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... on a roll here....

On a recent test drive, with the engine/gearbox warm, I sometimes found it hard to select gears (e.g. first at traffic lights). I've seen the links to the mod kits at...

http://www.lotusespritworld.com/EGuides/ET.../Gearshift.html

http://www.lotusespritworld.com/EGuides/EM..._Espritism.html

...but the links go dead (someone has gone to Japan for a year???).

Are there any other sources for these kits?

Thanks.

Ian.

P.S. Here's some slightly blurry shots of the old parts...

http://members.ozemail.com.au/~b744er/Lotus/Translator1.jpg

http://members.ozemail.com.au/~b744er/...Translator2.jpg

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If it's a problem when the car is warm, it could be that your original red clutch hose isn't up to the job...

http://www.lotusespritworld.com/EGuides/EM...clutchhose.html


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If it's a problem when the car is warm, it could be that your original red clutch hose isn't up to the job...

http://www.lotusespritworld.com/EGuides/EM...clutchhose.html

Thanks again, Bibs.... :)

...but a braided hose has already been fitted (about 6 years ago) by a local Lotus "specialist".

The job looked a bit dodgy, however. The cable was zip-tied to the chassis (I seem to remember the original was inside the panels?).. and one of the end fittings has already rusted (surface rust).

Cheers.

Ian R>

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You could check the condition of the slave and master cyclinder for leaks and general condition, these have a tendancy to crap out. For now getting into first, you can try putting into second then popping up into first, sometimes helps. Failing all this try rebleeding the clutch line, jack up the front slightly if having problems, this should be done <2yrs anyway.

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You may also want to consider that your cables may need some adjustment. It is not always the hydraulics at fault. Beyond that, how many miles on your clutch?

And by the way, Dave also does the replacement mod kits you are after :)

http://espritperformance.com/espritperform...rt&Itemid=1


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You may also want to consider that your cables may need some adjustment. It is not always the hydraulics at fault. Beyond that, how many miles on your clutch?

And by the way, Dave also does the replacement mod kits you are after :D

http://espritperformance.com/espritperform...rt&Itemid=1

WOW.. lots of new Lotus goodies there :D

After checking the adjustment on the translator, it looks like it really is out of whack (The online guide says 4mm... Looks more like 8mm on my car).

Unfortunately, a larger problem loomed.... The LH gearbox support bracket is broken. Ugh... Looks like my car will be off the road for some time.

Never rains but it pours... :(

... and the nuts on this bracket feel like they've been welded. 2 won't budge. :)

Anyway... thanks for all the help!

Cheers.

Ian.

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Unfortunately, a larger problem loomed.... The LH gearbox support bracket is broken. Ugh... Looks like my car will be off the road for some time.

Never rains but it pours... :sofa:

... and the nuts on this bracket feel like they've been welded. 2 won't budge. :sofa:

Just orded a new LH support bracket, currently trying to take the old one off. I can't see how it's possible to take the LH bracket off (without removing the entire gearbox), because one of the bolts only comes out so far until it strikes the translator assembly bracket. My translator is mounted on the left hand side of the gearbox.

Anyone had this problem before? Did you grind away the bracket to allow the bolt to come out... or cut off the old bolt head and fit a bolt with a shorter shank?

I'm not sure how long the bolt is. I might be able to flex the translator assembly bracket a few mm... if the bolt only has a few threads to go.

Anyway, I'll try and take a picture to explain the problem.

Cheers.

Ian

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You can easily remove the translator bracket without removing the engine, and you need to remove that bracket to easily do the job you need to do.

It carries your translator and your exhaust, so either remove the back box, or support it in another way (but it may get in your way).

You may want to remove the left hand bottom tie rod in order to drop the bolt out (or even get access to the head of the bolt) that secures the gearbox mount to the rubber (metalastik) bush.

Andy

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Just orded a new LH support bracket, currently trying to take the old one off. I can't see how it's possible to take the LH bracket off (without removing the entire gearbox), because one of the bolts only comes out so far until it strikes the translator assembly bracket. My translator is mounted on the left hand side of the gearbox.

Anyone had this problem before? Did you grind away the bracket to allow the bolt to come out... or cut off the old bolt head and fit a bolt with a shorter shank?

I'm not sure how long the bolt is. I might be able to flex the translator assembly bracket a few mm... if the bolt only has a few threads to go.

Anyway, I'll try and take a picture to explain the problem.

Cheers.

Ian

Ian

check also the bolts on the left side of your motor support bracket, i lost all three bolts and thats the reason why my gearbox bracket is gone . the gearbox bracket could be changed without pulling the gearbox but itis not the easiest job nad i changed the long vertical bolt and put a metric bolt in.

cheers andre

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Thanks, guys.. I ended up removing the muffler (and half the exhaust system), the translator and the support bracket. Absolute madness for the sake of one bolt.

I'm tempted to put a shorter bolt in there... but I'm hoping this won't happen again for a very long time :)

Much appreciated.

Thanks!

Cheers.

Ian

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