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  1. hi,my elite has a 912 2.2 engine,after chewing up my 3rd lotus 5speed box i went for a ford type 5 4 speed,fit straight in but beware,you need correct tail housing,bell housing and prop shaft, the cost soon adds up,having said that i use the car most days and over the last 18 months had no problems at all,a 5th gear would be nice though
  2. Nice one Mike,downloaded from your link without any problems,every page is clear as a bell,seeing the price second hand workshop manuals are going for nowadays this is going to be a very popular posting
  3. hi pete,yes mine was factory fitted,but after 40 odd years it had seen better days,i removed mine sanded down the roof and sprayed it matt black in the end,looks good but in my opinion the vinyl looks much better ,well worth doing mate
  4. On my 76 503 elite the vinyl at the rear was fixed by a thin half inch strip of metal running the full width of the roof,best way I can describe it is to turn your piece of vinyl upside down and lay it over the rear window leaving just enough on the roof so the metal strip can then sit on top,on my car rivets then clamped it down, these are hidden on the inside of the car by the rear seat roof trim, pull the vinyl back over from rear window covering the metal strip and glue to roof finishing at the front under the anodised trim.hope this is a help
  5. hi,i think 3.7:1 was the standard diff for the manual elite,the 4.1:1 diff was an optional extra for £46 back in the day and was introduced to improve acceleration.Fitted a 4.1 to my elite 503 mated to lotus 5 speed box and 912 2.2 lc engine the result is quite dramatic and a little easier on the gearbox internals.harder to find but worth it in the long run in my opinion.lil
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  7. hello all,its been a long long time since i posted on this forum,maybe 6-7 years ago when i restored and put on the road my 503 elite,at the time people would stop and ask about her every now and then,is it the james bond car? a lamborghini ? a ferrari and worst of all,that car the pink panther drives !.That year,2009-2010 was the last time she was road legal,until two months ago,with 12 months mot and tax the old girl was back and bloody hell how times have changed ! go for petrol,allow 10 minutes to chat and answer questions,park up in town,go to the local supermarket and its just the same,c
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