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Steering

After some effort it's done. There are two shims each side. The steering rack mounts allow up and down movement. The rack also can also be adjusted in roll. I had to dismantel all fixings and adjust the rack upwards and roll it away from the chasis before tightening the clamps to the recommend torque from the Lotus manual. Without this the universal joint kept fouling on the chasis. I then followed the phasing procedure, although I found it better to connect the steering column last having phased the intermediate shaft and lower universal joint. You really need two people if you connect the steering columb to the intermediate shaft first and tthen attempt to insert the spline into the top half of the lower universal joint. Worth all the effort the wheel requires a constant force when turning and feels balanced. All the new bearings and new joints have made a big difference.

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Took these pictures, not sure if they help much. The shims behind bracket, 2 each side. Can see bottom of slot that allows vertical movement. Universal joint very limited clearance from chasis. Shims and vertical position are critical.post-17315-0-65588900-1422950657.jpgpost-17315-0-70879000-1422950689.jpg

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Took these pictures, not sure if they help much. The shims behind bracket, 2 each side. Can see bottom of slot that allows vertical movement. Universal joint very limited clearance from chasis. Shims and vertical position are critical.post-17315-0-65588900-1422950657.jpgpost-17315-0-70879000-1422950689.jpg

Top of steering column has two metal halves that are held together by a rubber ring. The steering wheel pushes over. If you are missing these like I was, S and J supplied them. The indicator light etc screw around the column and are self explanatory. The steering wheel has a metal pin to flick the indicator switch. All very hi tec!post-17315-0-74408500-1422952507.jpgwasher and nut on end.post-17315-0-97255000-1422952625.jpg

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What are the torque settings?if anyone needs any other info ask and I'll post if I have a picture or answer.post-17315-0-22391600-1422952850.jpg

A u clamp at the top of the column attaches to the base of the Veglia display with a U clamp.post-17315-0-15655200-1422953103.jpgpost-17315-0-31178600-1422953119.jpg

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Hi Fabian,

 

Would you be able to take a pic of that bracket fixed in front of the gear stick surround?

 

Not sure if I'm pointing out the obvious or not but your gear knob is incorrect  

 

Did you get the rubber gaiter from SJ's?

 

Never seen that plastic trim on my s2 .. might be s1 specific

Vin Taylor

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Hi Vin,

Think the bracket is upside down, just put it on temporarily to get parts out of way till I got round to fitting. The gaiter came with the car just cleaned it up. I have another brand new original round gear knob but was going to fit at end. Just covered all bits for Nextel coating. Can take a picture of bracket when I have finished if you wish.

Does anyone have a picture of the reverse light switch and know where it is fitted? Thought it was in the gearstick mechanism but can't find it?

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Hi Fabian .. 

 

I think I have a broken version of this bit .. I never found out where it should go

 

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Maybe you should email Steve at SJ's .. he might be able to help you identify it

Vin Taylor

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My father-in-law would have fun with me by dropping a bolt (or a part) from another car, while I was working on my Porsche... you can imagine the look on my face trying to figure out where the frigging bolt went...  Glad I could make him laugh...

 

All that to say, are you positive is from the car?

 

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Car came as a project and thus bit was in one of the many boxes. With have to start looking for three holes in a line on the body. Will start with the throttle linkage, thanks. Reminds me of those Airfix models always one bit left over!

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