Lotus Elan

Door Adjustment

PostPost by: "Will Grainger" » Mon May 16, 2005 4:44 pm

I need to shift my driver's side door about 1/16 inch forward. It is aligned OK in
other respects. I've looked at the workshop and parts manuals and scoured
the archives, but am not 100% certain about the best method. I don't want to
loosen anything if it's not necessary and really bugger things up (doors are
newly painted).

It looks to me like I need to crack the 2 rear upper and 2 rear lower lower nuts
loose (not the very front ones) and then just slide the door forward, then
retighten.

Is it this simple? Do I need to loosen the front ones too?

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Will Grainger
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PostPost by: ddddumas » Mon May 16, 2005 5:35 pm

--- In ***@***.***, "Will Grainger" <[email protected]>

It looks to me like I need to crack the 2 rear upper and 2 rear

lower
lower nuts loose (not the very front ones) and then just slide the
door forward, then retighten.

Is it this simple? Do I need to loosen the front ones too?

-------------------

Will,
You've got it exactly right; slightly loosen only the two rear bolt
heads, upper and lower, and the entire pivot assemblies will let the
door slide back and forth as a unit. Thankfully, these hex head
bolts are the easiest to get too.

The front nuts are much more complicated, they're hollow body hex
head lock nuts that simply prevent the nylon pivot points from
backing out. If you find you must adjust the nylon pivots, loosen
the hex locknut first. The threaded nylon pivots are down below the
lock nut, and have 1/4" square drive socket down inside. You'll
need a 1/4" drive ratchet and extension to reach them.

Hope this helps,
Paul Garrett
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PostPost by: "Dan Collins" » Mon May 16, 2005 8:13 pm

While you are on the subject, how do I swing in the bottom of the doors? The
rest of the alignment is good.

Dan '70 S4 SE




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Subject: [LotusElan.net] Re: Door Adjustment
Date: Mon, 16 May 2005 17:34:59 -0000

--- In ***@***.***, "Will Grainger" <[email protected]>
>
It looks to me like I need to crack the 2 rear upper and 2 rear
lower
lower nuts loose (not the very front ones) and then just slide the
door forward, then retighten.

Is it this simple? Do I need to loosen the front ones too?

-------------------

Will,
You've got it exactly right; slightly loosen only the two rear bolt
heads, upper and lower, and the entire pivot assemblies will let the
door slide back and forth as a unit. Thankfully, these hex head
bolts are the easiest to get too.

The front nuts are much more complicated, they're hollow body hex
head lock nuts that simply prevent the nylon pivot points from
backing out. If you find you must adjust the nylon pivots, loosen
the hex locknut first. The threaded nylon pivots are down below the
lock nut, and have 1/4" square drive socket down inside. You'll
need a 1/4" drive ratchet and extension to reach them.

Hope this helps,
Paul Garrett



"Dan Collins"
 

PostPost by: Will Grainger » Tue May 17, 2005 2:32 pm

Thanks, Paul. That did the trick. Now I can close my door.

-Will Grainger
45/9693


Will,
You've got it exactly right; slightly loosen only the two rear bolt
heads, upper and lower, and the entire pivot assemblies will let the
door slide back and forth as a unit. Thankfully, these hex head
bolts are the easiest to get too.

The front nuts are much more complicated, they're hollow body hex
head lock nuts that simply prevent the nylon pivot points from
backing out. If you find you must adjust the nylon pivots, loosen
the hex locknut first. The threaded nylon pivots are down below the
lock nut, and have 1/4" square drive socket down inside. You'll
need a 1/4" drive ratchet and extension to reach them.

Hope this helps,
Paul Garrett
Will Grainger
 

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