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post #41 of 70 (permalink) Old 05-09-2019, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
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Just picked up the new chassis and door. Now I have 95% of the parts needed for rebuild. Will do a few things quickly on this chassis then it’s off to the paint shop to get sills painted. Can’t wait to start putting back together
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Unbelievable! You have done more in your couple months of owning the car than I have in almost 6 years lol. Great job! Keep it up. I enjoy reading and seeing the rebuild. Thanks for sharing.

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Crash structure removed from new chassis. Little more damage to aluminum then I would have liked. But cosmetic in the end. Only anyone reading this post and I will have know 😂 tomorrow I hope to separate the aluminum off the good crash structure so it’s ready to go on new chassis.
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Good progress. It looks like you are rebuilding the blue one with parts from the gray
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What are you using to glue aluminum? I am doing a small rebuild myself and just order a 3M Panel Bonding, but never worked with it before.
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Good progress. It looks like you are rebuilding the blue one with parts from the gray <img src="https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smilie" class="inlineimg" />
Yes that is the plan, also blue chassis is 2008 so gain a year newer and full Mohawk roof I like better. Not sure finally color yet. Plan to surprise all that are following when paint work is finished.
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What are you using to glue aluminum? I am doing a small rebuild myself and just order a 3M Panel Bonding, but never worked with it before.
Sent you PM because at first message would not show on thread. If no one else replies with what Lotus uses I would recommend 3M body panel adhesive. 3M is used by body shops to glue on quarter panels, door skins, and more. Modern cars use this anywhere you don’t see spot welds and has been found to be structurally stronger. The type I use is black. I told you wrong price. Amazon has kit for $99 I’ve used on tin, plastic and wood so you will get a lot of uses for it just save extra mixing tips because adhesive hardens inside.
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I was looking at 3M's site and the selection of structural epoxies is staggering in working time, cure time and strengths. From what I can remember the DP 420 is the one for alum to alum allowing 20 minute working time and 24hr cure and available in a couple of sizes.
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Thanks for the reply guys, I will try those products. Not trying to hijack the tread, so back to the rebuild
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Rear subframe back from powder coating. Working on mono balls in control arms now.
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Looking great. Are you still on track for your track day?
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Looking great. Are you still on track for your track day?
As long as painter does not slow me down I should make track day.

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Mono balls done.
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By the way, BWR has a really nice tool for changing out the wishbone mounts. Who's monoballs did you ended up going with? I will be curious to see how long they last. It appears that under moderate to heavy track use, they don't last that long.

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This must be a record breaker! You can start your own Lotus restoration business, you work very fast!
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Mono balls from Elise Parts they are made by EP Tuning
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This must be a record breaker! You can start your own Lotus restoration business, you work very fast!
Haha thanks. I’ve toyed with the idea of a Lotus salvage business. I’ve been watching auctions hoping to purchase something at a decent price.
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Mono balls from Elise Parts they are made by EP Tuning
I got mine from Monkey Wrench and they use an aluminum sleeve that holds the assembly. Did you happen to get a part # off of one of the bearings? I'm curious to see the specs for this bearing versus the one that came in the Monkey Wrench setup. When I replaced mine, I purchased a higher performance bearing than the originals.

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Very different design. These have all steel bearing you press in first then two aluminum end caps with Oring seals

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Very different design. These have all steel bearing you press in first then two aluminum end caps with Oring seals
The design is the same except the bearing used by Monkey Wrench is smaller in OD, that is why it is inside of an aluminum sleeve. That is why I'm curious if you got the part # off of the bearing.

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