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Throttle Cable Fittings

PostPost by: richardcox_lotus » Wed Dec 11, 2013 4:04 pm

Well done - bet you find the original now !!
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PostPost by: Galwaylotus » Wed Dec 11, 2013 6:04 pm

I'd say it's long gone. I've made a second one this afternoon as the first one is way too crude to leave on the car. I'll update the picture another time. Total cost: ?0.90 for the lag screw from which I could get three lengths of "bar stock"! :lol:
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PostPost by: mbell » Wed Dec 11, 2013 9:31 pm

A very timely thread as I have the same issue, only it's the previous owners fault not mine. So thanks to everyone for the information and the links

I am bit confused by your picture of it fixed on the car. I thought the throttle cable should come from under the air box. The bracket from the airbox picks up the out sheath, then the cable goes up to the throttle. Operating the throttle in an anti-clockwise direction. Or are you just testing it out quickily?
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PostPost by: pharriso » Wed Dec 11, 2013 10:00 pm

mbell wrote:I thought the throttle cable should come from under the air box. The bracket from the airbox picks up the out sheath, then the cable goes up to the throttle. Operating the throttle in an anti-clockwise direction. Or are you just testing it out quickily?


No what is shown is correct for Webers - the bracket on the airbox retains the end of the cable while the sheath of the cable goes into the nipple moving the throttle linkage.

Maybe you have Strombergs & the linkage is reversed?
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PostPost by: mbell » Wed Dec 11, 2013 10:17 pm

Oh! The end of the cable goes into the airbox bracket and the casing against the throttle lever!

The throttle cable was disconnected and missing the connection for the throttle lever on my car. So I just assumed that the end of the cable connect to the throttle lever and the airbox held the outer sheath. I also failed to spot the cable going to the airbox in that pic, but it is very dark.

So very useful to know how it works before I try to make it work in the incorrect fashion. Thanks.
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PostPost by: pharriso » Wed Dec 11, 2013 10:27 pm

Seems to be a standard Lotus Arse about face use of a cable, try figuring out how the bonnet release pull works.. :evil: . :roll:
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PostPost by: rgh0 » Thu Dec 12, 2013 6:20 am

The workmanship looks fine and about the same as my Lotus original. Lotus cut the slot from the side not the end so if you are entering a concours you would need to ensure the slot is cut correctly and try to source a 1960's bolt to make if from :lol:

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PostPost by: richardcox_lotus » Thu Dec 12, 2013 7:58 am

"try figuring out how the bonnet release pull works"

Nope.

Too hard.
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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Thu Dec 12, 2013 9:02 am

"and try to source a 1960's bolt to make if from :lol: "

...aren't you the lucky one...there's on on Fleabay right now....and with No Reserve..

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/390716743318? ... 1586.l2649

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PostPost by: rgh0 » Thu Dec 12, 2013 9:32 am

Hi John
If you offered it with a blunt 24 TPI hack saw blade you could get twice the price. Advertise it and the blade as original items used by Lotus to make that rare throttle cable control item ( the hacksaw used to cut mine was certainly blunt!). You could also auction the original engineering drawing done by ACBC to show where to cut it !!!!

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PostPost by: Galwaylotus » Fri Dec 13, 2013 9:12 am

I couldn't leave it at the Mark I version - too crude. Here's a better piece though still rough enough! Still made from the same lag screw! :lol:
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PostPost by: mbell » Tue Jan 21, 2014 4:55 am

I found some 1/4 "cable stops" today while at the auto store. These were perfect for making my own fittings.

Enlarged one side of the hole to 5mm and the other to 6.5mm. Then shorten the screw which grips the outer and provides a place to hook a return spring.

It does the job very well, just a slightly snug fit in the throttle lever.
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