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hey guys i picked up what i was told a 72 elan over the weekend, 250 single, im new to the vintage sleds, we did have a 340 puma cat when i was a kid i think a 74 or 77, but new to working on them. i put some fresh 40:1 in the tank, put im not seeming to get a prime on the line, i believe the tank is sealed, looks to have been repaired before... any tips on getting these to prime? i see there is some sort of auto primer under the float bowl possible? it has fuel in it. also the recoil is sticky i am going to attempt to clean and lube it later, any tips or things to watch out for? ive played with recoils before but everyone is a little different. pics are coming soon
 

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Hi Zippos, the plastic part under the carb is a fuel filter. Change that screw on filter. They are cheap. From what I could see, you have an original gas tank. They are not sealed. Undo the fuel line and you will be able to unscrew the metal part. I bet you one of the line s sitting at the bottom of the tank. Change both return and pick up lines with good quality lines. The pick up line should have an inline filter at the end with some type of weight to keep it at the bottom of the tank. Also change all fuel lines going to the carb. Than go from there.
 

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that would make sense, i just started messing with it while i took a break from my frustrating XR chassis track change... first time is always an adventure lol, is there anyway to delete the screw on filter and use an inline one? or does someplace like Napa typically have the screw on one? i bought the elan as a low snow/ yard machine. is came with an original seat in rough condition and also a zx seat with a few tears the PO planned on putting on it.
 

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You can use the screw on filters they will work ok. There is a cap with a fitting on it and a fine screen to put under it i think they are better but the screw on filters work too. Do you know how long it has been since that sled last ran. Might be best to put a spoon full of oil in the cylinder and roll it over some to get things lubed up in there. I would then try to start it by shooting some premix in the carb. I like to use some thing like a 10:1 mix in a squirt bottle for the first time start up fo a motor that has been sitting. If the motor fires it should pull the gas up to the carb pretty quick.
 

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yes i had plans to do this... what size is the plug? socket size i mean? I was getting stumped by it and turned my attention back to my track change lol
 

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The sled looks like a 71. That's a 71 hood for sure. Look at the serial number on the tag on the right rear if it has one. If it's a 71 it will start with 71, 72 starts with 72. The ski's are 72 or later.
 

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is there anyway to delete the screw on filter and use an inline one? or does someplace like Napa typically have the screw on one?
Don't delete the screw on filter. Get a new one at Napa for under $10
 

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The serial number will start with the year previous to the model year, (the machines were build before winter). so a '72 will have a SN starting 71.

The sled looks like a 71. That's a 71 hood for sure. Look at the serial number on the tag on the right rear if it has one. If it's a 71 it will start with 71, 72 starts with 72. The ski's are 72 or later.
 

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The serial number will start with the year previous to the model year, (the machines were build before winter). so a '72 will have a SN starting 71.
Sorry to say wrong. From 69 to 71, the first 2 numbers on the serial number was the model year. In 72 they went to only the first number on the serial number being the model year. Thus a 72 sled will being with a 2, In 73 they all started with a 3. Here's where it gets confusing........ All years after 73 also started with a 3. So you have to use the 1st 4 numbers as this is the model number. In fact this is still used somewhat today. The model is still in the VIN number but it is letters instead of numbers.

Examples

1969 6910 Olympique12/3
1969 6912 Olympique 320
1969 6913 Olympique 320 E
1969 6914 Olympique 370
1970 7043 T'NT 340 S
1970 7044 T'NT 399
1970 7045 T'NT 399 S
1970 7046 T'NT 640
1970 7047 T'NT 640 S
1970 7049 T'NT 771 S
1971 7115 Olympique 399 E
1971 7116 Olympique 335 S
1971 7141 T'NT 292 S
1971 7142 T'NT 340
1971 7143 T'NT 340 S
1971 7144 T'NT 440
1971 7160 Élan 250
1971 7161 Élan 250 E
1972 2401 T'NT 292 (Bogie)
1972 2402 T'NT 340 (Bogie)
1972 2403 T'NT 436 (Bogie)
1972 2411 T'NT 292 (Slide/ Glissière)
1972 2412 T'NT 340 (Slide/ Glissière)
1972 2413 T'NT 436 (Slide/ Glissière)
1972 2414 T'NT 400 FA (Slide/ Glissière)
1973 3001 Élan 250
1973 3002 Élan 250 E
1973 3003 Élan 250 T
1973 3004 Élan 250 SS
1973 3101 Olympique 300
1973 3102 Olympique 335
1973 3104 Olympique 401
1973 3105 Olympique 401 E
1973 3106 Olympique 440
1973 3107 Olympique 340
1974 3008 Élan 250 DL
1974 3009 Élan 294 SS
1974 3109 Olympique 340
1974 3110 Olympique 400
1975 3418 T'NT 340 FC
1975 3419 T'NT 340 E FC
1975 3420 T'NT 440 FC
1975 3421 T'NT 440 E FC
1975 3422 Everest 440
1975 3423 Everest 440 E
1976 3432 T'NT 250 RV
1976 3433 T'NT 340 RV
 
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Ive got to check the # on my dads 72 340 fa slide. :cool_old:
 

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Kimpex is 07-246
 
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