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Re: Let the pictures do the talking.

PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 6:09 am
by holywood3645
F1 support race at Brands

Re: Let the pictures do the talking.

PostPosted: Sun Oct 16, 2016 8:33 pm
by elansprint71
You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off...

Re: Let the pictures do the talking.

PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 9:51 am
by rgh0
Ah.... the cleverly designed Lotus Elan fuel tank ejector system to minimise the risk of fire in a crash. You can even drive the car back to the pits after if you have enough fuel in the carb bowls !

cheers
Rohan

Re: Let the pictures do the talking.

PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 10:45 am
by Mazzini
rgh0 wrote:Ah.... the cleverly designed Lotus Elan fuel tank ejector system to minimise the risk of fire in a crash. You can even drive the car back to the pits after if you have enough fuel in the carb bowls !

cheers
Rohan


It's a Lotus feature as any Europa owner will tell you...it happened to me years ago.

Re: Let the pictures do the talking.

PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 11:21 am
by rgh0
Mazzini wrote:
rgh0 wrote:Ah.... the cleverly designed Lotus Elan fuel tank ejector system to minimise the risk of fire in a crash. You can even drive the car back to the pits after if you have enough fuel in the carb bowls !

cheers
Rohan


It's a Lotus feature as any Europa owner will tell you...it happened to me years ago.



I thought Europas and Esprits used the alternate fuel dump system where the bottom of the fuel tanks was cleverly designed to corrode but so that any impact would result in the bottom of the tank rupturing and all the fuel being safely dumped. :lol:

cheers
Rohan

Re: Let the pictures do the talking.

PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 12:06 pm
by Quart Meg Miles
Mazzini wrote:
rgh0 wrote:Ah.... the cleverly designed Lotus Elan fuel tank ejector system to minimise the risk of fire in a crash. You can even drive the car back to the pits after if you have enough fuel in the carb bowls !

cheers
Rohan


It's a Lotus feature as any Europa owner will tell you...it happened to me years ago.

I thought the Europa featured an Engine eject system.

Re: Let the pictures do the talking.

PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 12:28 pm
by rgh0
Quart Meg Miles wrote:
Mazzini wrote:
rgh0 wrote:Ah.... the cleverly designed Lotus Elan fuel tank ejector system to minimise the risk of fire in a crash. You can even drive the car back to the pits after if you have enough fuel in the carb bowls !

cheers
Rohan


It's a Lotus feature as any Europa owner will tell you...it happened to me years ago.

I thought the Europa featured an Engine eject system.



Yes the Europa engine ejection system was indeed a very clever design. Unfortunately in hard cornering the deliberate weak spots in the chassis next to the engine mounts could fail prematurely leading to an unwanted early engine ejection. In the Esprit Lotus fixed that minor design weakness with the classic Dinasaurus bones to mount the gearbox to the reinforced chassis made of real steel tubes rather than bent tin can sheet metal. Instead they designed a clever engine mount for the S1 and S2 Esprit designed to fail and release the engine in the event of a sudden impact. They also retained the fuel dump system from the Europa for the Esprit fuel tanks as a double protection. :lol:

cheers
Rohan

Re: Let the pictures do the talking.

PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 12:30 pm
by Mazzini
I had a battered old S2 Europa in the 80's, the tanks were held in by three studs a side, but the tanks were very rusty and on one side the PO had sheared two of the studs, the third stud tore through the GRP and dumped the tank on a high street somewhere in the north of England. On a Europa the tanks are fitted from underneath and if their supports fail they just drop out...after thirty years I can laugh about it now.

Re: Let the pictures do the talking.

PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 12:34 pm
by PaulFinch
elansprint71 wrote:You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off...


Thanks Pete, that made me smile. Which is something I've not done a lot of since I stuffed no.481 into the Druids tyre barrier on Saturday.

I'm contemplating making the worlds first 'Bob Tail' Elan....

Re: Let the pictures do the talking.

PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 2:24 pm
by Quart Meg Miles
Bad luck/judgement Paul and not much to smile about. BUT does it now comply with Reliant Robin regs?

Re: Let the pictures do the talking.

PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 6:45 pm
by elansprint71
PaulFinch wrote:
elansprint71 wrote:You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off...


Thanks Pete, that made me smile. Which is something I've not done a lot of since I stuffed no.481 into the Druids tyre barrier on Saturday.

I'm contemplating making the worlds first 'Bob Tail' Elan....


No injuries (I hope) that's the main thing.
My suggestion would be to fit a pick-up rear; very handy for going to the market or down the tip. :twisted:

Dave Hughes (bigvalvehead) on this forum has a full S3 rear end, this may be of some use to you, obviously the wheel arches would need patching in.

Re: Let the pictures do the talking.

PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 7:03 pm
by PaulFinch
elansprint71 wrote:
PaulFinch wrote:
elansprint71 wrote:You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off...


Thanks Pete, that made me smile. Which is something I've not done a lot of since I stuffed no.481 into the Druids tyre barrier on Saturday.

I'm contemplating making the worlds first 'Bob Tail' Elan....


No injuries (I hope) that's the main thing.
My suggestion would be to fit a pick-up rear; very handy for going to the market or down the tip. :twisted:

Dave Hughes (bigvalvehead) on this forum has a full S3 rear end, this may be of some use to you, obviously the wheel arches would need patching in.


No, other than a slightly stiff back for the last few days, absolutely fine. It didn't actually hurt at all, didnt even knock the wind out of me which was surprising when I saw how far back the Armco was pushed...

Would definitely rather be fixing the Elan than the Cortina.

Thanks for the heads up, Dave's already been in touch.

Re: Let the pictures do the talking.

PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2016 12:48 pm
by elj221c
Looks like a five minute job to me, Paul!

:wink:

Re: Let the pictures do the talking.

PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 10:38 pm
by SADLOTUS
Here's a few from the scrapbook...

Re: Let the pictures do the talking.

PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 10:52 pm
by SADLOTUS
few more....