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Door Handles

PostPost by: Concrete-crusher » Sun Apr 08, 2018 11:05 am

Hi

On the S3 FHC are the door handles the same as those fitted to an Austin Morris 1100

They look the same

Mine are a little pitted and buying new old stock looks cheaper than re chroming

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PostPost by: gav » Sun Apr 08, 2018 11:19 am

Steve

Sorry - cant remember the source of the handles but you do need to re use the inner part of the handle - the part that triggers the door lock on the inside of the door so don't chuck it.

I am after a pattern of these so when you remove them, if you could take a set of dimensions and let me have them I'd be very grateful.

If you need help with my description, let me know and I'll try to communicate better (!)

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PostPost by: oldelanman » Sun Apr 08, 2018 11:36 am

Deleted ...... just noticed it's an S3 :oops:
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PostPost by: theelanman » Sun Apr 08, 2018 11:38 am

Yes Austin 1100....as on the early +2.......
I got a pair for mine for about ?30~40 iirc......
Just used the out side and swapped the barrels over
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PostPost by: ericbushby » Sun Apr 08, 2018 11:46 am

Steve,
They are sourced from the 1100, but need adapting. Brian Buckland`s book has a section on it, Obsolete parts, pages 81,82 and 83
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PostPost by: gav » Sun Apr 08, 2018 1:28 pm

Eric

Do you know if anyone has made up the obsolete part per chance?

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PostPost by: ericbushby » Sun Apr 08, 2018 3:03 pm

Sorry, no. I just remembered seeing that section in the book.
The whole chapter is about obsolete and hard to find items.
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PostPost by: Concrete-crusher » Sun Apr 08, 2018 3:22 pm

I'm happy to take some pictures and dimensions. I have ordered the Austin 1100 handles so should not take too long.

I'd be interested to see a scan of the pages referred to above if available.

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PostPost by: Concrete-crusher » Sun Apr 22, 2018 1:37 pm

I have dismantled the doors today , here's a picture of the plate for Gavin , let me know if you want something more precise

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PostPost by: gav » Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:40 pm

Thanks Steve

What I'm after is the dimensions of the fabricated lever on the back of the door handle that engages with the lock - activated by turning the key.

I anticipate it to be made of mild steel and will comprise a tube with a bent arm welded to it. The bent arm locates in the oblong slot of the door plate. This is the part I need to fabricate.

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PostPost by: gherlt » Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:39 pm

I think you mean the remote arm. It is from an Morris 1100, front door (Source: Buckland), and it is bent "somehow" for the Elan.
Edit: and cut and welded, and holes drilled.
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PostPost by: theelanman » Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:18 am

I thought it was just the door handles you wanted.......
or do you need the whole mechanism?......
the handles are just a straight swap provided everything else on the door works......
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PostPost by: Craven » Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:09 pm

Piece on left is original to 1100/1300 made of die cast and difficult to modify, Lotus piece fitted, shown attached.
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PostPost by: theelanman » Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:35 pm

I just took the split pin out took the 'lever' off and used the rest of the original stuff
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PostPost by: Concrete-crusher » Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:23 pm

Here are a couple of pictures with a measure

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