Lotus Elan

Sprint Dash Harness to Main Harness Connections

PostPost by: Andy8421 » Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:57 am

lotusfan wrote:Very interesting reading Phil. My original housing was damaged as a pin had melted and I too used a Tyco Mate-N-Lok connector in it's place, the pins were a bit loose but it seems to be OK.


My Sprint has the multi-way white plastic connector - that also has a couple of pins melted through the housing.

I have yet to see anyone be apportioned with the credit (blame....) for the electrical design of the Elan, but it really was dreadful.
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PostPost by: pharriso » Fri Apr 12, 2019 11:07 pm

gjz30075 wrote:Phil, please post pics of the finished product.


Here you go Greg, almost done:
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Only the Steering Column left now; Been a busy winter... I have:

Replaced the crashpad (a ***ch of a job)
Rebuilt the Heater Fan motor (has not worked since I bought the car)
Rebuilt the windshield wiper motor & wheel boxes
Rebuilt the steering column with new bushes
Added Sun Visors back
Replaced the nasty generic loom connectors with a "correct" molex connector

Can't wait to drive it again... :lol:
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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Fri Apr 12, 2019 11:17 pm

Thanks Phil.
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PostPost by: elancoupe » Fri Apr 12, 2019 11:42 pm

Phil, could you elaborate on how you rebuilt the wheel boxes?
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PostPost by: pharriso » Sat Apr 13, 2019 2:01 pm

elancoupe wrote:Phil, could you elaborate on how you rebuilt the wheel boxes?


There's not really a lot that is needed / can be done - just a thorough strip down & regrease.

Unfortunately I managed to do a 180 degree on the wheel boxes when I re-assemble the wiper motor / shaft / wheel box assemblies:
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Do NOT assemble like this!! Wheel boxes are 180 degrees out

It was difficult to assemble the wiper mechanism into the car even without the dash & wiring harness & after installing them the wipers went the wrong way onto the hood (bonnet) :roll: :roll: :roll:

After scratching my head for a day or two I realized that the wheel box wiper axis should be above the line of the wire, pulled the mechanism out & spun the wheel boxes 180 degrees & now everything works as designed.

This is a picture of everything assembled the right way:
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Note the nice new multi-pin connector!
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