Lotus Elan

Rear bearing housings

PostPost by: John Larkin » Fri May 31, 2013 10:07 am

Are the cast alloy rear bearing housings and damper strut inserts exactly similar/interchangeable on the types 26/36 (two seater Elan) and type 50 (+2 Elan)? I have a pair of these from a 1968 Elan +2, and would like to keep them as spares if they fit my 1967 Elan S3.

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PostPost by: Quart Meg Miles » Fri May 31, 2013 11:32 am

Check the size of the inner bearings. On early Elans the inner and outer bearings were identical but the later cars, and I think all +2s used a larger diameter inner bearing. This might be the difference in the casting numbers of the housings.

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