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First of all hi as this is my first post

I've just got éclat it's 1977 with the 5 speed box (maxi) but I can't get reverse gear, all others are fine, is this common prob/ simple fix, or gearbox strip?

I'm in midlands can anyone point me in right direction


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Hi Doug and welcome to the Lotus Forums!

I know nothing about gearboxes, they seem like magical things to me, but LotusBits know a lot about them so I'd give them a call. They are based near Coventry i think.

They also sell recon ones too, some good, some straight out of a stripped car.

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Welcome Doug,

You must be quite close to me (Oswestry)

Paul is right - Lotusbits are the place to start. Very helpful but better if you call them rather than email. Mike is very helpful and knowledgeable about everything Lotus and they are into their engines and gearboxes.


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hello and welcome,

i know that you can adjust the gear shift, so maby there is the problem?

or can you putt it in and then when you start to drive it fly's out?

i wish you good luck!

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..also beware that if you screw in the reserving light switch on the back of the gearbox too far, it will stop your selecting reverse properly. Typically it will select but jump out easily - if you screw it in all the way maybe it could stop you selecting it altogether? Worth checking.


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