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A little help from and appreciation from the previous owner

PostPost by: Evante » Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:20 pm

Hi All,

About 1 1/2 years ago, I purchased my 1972 Elan Sprint from the wife of a well known former contributor to this website, Tim Mullen. Tim purchased the Elan in 1976 and drove it until 1999 when he got sick. It sat for 19 years before I purchased after Tim died.

The other day, I noticed the oil pressure gauge was stuck at about 30 pounds of pressure. So, I looked lotuselan.net to find out if anyone else had this problem in the past and to see what may be the cause. I found a post on just this issue. As I read the post, I learned that the rubber gasket on the front of the gauge and under the glass can shrink and get in the way of the oil pressure and water pressure needles so that they get stuck. Simply rotating the rubber gasket can to that it does not touch the needles alleviated the problem.

As I read further, I saw that the author of the post was Tim Mullen talking about his car; the one I now own!

In effect, Tim helped me solve my stuck gauge problem. That was a nice connection to the PO!

Once again, it goes to show how useful this site is.

It is also more encouragement to keep on posting.

Best,

Jay S.
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PostPost by: prezoom » Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:57 am

Just reinstalled my 60lb 100c combination gauge from being rebuilt by Speedy Cables. Working as specified.
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PostPost by: Stevie-Heathie » Thu Jun 20, 2019 6:06 am

Wonderful, touching story, Jay, thank you for sharing!

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PostPost by: pharriso » Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:43 am

Tim was & is an especially helpful guy, even from the grave!
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PostPost by: Craven » Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:50 am

Surely it is the legacy that many of us older contributors hope for when taking time and effort to reply to what seems to be many unappreciative information seeking posters.
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:26 pm

Touching story. Is your car Colorado over white or monotone?
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PostPost by: Evante » Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:26 pm

Colorado Orange over Cirrus White.
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