Lotus Elan

Ford 116e Gearbox - SOLD!!

PostPost by: Tmac897 » Sun May 31, 2020 7:57 pm

Complete, except for gearshift cover. Came as a "spare" when I bought my Elan. Idle since early '70s.

Asking $250 + shipping. I am located in the Northeastern US.

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PostPost by: lotustastic » Mon Jun 01, 2020 3:09 am

PM sent

Thanks

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PostPost by: SENC » Fri Jun 12, 2020 12:01 am

So, this ended up in southeastern NC as a backup/replacement for my Seven - thanks Tony!

As it turns out, the tailshaft extension came off the manufacturing line within 10 days of the one on my Seven, and the box itself just a few months earlier - so definitely age appropriate! A quick peek inside and count of the teeth on 3rd gear indicate a 3.54 1st gear (and at this limited first glance the gears and baulk rings look pretty good). I don't know what I have in the Seven, the 116e Cosworths came with 3.54s or with an optional close ratio 2.51.

It will now go sit in a corner until a cold winter project is needed.
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PostPost by: Craven » Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:15 am

SENC,
I wrote this some time back, you would be ‘ in period ‘ if you go 2000E ratio 2.9 1st.

Origin of the all synchromesh 4 speed 3 rail gearbox type that we know, It first appeared in 1962 with the introduction by Ford of the Anglia Super and the 1200 Cortina.
Ford competition department of the day because of the association between them and Lotus through the MK1 Lotus Cortina, produced an Ultra Close 2.51 1st ratio version and this was fitted as standard in the Lotus Cortina until 1964.
In homologation papers late 1962, there is reference to several alterative gear sets for the Lotus Cortina one of which was the Ultra Close, however a second set shown is of interest to us as these are the gears 2.9 1st found in the Elan. These ratio’s were also offered by Ford Rallye Sport as a close ratio option to their standard gearbox 3.54 1st .
It was in 1966 when this gear set was fitted to a production car the new Corsair V4, that the now almost legendary ‘2000 E’, Corsair model number, appeared.
So although 2000E is widely used it is not an actual gearbox number.
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PostPost by: SENC » Fri Jun 12, 2020 9:42 pm

Craven wrote:SENC,
I wrote this some time back, you would be ‘ in period ‘ if you go 2000E ratio 2.9 1st.

Origin of the all synchromesh 4 speed 3 rail gearbox type that we know, It first appeared in 1962 with the introduction by Ford of the Anglia Super and the 1200 Cortina.
Ford competition department of the day because of the association between them and Lotus through the MK1 Lotus Cortina, produced an Ultra Close 2.51 1st ratio version and this was fitted as standard in the Lotus Cortina until 1964.
In homologation papers late 1962, there is reference to several alterative gear sets for the Lotus Cortina one of which was the Ultra Close, however a second set shown is of interest to us as these are the gears 2.9 1st found in the Elan. These ratio’s were also offered by Ford Rallye Sport as a close ratio option to their standard gearbox 3.54 1st .
It was in 1966 when this gear set was fitted to a production car the new Corsair V4, that the now almost legendary ‘2000 E’, Corsair model number, appeared.
So although 2000E is widely used it is not an actual gearbox number.


Thanks! The lotus logbook indicates my 7 was originally equipped with a 116E “Hobbs” gearbox, which I believe indicates the close ratio gearset (2.51 1st)?
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