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PostPost by: umbyfer » Thu Apr 08, 2004 7:12 pm

I have a Elan Sprint convertible, August 1971. I would like to know the original position of the bonnet realese lever. Is it on tha dashboard, or under?

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PostPost by: types26/36 » Thu Apr 08, 2004 7:39 pm

My release (october 72 Sprint) is on the dash but I believe early Sprints were under the dash.
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PostPost by: Frank Howard » Thu Apr 08, 2004 8:50 pm

Umberto,

I have a 1971 Elan S4 SE. The bonnet release is under the dash. It's a rather flimsy affair however, so I would like to re-mount it in the dash. Also, Dave Bean sells (makes?) much better bonnet catches than came from Lotus. With their design, it's impossible for the catches to hook on the back side.

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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Fri Apr 09, 2004 12:10 am

My '72 Sprint (Jan, '72 build) has the bonnet release under the dash. Federal car.

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PostPost by: pamitchell » Fri Apr 09, 2004 4:07 am

Also under the dash to left of the steering wheel for my early S4 FHC (Federal). I removed the entire system as it was a struggle to pull and it never released the latches cleanly. Replaced it with the Dave Bean recessed hood pins. Neat and simple to operate. Bit pricey but excellent hardware. You need to measure at least twice before cutting in your hood!
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PostPost by: trw99 » Tue Apr 13, 2004 10:13 am

For a July 1971 Sprint in UK it was on the dashboard, so for yours built a month later it should be the same.

I believe that it was only the first few Sprints made that had the release under the dash, probably because they were S4's upgraded to Sprint spec.
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PostPost by: elansprint71 » Mon Apr 26, 2004 8:59 pm

May '72, on the dash.

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PostPost by: pereirac » Thu Apr 29, 2004 5:07 pm

Sept 72, on the dash as well :-)
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