Lotus Elan

Gearbox Lengths

PostPost by: AlfaLofa » Thu Dec 13, 2012 2:23 pm

I've been reading up on Elan gearboxes - and I was surprised to see that they varied in length.

For example the Collector's Guide (Elan and Europa) by John Bolster states:

"Two sets of ratios were available, which affected the overall length of the box and hence that of the propeller shaft..."

This presumably means that only certain ford box cases will fit each type of prop shaft?

What's all that about and has anyone got more details?

I read the same somewhere else - but I can't remember where?
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PostPost by: garyeanderson » Thu Dec 13, 2012 3:21 pm

"It's in the archives" oops thats someone else's line. Now whom could I be thinking of?

Please take a look at
Early vs Late gearbox tailshaft housings and Mounts

All I can think of is he was referring to the Anglia 105E box that had no synchro on first gear and used a shorter tail shaft housing and a different gear case. The Elan uses the 105 bell housing though.

105E left late Elan middle and mk2 Cortina right.JPG and

Late right - early left.JPG and

Anyone else know more, Pete you have anything?
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PostPost by: SonnyS » Thu Dec 13, 2012 4:08 pm

piss-ant wrote:"It's in the archives" oops thats someone else's line. Now whom could I be thinking of?

:D :D you guys crack me up.

elan-f15/lotus-west-tech-manual-line-t24170.html?hilit=lotus west

piss-ant wrote:When any of us say it's in the archives I don't see the issue. Why should folks all sound like broken records. If I want re-runs I'll go and get a tv. Gary E. Anderson

Geez I didnt think wanting to find out stuff befoer buying an Elan would be so entertaining

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