Lotus Elan

+2 number plate lamps

PostPost by: lotusnut » Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:46 pm

Hi, can anyone tell me if the +2 number plate lamps have any sort of gasket between the lamp and the bumper, if so any ideas where i might get a couple?

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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Thu Aug 17, 2017 2:05 pm

Purchase a small sheet of thin Neoprene,draw round the outline then cut to suit....

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PostPost by: alan.barker » Thu Aug 17, 2017 2:23 pm

When i make a gasket from neoprene to cut the holes i use a brass olive from my plumbing goodies.
Place in position where you want the hole and hit with a small hammer. Cuts a neat clean hole in the neoprene no problem :D
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PostPost by: Gordon Sauer » Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:16 am

Otherwise they're the same as at least a 74 chrome bumper MGB so readily available. Gordon Sauer
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PostPost by: wotsisname » Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:20 pm

I'm not sure you original question was answered. My answer is for an early +2 but likely the same for the later S models.
1) I don't believe there was a gasket between the lamp housing plinth and the bumper. I think the unit earths through the bumper. The mounting screws might achieve this to some degree. I think later advice is to run a separate earth (to reduce corrosion) from the lamp holder. I have done this and run the wire through the black cover/seal and into the boot.
2) There is a pretty thick gasket under the glass/chrome cover. This should be easy to make from a sheet of neoprene as described by others.
3) The unit isn't quite the same as an MGB.. at least the MG chaps kept telling me this when I was hunting for a replacement plinth. My original (RHS in picture) has an extra "collar" that helps retain the thick gasket. I picked the other (which could really do with a re-chrome) up at an auto-jumble after a lot of looking. They have LUCAS and L534 stamped into them. Reproduction items are very easy to find, & will no doubt work well, but they do not look as the original items.

I'm just waiting for a couple of screws and some LEDS to complete this job....
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PostPost by: mbell » Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:18 pm

I fitted the MGB ones to mine. It was few years ago so somewhat rusty memory, as said the bases are different or not included with the MGB units. The lights earth (or fail to) via the bumper and earth connection on one of the middle mounting bolts.

My memory is that the bulb holder on the MGB lights I got were too wide to fit through the Lotus holes, so I had to mod them. I think I found new bulb holders and fitted them to the lights.
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