Lotus Elan

S3 Restoration

PostPost by: glennmoule » Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:15 pm

Done (apart from the selector cover bolts/breather, mount, release fork and slave cylinder).

Very happy!
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PostPost by: fatboyoz » Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:15 pm

Hi Glen,
Looks good. Did you remember to put the bottom right hand, (looking forward) bellhousing bolt in with sealant?
I didn’t. Had to pull engine and gearbox back out of the car to rectify.
Cheers,
Colin.





uote="glennmoule"]Done (apart from the selector cover bolts/breather, mount, release fork and slave cylinder).

Very happy![/quote]
'68 S4 DHC
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PostPost by: glennmoule » Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:35 pm

Hi mate, yes I most certainly did.

My only hiccup with the assembly was the counter shaft fouled on the bell housing due the the orientation of the flats on the front face. They didn’t fit in the cast recess on the housing so I had to remove the tail section again. No worries as it only took 5 minutes to correct.

What I did find on inspection was the selector forks heavily worn. I am sure the Red Line GL4 oil I am going to use will minimise this in the future but it was alarming considering that the rest of the box was in great shape.
I ended up replacing 1/2 and 3/4 selector forks, all bearings, seals and gaskets, output shaft bush and most importantly the paint.
It is now a show piece and don’t want to use it.
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PostPost by: fatboyoz » Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:42 pm

Hi Glen,
I left mine in all of it’s unpainted glory. I will be ticking over 81,000 miles today, and the gearbox seems to like the Redline MTL as per Rohan’s recommendation.
Can still remember the day I fired the car up after 22 years of slumber. Now trying to make up for lost time.
Cheers,
Colin.




ote="glennmoule"]Hi mate, yes I most certainly did.

My only hiccup with the assembly was the counter shaft fouled on the bell housing due the the orientation of the flats on the front face. They didn’t fit in the cast recess on the housing so I had to remove the tail section again. No worries as it only took 5 minutes to correct.

What I did find on inspection was the selector forks heavily worn. I am sure the Red Line GL4 oil I am going to use will minimise this in the future but it was alarming considering that the rest of the box was in great shape.
I ended up replacing 1/2 and 3/4 selector forks, all bearings, seals and gaskets, output shaft bush and most importantly the paint.
It is now a show piece and don’t want to use it.[/quote]
'68 S4 DHC
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PostPost by: joe7 » Fri Aug 23, 2019 2:45 pm

My only hiccup with the assembly was the counter shaft fouled on the bell housing due the the orientation of the flats on the front face. They didn’t fit in the cast recess on the housing so I had to remove the tail section again. No worries as it only took 5 minutes to correct.
I don't think the "flats" are on the front face nor go towards the bell housing but rather toward the rear and are "captured" by a relief in the tail shaft housing along with a separate one for the reverse idler shaft.
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PostPost by: glennmoule » Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:12 pm

Hi Joe7, yes you are correct. I wrote that out completely wrong.
I was supposed to mention that the shaft was pushed through too far on the bell housing side due to the flats being incorrectly positioned. That was stopping the bell housing from seating in the right place.
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PostPost by: Elan45 » Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:08 am

Glen,

Welcome. I'm restoring my pre-airflow FHC too. I've owned it since 1978 and drove it for 6 years back then.

The wiring diagram for the coupe is same as the S2 roadster, except the window switch/ motor circuits have been added. I'm sure you can figure that out. Wow, what a nice shop you have, so much room and looks like you will have your own in-house paint booth.

My guess for your Alpine motor was out of a Lancia, but Alpine's neat too.


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'67 Elan FHC pre-airflow
'67 Elan S3 SE upgrade to 26R by Original owner
'58 Eleven S2 (ex-works)
'62 20/22 FJ (ex-Yamura)
'70 Elan +2S RHD
'61 20 FJ project
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PostPost by: glennmoule » Tue Aug 27, 2019 5:30 am

Hi Roger, thanks for the wiring info.
At what stage are you with your restoration? Assuming a little further than me.

The Alpine engine is out of an Alpine A220 (it is actually a Gordini motor).
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PostPost by: glennmoule » Tue Aug 27, 2019 6:09 am

And yes, I knocked up a small paint booth years ago that has proven to be the most handy tool I have.
Thankfully I don’t have a booth large enough for a car body. My hours are better spent on the rest of the car.
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