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What have you found in your car's nose cone?

PostPost by: niagra » Sun Dec 16, 2012 3:31 pm

Today, I thought I'd remove the headlamp pods and clear out all the leaves and other debris that had collected over the years. Amongst the twigs, leaves and dirt I found two golf balls (one under each pod), a marble and a lump of coal.

Anyone had any interesting finds?

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PostPost by: elansprint71 » Sun Dec 16, 2012 3:36 pm

A plastic toy soldier. :|
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PostPost by: Spyder fan » Sun Dec 16, 2012 4:30 pm

An original air filter housing that wasn't rusted to F*#k :wink:

A set of "Maserati" air horns, obviously from another make of car :?
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PostPost by: sparkey » Sun Dec 16, 2012 6:13 pm

Usually a spanner from my last visit there. I'm surprised how long things can stay in there!
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PostPost by: garyeanderson » Sun Dec 16, 2012 6:21 pm

Well not in the nose but I pulled out a petrified pussycat preserved in gear lube out of the backbone of 26/4597 when I bought it back in 1976, anyone missing tittles?

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PostPost by: cal44 » Sun Dec 16, 2012 11:04 pm

Glassfiber nose hair...............
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PostPost by: 1964 S1 » Mon Dec 17, 2012 4:02 am

....bone shards and hair clumps from a deer, in an S2 I owned decades ago... I was told the deer USED to live in Kansas...
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PostPost by: CBUEB1771 » Mon Dec 17, 2012 4:16 am

piss-ant wrote:Well not in the nose but I pulled out a petrified pussycat preserved in gear lube out of the backbone of 26/4597 when I bought it back in 1976, anyone missing tittles?

Gary


Gary,
Why do you think I keep the cats locked indoors when you and Beau visit? I don't want either of them to become tunnel treasures, even though the little f*ckers often deserve it. To answer Dario's original question, just dirt and grit.
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PostPost by: Jason1 » Mon Dec 17, 2012 5:41 pm

I found half a decomposing badger lodged over a rear axle of a van once. The driver had hit it about a month earlier and came into the garage for a new front bumper and a service. I removed badger free of charge; "all part of the service sir"!

I did not find a lot in my nose=cone; mostly lots of leaves.
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PostPost by: rjaxe » Tue Dec 18, 2012 8:19 am

Three inches of water, comprehensively soaking the wiring loom and causing all manner of electrical issues. Why does a drain hole block perfectly on its own and I cannot get my sump sealed?
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PostPost by: rgh0 » Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:17 am

rjaxe wrote:Three inches of water, comprehensively soaking the wiring loom and causing all manner of electrical issues. Why does a drain hole block perfectly on its own and I cannot get my sump sealed?


That the best comment I have read in a long time --- it is such a Lotus classic design feature I guess!!!!
I have had the same problem but in addition the drain hole in my Elan is of course at a high point so even when not blocked water collects

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PostPost by: twincamman » Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:44 pm

the top of the jack stand when the car jack lost its hydraulic pressure because I twisted the handle while positioning the jack causing said jack to lower ----I have learned now
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PostPost by: GrUmPyBoDgEr » Thu Dec 27, 2012 1:15 pm

2 very old, dried & shriveled hill climb official's finger tips!
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PostPost by: CBUEB1771 » Thu Dec 27, 2012 2:27 pm

GrUmPyBoDgEr wrote:2 very old, dried & shriveled hill climb official's finger tips!


Hmm, the Ghost of Hill Climbs Past?
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