Lotus Elan

Bonnet cable knob

PostPost by: cadwell » Mon Aug 01, 2022 11:25 am

I am fitting a new bonnet opening cable during my S4 rebuild. It has a plain knob with no lettering so I should very much like to transfer the original knob off the old cable.
It seems to be very well attached, so I wonder if anyone has successfully removed it and araldited it? To the new cable?

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PostPost by: lotusfan » Mon Aug 01, 2022 12:40 pm

Hi Peter

I transferred the original knob to the new cable when I did my restoration. My recollection is that the original cable was hard soldered or silver soldered into a slot in the metal part of the original knob. Having removed the old cable I repeated the process to fix the new cable to the original knob.

In my view the use of araldite would not give a good result. HTH
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PostPost by: cadwell » Mon Aug 01, 2022 3:01 pm

Hi Mike
Thanks for the very quick response. Brilliant I will sort it now.
Many thanks
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PostPost by: trw99 » Mon Aug 01, 2022 5:57 pm

By the by, the 'Bonnet Lock' pull handles are now being reproduced by Rover P5 specialists Wadhams.

Here is a link to the relevant page: https://www.jrwadhams.co.uk/browse-p5-c ... 33937.html

You may have to make some changes to fit the Elan cable, but at least you would have the correct handle.

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PostPost by: cadwell » Mon Aug 01, 2022 7:14 pm

Thanks Tim, but I have now taken Mike’s advice, unsoldered the old cable and soldered on the new. Simples!
I’m afraid that as a very old codger I was just looking at taking the knob off rather than looking at unsoldering the cable.
What a wonderful forum this is, with such helpful people!
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PostPost by: RAJ2628 » Tue Aug 02, 2022 6:38 pm

Makes you wonder, if Rover spares suppliers can supply an engraved bonnet pull handle, why can't Lotus suppliers do the same.
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PostPost by: cadwell » Tue Aug 02, 2022 7:35 pm

Yes, good point Tim. Now that Classic Lotus are about to start selling parts we may see a huge improvement in holding stock and quality so let’s see what happens.
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