Lotus Elan

White "+" painted on side of transmission.

PostPost by: "Nick Giovas" » Mon Nov 14, 2005 12:43 pm

While I was cleaning up the main housing for the transmission I noticed a
white "+" (maybe an "x") painted below the fill plug. It was painted with a
brush, not a stencil and is about two inches high. Does this mean anything?
The original paint was intact, but I have no idea if it was painted on there
when the car was built, or after.



Just curious as to what this was for.



Thanks,

Nick
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PostPost by: "Masti, John A.&qu » Mon Nov 14, 2005 5:24 pm

Not sure what it was for but I also had the + mark on my transmission.
I am restoring a 1964. Not sure if you replaced the seals but we had
problem doing the rear. We actually broke the tailshaft. It was able
to be repaired but try to be careful. You may want to put a circular
clamp around the outside to minimize the force when removing and
replacing the seal
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PostPost by: Bill » Mon Nov 14, 2005 5:49 pm

I have no idea what the white 'x' means, but when I restored 26/0538 I replicated it (origionality hey) after the box rebuild and repaint in Ford 'machine grey'.

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PostPost by: "Rob Thornton" » Mon Nov 14, 2005 5:59 pm

That is the instructions. There should be a " - " next to the drain plug....

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PostPost by: M100 » Mon Nov 14, 2005 6:23 pm

On Mon, 14 Nov 2005 07:43:11 -0500, you wrote:

While I was cleaning up the main housing for the transmission I noticed a
white "+" (maybe an "x") painted below the fill plug. It was painted witha
brush, not a stencil and is about two inches high. Does this mean anything?
The original paint was intact, but I have no idea if it was painted on there
when the car was built, or after.

Just curious as to what this was for.

Maybe on a "kit" build Elan X marked the spot referred to in the
instructions for filling the transmission so avoiding unscrewing the
wrong thing.

Has anyone seen/got a copy of how to build an Elan?

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PostPost by: M100 » Mon Nov 14, 2005 6:49 pm

On Mon, 14 Nov 2005 18:11:40 -0000, you wrote:

That is the instructions. There should be a " - " next to the drain plug....

....and every other possible point of leakage :-)

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PostPost by: "Clivey Boy" » Tue Nov 15, 2005 10:39 am

My money is on an indicator that the box has been filled/emptied of oil.
I come across similar things in industry with pumps so you know whether you
can run the machine or whether the running in fluid needs draining first
etc.
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PostPost by: saildrive2001 » Tue Nov 15, 2005 2:39 pm

I bought my car as a kit in 1969 in the UK. The only information that was
supplied was a copy of section R from the manual "Overhaul & repair". It was
something to do with the sales tax laws on kits. You could purchase anything
from a plastic model kit to an Elan as a kit & save the tax. My car cost me
around 1500 pounds but would have cost around 2000 if assembled. As a small
point of interest you had to have the car inspected by a Lotus dealer within
the first 500 miles to validate the warrenty.
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