Lotus Elan

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PostPost by: elancoupe » Sun Aug 19, 2018 12:49 am

When i bought my car 39 years ago, the jack was not in the car. The PO promised to ship it to me, and never did. :(

At the LOG last week, I was talking to a former Elan owner who mentioned that he had a jack to sell. A (very nice!) deal was done, and it arrived today. :D :D The ratchet is pretty knackered, but I think those can be had.

Question, the small knurled knob on the end seems to be loose/could fall off. Is this normal? How is it held on?
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Sun Aug 19, 2018 8:35 am

Pretty sure they’re meant to be like that though I’ve no idea why certainly the few I’ve handled over the years are the same.

Well done the last one of those that sold on eBay over here I think went for over £800.
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PostPost by: oldelanman » Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:57 am

elancoupe wrote:Question, the small knurled knob on the end seems to be loose/could fall off. Is this normal? How is it held on?

If you mean the castellated cup washer, it is loose on the shaft and retained only by a spring clip washer. My Elan jack appears to have two of them but I don't know if that's typical as another similar Metallifacture jack I have only has one.
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PostPost by: elancoupe » Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:28 am

oldelanman wrote:If you mean the castellated cup washer, it is loose on the shaft and retained only by a spring clip washer. My Elan jack appears to have two of them but I don't know if that's typical as another similar Metallifacture jack I have only has one.
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Roger, thanks for the photos and information, just what I was looking for. :D I can source one of those retainers at work.
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PostPost by: elancoupe » Fri Sep 28, 2018 4:51 pm

Part 2 ........ I was able to get this for a song :D :D

The bag looks tattered enough to be original, is it?
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PostPost by: baileyman » Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:35 pm

The castellated washer was always convenient to finger snug-up the mechanism before getting to the real business of cranking it with the wrench. I don't know if that's what it is for, but it felt right. Bummer I no longer have one of these jacks.

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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Sat Sep 29, 2018 4:58 am

Mike, you certainly have the majority of the actual tools, the tool rolls looked like the replica I made (but in vinyl) a while back:

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