Lotus Elan

Ignition Steering Lock & Underdash Trim

PostPost by: GHill » Sat Jul 08, 2017 5:50 pm

Hello All,

I need your sage advise as always please. I am fitting the underdash trim (bought from SJ Sports cars) and am stuck at the ignition barrel because it is blocking a part of the under dash trim. Let me show you...

Ignition barrel & untrimmed under dash trim

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Trimmed - but you can see its blocking the ignition

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underdash trim blocking the barrel


I tried to get socket on these but no joy

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So Im thinking that if I can get a socket on the bolts then I can loosen and twist it below the trim? Will this work? Has anyone done the same? Advice welcome.

Here is the other side - looking rather splendid if I say so myself although it doesn't meet the crash pad - but its a million times better than it was below.

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PostPost by: mbell » Sat Jul 08, 2017 6:15 pm

There should be a hole through the trim for the lock...

P.s. looks very nice. Should buy some for my car as assumed they weren't available so made some with sheet ali.
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PostPost by: GHill » Sun Jul 09, 2017 2:54 pm

Thanks, so spent an hour fiddling with it and its all done - looks pretty good too (even if I say so myself)

If you're keen to look at the end result, watch the video below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M18KUC1j0Bc

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PostPost by: mbell » Sun Jul 09, 2017 3:29 pm

Looks very nice.

I presume your aware that there also pieces that go over the edges as standard. Yours looks tidy enough purge wouldn't think it was missing unless they knew.
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PostPost by: GHill » Sun Jul 09, 2017 3:43 pm

Yeah I know (re the edges) - I thought that the kit from SJ would have them (it cost enough as it was) and so I decided just to fit as is.

Thanks, it passes the 5 yard stare so thats good for me - I ordered so much vinyl I have enough to do it 5 times over ;-)

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PostPost by: pharriso » Sun Jul 09, 2017 6:56 pm

Good job! Nice finishing touch..
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PostPost by: mbell » Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:08 pm

GHill wrote:it cost enough as it was


Yeah, they quite pricey for few bits of plastic. Think I'll stick with my originals for a while longer.

Wouldn't have thought the missing trim would be that hard to fabricate yourself, just bend some aluminum L strip to fit, cover with foam and vinyl.
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