Monday, May 3, 2010

Refurbishing the S1 Lotus Esprit Crossgate and Shift Linkage

Overhauling the crossgate assembly and all the linkage was pretty straightforward. The job required removing the shift arms (there are 4 of them), the crossgate cable, and the actual crossgate mechanism that bolts into the chassis. I powder coated the arms and re-installed new rubber/plastic bushings. I debated on purchasing a new crossgate cable since mine was a little old looking but decided against that. They are expensive and mine was in great working condition, so I simply re-used it. Once the engine and gearbox are installed, I’ll be able to connect the cables and be ready to go.

What the crossgate assembly looked like before removing it from the car.

The connector arms before being removed from the car. Not in the best

The crossgate assembly after a good clean and with the plated parts.

Powder coated shift arms ready for the new rubber/plastic bushings.

The connector arms ready to go (one bolts to the gearbox and one bolts to
the inside of the chassis.

Yellow zinc plated bolts and new rubber/plastic bushings.

Job done!

1 comment:

  1. Hi I am currently restoring my gear lever assembly.
    Could you advise me if the gear shift should be able to move all across the cross gate in a horizontal way.. It seems that when I bolt the fork pivot back in the shift can only move half way horizontally.. Are there only 2 washers holding this fork in place? because as I loosen the fork bolt the shift is free and can pivot all the way horizontally.