Lotus Elan

Gear change lever retaining caps

PostPost by: LCRJ » Thu May 03, 2018 7:28 am

Could you tell me about each gear change lever retaining caps?
Steel/Nylon#1(white)Ford marked/Nylon#2(green) Fomoco marked
Which is the better one? Maybe the nylon one is improve version for noise? But it's different height. Why?
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PostPost by: Concrete-crusher » Thu May 03, 2018 6:39 pm

I don't know the reason for the difference but I do have both types of cap.

I found that if i tighten the steel cap with the single piece gearstick it's too stiff to change gear , the steel cap came with the anti sizzle gear stick.

I am using the single piece gearstick with the deeper plastic cap at the moment and a gasket to space it slightly

Also I think the steel cap came from a cortina but I'm not 100% on that steve
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PostPost by: 1owner69Elan » Thu May 03, 2018 8:14 pm

I posted on this issue earlier.

I found that the new billet aluminum retaining cap was too short when fully screwed in. I could not engage reverse by pulling up on the lever.

Reverted to the old nylon cap.

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When I complained to the supplier about the aluminum cap they sent me another nylon cap that was wholly unsuitable. I threw it in a box somewhere. I won't bother posting a picture of it - completely wrong.
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PostPost by: Craven » Thu May 03, 2018 10:32 pm

Three gearbox configurations that use 3 different gear lever types but all use the retaining cap.
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PostPost by: jono » Fri May 04, 2018 10:37 am

Craven,

as a point of interest what does the middle box come from with the shifter extension (as I have one of those extensions and am interested to find out - it came from a '79 Caterham but is clearly a Ford part).

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PostPost by: Chancer » Fri May 04, 2018 2:01 pm

i am dragging back memories from 42 years ago but I think its the same as, but probably not limited to, the remote control gearshift extension on a MK1 Cortina 1500GT.
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PostPost by: LCRJ » Fri May 04, 2018 3:13 pm

Thank you for the information. It?s very complicated.
From parts list for Lotus Elan and Ford/Lotus Cortina,
The Lotus Elan S1,S2 gear change lever(single) retaining cap is same as
remote control Ford Cortina GT and Lotus Cortina. The parts number is 116E-7220(A).
For the standard Ford Cortina(direct, not remote control) is 105E-7220(B) which came from Ford Anglia.
The Lotus Elan gear change cover is same as standard Ford Cortina. The parts number is 113E-7205-C.
105E-7220(B) replaced by 68BB 7220-AA from 8/67 for standard Ford Cortina MK2 and Lotus Elan S3(anti sizzle gear lever).
So I guess
105E-7220(B) is steel cap
116E-7220(A) is Nylon#1(white)Ford marked the deeper plastic cap.
68BB 7220-AA is Nylon#2(green) Fomoco marked
First I thought it?s different between remote control and direct one.
However Lotus Elan(direct) and Lotus Cortina(remote) both use 116E-7220(A).
I?m not sure the shape of cap 68BB 7220-AA for late Elan (anti sizzle gear lever).
Does anyone know the original shape of 68BB 7220-AA? Why did change the caps?
Just in case, Is this Ford parts number?
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PostPost by: Craven » Mon May 07, 2018 6:15 pm

This plastic ball, on the lever, was used later in production, it may well be paired with the introduction of the plastic cap. Probably just a cost saving but would isolate vibration and noise.
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