Lotus Elan

right had drive conversion

PostPost by: foggy » Fri Feb 03, 2006 11:01 pm

Early S3 coupe...

I'm still taking things apart. just took the body off, and repaired
the ng steel in the sills.

I want to make this car go together and be special.
What's a good source for RHD rack and dash?

I may just reverse one of the 2 bad dashes I have. Both need new
veneer.

The original rack came from ??Triumph??.

Do I need to restring the harness the other way around?
Do the LH pedals mount on the right without new parts?
do the Master cylinders fit in the place on the right under the carbs?
Is it better to use remote reservoir mc's?

thanks, all,
Steve
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PostPost by: garyeanderson » Sat Feb 04, 2006 12:50 am

Hi Steve

take a look at the following messages on lotuselan.net
http://www.lotuselan.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=5424

http://www.lotuselan.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=2122

Gary
--- In ***@***.***, "foggyalfa" <[email protected]> wrote:
Early S3 coupe...

I'm still taking things apart. just took the body off, and
repaired

the ng steel in the sills.

I want to make this car go together and be special.
What's a good source for RHD rack and dash?

I may just reverse one of the 2 bad dashes I have. Both need new
veneer.

The original rack came from ??Triumph??.

Do I need to restring the harness the other way around?
Do the LH pedals mount on the right without new parts?
do the Master cylinders fit in the place on the right under the
carbs?

Is it better to use remote reservoir mc's?

thanks, all,
Steve

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PostPost by: "busybobs at netzero » Sat Feb 04, 2006 3:03 am

I have a fairly complete setup for RH drive that was used in a '66 Elan S2 Convt. If it'll work contact me.


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PostPost by: TYPE45 at aol.com » Sat Feb 04, 2006 5:09 pm

In a message dated 2/3/06 05:02:54 PM, ***@***.***es:

<< Do I need to restring the harness the other way around?

Do the LH pedals mount on the right without new parts?

do the Master cylinders fit in the place on the right under the carbs?

Is it better to use remote reservoir mc's? >>

Steve,

To my knowledge, on all baby Elans, the harness comes into the cabin through
the firewall on the left and goes to the center of the car where it makes
various connections. The wires that don't connect to the center of the dash are
then routed to the left side of the dash if it is LH steering and to the right
side of the dash if it is RH steering, so one harness works for both LH and RH.

The LH steering pedal assembly is different from the RH steering pedal
assembly.

For RH steering cars, the master cylinders fit under the carbs, however
access to them is severely restricted as a result.

Ironically, because of the way the twin cam is set up, with the carbs on the
right, despite the fact that the car was designed and built in England with RH
steering, the LH steering cars are easier to work on because the brake and
clutch master cylinders are so much more accessible. And of course, they are
much easier to drive on American roads so you are contemplating making the car
more difficult to work on and more difficult to drive in the States. Also,
unless you are considering selling it abroad one day, you may be hurting it's
resale value. I can tell you that while shopping for an Elan years ago, I turned
down one candidate because it was RH steering. That seller told me that I
wasn't the first to pass on the car because of the RH steering. But it's your
car and naturally you can do what you want with it. Good luck.

Frank Howard
'71 S4 SE
Minnesota
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