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Battery brand from the factory

PostPost by: gjz30075 » Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:31 pm

Does anyone know what brand battery was fitted to the Elan, from the factory, from the time they were boot / trunk mounted to the end of production (1973 or so)?
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PostPost by: Andy8421 » Sun Oct 20, 2019 9:31 pm

There is a picture (that I can't now find) of all of the contents of the Elan 'kit' spread out in front of the car. I believe it was an in-period advertisement illustrating the relatively few components required to complete the car. From memory, the battery was part of the display of parts and was an Exide battery.

I could of course be wrong.
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PostPost by: Pastapesto » Sun Oct 20, 2019 9:41 pm

Not sure about earlier fitment but in the UK I think from memory they were Exide "Supreme" around the time of the Sprint........I have an idea that the "Supreme" model came out later on in the 60's and that the earlier cars had an "Exide" battery but I don't know for sure which model........I would really like to know myself if any one has the definitive answer? I wonder if it lists the model in an early parts list? I will try to find out .......
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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Sun Oct 20, 2019 9:49 pm

Thanks guys. I'm not looking for an oem battery from the period; instead, I plan on getting some decals
reproduced, or already reproduced, to put on the side of a battery for the period look.
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PostPost by: MarkDa » Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:52 am

Have you tracked down a battery with the period look (non sealed) to put the sticker on?
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PostPost by: MarkDa » Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:47 am

The picture Andy mentioned is here

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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Mon Oct 21, 2019 9:26 am

MarkDa wrote:Have you tracked down a battery with the period look (non sealed) to put the sticker on?


No, I haven't. Might be quite expensive. For now, and for a battery that has only one side that's seen (trunk
mount), I'll peel off the modern sticker and replace with a vintage sticker. The battery is too new to replace
right now. But...... I like your idea for my next step.

Thanks for the picture! That's what I'll be looking for, or 'reproducing' from a modern battery.
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PostPost by: MarkDa » Mon Oct 21, 2019 9:48 am

That picture was from 66 as others have said it may well be Exide Supreme on later cars.
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PostPost by: trw99 » Mon Oct 21, 2019 11:11 am

I suspect this is the photo to which you referred, a 1967 FHC kit, laid out at the factory and very clearly showing the Exide battery.

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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Mon Oct 21, 2019 11:18 am

Thanks Tim. As an aside, I didn't realize the anti sizzle gear stick was incorporated this early.
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PostPost by: trw99 » Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:05 pm

Greg, I believe the anti-sizzle gear stick was introduced during the Series 3 production run, perhaps early 1967. Having said that, Robinshaw & Ross attribute the kit photo to mid 1966, but have a question mark against the introduction date.

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PostPost by: elancoupe » Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:08 pm

My September 66 car came with an anti sizzle shifter, and is pre airflow.
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PostPost by: billwill » Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:28 am

trw99 wrote:I suspect this is the photo to which you referred, a 1967 FHC kit, laid out at the factory and very clearly showing the Exide battery.

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Hmmm, that kit car will be rather noisy with only half of the exhaust manifold and no Y piece.

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PostPost by: rgh0 » Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:56 am

billwill wrote:
trw99 wrote:I suspect this is the photo to which you referred, a 1967 FHC kit, laid out at the factory and very clearly showing the Exide battery.

Tim


Hmmm, that kit car will be rather noisy with only half of the exhaust manifold and no Y piece.

:D :) :shock: 8) :lol:


Looks like it has the y piece attached to the 2 down pipes which will have connected to the 4 to 2 cast manifold of the time which I am not mistaken will be on the far side of the engine and not visible

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PostPost by: MarkDa » Tue Oct 22, 2019 1:07 pm

I hadn't realised that there was so little to do on these kits.
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