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Elan +2 5 speed problem

PostPost by: mbell » Tue Jul 14, 2020 9:45 pm

gjz30075 wrote:
jkatthehelm wrote: Once it's nearer completion I'll post some pics.
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Especially of the prototype stick..


Add me to the list that is interested to see the prototype stick...
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PostPost by: jkatthehelm » Wed Jul 15, 2020 11:15 am

Will do - will be tomorrow now, work got busy!!
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PostPost by: jkatthehelm » Sat Jul 18, 2020 1:37 pm

Hi all
Does anyone have a standard gear lever - or know where to buy one? The car has moved on it’s own now, but it’s such a short throw I doubt it’s usable!! Won’t know until I get it on the road, but a contingency would be good!

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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Sat Jul 18, 2020 2:34 pm

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PostPost by: mbell » Sat Jul 18, 2020 2:39 pm

I got one from lotusbits.com but not that cheap.

The production gearbox used a Ford type-e (4 speed) stick so might be able to find one from Ford supplier.

I suggest checking with jonb that the housing on your box is correct for the standard gearstick.
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PostPost by: jkatthehelm » Fri Jul 24, 2020 12:58 pm


Looks good - thanks!
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PostPost by: JonB » Fri Jul 24, 2020 3:22 pm

We will check it this weekend. I have a spare bottom end from Uncle Vince that we can do a test with.
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PostPost by: jkatthehelm » Sun Jul 26, 2020 9:57 am

Here is the gear lever, with the bottom bits of a standard one, thanks Vince Reynard, for comparison. Just need a good std one now!
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PostPost by: mbell » Sun Jul 26, 2020 3:01 pm

Thanks for posting the photo. Interesting a custom extended base on standard looking stick.

I wonder why they would have done that. I don't think the 5 speed needs a shorter throw as it's quite short and already shorter than the four speed.

Maybe it transferred from earlier prototype that had the shift mechanism higher in the box and needed the gear stick raising to account for that.

Looks like getting a standard stick is the right thing to do.

Lotusbits.com sell them out you can hunt eBay etc for a Ford type e stick.
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PostPost by: jkatthehelm » Mon Jul 27, 2020 6:54 pm

mbell wrote:Thanks for posting the photo. Interesting a custom extended base on standard looking stick.

I wonder why they would have done that. I don't think the 5 speed needs a shorter throw as it's quite short and already shorter than the four speed.

Maybe it transferred from earlier prototype that had the shift mechanism higher in the box and needed the gear stick raising to account for that.

Looks like getting a standard stick is the right thing to do.

Lotusbits.com sell them out you can hunt eBay etc for a Ford type e stick.

Thank you!!
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PostPost by: jkatthehelm » Mon Jul 27, 2020 6:58 pm

I have yet to find it on Lotusbits.com though!!
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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Mon Jul 27, 2020 7:32 pm

I think it's 'used parts' > 'Elite/Eclat' > 'chassis.....' then look under 'gearbox'.
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PostPost by: mbell » Mon Jul 27, 2020 7:47 pm

http://www.lotusbits.com/elite_chassis.html

Gear stick S1 5 speed S1 £50
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