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CV Drive Shafts.

PostPost by: garyeanderson » Thu Sep 20, 2007 10:23 am

It never ceases to amaze me how some folks can make comments on other people that spend a good portion of the working life trying to help others by developing and supporting our hobby. It took only a few choice words to cast doubt on someones work without backing it up with anything.
Most of the people that support our hobby/cars can never hope to get back the effort that they put in and most have to settle for the satisfaction of helping others. When a few people make questionable comments on other members of this group that have made contributions to all of us and those people up and leave, we have all lost a valuable resource. It has happened with Kieth Franks, John McCoy and I am sure there are a few others too. I guess i'll end this message before I write something that I regret.

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PostPost by: types26/36 » Thu Sep 20, 2007 10:38 am

Sarah Ryan,
Of course you are free to express your opinions as are all of us but when you trash a product on a public forum with out any explanation then you are bound to get some sort of reaction,is it that you wont or CANT explain yourself? as you seem to promote the Elan Factory at every opportunity then people are bound to think you have vested interest .I have no opinion of either as I have not dealt with them but you are trying to persuade people that one product is superior to the other and it is not just your opinion as you state categorically "if your looking for a better engineered product then log in to the Elan factory"
As for your childish comment "& no type 26/36/74 (why can you all just use your given names or is that your measurements" I will not dignify it with an answer as if you have to resort to personal attacks then it says a lot about your mindset.
Have a nice trip to China, best regards Brian Goodison (types26/36/74)
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PostPost by: ppnelan » Thu Sep 20, 2007 11:53 am

I can see the cover of a Club Lotus magazine which reads:-

"Free to comment, congratulate or criticise" :wink:

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PostPost by: rgh0 » Thu Sep 20, 2007 12:07 pm

I have known both Col Croucher and Steve Taylor at the Elan factory for many many years and respect their engineering ability and the parts they make or have made for them to their specification by the many specialist machine shops you need to use when making small run high quality components.

The CV drive shafts from both sources now are very good products and have a lot of common heritage going back 20 years when I started talking to both of them about making a set of adapter plates for me from a set of drawings I had developed. This drawing was based on an earlier sketch in a Club Lotus Australia Magazine that was actually wrongly dimensioned but was the first reference to a CV conversion that I had ever seen.

Guys like this that you can ring up on a Sunday afternoon if your in trouble and go around to pick up a part the next hour I truely appreciate. The small Lotus community in Victoria is very lucky to have resources like this available.

just my 2 cents worth
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PostPost by: types26/36 » Thu Sep 20, 2007 12:23 pm

ppnelan wrote:I can see the cover of a Club Lotus magazine which reads:"Free to comment, congratulate or criticise" :wink:


I agree completely but any publication with a basic journalistic stranded of ethics presents a balanced point of view with reasons for its opinions.
I am not promoting one over the other as I do not know, ( I and others) simply do not accept " this is better then that" .......why is it?
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PostPost by: chrishewett » Sat Sep 22, 2007 6:08 pm

I have followed this thread with some interest and much amusment.
I use the Mick Miller driveshaft conversion which I would recommend to anyone but I am sure it is much the same as any CV conversion produced by any competent engineer.
My amusment comes from my reading of the threads posted by Sarah. I am astonished that anyone would even bother to reply to them!
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