Lotus Elan

Elan with ZF 5 Speed gearbox

PostPost by: GrUmPyBoDgEr » Mon Jun 12, 2006 11:31 am

Hi crannyr,
can you give me further information about which speedo right angle drive you used?
Do you know how one could be sourced or did you modify the Elan right angle drive to suit as Martin suggests?

Hi Martin,
it's all a bit complicated with this Elan fitted with aZ F G/Box.
The guy who rebuilt the car has moved up to near the Chekoslovakian border & the car is somewhere in Munich. The guy who owns the car doesn't know one end of a spanner to the other & the rebuilder, who is a qualified engineer has considered a conversion job but no longer has any workshop facilities. All he can cope with is a spanner job.
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PostPost by: simon.mitchell » Mon Jun 12, 2006 11:59 am

I've fitted an electronic speedo to my Plus 2 which runs off of the driveshaft bolts - Europa specialist spares do a Smiths one which matches in well with the existing instruments.
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PostPost by: simon.mitchell » Mon Jun 12, 2006 12:00 pm

I've fitted an electronic speedo to my Plus 2 which runs off of the driveshaft bolts - Europa specialist spares do a Smiths one which matches in well with the existing instruments.
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PostPost by: everettmse » Tue Jun 20, 2006 12:05 pm

Hi All,
Being a rally guy but my first sports car being an Elan I have enjoyed driving a BDA Escort Mk 1 with the ZF gearbox, they are indeed available with overdrive but you are correct as most direct drive boxes are in rally cars, they are very clunky and noisy but are bulletproof, no pun on Ford boxes. The most problematic part is that they are kind of agriculutural in my opinion and don't shift like an original Elan box, no snick, snick so the lightness is gone, they are heavy too which helps make them strong, I can't help with the right angle drive if you think they are scarce in the UK just try finding one here in the US.
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