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Plus 2 rear brake advice

PostPost by: Andiken » Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:40 am

Hi all

Having dismantled my barn find Plus 2 I've been sorting stuff into replace and repair piles.

The OS rear brake has a break in the casting across the mounting hole nearest the handbrake mechanism. My instant thought was that it's scrap and I need to source another.

Am I right in thinking this is the case? I can't imagine this is repairable safely?

Any thoughts much appreciated.

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PostPost by: theelanman » Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:42 am

I would concur with your take on things....especially when it comes to stopping......
I wouldn't risk it personally.......others may.......
you might be able to get it mended?........
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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:49 am

Andy
Could you post a photo...they're not cheap..

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/lotus-elan-s ... 1438.l2649


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PostPost by: Andiken » Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:53 am

I can tonight when I get home from work.

They do look rather pricey and most that I've seen are exchange, so I might be better to find a good used one and have it reconditioned with the NS one and the front pair.

Anyone have a spare OS rear caliper?!

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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:57 am

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PostPost by: MarkDa » Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:29 pm

I don't think you should rule out repair of the crack given the cost of replacement.
The crack may be on the right side of braking load in as well.
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PostPost by: Andiken » Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:37 pm

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Photo of break as promised. What do you think guys, is this repairable?
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PostPost by: theelanman » Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:47 pm

Bin
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PostPost by: MarkDa » Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:06 pm

I think I would rule repair out now!
But don't bin the handbrake bits.
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PostPost by: Andiken » Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:07 pm

That was my view too, but I just wanted to check before binning it. Thanks for the advice guys.
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PostPost by: Mike Ostrov » Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:08 am

Hi, Andy. I have a pair without the handbrake bits. On my next list of parts to post at month end. Getting close to the end of my Elan bits from the 27 foot Lotus Storage Container for the departed S2 and S4 FHC.

Cheers. Mike, in Richmond, CA, near San Francisco, so pop over when you can and bring them home as checked luggage.
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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:16 am

-1 the above , it's repairable...

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PostPost by: theelanman » Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:24 am

john.p.clegg wrote:-1 the above , it's repairable...

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most likely......Id just never trust it........ :oops:
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PostPost by: rgh0 » Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:28 am

Its repairable ... just not economic as you would have to machine off the cracked section and machine up a replacement section and then figure out how to join it to the remaining sound part of the caliper via keying and bolting. It would only cost a few thousand dollars unless you happen to have your own CNC milling machine and lots of time and have experience at this sort of work :D

buy a replacement

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PostPost by: Andiken » Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:32 pm

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I've finished stripping it to fully assess the damage. Taking it to a coded welder for assessment this afternoon.

None of the people I've called have a spare in stock.
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