Lotus Elan

Elan S3 glove box latch

PostPost by: Frampty » Thu Nov 16, 2023 2:10 pm

Good afternoon
I have a Lotus Elan S3 FHC it does not have a latch on the dash, i am looking to fit a new part if available.
I have been in touch with SJ Sportscars and they say it is not available.
Is there a part number for the latch or where i could purchase one?
Is there an alternative latch which can be fitted.
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PostPost by: oldelanman » Thu Nov 16, 2023 2:37 pm

What type is it you're looking for ..... the lock or the touch latch? Kelvedon has them both.

https://kelvedonlotus.co.uk/product/glovebox-lock/

https://kelvedonlotus.co.uk/product/glo ... uch-catch/
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PostPost by: elancoupe » Thu Nov 16, 2023 4:52 pm

Neither of those look like my original S3 catch. Mine is not keyed.
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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Fri Nov 17, 2023 6:35 pm

I think that there may have been a couple of different types of latch fitted. So you know what you MAY be looking for, this is on my May '67 Coupe, and it's definitely original to the car.

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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Sat Nov 18, 2023 2:34 pm

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PostPost by: elancoupe » Sat Nov 18, 2023 8:23 pm

This my S3 latch/handle
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PostPost by: lowflyer » Fri Nov 24, 2023 10:05 am

The S3 glovebox latch is originally from a Ford Cortina.

The plastic section becomes worn and/or brittle over time and is still available to purchase https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/383639063111

If you have access to a 3D printer, you can print your own. I reverse engineered the standard latch and updated it to include a backstop so the lid couldn't be pushed in too far. You can download the files from https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5889618 There is also a link to the original Cortina part that can be printed.

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PostPost by: vstibbard » Fri Nov 24, 2023 10:45 am

The top one looks like the one fitted to S2 dhc and coupe glove box lids, it was also one a s3 coupe I owned, knowing Kotus, I expect they used up stock then move to the other cortina version shown, although must say I’ve not seen one of those on another elan.
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PostPost by: Lotus54 » Sun Nov 26, 2023 9:21 pm

lowflyer wrote:The S3 glovebox latch is originally from a Ford Cortina.

The plastic section becomes worn and/or brittle over time and is still available to purchase https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/383639063111

If you have access to a 3D printer, you can print your own. I reverse engineered the standard latch and updated it to include a backstop so the lid couldn't be pushed in too far. You can download the files from https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5889618 There is also a link to the original Cortina part that can be printed.



If I am seeing the model correctly, your 3D print is for the ‘non-keyed’ type?

I have a key, but no backing plate to latch on (but could make one)
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PostPost by: skelteanema » Sun Nov 26, 2023 9:33 pm

My 67 S3 DHC has the same latch arrangement as Mark showed with the lock and the long thin handle, albeiyt without the sticker.
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