Lotus Elite Technical

Technical articles on the Lotus Elite Type 14. 

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Weber Jets

Written by Club Elite Newsletter.

Weber Jets - "For those of you who have Weber carburetters installed, instead of S.U.'s, we have some Weber jet settings you might find useful."

Complete article published in Club Elite North America Vol. 1 No. 1 (Copyright and all rights reserved for the newsletters and their content, Club Elite North America.)

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Elite Steering Wheel

Written by Dennis Ortenburger.

The Elite Steering Wheel - "Peter Cambridge told the story of how the Elite steering wheel came to be. It seems that during the design phase of the Elite when all the principles gathered at Chapman’s house for discussions and sketching ideas Chapman suggested a steering wheel similar to the one used in the Standard Eight sedan. This was a banjo affair common to that period. Cambridge recalled his reaction was a loud protest that the Elite deserved a wheel befitting its exclusivity. “Like the Nardi hanging in your hallway.” Quite why Colin Chapman had a Nardi hanging in his hallway was never explained but it was that steering wheel that the group decided on for the Elite. Copied by an English firm of course. The steering wheel pictured on the Ortenburger Morris Minor."

Complete article published in Dennis Ortenburger's Lotus Elite Journal Vol.4 No.4 (Copyright and all rights reserved for the newsletters and their content, Dennis Ortenburger.)

 

 

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Bonnet Props

Written by Dennis Ortenburger.

 

The Great Bonnet Prop Survey - "From the early days of Elite production, holding the bonnet up has always been something of a challenge for an Elite owner. It is said that Chapman once insisted that under the right circumstances the bonnet (and boot) would stay open without any outside assistance. Just what those circumstances were remains a mystery and Elite owners have been left to devise their own methods. As we shall see in this, the results of the Great Bonnet Prop Survey, the methods have ranged from simple to complex, from elementary to elegant."

Complete article published in Dennis Ortenburger's Lotus Elite Journal Vol.3 No.4 (Copyright and all rights reserved for the newsletters and their content, Dennis Ortenburger.)

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Differential Straps

Written by Dennis Ortenburger.

 

Diff Straps-If You've Got Them, Why You Need Them - "The best estimate made by Ron Hickman, one of the original Elite design team, was that fully half the Bristol bodied Elites were fitted with diff straps. It was widely known that after the Bristol engineers built the first few body/chassis they handed the work over to the lads on the production line. Catastrophe occurred when they adopted shortcuts in laying up the diff boxes. Rather than overlapping layers onto the."

Complete article published in Dennis Ortenburger's Lotus Elite Journal Vol.4 No.2 (Copyright and all rights reserved for the newsletters and their content, Dennis Ortenburger.)


Diff Straps-Ron Hickman Speaks- "Recall last issue we did a feature on diff straps, if you have them, why you need them. Ron Hickman, one of the original Elite’s design team took exception but then did a few sums. Here’s his response."

Complete article published in Dennis Ortenburger's Lotus Elite Journal Vol.4 No.3 (Copyright and all rights reserved for the newsletters and their content, Dennis Ortenburger.)

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Wire Color Codes

Written by Dennis Ortenburger.

 

Wire Color Codes - "The Lucas wiring color codes that follow might be helpful to those of you chasing electrical grelins."

Complete article published in Dennis Ortenburger's Lotus Elite Journal Vol.1 No.4(Copyright and all rights reserved for the newsletters and their content, Dennis Ortenburger.)