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Steering Column Bracket

PostPost by: pharriso » Mon Apr 21, 2014 5:20 pm

TroonSprint wrote:I think the cast support in your picture could bolt directly to the bracket on my steering lock instead of to the U-clamp. It seems to be at about the right distance from the steering wheel. Here is a close up of the bracket which is clamped round the steering lock assembly. Can you measure the width across the bolt holes on the casting, then I could see if the spacing is the same as on my bracket.
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It's extremely difficult to measure installed, but the width centre to centre is approximately 2", the U clamp is about 1 3/4" behind the dash.
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PostPost by: pharriso » Mon Apr 21, 2014 5:28 pm

TroonSprint wrote:Phil, if you can measure the cast column support bracket (which I imagine isn't easy), could you tell me the distance between the U-clamp holes, the distance from those holes to the back of the dash,....

Mike


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TroonSprint wrote:...and the vertical distance from the centre of the column to the lower holes in the dash that hold the bracket. That way, if I can't source a cast bracket, I could get out my welder and fabricate one to suit.

Many thanks,
Mike


There's no real way to do that with everything assembled, bearing in mind that the steering column is not horizontal.

I's suggest either get hold of a used bracket (have you tried JAE or WireWheel?) or have someone that has a car in pieces measure the die cast bracket.
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PostPost by: TroonSprint » Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:29 am

OK Phil. Thanks for looking. I guessed it would be just about impossible to measure in situ. The width centre of the bracket on my column is 1 & 3/4 inch.
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PostPost by: pharriso » Tue Apr 22, 2014 9:57 am

It could be 1 3/4"... I was trying to measure across the bottom of the "U" with wires hanging down etc etc.

Anyone got a die cast steering bracket that you could measure for Mike?
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PostPost by: billwill » Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:21 am

Or maybe even make a mould ?
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PostPost by: pharriso » Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:00 am

Or even better laser scan then stereolithography (additive machining) to make a copy; you can get all sorts of materials now, not just wax/plastics.
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PostPost by: TroonSprint » Tue Apr 22, 2014 2:38 pm

Or even better, has anyone got a spare off a wrecked car, preferably in the UK? Are there any Lotus dismantlers in the UK? I know of MG dismantlers, but haven't heard of anyone doing the same for Lotus.

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PostPost by: pharriso » Tue Apr 22, 2014 2:55 pm

Post something in the parts wanted section, I had success there recently.
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PostPost by: au-yt » Mon Apr 28, 2014 10:21 am

This is how I found my "original" column...all the rework was covered by black insulation tape!!!
I have not asked the original owner.... yet.
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PostPost by: pharriso » Mon Apr 28, 2014 12:18 pm

I love the string in place of the column wiring shroud!
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PostPost by: au-yt » Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:29 pm

The String is in lots of places on the loom and very neatly tied, it makes me wonder if its original!!!?
I will put a steeing column assembly on the to buy for "future replacement" list
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