Lotus Elan

throttle cable length

PostPost by: gjz30075 » Tue Feb 02, 2016 11:39 pm

Can anyone tell me the proper length (oem?), end to end, of a LHD weber carb'ed Elan?
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PostPost by: 512BB » Wed Feb 03, 2016 11:29 am

Greg,

I do not know what the length is and I do not want to open the packet, but I have a NOS Lotus item that I would part with. PM me if of interest.

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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Wed Feb 03, 2016 12:24 pm

PM sent.....
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PostPost by: billwill » Wed Feb 03, 2016 4:22 pm

gjz30075 wrote:Can anyone tell me the proper length (oem?), end to end, of a LHD weber carb'ed Elan?


You do know that the outer is divided and has a fine length-adjuster at the joint, do you not?

PS: If you break the inner, a coated bicycle brake inner cable makes an excellent replacement.
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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Wed Feb 03, 2016 4:57 pm

I do know that, Bill. Thanks. I currently have one on my LHD Weber car now but I've always thought it
to be too long. I bought one from a local vendor and it is 4 inches shorter than the one on my car.
Although it connects on either end just fine, can barely work the pedal when connected. All parts
independently work fine. If this 4 inch shorter cable is the correct length, I'll pursue the binding.
Thanks.
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PostPost by: normand » Thu Feb 04, 2016 9:56 am

If you use a bicycle inner what do you use for a nipple on the end please? Does it need to be soldered or will one with a screw clamp do ?
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PostPost by: simonknee » Thu Feb 04, 2016 11:59 am

I'm interested in Normand's question too. I have a bike cable in-situ (inner and outer for even less striction) and improvised a nipple with a type of electrical crimp. It's not very good as it does not have the correct shape to sit securely in the pedal linkage (cable ties prevent a disaster). However if I could find an adjustable "pear nipple" I would be very happy.

Um, my google history now has some searches with questionable results, google "pear shaped nipple" at your peril/delight! Ah, "pear nipple" gives more appropriate results. :D
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PostPost by: billwill » Thu Feb 04, 2016 1:34 pm

normand wrote:If you use a bicycle inner what do you use for a nipple on the end please? Does it need to be soldered or will one with a screw clamp do ?


I used a standard bicycle screw-fastened nipple, which replaced the two-screw inner from an electrical power strip which I had used before..

I think I use the existing nipple on the bicycle brake cable as the carburettor end and the screw on nipple at the pedal end.
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PostPost by: normand » Thu Feb 04, 2016 4:25 pm

Thanks billwill if it works for you it should work for me.
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PostPost by: mbell » Thu Feb 04, 2016 7:50 pm

I've just done the bike cable on my car. I did as Bill and just existing small nip at carbs end and then standard screw on nipple on the pedal end.

I did have a quick attempt at making a solder nipple on the end but that was a complete failure. I do plan to revisit this at some point but as it's working it will be a little while before I do. I expect I should be able to find some kind of crimp on nipple that will work ok.
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PostPost by: jono » Mon Feb 08, 2016 10:02 pm

I bought a bike cable from Wilko for ?1.50. Cut it to length and soldered on a new nipple - perfect and looks original.

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