Lotus Elan

Starter motor and spyder chassis

PostPost by: GHill » Sun Aug 07, 2016 11:25 am

Hi All

Does anyone know if you need to mod a sounder chassis or starter motor.

Car passed the MoT last week and on the way home the back left wheel almost fell off - tightened by hand and got home. Then took it to a small classic car show and on the way home the gear lever came loose.

Then went to start it this week and the starter motor is just spinning away. Looked on the forums and rocked it in gear - gave it a little tap - took a plug out and churned it over by hand and still no luck.

So then I took the starter motor out and found this. You can see that the top mount is broken.

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Top starter motor mount


So I thought I would just flip it round however I'm now tho King someone modded the starter motor to get passed the bracket.

You can see that it doesn't quite look like a nut will fit?

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Top starter motor mount


Anyone else with a spider chassis have the same problem or should it fit?

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PostPost by: rgh0 » Sun Aug 07, 2016 12:08 pm

Hi Gareth
The starter lug should not interfere with the block bolt above it.
I guess the first question is whats may not be standard on your car - the block, the gearbox the starter ?

The Spyder chassis should not be an issue

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PostPost by: GHill » Sun Aug 07, 2016 12:15 pm

Thanks Rohan

Great questions.

The starter motor is this one looks like a standard Lucas lrs102?

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Starter motor


The gearbox is definately 4 speed and is assumed to be original with an original engine.

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PostPost by: GHill » Sun Aug 07, 2016 12:37 pm

Hi Rohan

As always great advice as soon as I manned up and pushed the motor home properly it lined up perfectly

The car started first time and I have a new starter motor in order to replace this one so now I have an emergency replacement

Regards and Rohan thanks again always great advice

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PostPost by: rgh0 » Sun Aug 07, 2016 12:46 pm

Hi Gareth
Great that it all fitted with a bit of a push. It is tight working in there and getting the starter into its correct position.

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