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Posted 29 July 2020 - 06:24 AM
Asking 1,000 + dollars for decent at best sleds ? Is this true have any of you sold these little guys for that. Also other then the chassis being weak structurally in 71 and the brake changing in 74 is their a real difference ? most of these sleds I’m getting a chance to buy are 71/73. Any in put on what to look for in terms of a real pain to fix or a secret spot that rusts which only a veteran knows about.
Thanks for your time
Posted 29 July 2020 - 05:55 PM
I just got my first Elans last year, so others may have more info, but I have been around old sleds in general for a while. I have one that is rusted on the rear part of the belly pan, under and close to the running boards, so that one place to look. Likely under the seat another place to look.
As far as prices, they are all over the place and basically a lot will ask as much as the can possibly get and then some. That being said, I have seen really clean Elans bring good money. I would bet a good running, fairly clean sled would bring $1000 + Canadian easily in peak season. Cleaner, original fairly low mileage ones more for sure. SS models as well.
The ones you mention “ decent at best”, you mean cab may be damaged, seat etc. Maybe a “runs but needs tune up or carb work” etc. Track so and so etc. Anything like that, I wouldn’t be paying more than somewhere around half of that $1000.
Lots of people like the Elans, and they are neat light little sleds, but personally, owning your Tundras, I would not be going crazy over Elans, I much prefer a Tundra 2. You will find the Elans tippy and you really need to use your weight to steer them. Elans are unique and can be fun as well though, to each his own. Tracks, drive sprockets will be things to look at, but are readily available. Going back from your Mikuni carb, CDI , Tundras will be a “learning curve”
Edited by turbopete, 29 July 2020 - 05:56 PM.
Posted 31 July 2020 - 06:42 AM
Oh and check out Kalinowski Power for used parts. Friends of mine and they have one of the largest sled boneyards in Ontario.
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Posted 31 July 2020 - 09:22 AM
Little items like the OEM kill switch and dash pad are now un-obtainium and many Elans are missing the plastic cowl cover in front of the operator, but the sled still operates and looks fine ... without a hood they go to the boneyard
Posted 31 July 2020 - 09:51 AM
Posted 31 July 2020 - 12:49 PM
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Posted 01 August 2020 - 10:25 PM
Buy them all. If you have to you can sell the ones you don't want and may come out ahead.
Things to look out for, what was mentioned already above, and also:
The bogie suspension, can be a pain if it was not maintained. you can rebuild the bogie wheels with new rubber and bearings, its a lot of work but not too difficult. The aluminium cross shafts can get worn out of shape, not likely critical, but I think you can find some new OEM ones online. Ebay etc...
Bearings and seals on the axles, all can be replaced if necessary, and surprisingly easy once you've done it once. Leaky drive shaft seals are not unusual at a few table spoons a year, usually in the hot weather, but if the chain case oil drains within a few day you'll have to replace the seals..
Look out for the seat on the 73, if I remember correctly that was the only year the elan came with a glove box at the back of the seat where the tail light is. A rare nice to have feature.
Track tension, the tracks are likely functional, unless they shrunk a lot over time due to not being used, and are really tight (could damage the drive cogs). New tracks can be bought.
Cracks in teh gas tank, can be mended with a soldering iron (google "plastic welding") but it may not be the best fix. I have tired this a few times with mixed success.
Bonus if they have the tool box, and extra bonus if the tools are also there.
These motors have tillotson carbs, not a big deal, but not as efficient and tunable as the Mikunis. they will run upside down though.
Service manuals can be found on Vintage snow website.
Edited by john170950, 01 August 2020 - 10:28 PM.
Posted 05 August 2020 - 09:07 PM
@elanman12 - Im in Ontario aswell and ill buy the 71 elan off you if you end up buying them.
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