Lotus Elan

Headlight vacuum system

PostPost by: Donels » Thu Feb 06, 2020 5:05 pm

My 72 +2 130S was partially disassembled on purchase. I am now looking the the headlight vacuum system. The bits I have are shown in the attached photo.

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I am assuming that the broken Tee piece on the end of the plastic pipe should be connected to the manifold and the chassis tank with the rubber pipe connecting to the headlamp vacuum cylinder. Is that correct?

My Lotus manual shows a completely different solenoid valve, so again I’m assuming it’s a later part? Where and how is this solenoid located? It appears to have no fixings and looks like it may have been held by some adhesive.
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PostPost by: pharriso » Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:19 pm

This is where it should be mounted:
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Ted Taylor may have an original one available:
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Ted's collection of Plus2 Headlight Solenoids

Check here - http://www.taylormadeclassiccars.com/partsselecttype/bodytypeparts.html
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PostPost by: Donels » Fri Feb 07, 2020 8:38 pm

Thanks for the picture. It looks like I need to fabricate a strap but I don’t need a replacement solenoid as I suspect mine is a later version.
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