Lotus Elan

Front Axles

PostPost by: Henry VIIII » Sat Mar 10, 2012 5:00 pm

I think the front steering on my Elan might be a bit worn, where the vertical bit goes into the brass thingy at the bottom, so I've bought some good second hand vertical bits.

But they don't have any front wheel axles. Will it be ok normally to take my front axles out of the older vertical bits and fit then in the newer ones and how difficult is that to do.

The front wheel bearings look a bit tricky.

I've already got one new brass pivot thingy for the bottom but I've got to get the other, how do I tell whether the one I have is a left side or right side pivot?
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PostPost by: Panda » Sat Mar 10, 2012 9:30 pm

Hi Henry,
The left hand thread goes to the left hand side and vice versa. Some trunnions are stamped on the bottom face L or R. Best to have the shafts removed in a press, but I have done it with a spacer tube just long enough to fit a thick washer and nut on and pulled them out that way with care not to strip the thread on the nut.
You must clean the bearings very well and if in good condition, repack as per the manual with the correct grease and don't overtighten. Better to have a tiny amount of play, than risk seizure.
Good luck
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PostPost by: Elan45 » Sun Mar 11, 2012 2:02 pm

Henry,

Do you have bolt-on wheels or K-O wheels. The vertical links as well as the stub axles are different. The K-O stub axles are a larger diameter for the larger wheel bearings and the tapered end of the spindle is also larger, so the vertical links are different too. If you have bolt-on wheels, I am interested in your spare vertical links.

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PostPost by: Elan45 » Sun Mar 11, 2012 2:10 pm

Also, Henry,

You are more likely to have wear in the upper ball joints or the bronze trunnions or even the wheel bearings than to have wear in the vertical links.

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'67 Elan S3 SE upgrade to 26R by Original owner
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PostPost by: Henry VIIII » Sun Mar 11, 2012 2:21 pm

Elan45 wrote:Henry,

Do you have bolt-on wheels or K-O wheels. The vertical links as well as the stub axles are different. The K-O stub axles are a larger diameter for the larger wheel bearings and the tapered end of the spindle is also larger, so the vertical links are different too. If you have bolt-on wheels, I am interested in your spare vertical links.

Roger


Mine are knock-ons, the ones with the 3-eared big nut thing. I'm pretty sure I got the correct vertical links.
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PostPost by: Henry VIIII » Sun Mar 11, 2012 2:23 pm

Elan45 wrote:Also, Henry,

You are more likely to have wear in the upper ball joints or the bronze trunnions or even the wheel bearings than to have wear in the vertical links.

Roger


Arh, true, but the ball joints and 'trunnions' and wheel bearings have already been replaced at least once before.
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