Lotus Elan

Installing a Turnolock radio

PostPost by: Iyarno » Tue Sep 04, 2012 11:26 am

OK I'm a bit stumped and I need some advice.

I've just gone a bought myself a new dash, and have been lucky enough to find a nice original Turnolock radio.

My problem is that the cutout for the radio is larger than the radio. I know the size on the new dash matches my old dashboard, so I'm not concerned about it too much... except that I don't know how to go about installing it.

Any advice, ideas, photos, templates, drawings or product links would be greatly appreciated.



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PostPost by: steve.thomas » Tue Sep 04, 2012 12:40 pm

The chrome surround appears to be missing?
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PostPost by: rgh0 » Tue Sep 04, 2012 12:46 pm

Mine appears to have a chrome surround you dont have
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that fits it to the dash opening.

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PostPost by: rgh0 » Tue Sep 04, 2012 12:57 pm

Another shot of mine showing the chrome surround

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PostPost by: Iyarno » Tue Sep 04, 2012 1:22 pm

Mine has a chrome surround but it appears to be much thinner. So I guess that my Turnolock wasn't fitted to an Elan originally.

I figure I need to source a chunkier chrome surround. Any contacts I could try? Would this be a Lotus part or a universal part?
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PostPost by: Robbie693 » Tue Sep 04, 2012 2:01 pm

The chrome surround is a separate plate that is sandwiched between the radio and the dash. I think this is part of the fitting kit standard to any Turnolock - I think you are missing a bit Ian, maybe you could contact whoever you bought it from to see if they have neglected to include it. There should also be two mounting plates...

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PostPost by: vernon.taylor » Tue Sep 04, 2012 4:25 pm

Salut

Chrome plate and mounting brackets available from Sue Miller.

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PostPost by: Iyarno » Fri Sep 07, 2012 10:36 am

Thanks Vernon

I ordered the parts and got them today. It's looking good and the surround (just) clears the aperture in the dash.

Next question however is where can I get the black textured vinyl which sits inside chrome surround. I have the bit which used to sit inside the old chrome surround but it's the wrong size and shape for the new surround.

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PostPost by: Pastapesto » Fri Sep 07, 2012 12:43 pm

Ian

I may have some for you, Pm me your address & I will send you some.

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PostPost by: vernon.taylor » Fri Sep 07, 2012 5:22 pm

Doesn't the old one sit inside the old one?

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PostPost by: Iyarno » Fri Sep 07, 2012 5:59 pm

It does but not very well. It's too wide (which I could trim) and not quite high enough. I'd be interested to find out which car this would have fitted to, so I can pass it on to the right people.

What other cars had a Turnolock as standard equipment?

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