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Speedo angle drive questions.

PostPost by: bdea » Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:30 am

Is this the fiber washer?

"Checked out RDent's Parts Manual for diagram of *washer.

http://www.rdent.com/manuals/index.html

* Parts Manual>Transmission>Casing>Item 40>Part #E316-ME-1>Gasket"
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PostPost by: oldelanman » Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:22 am

bdea wrote:Is this the fiber washer?

"Checked out RDent's Parts Manual for diagram of *washer.

http://www.rdent.com/manuals/index.html

* Parts Manual>Transmission>Casing>Item 40>Part #E316-ME-1>Gasket"


No. That gasket (washer) #40 goes between the Speedo gear housing and the adaptor piece.
As said before, as far as I know, there was never any form of seal between the adaptor and the angle drive itself and certainly it does not appear in the parts list. I have added a washer in there during my various attempts to stop the leaks.
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PostPost by: jeff jackson » Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:19 pm

Errr, slightly off topic, but my speedo cable has (I think) snapped. I have a Plus 2 with the Lotus five speed box. So I am wondering how I get to that angled drive without taking the engine, gearbox or both out.
Has anyone cut a hole in the top of the transmission tunnel to get to it? I would glass it back in afterwards, or if a circular hole put a big rubber bung, grommet over the hole, just in case I have to do it again. This method does feel wrong!
Any other method gratefully recieved.
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PostPost by: mbell » Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:37 pm

On the 5 speed the right angle drive is on the upper rear/right of the tail housing behind the gearstick and roughly above the gearbox mount. I'd expect direct access to be shield by the chassis (fold metal chassis anyway) so cutting a hole in the body won't give you access.

I think you might just about be able to get it from the u joint access hole reaching forwards (and upwards). Failing that I'd see if i could lower the gearbox enough to be able to get a hand to it via the gearstick hole. You'll need to remove the center console, gearstick (don't forget to put it in gear first), may be loosen/remove engine mounts and disconnect the gearbox mount plate to the chassis.
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PostPost by: Hawksfield » Tue Apr 02, 2019 3:33 pm

Hi all

Is this any help

gearbox-speedo-drive.png and
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PostPost by: mbell » Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:30 pm

That's a 4 speed box not 5.
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PostPost by: jeff jackson » Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:37 pm

Hi All,
Thanks for the replies. Didn't think it would be as easy as that. Iwill try dropping the gearbox down a bit and see if I can get to it. Failing that I will start growing octopus arms.

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PostPost by: mbell » Tue Apr 02, 2019 8:23 pm

Here's a photo I found that shows the box and engineer out of the car. Do you can get a good idea of location.

If cable isn't too tight if think you'd have decent chance via prop shaft access hole.
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