I have been lurking around the forums for a couple weeks now, gathering all the information I need to get my new toy back on the road and the track. It was only a matter or time before I needed to start a build log.
A little background info on the car. I picked up this little guy sometime mid march for a steal, I couldn't pass it up. The 2005 Lotus Elise Federal S2 with 43k miles was in a non moving collision. Apparently, a guy with a lifted truck backed up onto it and was instructed by the officer on site to pull forward... Could have jacked the truck up a bit and carefully moved the lotus from underneath. Sadly, that wasn't the case and the front clam, passenger headlight, wind shield, radiator, and the radiator support shroud took the punishment.
Since this is my first Lotus build, I started with just checking out all of the bits and pieces that were attached to the car and the broken parts pile and evaluated their condition. I quickly figured out what I needed to tackle and started reading a lot on LT Forums.
The Good News! The damage is all cosmetic, the crash bar is untouched, and everything can be fixed or replaced. This process has been started and I'm here to share!
Current Status of the Car:
I ordered a brand new Koyo all aluminium radiator to mate back to the A/C evaporator and its fans. Mounted them together and wrapped them back in the plastic it came in until later.
Lurking around in the for sale section, I got a smashing deal on some used headlight assemblies that, I could clean up and transplant them to my housings. A 3M Polishing kit and 3-4 hours per headlight got them looking like new again. Really excited how these came out. One of the used assemblies had its mounts all broken off, but I'm swapping the lens over to my good headlight mounts, no worries. Some careful heating and prying I got them separated without much fuss. Whip out the Silicone and clamps and get her back together. Headlights done.
Stuff still to come!
LotusHardTops in the UK is supplying me with a new front clam and a new radiator shroud. Placed my order about 11 days ago, and both items should be ready for shipment any time now. For me this was the cheapest option when shopping around. I also requested for a front seam delete and red gel coat. Jon Seal from LHT has been so awesome and helpful in this whole process.
The wind shield was a little bit harder to locate here in the USA. Safelite told me they wouldn't touch the lotus and I would have to look else where. I called my local glass supplier Dannys auto glass and mirror here in VA in Hampton. At first they couldn't do it either! I didn't want to import my own glass and possibly have to install it myself.... To my surprise I got the most helpful lady there dedicated to find me one here in the USA. Finally found one, not cheap, but my only option. Saved a little bit on labor, front clam, roof, and wiper already removed. The item should have arrived at their local warehouse yesterday and should be coming to the house in the next couple days for install.
Ordered a new Optima red top battery 35. Tracking number says it will arrive tomorrow.
Automatic door locks dont seem to be working and I have already removed the CDL module and will be poking around on the circuit board this weekend. They are calling for rain.