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Armadillo vs Elise clam.... Arrrrggghhhh!

Well thanks to a wayward armadillo, I managed to totally mangle my front clam. Cracked all the way through the license plate mount and smashed in the front central grill. Fortunately, it's all cosmetic.

Now i'm torn what to do. Declare with insurance? I doubt they would allow full clam replacement and even if they would the clam is on backorder nationally. Then you have the whole paint match nightmare. I have CO which is a b*tch to match.

If I just do some fiberglass repair and repaint that area only, it probably won't be that noticable...especially if I run a aftermarket splitter.

In that case I could just pay out of pocket and avoid the insurance PITA and Carfax ding.

Just don't know... A full new clam with possible paint match issues and fitment problems VS a repaired clam with possible focal paint and obvious repair issues...

Dammit! Up until now the car has been flawless.

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DAMN YOU ARMORED SHELL!!!!

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Back in the stone age, my brother was in the Air Force in San Angelo Texas. His buddy there nearly totaled a Corvette on an armadillo.

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post up a pic. lets see if my splitter will help you cover it up.
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I say stuff the armadillo and mount it in the grill opening. With that kind of grill ornament no one will notice if the paint doesn't match.
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you just can't start a thread like this without pics...against interwebz rules.

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you just can't start a thread like this without pics...against interwebz rules.



Don't know about the Lotus ... but the offender looked something like THIS:

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Sorry about the accident but Armadillos are good eating in a half shell borrow you didn't make ground beef out of the little sucker.... BTW were you doing SiXeVeN at the time of impact?

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damn. I'd fix it myself as you described, i did the same type of damage to my car and it repaired very well. Also - consider reinforcing the mouth while you are at it, really beefs that area up.
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Here's some photos for you gore hungry types. Not too bad in appearance but the whole bottom lip is crushed and flopping in the breeze.

BTW, that black is a lovely patina of track debris mixed with armadillo blood & innards... hmmmm yummy!
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Here's some photos for you gore hungry types. Not too bad in appearance but the whole bottom lip is crushed and flopping in the breeze.

BTW, that black is a lovely patina of track debris mixed with armadillo blood & innards... hmmmm yummy!
Thatll buff right out

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I had a similar issue with a racoon last year. I feel for you.

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