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Elan Engine Bays - stock, modified, restored, and 26r

PostPost by: Randy » Sat Nov 30, 2013 8:24 am

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Here is our 26r build coming along
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PostPost by: NickD » Thu Dec 19, 2013 2:18 am

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Another one for the collection - here's an S3 SE
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PostPost by: vernon.taylor » Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:34 am

Salut

Here's mine:

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...just after fitting Cliveboy's bits. The PO painted the exterior very nicely but used a kind of gritty paint for the engine bay. Don't know how I'd be able to rectify that easily.

Apparently I have a rare-but-not-sought-after cam cover with forward-facing lettering.

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PostPost by: Quart Meg Miles » Tue Apr 22, 2014 9:37 pm

vernon.taylor wrote: Apparently I have a rare-but-not-sought-after cam cover with forward-facing lettering.


Were they fitted to Lotus Cortinas for viewing from the front?
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PostPost by: pharriso » Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:13 pm

Quart Meg Miles wrote:
vernon.taylor wrote: Apparently I have a rare-but-not-sought-after cam cover with forward-facing lettering.


Were they fitted to Lotus Cortinas for viewing from the front?


No they were made after the LoCort was out of production, I believe I heard a story that they were made for auto shows but got out when they were short of production ones. Sounds like a Graham Arnold kinda story...
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PostPost by: trw99 » Wed Apr 23, 2014 5:30 am

Not an Arnold story, just some supposition. From my web site:

The fins on the cam covers and the “LOTUS Big Valve” legend became more sharply defined, with the Lotus font changed, the legend also being read from the cabin end of the car, having initially been read from in front of the car, at some time in mid 1971. Presumably new castings were made, either by a new manufacturer if they were outsourced, or by a change in casting at the factory. Apparently only 50 cam covers were made to be read from the front, perhaps so that it was easier to read when viewing the car at motor shows!

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PostPost by: elanner » Sun Sep 20, 2015 12:23 pm

From the recent Sprint For Sale thread...

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PostPost by: 65ginetta » Sun Sep 20, 2015 11:46 pm

A couple of pictures of my wife's 1800 cc, Dry sump S3 Coupe fun car. I'm hoping to run it in the next couple of weeks and then spend the winter getting it ready for the spring.
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PostPost by: stevebroad » Mon Sep 21, 2015 8:08 pm

Why do my photos only show 3/4 of the picture? The right hand side is always cut off.

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PostPost by: Sea Ranch » Mon Sep 21, 2015 10:25 pm

I don't know about the photos, Steve, but you better go check your car . . . there's a monster growing in the engine bay!!!!! :shock: :mrgreen:

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PostPost by: elanner » Mon Sep 21, 2015 10:58 pm

If you right click and "open in a new tab" you get to see the whole picture, and the other photobucket pictures. Yikes! :shock:

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PostPost by: davidj » Fri Aug 23, 2019 8:46 am

Morning,

The engine on my s3 has holes drilled for the brake and clutch master cylinders on both sides. I guess this is not correct or was there a cover plate fitted by the factory?

Thanks in advance for advice.

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PostPost by: Elanman68 » Fri Aug 23, 2019 10:29 am

Holes both sides are normal and you are correct, a cover plate was factory fitted.
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PostPost by: davidj » Fri Aug 23, 2019 12:47 pm

I don't suppose anyone has a picture of the plate so I can fabricate something. However, I am tempted to glass and fill the holes as the engine bay is being painted anyway. For a rhd car which holes do I need on the left hand side? Two holes on the top left have grommets, so may have been used. Are any used for the wiring loom?

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PostPost by: Gray » Fri Aug 23, 2019 12:54 pm

I glassed mine in, less likely to get leaks, the original blanking plate was hardboard, or something similar. 99% certain the holes with grommets are the headlamp vacuum lines.
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