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Sprint buying guide / advices

PostPost by: Giniw » Wed Jul 24, 2019 12:01 pm

Really? This is great news! Not that I expect to rebuild the engine as it has been done recently but it's good to know for peace of mind! (honestly I have mixed feelings about rebuilt engines when you don't really know how it has been done. The seller has all the invoices but still, I don't really trust the so called specialists ... Well, some might be real specialists, so let's hope for the best!)
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PostPost by: Giniw » Thu Jul 25, 2019 5:35 pm

... aaaaand I just sent my little email, we will see the answers about my various comments! Again, thank you very much to you all for your help!
As for the lattice work, I don't really know what rebate I should ask, I will have to think about that ...
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PostPost by: crypto » Fri Jul 26, 2019 9:07 pm

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The floor part in my Sprint looks totally different. It is a specially strengthened and structured to support the seat rails. It seems someone has attached a flat sheet of wood or whatever ? Check if the car body has touched ground, quite often the fiberglass will crack and split at the outer edge exactly underneath the steel bar. This is a pain to repair and in very bad cases the entire bar/framework is pushed upwards and after a while it may expose cracks in the front wing like this :
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PostPost by: Giniw » Sat Jul 27, 2019 3:47 am

Thank you crypto!

Well, I just looked at a few photos and apparently some are flat and some (most?) have a splined surface indeed
Like these ones (not(?) sprints though):
http://images.lotuselan.net/lel/20442/0 ... access.JPG (viewtopic.php?f=36&t=24752&start=120)
https://www.mbpmotorcars.com/vehicles/1 ... us-elan-s2
viewtopic.php?f=36&t=24752&start=195

However this one looks flat (not a sprint either):
viewtopic.php?f=39&t=25236&start=
And this one too:
https://youtu.be/gWWzTf3q800?t=472

Any idea? (FYI, the one I may buy looks like a real sprint shell as it has the lip under the rear valence, which is apparently only present on the sprint shells if I understood correctly)
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PostPost by: crypto » Sat Jul 27, 2019 7:03 am

There seem to be differences in the floor pattern but none of them are really flat. The outer 5 cm at the sill are pretty much the same on everyone.
In your photo I can see the rear screw of the seat rail coming out, but can't see the front one ?
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