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#1201 Tim Murray

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 10:26

What are we looking at? Is this a chain driven rear axle or some kind of gearbox?


Both. Each chain and sprocket set provides a different ratio, and obviously the axle is driven by only one chain set at a time.

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#1202 RogerFrench

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 14:14

What are we looking at? Is this a chain driven rear axle or some kind of gearbox?


Yes, and Yes.

Nash and Godfrey hated cogs,
Built a car with chains and dogs.
And it works, but would it if
They had built it with a diff?

#1203 elansprint72

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Posted 10 January 2019 - 20:26

Both. Each chain and sprocket set provides a different ratio, and obviously the axle is driven by only one chain set at a time.

Or, none! Here we see the Norris with just bottom and top gears, the chains having departed, several laps back, onto the track surface! 

 

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Julian Grimwade still managed a podium finish at Cadwell Park- although The Mountain was a bit of a nail-bighter for him each lap!


Edited by elansprint72, 10 January 2019 - 20:29.


#1204 Duc-Man

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 09:00

Thanks for the input on the Frazer-Nash Norris.

I love those old machines and sometimes I see some technical solution I don't understand on the spot. When I do my homework then and I get it, it's either the 'cartoonlike lightbulp over the head' moment or the famouse ' :eek: What the hell were they thinking? :eek: '.



#1205 elansprint72

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 21:05

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Well… I like it... 
 



#1206 Duc-Man

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Posted 17 March 2019 - 13:04

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Well… I like it... 
 

 

917?



#1207 elansprint72

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Posted 18 March 2019 - 11:48

Yes  :)



#1208 E1pix

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Posted 19 March 2019 - 01:56

Love it.

908 in reflection?

#1209 elansprint72

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Posted 19 March 2019 - 20:51

Love it.

908 in reflection?

Correct- that's why I like it!  :smoking:



#1210 Odseybod

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 12:18

The marks of a Mark II

 

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#1211 elansprint72

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Posted 22 March 2019 - 20:54

I never understood why they did that to the grille.



#1212 kayemod

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Posted 22 March 2019 - 23:17

I never understood why they did that to the grille.

 

 

You're probably not alone there, but I rather liked that inset grille feature, for me an improvement on the earlier version.



#1213 cheesy poofs

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Posted 23 March 2019 - 15:56

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Pictures from my visit to the Collier Collection in Naples Florida.

#1214 elansprint72

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Posted 01 April 2019 - 22:08

As a 43-year customer of Lotus Cars I rather like the advice here. Only in the last 12 months have I scratched the long-term itch to fit a red steering wheel- damn, what a difference it makes!

 

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#1215 WOT

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Posted 02 April 2019 - 06:15

As a 43-year customer of Lotus Cars I rather like the advice here. Only in the last 12 months have I scratched the long-term itch to fit a red steering wheel- damn, what a difference it makes!

 

 

Another red steering wheel for you....

 

 

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#1216 elansprint72

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Posted 03 April 2019 - 21:03

Another red steering wheel for you....

 

 

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I suppose that I ought to photograph the (totally wrong) red wheel I fitted to my '72 Sprint last year. It is a 12 inch Moto-Lita and, for me, it is perfect

 

Back in '75 I bought a somewhat-tired '68 Elan S4SE (they were just old cars then), it was fitted with what is now known, in Elan circles, as a "Colin Chapman wheel". But... it was not signed and had a plastic-covered rim; it was split along the seam-welds and so I wrapped it with black electrical tape until I could afford a Moto-Lita (of slightly smaller diameter and leather covered). The original wheel went into a convenient builders' skip/dumpster.

 

My next (and current) Elan was/is a '72 Sprint; this came with a wood-rim 13" Moto-Lita wheel; very nice but one needs gloves to use it properly. At a Club Lotus show at Donington I was sitting with Ron Hickman and Peter Cambridge and I mentioned the crap wheel on my first Elan- they both agreed that probably Lotus was out of funds that month and Fred Bushell had been sent out to seek a cheap alternative, in order to get a few road cars out of the door in order to fund the racing team. They both thought that the plastic-rim, non-signed wheels might be one of the most rare types of wheel fitted. Damn!

I persevered with the wood wheel until last year, when I bought the red leather one and fitted it to the existing boss.

 

Ten years ago I rescued a '69 S4SE Elan, which has not been much messed-about with- it has the Holy Grail Chapman "signed" wheel with black leather rim and, although I've only driven/moved this car around my place, I don't like it! I really should sort this car out, but...  :smoking:



#1217 WOT

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Posted 03 April 2019 - 22:52

I suppose that I ought to photograph the (totally wrong) red wheel I fitted to my '72 Sprint last year. It is a 12 inch Moto-Lita and, for me, it is perfect

 

Back in '75 I bought a somewhat-tired '68 Elan S4SE (they were just old cars then), it was fitted with what is now known, in Elan circles, as a "Colin Chapman wheel". But... it was not signed and had a plastic-covered rim; it was split along the seam-welds and so I wrapped it with black electrical tape until I could afford a Moto-Lita (of slightly smaller diameter and leather covered). The original wheel went into a convenient builders' skip/dumpster.

 

My next (and current) Elan was/is a '72 Sprint; this came with a wood-rim 13" Moto-Lita wheel; very nice but one needs gloves to use it properly. At a Club Lotus show at Donington I was sitting with Ron Hickman and Peter Cambridge and I mentioned the crap wheel on my first Elan- they both agreed that probably Lotus was out of funds that month and Fred Bushell had been sent out to seek a cheap alternative, in order to get a few road cars out of the door in order to fund the racing team. They both thought that the plastic-rim, non-signed wheels might be one of the most rare types of wheel fitted. Damn!

I persevered with the wood wheel until last year, when I bought the red leather one and fitted it to the existing boss.

 

Ten years ago I rescued a '69 S4SE Elan, which has not been much messed-about with- it has the Holy Grail Chapman "signed" wheel with black leather rim and, although I've only driven/moved this car around my place, I don't like it! I really should sort this car out, but...  :smoking:

 

 

That's funny.... plastic rim wheel being a rarity....


Edited by WOT, 03 April 2019 - 22:53.