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Post  asahartz on Mon May 28, 2012 1:45 am

Something struck me there. The indicator stalk, has that been replaced from a later model? My '67 has a green light on the end of the indicator stalk, and so did the 1970 Elf I had. But my 71 and 72 Clubmans have the same stalk as yours, in a different column fairing (it has the steering lock on the top of the column, which is correct for early 70s).
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Post  Red Riley on Mon May 28, 2012 3:50 am

asahartz wrote:Something struck me there. The indicator stalk, has that been replaced from a later model? My '67 has a green light on the end of the indicator stalk, and so did the 1970 Elf I had. But my 71 and 72 Clubmans have the same stalk as yours, in a different column fairing (it has the steering lock on the top of the column, which is correct for early 70s).
As I understand it, MKIII Elfs had the horn on the end of the indicator stalk (mine does), thus the larger, non-horn-push wheel center and no green blinky light end thing. Although there seem to be differences on cars based on when they left the factory and what parts got put on.

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Post  Coco_ChanElf on Mon May 28, 2012 2:08 pm

There's nothing to indicate (see what I did there?) that the stalk has been changed. I thought that all Mk II cars and earlier had the funky flasher stalk and the beep beep wheel centre, and Mk III models had the non-beep centre and the horn on the stalk like mine. But then, everything I learned about it has been from consensus opinion here, I'm always ready to learn different.
Also, I thought they ceased Elf production in 1969, I didn't know you could get a 1970 Elf! Smile

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Post  humph on Mon May 28, 2012 4:12 pm

My '69 Mk3 has the same indicator stalk as in the picture. Can't guarantee it's original though.

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Indicator Odyssey cont.

Post  Coco_ChanElf on Mon May 28, 2012 6:39 pm

Whilst on the subject of the indicator stalk; I have, I think established that the metal end on mine ought to be chromed. I've acquired a tin of chrome spray, but - is there a way to remove it to do it? Can you just prise it out?

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Post  Nick on Mon May 28, 2012 7:41 pm

It unscrews Ali, (wear a marigold when trying to undo it, it will give grip), then you will see its like an insulated cone with a thin brass ring, (that makes the circuit) worth cleaning this too!

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Thanks Nick!

Post  Coco_ChanElf on Mon May 28, 2012 7:47 pm

Thanks a million. Off to find my rubber gloves!! Smile

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Post  Coco_ChanElf on Mon May 28, 2012 7:54 pm

That worked like a charm, thank you so much! Smile

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Post  Nick on Mon May 28, 2012 8:44 pm

Bless! My pleasure, glad its worked! Very Happy

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Post  asahartz on Mon May 28, 2012 8:50 pm

Coco_ChanElf wrote:There's nothing to indicate (see what I did there?) that the stalk has been changed. I thought that all Mk II cars and earlier had the funky flasher stalk and the beep beep wheel centre, and Mk III models had the non-beep centre and the horn on the stalk like mine. But then, everything I learned about it has been from consensus opinion here, I'm always ready to learn different.
Also, I thought they ceased Elf production in 1969, I didn't know you could get a 1970 Elf! Smile
RRU328H, '69 model but not registered until 1970. However I was wrong, that one did have the later indicator stalk.

However my '67 MkIII definitely has the flashing stalk and the centre push horn. Clearly some differences in what parts were fitted when.
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Post  Coco_ChanElf on Mon May 28, 2012 9:31 pm

Interesting! Smile

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Delay with upholstery

Post  Coco_ChanElf on Sat Jun 02, 2012 10:37 am

Had a call from the upholsterer, he's off on his holidays for two weeks so sadly the seats won't be ready this week as I'd hoped. Since there are no seats in Coco, we can't drive her anywhere, so we have to be content washing her and putting her curlers in, and doing little tinkering jobs like chrome spraying the little inner metal piece of the indicator stalk. I could not figure out how to get this out to paint it, but Nick gave me the brilliant tip of rubber gloves for grip and it worked like an absolute charm. I hope to have the last coat on this today, so might have a photo later.

So that this isn't a completely boring post, yesterday we had a visit from David2010 who brought over his new Morris Cooper Rally Mini to show us. Here is a gratuitous shot. It's absolutely awesome.


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Post  Big_Al_Smith on Sat Jun 02, 2012 1:33 pm

asahartz wrote:
Coco_ChanElf wrote:There's nothing to indicate (see what I did there?) that the stalk has been changed. I thought that all Mk II cars and earlier had the funky flasher stalk and the beep beep wheel centre, and Mk III models had the non-beep centre and the horn on the stalk like mine. But then, everything I learned about it has been from consensus opinion here, I'm always ready to learn different.
Also, I thought they ceased Elf production in 1969, I didn't know you could get a 1970 Elf! Smile
RRU328H, '69 model but not registered until 1970. However I was wrong, that one did have the later indicator stalk.

