned for 9 years and drove 253,000 miles and its oil consumption never changed nor would I bring it to the dealer to fix even when it was new.I have a picture someplace but F250's kind of all look alike.
Anyway Elans are about driving and I do fix them but only if I can't drive it. Priorities you know!
Don't worry about buying an Elan from me as I am not selling any, running or dead - they are all mine :D

So anyone got a photo of their Elans sandbox they care to share?

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PostPost by: nebogipfel » Sun Feb 19, 2012 3:47 pm

piss-ant wrote:..... Fixing oil leaks is just one thing that I see as of little values....


Perhaps owners of places you park may disagree :?: :)
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PostPost by: Tahoe » Sun Feb 19, 2012 4:12 pm

My Elan Pees on a Swiss Traks floor that I paid nothing for. It works great because it insulates the floor a little so I don't lay on cold concrete and it's easy to clean using a little Simple Green or whatever to soak up and clean the pee spots.

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PostPost by: garyeanderson » Sun Feb 19, 2012 4:50 pm

nebogipfel wrote:
piss-ant wrote:..... Fixing oil leaks is just one thing that I see as of little values....


Perhaps owners of places you park may disagree :?: :)


Perhaps you are confused, My S2 Elan is to drive and it gets parked on the side of the road for those boring photos that you all seem to dislike. These are public ways and they are owned by all. I don't do much visiting in it, when I visit I take the F250 Diesel pickup. Anyhow if you like to fix oil leaks in English cars then by all means do so, I'll just add a pint or two and go have fun. different strokes I guess. :)

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PostPost by: billwill » Sun Feb 19, 2012 6:29 pm

>boring photos that you all seem to dislike

I don't want to stir you up again but I didn't say such photos were boring to EVERYONE, only that they were insufficient to hold the long-term interest of the guru-members, (presumed to be the small group of "most-frequent" posters.). You somehow extrapolated that to "you all"; It's a common effect of reading something on-line instead of hearing it in a verbal conversation.

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PostPost by: nebogipfel » Sun Feb 19, 2012 6:48 pm

piss-ant wrote:......Perhaps you are confused......


Clearly, I must be :roll:

My Elan leaks at the moment and no I don't like fixing leaks.

I don't like leaving a mess even in public places either ...it seems antisocial and selfish.

As you say, different strokes :wink:
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PostPost by: gordont » Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:36 pm

Oil leaks in my elan? - I thought all Loti leaked, like Gary I top it up every so often and accept the fact that it leaks (though probably more than I would like)
Alas no pics for me this week, elan is getting new QED420 cams this week :D and hopefully a few of the leaks fixed..
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PostPost by: spanner » Tue Feb 21, 2012 11:39 am

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PostPost by: garyeanderson » Tue Feb 21, 2012 8:47 pm

spanner wrote:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPaed8I3V1A

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What dat?
piss-ant no gots high speed and windows 98 and beau nose me can't do no funky links, pics of about 1 meg or less max otherwise its a no go pho-to

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PostPost by: spanner » Tue Feb 21, 2012 10:09 pm

Cultural lag?

Black and white TV?

Welcome Back Kotter lyrics by John Sebastian:

"Welcome back, your dreams were your ticket out.
Welcome back to that same old place that you laughed about.
Well the names have all changed since you hung around,
But those dreams have remained and they're turned around.
Who'd have thought they'd lead ya (Who'd have thought they'd lead ya)
Back here where we need ya (Here where we need ya)

Yeah we tease him a lot cause we've got him on the spot,
Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back, welcome back"

Welcome back, Gary.

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PostPost by: crannyr » Tue Feb 21, 2012 10:47 pm

We had 34 for Christmas dinner and no room in the house so..............
Into the garage;
6 saw hourses, 3 4x8 plywood, and all the chairs I could find, borrow, or steal for a "Red Neck Christmas".
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PostPost by: garyeanderson » Tue Feb 21, 2012 10:56 pm

spanner wrote:Cultural lag?

Black and white TV?

Welcome Back Kotter lyrics by John Sebastian:

"Welcome back, your dreams were your ticket out.
Welcome back to that same old place that you laughed about.
Well the names have all changed since you hung around,
But those dreams have remained and they're turned around.
Who'd have thought they'd lead ya (Who'd have thought they'd lead ya)
Back here where we need ya (Here where we need ya)

Yeah we tease him a lot cause we've got him on the spot,
Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back, welcome back"

Welcome back, Gary.

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No TV, Omama made it so, me no upgrade - nut-en on anyway but commercials, re-runs, and news about . I got a radio that I can listen to today. I got some record albums to play (this ain't no party, this ain't disco, this ain't no foolin around), the newest was bought before I got my first Elan in 1976.

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PostPost by: types26/36 » Fri Feb 24, 2012 5:49 pm

Oil leaks......what oil leaks? :lol:
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PostPost by: elansprint71 » Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:37 pm

types26/36 wrote:Oil leaks......what oil leaks? :lol:



How many times did you have to move the carpet around to achieve that pattern?
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PostPost by: 1964 S1 » Sat Feb 25, 2012 6:14 am

Hugo says zero.
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