Lotus Elan

Shims between Body and Chassis

PostPost by: baileyman » Tue Apr 04, 2023 12:34 pm

I used 1" aluminum rod and cut the lengths needed along the way. John
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PostPost by: DreamBuilderiHope » Tue Apr 04, 2023 12:59 pm

Hi Alan i was thinking that!! Lol.

Any idea what thickness Alan?
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PostPost by: DreamBuilderiHope » Tue Apr 04, 2023 1:00 pm

Ok John thanks for your advice.
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PostPost by: Donels » Tue Apr 04, 2023 1:08 pm

I used .060 ally sheet but .040 would be equally good. You will find different bolting positions require different shim thicknesses, so just stack to get a snug fit. Mine had a new chassis fitted in the 80’s and they used no shims just graunched it down. Many of the bobbins were therefore stripped and through bolts used. I have now shimmed it properly and the thicknesses varied from zero to 6mm. The horizontal bolts may require the bobbins being ‘eased’ or cut out and reglassed.
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PostPost by: DreamBuilderiHope » Tue Apr 04, 2023 1:19 pm

Thanks for the amazing help All!!!!

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PostPost by: markuspetter » Mon Feb 19, 2024 9:24 pm

Hello,
How does an original shim look like ? pictures please.
I have on the two front mounting's chassis/body 2,6cm ! is that normal ?
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PostPost by: Donels » Mon Feb 19, 2024 10:51 pm

I used square shims approx 5 x 5 cm. Sorry no pics.

I would think 2,6 cm thick shims on the front is very unusual. Maybe someone has fitted very big shims to give the bonnet clearance above the engine. There should be no clearance at any of the bolting positions if there is it needs shimming to support the body before tightening the bolts.
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