Lotus Elan

Plus 2 clutch pipe length

PostPost by: JonB » Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:51 am

Hi

I just received a Goodrich braided clutch pipe and it looks a bit short. It has two elbows (so no banjo connector on one end) and measures 105cm from elbow to elbow. Is this long enough?

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PostPost by: jono » Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:17 pm

From memory I fitted one of that length and description but can't recall where I sourced it from. Obviously it replaces the original flexi and solid pipe set up.

I imagine if it was sold for this specific purposes then the length will be correct

Mine fitted perfectly and it's an improvement on the original convoluted arrangement - I carried it around the bottom of the bellhousing and used 2 or 3 rubber lined P clips to keep it in place.
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PostPost by: JonB » Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:51 pm

Thanks Jon - I was surprised to see it didn't have a banjo connector at one end but it fitted OK after two hours of cursing and groaning. As I am pulling the engine soon I just zip tied it to the bracket that the soft line went through and left the top section of hard line in situ.

I need a lift!

I bought it to resolve a sticky clutch and it's working well. Clutch action is much better and I am really pleased with it.

Came from Susan Miller..
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PostPost by: jono » Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:14 pm

Yeah, it was Sue I got mine from - I remember now.

I can recommend a 2 post lift, best thing I ever did (and yes, you can happily raise a plus 2 on one and leave it for an extended period of time with no ill effects). Great for storing 2 cars as well and makes installing the engine a cinch - I can do removal and re fitting single hand.

Worth considering some heat protection too - I made up a shield which might be tricky with the body on but I made it removable for servicing of the clutch slave.
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PostPost by: JonB » Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:32 pm

2 post lift, in my dreams! I don't think I have the roof height for it. :(

Hey that looks like a Spyder chassis. Isn't it easy to get at stuff when the body's out of the way!
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PostPost by: rgh0 » Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:36 pm

JonB wrote:2 post lift, in my dreams! I don't think I have the roof height for it. :(

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A MaxJax low height 2 post lift will fit in most garages and get the car up high enough that you can sit on a small rolling seat under it to work

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PostPost by: JonB » Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:50 am

Actually looking at this one:

https://www.automotechservices.co.uk/pr ... post-lift/

I think the MaxJax is too expensive in the UK - it's much more expensive than the above (but has better lifting capacity that I don't need). I need to check how thick the concrete is on my garage floor, it needs to be 120mm. Also consider how a 2 post lift would fit in the limited space available. It's my dream lift...

If I do buy one, it'll be "body off time", immediately. Having a lift would really make this job easier.
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PostPost by: rgh0 » Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:07 am

Yes that's a similar concept to a MaxJax and if cheaper in the UK should work well. It should work in a low height normal garage OK. My last 2 body off exercises I have done with the MaxJax the first 2 i did with with a variety of jacks and blocks and stands and hoists and all 4 i did on my own. i would choose the MaxJax style lift to get the body off every time :lol: About 10 time faster and easier and safer

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PostPost by: jono » Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:35 pm

I've got the full height version of that one JonB which permits stacking of cars

It's a great bit of kit - Chinese of course but it seems very good and has provided excellent service over the last 2-3 years.

I looked at the MaxJax and also thought it was expensive for what it is. It looks like Automech have seen a gap in the market and brought in a low rise version too.

I designed my garage extension with an open roof and proper floor to accept the lift

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PostPost by: JonB » Tue Apr 16, 2019 1:43 pm

Argh you let it leak on your Alfa Spyder!

:shock:

My roof is too shallow a pitch for a similar setup, unfortunately. It's a Marley style concrete sectional double width garage. Would be nice to put an extra row of slabs on the walls, raise the roof by a foot or so, but I doubt they are available nowadays.

Actually come to think of it I could just add joists and cladding...
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