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Resurrection Progress 05 Elise

I purchased 05 Elise with a salvage title. It has fairly light damage to the front and rear clams, a cracked wheel, a bent upper control arm and a whole host of other cosmetic issues. It's amazing how little damage it takes to total an Elise. Here are a few of the 'Before' pics.
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A few more "Before" shots.
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The car in now has a rebuilt title and is nearly complete. Just a few minor finishing touches. Some "After" pics.

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For some reason the attachments didn't take. Here they are.
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one thing you might do is add front splitter. it can help with preventing claim damage

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Very nice.

+1 on the splitter - worth the money several times over for protection plus it adds a nice finished line to the front.

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Looks great. And it's nice to see one come back from the dead rather than another thread entitled 'totaled my Elise'!

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Very nice. I kind of like that you didn't fill the seams, which is always the giveaway on rebuilt cars (my own included).
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Really looks like nice work. I'm curious, Did you inspect the car before buying? Is this a flip or a keeper? Have you restored cars before? Did you do all the work yourself? Did this end up saving money over buying an undamaged car? How would you compare it to your MR2? I' had a 2nd gen with a 3vz-fe swap. It felt like a Cadillac if I'd go directly from it to the Lotus.
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Nice work. Did you do the repairs yourself?

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I'd also be curious about your total cost to do this. I've been thinking about a salvage Exige for a trackday car at some point.

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The rear letters: "L O T" don't match the "U S."

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Very nice.

+1 on the splitter - worth the money several times over for protection plus it adds a nice finished line to the front.
Thanks! I have a splitter in the garage and hope to put it on this weekend. I actually like the original lines of the car quite a lot, but agree that it is needed for protection.

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Looks great. And it's nice to see one come back from the dead rather than another thread entitled 'totaled my Elise'!
Thanks brother. Agreed, way too many of these beautiful cars have been totaled and parted out.

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Very nice. I kind of like that you didn't fill the seams, which is always the giveaway on rebuilt cars (my own included).
Thanks! I seriously consider filling the seams. It was a tough call because I do like they way they look filled from the front, but when you look at the car from three quarters I think it looks better with the seam because it carries across the wheel well to the seam on the hinge cover.

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Really looks like nice work. I'm curious, Did you inspect the car before buying? Is this a flip or a keeper? Have you restored cars before? Did you do all the work yourself? Did this end up saving money over buying an undamaged car? How would you compare it to your MR2? I' had a 2nd gen with a 3vz-fe swap. It felt like a Cadillac if I'd go directly from it to the Lotus.
Thanks much. I was fortunate to be able to give the car a pretty good inspection and even drive it before purchase. I did miss the bent wishbone but that was an easy fix. According to my alignment guy the car is perfectly straight.

I will probably keep it a 2-3 years and then sell. My old MR2 is pushing 200k miles and I will need a new daily driver soon too. Maybe one car that could suit both? Perhaps an Evora.

The Elise is just so much quicker than my MR2. They are both quite nimble but the Elise is definitely more precise. I enjoy them both quite a lot. The MR2 is very tossable and forgiving, a true joy to push through the corners. Agreed about the comfort level. The MR2 is much nicer on longer trips and rough roads.

I have a bit less than $20,000 in the Lotus at this point (not counting taxes) so I could probably flip it and do ok. All the body work was done by a local fiberglass pro. The car had no exhaust after the manifold. I installed a used cat, new O2 sensors (generic) , a new Stage II exhaust, replaced the missing diffuser, and worn wheel bearings (cheap on RockAuto) all myself. A ton of other miscellaneous fixes myself including new brake pads, wheel center caps, horn, dash LEDs, broken e-brake light switch, etc. Many of the parts were purchased on the forums here.

I had my alignment guy put in the new wishbone and the dealer do the oil cooler line recall and flash the ECU.

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Nice work. Did you do the repairs yourself?
Not the glass work, I had a local guy do it. Corvettes are pretty popular in these parts so there are some pretty experienced fiberglass guys in the area.

I've done most of the other need repairs and maintenance myself.

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I'd also be curious about your total cost to do this. I've been thinking about a salvage Exige for a trackday car at some point.

I have about $20,000 total (excluding taxes) in the project. I have a bit more yet to do. Replacing the missing sill carpets, the little hook that holds the boot lid prop-rod is broken and my can of fix-a-flat is MIA. I'd like to find an owner's manual, but don't want to pay the prices being asked for them.

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I think they look better in person. It might the angle or shadows. I purchased them here.

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I have about $20,000 total (excluding taxes) in the project. I have a bit more yet to do. Replacing the missing sill carpets, the little hook that holds the boot lid prop-rod is broken and my can of fix-a-flat is MIA. I'd like to find an owner's manual, but don't want to pay the prices being asked for them.
Wow! That's quite a bargain.

With all the cars getting totaled, riced-out, and/or thrashed to pieces as track toys it's really cool to see one lovingly restored.

No doubt you'll get your investment back in satisfaction!

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