Lotus Elan

Steering columns - source? Mounting?

PostPost by: Greg Cozier » Fri May 23, 2014 9:32 am

Are you racers using the standard Elan steering columns in your race cars? How about the mounting methods, are there better brackets and braces available?
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PostPost by: batfish » Sat May 24, 2014 3:21 pm

Greg

Most of the race cars I have seen over the last 22 years have used standard Elan/ Triumph columns and mountings but I have seen the occasional car with different probably custom made columns and mountings.

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PostPost by: Greg Cozier » Sat May 24, 2014 4:08 pm

batfish wrote:Greg

Most of the race cars I have seen over the last 22 years have used standard Elan/ Triumph columns and mountings but I have seen the occasional car with different probably custom made columns and mountings.

Andy


Thanks Andy, there is a little gem of information in your response. What Triumph model is the S2 column from? Are the mounting brackets unique to the Elan?


Found this as well, great pictures lotus-suspension-f42/steering-column-bracket-t31058.html
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PostPost by: batfish » Mon May 26, 2014 3:24 pm

Hi Greg
The inner and outer columns are Herald/ Vitesse early Spitfire items. the inner columns are difficult to scource as unobtainable new, the brackets are a combination of Triumph lower section with a Lotus cast aluminium bracket to attach to the dash, the Lotus part is again unobtainable new, and a pressed steel bracket again not obtainable new.

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PostPost by: Greg Cozier » Mon May 26, 2014 3:59 pm

Thanks Andy.

Neil Revington from Revington TR is a good friend of mine and an avid racer, I've asked him to find factory or competition column bits that would work. I'll be mounting the column to a rollcage dash bar so I'll try to borrow the Elan brackets to get the position right but will not need them permanently.

Edited to add: Neil asked me for measurements of the outer casing as well as the inner shafts, can anyone help with those?
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