Driveshafts and CV joints

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Re: Driveshafts and CV joints

Postby Fredjohn » Fri 04.08.2017, 10:06

To buy new is now almost impossible or very expensive now. SJ's have some (well they did 3 weeks ago!). I just replaced mine, but am intending to get the old 2 refurbished in due course. I would suggest you keep them.

There was a drive-shaft re-builder in Dudley near Birmingham that my brother-in-law used to use when he needed to get CV's and drive-shafts rebuilt for his garage business.

Their website is here Drive-shaft rebuild I may well try them, but not for a while: other projects to deal with (old S4 exhaust, trim and rev counter to sort).
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Re: Driveshafts and CV joints

Postby Simon_P » Sat 05.08.2017, 17:53

Readit wrote:Has anyone had a drive shaft reconditioned and if so at what cost. I have three spare drive shafts which I would not trust as serviceable. The question is should I keep them or skip them? :cheers:

Yes, but it was at the factory that made them, foc under a 1968 staff agreement.
Which is where the original information came from.

Unless you know that they are faulty, there is unlikely to be much wrong with them.

Easy to get reconditioned if you have a set....
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Re: Driveshafts and CV joints

Postby Readit » Sat 05.08.2017, 18:03

I will correct that. I KNOW they are not serviceable.
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Re: Driveshafts and CV joints

Postby Simon_P » Sat 05.08.2017, 18:19

What 's wrong with them?
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Re: Driveshafts and CV joints

Postby Readit » Sat 05.08.2017, 18:28

First 1 knocked badly when I bought my first Elan, probably in an accident on O/S prior to purchase, as the car was part restored. Second definitely took the brunt of an accident on the O/S as I removed it from the wrecked offside. Can't remember the third, it's packed away but i think it may be N/S and the pair to my first car when I replaced both, it may be OK but can't be sure.
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Re: Driveshafts and CV joints

Postby Brit-Car-Nut » Sat 05.08.2017, 20:16

Sorry, Double post...
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Re: Driveshafts and CV joints

Postby Brit-Car-Nut » Sat 05.08.2017, 20:18

Readit wrote:I will correct that. I KNOW they are not serviceable.

All of the driveshaft bearings and CV parts are serviceable and replaceable. There is a company in the US (ironically, about 3 miles from me) that not only has all of the original parts, they can offer a heavy duty upgrade for those that are autocrossing or racing. The internal parts are also used on Subaru and Ford models from the same vintage. The actual CV joints are both made by Spicer and fully supported at numerous CV specialty shops.

If something like a bell end is badly damaged, they have the machines on site to make a new one. Probably not inexpensive, but if there are none to be had it is comforting to know they can be rebuilt correctly.

Whoever told you your's were not rebuildable was either not a specialist or just didn't want to work that day.

I have several rebuilt shafts on the shelf and many cores that will eventually be rebuilt as extra money appears.

If it wasn't so expensive to get your excess shafts to the US, I would grab them for the future.
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Re: Driveshafts and CV joints

Postby Readit » Sat 05.08.2017, 20:27

Thanks Brit-car- nut for that detailed explanation, I have never been told these shafts cannot be repaired, when I changed them I could either buy new ones directly from Lotus in Hethel or lately I obtained a good one on Ebay. It all really comes down to cost, but as the cars get older, parts get more scarce and re-manufacturing becomes more economic. I think I will just leave them at the back of my garage until an opportunity presents itself.

By "not serviceable" I mean cannot be re-used without repair.
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Re: Driveshafts and CV joints

Postby Brit-Car-Nut » Sat 05.08.2017, 20:32

Maybe fit for service or usable without servicing would be better wording?
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Re: Driveshafts and CV joints

Postby Readit » Sat 05.08.2017, 20:44

I think we are each interpreting "serviceable" and "repairable" differently, as I clarified, I can't re-use my 3 without repair.

I was trying to find out what a full rebuild would cost, which you have said is about £70 in the USA. Shafts are probably available for that on Ebay in the UK, although my new ones in 2005 cost about £150 each, new from Lotus.

I'm sure a discussion like this will only help Elan owners to better understand their options.
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