Lotus Elan

S3 Door latch

PostPost by: Terry Posma » Wed Mar 22, 2023 2:51 am

After a bit of fettling I have managed to get the drivers door to close with a reasonable amount of force, ie not too much. It is still a bit more than the passenger side and does not close with the same authority.

I opened up the latch to clean it and look at the wear and I found that the star wheel looks a bit worn on one side. See photo.

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Lotus Elan S3 driver side door latch


Does anyone know whether you can purchase the star wheels separately or for that matter the latch?
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PostPost by: Craven » Wed Mar 22, 2023 12:27 pm

Locks are the same as the Austin Morris 1100 1300 range in same era, you should be able as I was to find s/h complete locks go for those fitted to the rear doors as the ones I found were unworn and like new. It was the worn striker plate that caused a problem, terrible door rattle.
Just noticed you’re in Australia so my spare lock parts probable not much help.
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PostPost by: Terry Posma » Thu Mar 23, 2023 2:47 am

Thank you for the reply.

There were a few Morris 1100s sold in Aust, including to my mother, but few left in existence.

If you have a spare drivers side to sell I would be happy to pay the cost plus postage.

Cheers.
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PostPost by: Craven » Thu Mar 23, 2023 8:09 pm

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