Lotus Elan

Factory brake servo

PostPost by: Bud5000 » Fri Jan 05, 2024 6:45 pm

Other than mounting holes in the body work, is there any other way to identify if a Plus 2 was fitted from factory with a brake servo?

My 68 doesn't have one but I'm not sure what to look for if it had one originally and it's been removed.
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PostPost by: HCA » Fri Jan 05, 2024 7:02 pm

I am pretty sure that servo is standard on all +2.
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PostPost by: rgh0 » Sat Jan 06, 2024 4:58 am

There should be some holes where the mounting backet went on the sloping surface on the LH side of the engine bay infront of the radiator.

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PostPost by: jono » Sat Jan 06, 2024 9:26 am

'68 Plus 2
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PostPost by: Bud5000 » Sat Jan 06, 2024 10:50 am

Thanks for the photo Jono that's perfect.
As mines been altered a bit by previous owners there's many holes and bits missimg all over the place.
Could I kindly ask for a few more shots from in and around your engine bay so I can compare it to mine? Will probably save me from asking questions over and again on the forum if I have a fairly original to compare too.
Mine was also red from factory but PO has painted it the Lotus Sky Blue colour.
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PostPost by: mbell » Sat Jan 06, 2024 10:54 am

HCA wrote:I am pretty sure that servo is standard on all +2.


That was what I thought also. While not exactly definitive the parts manual:
https://rdent.com/manuals/plus2/brakes/je.htm

lists servo(s) for all +2 variants.
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PostPost by: Bud5000 » Sun Jan 07, 2024 3:37 am

So yes, it looks like I did have a servo there, but at some point it's been removed and the "gorgeous"... VW window washer bottle has been installed.
Thanks all for the assist.
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PostPost by: Ianstuart » Sun Jan 07, 2024 10:11 pm

Just in case it helps, here’s a couple more photos - 1968 Plus 2.
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PostPost by: TonyA » Mon Jan 08, 2024 7:40 pm

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I had taken my original brake servo ( Girling IIB) off the car because it was sucking in brake fluid. and I am deciding on wether I trust it to be rebuilt reliably, replace it with a 'new' equivelent or continue to drive without one.. More on this topic later. That said, I had the opportunity to measure up the spacing of the four 1/4/inch mounting holes. They are at 38 mm and 152 mm centres. See attached photo. Hopefully this will help you identify the original, corresponding mounting holes in your inner wing, among the others made by POs..! Tony
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PostPost by: Bud5000 » Mon Jan 08, 2024 7:48 pm

Thanks Tony and everyone else, I'll use those measurements to double check the hole spacing on the inner guard to confirm that it was where the servo was mounted.
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PostPost by: alanr » Tue Jan 09, 2024 4:53 am

TonyA wrote:
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I had taken my original brake servo ( Girling IIB) off the car because it was sucking in brake fluid. and I am deciding on wether I trust it to be rebuilt reliably, replace it with a 'new' equivelent or continue to drive without one.Tony


Mine was the same so I had it rebored and rebuilt with a stainless steel liner back to standard bore size which is the only way in my opinion. Just fitting seals and making it externally look nice as most rebuilders do to a 50 year old servo seemed a no-no to me. Now 4years on still very happy with the servo.
I used these people:-https://www.pastparts.co.uk/

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PostPost by: Ianstuart » Fri Jan 12, 2024 10:08 pm

On eBay - just what you need, apart from the servo itself and pipework !
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/176176266508 ... media=COPY
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