Lotus Elan

LHD Alternator Bracket

PostPost by: terryp » Tue Feb 14, 2012 7:44 pm

Richard
I think that bracket may have a rubber bush through it. as for height it only has to be just a bit over 1/2 inch over the block mountings so should be Ok.
I am quite excited over this bracket , well as much as you can get excited over a bracket.
AND I have to find out the price!

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PostPost by: collins_dan » Tue Feb 14, 2012 8:04 pm

Terry,
Attached is the alternator and bracket that I have installed on my federal S4. I send this only to show how simple the bracket is, not that it would fit your alternator, but that one could be made very easily. I was never able to get the adjustable connector to fit at the top, and instead used a part similar to what you pictured from an old volvo.

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PostPost by: terryp » Wed Feb 15, 2012 12:31 pm

terryp wrote:Found this Crossflow one from Wilcox. What do we think? Will it fit?

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cost ?78.00 + carriage +Vat :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:
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PostPost by: terryp » Wed Feb 15, 2012 12:32 pm

terryp wrote:
terryp wrote:Found this Crossflow one from Wilcox. What do we think? Will it fit?


cost ?78.00 + carriage +Vat :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:


Dan
Looks like I will be getting one made like yours!

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PostPost by: spridget » Mon May 07, 2012 7:38 am

Salut ? tous
I have the same question about alternator fitting. I'm still currently converting my car from RHD to a LHD.
An alternator had been fitted by some previous owner using the original generator bracket.
I must change it to make space for the steering column way.
What about this one sold by SJ Sportscars ?
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Will it fit on a LHD car or is it just for a RHD one ?
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:37 am

Hi Rohan,

I did look into having a batch of these made - must be all of 10 years ago now. I had a client that had an aluminium foundry and he said he had contacts in foundries all around the UK and that someone would be able to take a mould and cast some for me. The 'steel' is apparently known as Spheroidal Graphite and needs to be this material for the required strength. He advised me that aluminium would not be up to the job. In the end he let me down

I am no metallurgist so I don't know whether what I was told was correct or not. However this might be a consideration if someone wants to get them made.

Steve

Edit: be careful of the ones without a 'tail' that bolts into the front cover as this aspect does give much added strength.
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PostPost by: ardee_selby » Mon Oct 22, 2012 12:41 pm

elanfan1 wrote:The 'steel' is apparently known as Spheroidal Graphite and needs to be this material for the required strength. He advised me that aluminium would not be up to the job.

I am no metallurgist so I don't know whether what I was told was correct or not.


I'm no metallurgist either...but suspect he was referring to ductile cast iron aka nodular iron or spheroidal-graphite (SG) cast iron ( i.e. grey iron innoculated to change the graphite into nodules/spheres...as found in twink cast crankshafts)

Aluminium not up to the job :? What grade? What job? For us mere mortals or a Rohan, and other racers, type job?

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PostPost by: everettmse » Mon Oct 22, 2012 6:08 pm

The company mentioned in the attached pictures can supply the bracket shown. This is a rubber insulated bracket and needs to have the alternator grounded to work properly, don't ask me how I know, it was not a pretty event at the time. [attachment=2]alternator-bracket-bda.jpg[/attachment]

You will also see a picture of the Nylon Alternator Strap and the clamps that straddle the strap. These will take all the vibration the engine can throw at it as they were designed for the Escort rally cars with the BDA engine that revs to 10,000rpm regularly.[attachment=1]nylon-alternator-strap.jpg[/attachment][attachment=0]alternator-strap-clamp.jpg[/attachment]

I would not normally give the supplier and their may well be other rally engine builders in the UK or other places that carry this type of bracket but it will solve the vibration problem but is used in a left hand sided engine configuration for these purposes.
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PostPost by: umbyfer » Thu Mar 05, 2015 12:07 pm

Hello,

i am looking for the alternator LHD brackets set for may Lotus Elan Sprint LHD (ex federal). Anyone able to suggest a supply where to find a new monting bracket LHD? or a draw with sizes, position of the holes in order to make one.

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PostPost by: umbyfer » Thu Mar 05, 2015 5:53 pm

terryp wrote:
RHD , the position for the alternator is about 1.5 inches lower than on LHD.
The problem I have is I need to find a LHD one ...... or get someone to make one :shock:

Terry


I assume it is a typing mistake: not 1.5 inches but mm as written some comments before.
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PostPost by: terryp » Mon Mar 09, 2015 4:30 pm

No its inches , IMO

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PostPost by: umbyfer » Mon Mar 09, 2015 4:34 pm

It means 3,81 cm. It seems too much... 3,8 cm up from engine bolts...
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