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Wrecked Elan

PostPost by: smo17003 » Wed Mar 06, 2024 6:56 pm

Currently listed on Ebay there is an Elan R/H door for sale. One of the additional photos shows a completely wrecked Elan (early S4 DHC?). Looks like a very sad story for someone, hopefully without too much personal injury. A reminder of how little protection there is to the occupants of our cars.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/176271891959 ... R5Cs1s3CYw
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PostPost by: pharriso » Wed Mar 06, 2024 9:45 pm

Geez, I hope whoever was in that survived OK...

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PostPost by: USA64 » Thu Mar 07, 2024 3:10 am

Well two things; fiberglass fractures rather than crumples for one. This means that while it absorbs the same or more energy than sheet steel it looks worse because it's no longer present. Second, the rescue squad is anxious to avoid moving the people with injuries unknown. They will, therefore, cut away any part of the car to facilitate the removal of the occupants (often the roof). The mess that remains after rescue often looks far worse than it was. That said, it's a very small car so God help them we pray.
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PostPost by: Andy8421 » Thu Mar 07, 2024 7:25 am

I have a spyder rear hoop with side intrusion bars in the car I am restoring. I had considered leaving the side bars out, but having seen the picture I think I will reinstate them.

Has the car next to the Elan been shot at?
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PostPost by: trw99 » Thu Mar 07, 2024 9:47 am

It is 45/8803

Or I should write, 'it was' ...

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PostPost by: Dellortofan » Thu Mar 07, 2024 2:55 pm

The fire brigade are known for the conversion of anything to a convert ~able.
It's what their training is and in displays too.
The only one I saw give them trouble was a saab 99~that 70s saloon with the triple folded pillars. Jaws of life uprated nowadays.
Glassfibre monocoque as per early lotus, ginetta, and minari /alfa (worked there) pretty strong actually from damage I viewed . Now carbon fibre used to good effect instead.
A front ended lamborgini countach revealed tubes like a school desk and pretty much no protection for the drivers feet... Saw Just fresh air.
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PostPost by: pharriso » Thu Mar 07, 2024 3:35 pm

What are these 2 rods which appear to go right across the car from one rear hub to the other?

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PostPost by: trw99 » Thu Mar 07, 2024 5:33 pm

Hydraulic bake pipes.

That's why he had the crash ... :shock:

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PostPost by: gus » Thu Mar 07, 2024 9:33 pm

Scrapyards with a forklift make a mess of things in a hurry
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PostPost by: JonB » Fri Mar 08, 2024 8:52 am

I wonder what other parts he will sell..?
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PostPost by: Elanman99 » Fri Mar 08, 2024 9:54 pm

pharriso wrote:What are these 2 rods which appear to go right across the car from one rear hub to the other?

eBay_Wrecked_S4RearSuspension.jpg


Hood frame

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PostPost by: pharriso » Fri Mar 08, 2024 10:29 pm

Elanman99 wrote:
pharriso wrote:What are these 2 rods which appear to go right across the car from one rear hub to the other?

eBay_Wrecked_S4RearSuspension.jpg


Hood frame

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Probably, just not used to seeing it in that position :shock:

And again, I hope the occupants were OK.
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PostPost by: mark030358 » Sat Mar 09, 2024 11:35 pm

Be ok with a polish…
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PostPost by: 2cams70 » Thu Mar 14, 2024 8:39 am

I heard it was attacked with an axe by the previous owner out of frustration
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