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PostPost by: steph68 » Fri Sep 05, 2014 5:00 pm

Hi all

Long time reader of this forum, I finally just registered as a member today.
I finally bought a '70 S4 SE Federal Elan last week, after being a long time Elise driver (I still own a '09 SC, after doing a small detour with an Evora, which I didn't keep long)
This forum gave me all the answers to the questions I had, before I thought to buy one myself !

I bought it in the south of France, then had to drive back home 850km. Without fear, the car did it well in 2 days, not one single problem, but we looked like aliens in an UFO on the highway, and we enjoyed the trip every kilometer (^H mile, sorry :) ).

At this time, I'm trying to understand how the electrics work on the car, as my priority is to restore the headlamps functions at least (security, before cosmetics). I will continue to read the board before posting, as most of my questions are probably already answered there - not sure I'll have an original question soon :D

Here, one photo after driving back home:
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Elan S4 '70 - Exige S '14
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PostPost by: rgh0 » Sat Sep 06, 2014 2:44 am

HI and welcome
It looks like a nice car and about the same vintage as my S4

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PostPost by: alan » Sat Sep 06, 2014 6:22 am

welcome to the forum, i live in France also Morbihan
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PostPost by: terryp » Sat Sep 06, 2014 6:56 am

Welcome Steph
I too have a federal Elan in France!

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All the best
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Sat Sep 06, 2014 7:15 am

Welcome to the forum!
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PostPost by: vernon.taylor » Sat Sep 06, 2014 7:29 am

Salut

Welcome from a +2 owner in Lyon.

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PostPost by: diablo » Sat Sep 06, 2014 8:04 am

Welcome from a S4 owner in Normandy
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PostPost by: Chancer » Sat Sep 06, 2014 11:10 am

Welcome from an S4 owner in Picardie, where are you based Steph?
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PostPost by: pharriso » Sat Sep 06, 2014 12:09 pm

Bienvenue Steph! You have a nice looking car there.

You guys explain why I cannot find any replacement Federal seats here in the US, they're all in France!
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PostPost by: pharriso » Sat Sep 06, 2014 12:12 pm

steph68 wrote:At this time, I'm trying to understand how the electrics work on the car, as my priority is to restore the headlamps functions at least (security, before cosmetics). I will continue to read the board before posting, as most of my questions are probably already answered there - not sure I'll have an original question soon :D


Check out my thread on making the headlight flashers work on a Federal car (http://www.lotuselan.net/forums/lotus-electrical-f38/late-federal-fail-safe-headlight-wiring-t30133.html?hilit=flasher, there's a simplified wiring diagram that should make everything clear... took me a couple of months to get everything right. :roll:
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PostPost by: terryp » Sat Sep 06, 2014 1:26 pm

pharriso wrote:Bienvenue Steph! You have a nice looking car there.

You guys explain why I cannot find any replacement Federal seats here in the US, they're all in France!


And very comfy they are too! :lol: :lol: :lol:


You can have your cross over pipes back if you like :wink:
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PostPost by: steph68 » Sat Sep 06, 2014 3:50 pm

Hi
Thanks for the welcome ! I'm from Alsace, east of France. I think we have all regions represented here :D

pharriso : I used you diagram as a basis, but I think some wires have been changed on mine, as the colors don't exactly match. Plus the previous owner changed the vacuum switch on the dash with a non federal one (without microswitches), so it'll be a bit difficult... But I'll get it working, no worry.

Sorry for the seats... indeed, they're much more comfortable than the Probax in the Elise. I wouldn't have done the same travel in the Elise...
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PostPost by: Spyder fan » Sat Sep 06, 2014 5:17 pm

Welcome,
You will never understand the electrics, but perhaps you will get them to cooperate with your needs :D

Nice car, I can imagine the trip back from the South of France. The ?lan is a rare car on the road in the UK, it always makes my day when I see one. In France it must be as you say, ..... like an alien being has landed :mrgreen:
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