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You need to look at relatively short gearboxes.  The "chassis" narrows very quickly behind the engine.  The original Lotus 5-speed fits, of course, but is renowned for being a bit weak.  With a series 2 chassis the original gearbox was a 5-speed Getrag - good gearbox but expensive now.  I'm going the opposite way and fitting a 4-speed ZF auto to my Elite.  I've moved the engine forward by about 1" to make it fit a little easier (the Excel has the engine slightly further forward), but before I fit it I'm going to see how much room there is for a Toyota W58 (original Excel gearbox) just in case I don't like the auto!  The W58 is a lovely gearbox.

Welcome to the forum, by the way!! 🙂


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