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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Fri Nov 11, 2022 8:20 pm

Dash and crash pad out on my S3 to re-veneer the dash and replace the crashpad. If it turns out good, I'll post
before and after pictures.
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PostPost by: mbell » Fri Nov 11, 2022 8:56 pm

Fixed the cig lighter socket. Had problem with phone going flat even when charging in the car. Turned out to be standard earth connection missing, so cig lighter was earthing via the light bulb, limiting the current available for the phone charger.

Also fixed the connection for map light while I have the trim off.
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Sat Nov 12, 2022 12:47 pm

After removing engine and gearbox.
I just removed the TTR Propshaft, Jesus removing those 4 bolts in the Flange are enough to make a Saint swear. Yes i know Saint Wilkins. Why oh why didn't they design something easier. I noticed the centralising shoulder on the Propshaft grips the Diff Flange a bit too much for my liking.
Wow all that gunge and crap inside the Chassis( sorry subframe) backbone. Could have done with a "Westie" to clean that out lol.
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PostPost by: Craven » Sat Nov 12, 2022 1:19 pm

alan.barker wrote:After removing engine and gearbox.
I just removed the TTR Propshaft, Jesus removing those 4 bolts in the Flange are enough to make a Saint swear. Yes i know Saint Wilkins. Why oh why didn't they design something easier. I noticed the centralising shoulder on the Propshaft grips the Diff Flange a bit too much for my liking.
Wow all that gunge and crap inside the Chassis( sorry subframe) backbone. Could have done with a "Westie" to clean that out lol.
Alan

On the later diff’s Ford changed to a larger flange and 4 tapped holes, metric BTW.
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Sat Nov 12, 2022 2:02 pm

Hi Craven,
I'm talking about original diff in my Sprint 1972 and TTR Propshafts for 26R (large flange).
I know all the history of my Sprint from new untill me. I am the 4th owner.
I think the dia of the location dia on my TTR Propshaft just needs to be 2 thou smaller.
No big deal but enough to make a Saint swear lol.
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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Sat Nov 12, 2022 2:45 pm

Here's your answer to the diff / prop shaft flange bolts
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Much easier to R&R.
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PostPost by: prezoom » Sat Nov 12, 2022 3:29 pm

Another nice thing is, you can choose shaft length so no threads are in shear. Don't forget the AN washers that are required with the bolts. Been using these bolts, nuts and washers for over 40 years on every drive shaft connection.
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Sat Nov 12, 2022 5:53 pm

Many thanks great info.
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PostPost by: Quart Meg Miles » Sat Nov 12, 2022 10:47 pm

When you reassemble, Alan, you might consider fitting the gearbox alone and then fitting the clutch housing. It solves the problem of getting the latter part round the engine mounts though at the expense of controlling the clutch thrust bearing mechanism. I crouched in the engine bay then lifted in and held the clutch housing by hand to fit the four bolts, too lazy to place a jack to help.
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Sat Nov 12, 2022 11:38 pm

For sure i'll fit the Gearbox first but with the Bell Housing already fitted. That way i can seal the bottom left bolt to stop Gearbox oil leaks. Just before the Gearbox is fully back i'll slide Propshaft into the tail. That way i don't need to remove the drivet's seat.
Just waiting for delivery of Gearbox bearings and Gaskets.
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PostPost by: DJW » Sun Nov 13, 2022 6:31 pm

Went for a spin. Weather was too good not to ;)

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PostPost by: alan.barker » Sun Nov 13, 2022 6:59 pm

Well done that man,
That's what owning a Lotus is all about driving.
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PostPost by: ajwheels » Sun Nov 13, 2022 7:25 pm

Ah yes.....a short drive to the edge of the planet.....just another day in paradise.....
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PostPost by: reb53 » Tue Nov 15, 2022 6:22 am

"Today"...
Wish it was that quick.
Diff out, new input and output oil seals , and new output bearings.
This is an attempt to stop the leaks so I've Hylomared the input shaft splines as well as siliconing around the nut.
Whilst pulling the struts off found a spun bearing on one stub axle so that's away for metal spraying.
Decided to replace all seals and bearings in the hubs and came up against the usual hassle finding the inner bearing.
Found a reasonably priced German one, in preference to some dodgy Chinese one, so have put up a photo in case someone else finds it useful.
Off an old Viva apparently, and has an unnecessary O ring which can be removed, plus an unneeded spacer.

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PostPost by: pharriso » Tue Nov 15, 2022 9:18 am

DJW wrote:Went for a spin. Weather was too good not to ;)



Beautiful car, great pictures, thanks for sharing!
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