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Gearbox advice

PostPost by: Elan Peter » Mon Nov 04, 2019 5:05 pm

Thank you very much Eric in Burnley, I think that rout I will go down.
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PostPost by: 1owner69Elan » Mon Nov 04, 2019 5:51 pm

Be prepared for a long wait. I placed an order for the Voigts 5-speed at the beginning of the year. Now in 11th month. No idea when it might be supplied.
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PostPost by: Elan Peter » Mon Nov 04, 2019 5:59 pm

Good lord, that is a very long time. I'm in no rush as I can't get insurance until I am in my 20s anyway :lol:
I had planned on driving it to college but I have big plans for my car that will make it way too quick for insurance...
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PostPost by: CBUEB1771 » Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:33 pm

Elan Peter wrote:My other option is to put Ford Mk9 box in it which is five speed. The only alteration to the shell would be to move the the hole for the lever back about 3 inches (apparently), that would perhaps be an easy alternative to the Lotus 5 speed.
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The Voights conversion has already been discussed here. With a standard Ford T9 the gear lever is about 10.75 inches aft if its position on a Lotus four speed, hence the significant effort that has gone into the design of the Voights conversion. Still there is no free lunch, the Voights conversions requires modifications to the chassis prior to installation. The aperture in stiffening panel at the front of the backbone needs to be opened up at the top to clear the Voights tail housing.
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PostPost by: englishmaninwales » Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:41 pm

Thanks, Eric.
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PostPost by: Elan Peter » Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:49 pm

This is really interesting. Good thing I posted the question, I would be very stuck.
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PostPost by: rjaxe » Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:10 pm

Hi Peter, I have fitted a type 9 into my Plus 2 S130 and it is a worthwhile mod. I converted a Sierra box myself and as a number of Elannet members expressed an interest in the project I wrote an article explained how I went about it. If you are interested, under the mods section look up Type 9 Gearbox Mods you can find my article attached to my post of May 25th 2012. Quite happy if you want to contact me about it.
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PostPost by: Elan Peter » Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:09 pm

Richard, I am very interested indeed. Unfortunately, I have a very temperamental PM system so the moment it is up and running, I will get in contact with you.
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