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Little more progress today. Surprisingly got a lot done between phone calls, body guy stopping over for money, and engine I had to load. Spent about 3 hours today.
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New roof, radiator and baffled oil pan came in today 😁
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You haven't posted a photo of the "new" chassis yet, so I'm assuming you haven't got one yet. It seems significantly out of order to be buying tires, roof panel, painting wheels, etc. without having even seen the chassis... your enthusiasm is fun to watch, but my suggestion would be to prioritize your work. You've got a long, steep hill to climb there.

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You haven't posted a photo of the "new" chassis yet, so I'm assuming you haven't got one yet. It seems significantly out of order to be buying tires, roof panel, painting wheels, etc. without having even seen the chassis... your enthusiasm is fun to watch, but my suggestion would be to prioritize your work. You've got a long, steep hill to climb there.
New chassis has been found, deposit paid and will get delivered mid April Owner of that chassis is installing new windshield and frame. He is also stripping off parts I don’t need, we will swap some parts (good for good) to save on labor time. ie dash, heater, rocker cover etc. Plan is once it arrives will get all body parts to paint shop including chassis so all can get sprayed Persian Blue. Then back to my shop to reassemble.
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Sounds like a plan. Keep us posted.
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You bought the chassis from Rob eh? I guess my experiences with him are all good, but lately people have been complaining a lot about his communication?

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You bought the chassis from Rob eh? I guess my experiences with him are all good, but lately people have been complaining a lot about his communication?
Seems he is very busy, but he has taken the time to respond to some of my questions. All good so far.

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Engine out !! Luckily I ordered racing mounts last week, 3 of the mounts were bent from impact. No other surprises😅. Continued working till 3pm and was able to finish stripping rear of car. Front suspension and radiator to come out next week.
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Stopped by the body shop today. He’s making progress on rear clam. Also working on right door which got some seem splitting for the concussion Of the left side impact.
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Looking good. Do you have a target completion date in mind? You look to be cruising along at a decent clip.
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Looking good. Do you have a target completion date in mind? You look to be cruising along at a decent clip.
Hopefully by the end of May. Nice weather is short in New York no time to waste. By time to chassis gets to me I should have all the parts for rebuild here. Plus the up grades I have planned. Also will clean and paint / powder coat may of the suspension parts make everything look nice. I’ll be welding transmission damage this week and installing the baffled oil pan.
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Having fun with this build. It’s been awhile since I’ve done a total ground up project 😁 since I have no new pictures of Exige thought I’d share my first build (62Falcon) and my race car build, Saturn S body on sport mod. The Yellow and Deep Purple Car is kind of inspiration for this build.
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Body guy has finish largest damage on rear clam and sprayed with gel coat. By the end of the week all body repairs will be done and hopefully in primer by the following week. Planning on picking up replacement chassis after Easter. Paint work will move quickly after that. Then the fun of reassembly <img src="https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/images/smilies/eyecrazy.gif" border="0" alt="" title="crazyeyes" class="inlineimg" />
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&#x1f44d; I signed up for a track day June 21st so no time to waste.

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Lotus Limited has a track day at Watkins Glen on June 19th if you can shave off a few days!
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Thanks I’ll look into it. I’ve been trying to contact SCCA about a things at the Glen in July but they never reply

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Since you have the rear crash structure off, I've seen someone powder coat it, it looks really good and prevents the galvanized metal from turning to powder over time. If you do that, you may also want to re-coat the two rear brace pipes as they tend to rust over time.


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Since you have the rear crash structure off, I've seen someone powder coat it, it looks really good and prevents the galvanized metal from turning to powder over time. If you do that, you may also want to re-coat the two rear brace pipes as they tend to rust over time.
Already at the powder coating shop, along with the roll bar supports. Getting done the same color as the wheels. Should have them back this weekend.

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Finally cut off front crash structure. Not easy. Will cut away as much aluminum as I can and then try heat to release the glue.
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