However my '67 MkIII definitely has the flashing stalk and the centre push horn. Clearly some differences in what parts were fitted when.

my two are both 1968 mk III but whereas JVG (late '68) had the later push-horn indicator stalk, Rusty (early '68) has the earlier green flashy end stalk and floor mounted dip switch. a case of the factory using up the last bits of mkII production methinks...
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Hey, get your carwashed today!

Post  Coco_ChanElf on Sat Jun 02, 2012 10:20 pm

Gave Coco the full monty this morning, lovely and shiny now! Waiting for my lambswool buffer thingy to dry after I washed it, so this was buffed by hand. Thought my arms were going to fall off!







...and then this afternoon it rained biblically. Luckily I'd had the foresight to put her covers on before we went out for the afternoon.


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Post  TONYELF on Sun Jun 03, 2012 2:15 pm

She looks really nice Ali, a credit to you (and a drain on your finances!)

I washed and serviced my caravan the other day and took me all day! I'd rather do the Elf it's easier!

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Post  Coco_ChanElf on Mon Jun 04, 2012 2:16 am

Tony, I think a caravan would kill me! But I would have a whale of a time making curtains and cushion covers etc! Smile

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Post  asahartz on Mon Jun 04, 2012 2:26 am

My mate has a cleaning business; I'm happy to pay him £25 to clean my caravan!
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Brace yourselves...

Post  Coco_ChanElf on Wed Jun 20, 2012 5:46 pm

Today I fitted some blanking grommets to the body work. I know you're as excited about this as I am. Smile

I also took delivery of a pair of tex mirrors that I am going to fit to the doors. I have decided to bite the bullet and go for those, as all things considered they seem to be more sturdy etc. that the pinch mounted ones. Will let you know how that pans out!!

Still patiently awaiting upholstery news...

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Upholstery and Carpets

Post  Coco_ChanElf on Wed Aug 01, 2012 5:52 pm

Coco is finally back from the upholsterers with her new leather seats, door cards, carpets etc.
I am really pleased. All the dithering about the colour was worthwhile as she really looks neat. You can also see the under seat baskets I got from Bill now in situ.
Taking her Monday to get her radio installed and she's "finished". Smile
Can't wait to get her to a little show and sat next to another Elf for company!













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UPHOLSTERY & CARPETS :

Post  David2010 on Wed Aug 01, 2012 6:24 pm


Hi Ali,
Coco looks better than when it left the production line back in 1968 !
Have you been able to contact your Elf owning neighbour - Bernard McCormick ?
As you have no doubt seen by now, Bernard's Elf is featured in the August edition
of the Irish Vintage Scene magazine.
It might be possible to request the magazine's editor Tom Heavey that Bernard contact
you - with a view to the two Elfs getting together for a spot of " I'll show you mine if you
show me yours".
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Hi David

Post  Coco_ChanElf on Wed Aug 01, 2012 10:08 pm

Thanks David. You're always welcome to come by and have a gander yourself if you like.
I haven't seen the Irish Vintage Scene for July, the newsagents have sold out. Sad
If you have a copy I'd love to see it and yes, try to track down this neighbour. Where's he from?
Smile

Edit - I see you said it's the August edition, in which case I'll try tomorrow!

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VZL-53 - Elf MK.3 - Co.Meath :

Post  David2010 on Thu Aug 02, 2012 12:28 am


Hi Ali,
Bernard McCormick (according to Irish Vintage Scene magazine) lives in Mullagh, Co.Meath.
According to the A.A., Mullagh is exactly 10 miles from you if you take the Dunboyne to Summerhill / Rathmoylan road.
Did not check with Directory Enquiries for his phone no.though !
If you can arrange a meet with Bernard - maybe we could arrange for all 3 Elfs to meet !
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Post  Coco_ChanElf on Thu Aug 02, 2012 2:03 pm

Will see if I can get in touch with him. Smile

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David - Re. Irish Vintage Scene Elf

Post  Coco_ChanElf on Sat Aug 04, 2012 11:34 am

David, I managed to get hold of a copy and to see Bernard's Elf pictured. It's nice. Quite a few modifications to the interior - it'll be interesting to see in the flesh. I dropped a message via their website to the magazine asking them to pass Bernard my phone number, if he gets in touch perhaps we could have a little meetup? If I can get in touch with Taz in Leixlip we could have 4 together. Could be fun!! Smile
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