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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 09-21-2017, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
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2005 Lotus Elise flooded in Houston

Not sure if this is the best place to post but one of my Elises was almost fully submerged during Hurricane Harvey. The water stayed in it for almost a week. The insurance company has totaled it with a non-repairable title but let me keep it for parts/salvage.

The car had about 42k miles on it and was nearly perfect condition besides the flood damage. It has not been started so should be fairly easy to turn into a track car.

Does anybody have a good idea of the salvage value/ or part out value?

Any help is appreciated.
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Flooded car? I wouldn't touch it for more than $5k and that's with an inspection that ensures there is something salvageable.
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The front and rear clams alone are worth around $6k together. Wheels, depending on model 500-1000. The chassis itself is valuable. Engine is probably worthless, but components such as the intake manifold and airbox are worth money. The shocks are probably still valuable. Windshield too. Seats probably need to be recovered, but the shells themselves are worth a couple hundred each. You easily have over $10k of good parts, probably closer to $12-$13k.
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If you're interested in selling it as is message me and we can work something out.


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All due to a number of request below are pictures of the flooded car.
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That's super sad. I'm sure you're dealing with alot of head and heart ache over the flood and that sucks.

Have you had the valve cover off and/or looked inside the spark plug holes? Does the power come on?
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So sad. I'd let it sit for a month and air out, then hook up a new battery and see what she does. You might takes some pieces out to help the process, rear carpet and such, but really, this is still a great car.

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2005 Lotus Elise flooded in Houston

Check the oil first. If watery drop it and replace. Pull the plugs, squirt a healthy dose of wd40 or other silicon spray in there then crank it with no plugs if the electrics are working. If not check all fuses and drain all electrical boxes. Once the motor is spinning ok replace the plugs and give it a go. Do not try and crank unless you have the plugs out.

You will be surprised. Salty or fresh water?


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Yeah, sorry to hear, I am sure you have other things to deal with, but getting the oil changed and engine rotating may save the motor

I would take a glance in the intake

think about how little is in these cars, a few MFRU's, the radio, instrument cluster..........

Again, hope you and yours are fine and the rest of your life is getting straightened out.
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How much for the Chumbawumba CD in the driver seat?

In all seriousness, this is a major bummer, sorry man. Glad insurance took care of you!
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IME, A drop of water and 24 hours is all it takes to pit the bores. They rust readily, especially where the rings trap the water.

I have rebuilt a couple of Elises and I think I'd not buy it back unless it was in that $5k or less range.
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I say drain oil, squirt pistons with WD-40 and blow out the holes. Then give it a shot. What do you have to lose at this point?

The block is aluminom, pistons aluminum, head is aluminum, so all in all the crank and the cam shafts are really the main concerns. Motor was off when it was flooded, great chance all parts are ok.

My vote, try and start it.

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I'm in Houston as well and have dealt with a number of flooded cars including three that flooded during TS Allison. First of all, sorry about the damage to your car and any other consequence you may have suffered from the storm.

Did you disconnect the battery prior to the flood? I would change the oil immediately and look at what comes out. Pull the coils and spark plugs and spray marvel mystery oil down the spark plug holes. Put a towel over the spark plug holes. Then see whether your electrics got wet or have dried out yet. Spray the connectors with electrical contact cleaner. Then try and crank it without plugs and see how things go. I imagine you may have an electrical issue that may prevent you from cranking the engine but I would put the work in if you have the time.

PS One of my cars that flooded in Allison was a Mazda Miata, needed a new ECU, full fluid flush and hub bearings. I still have the car and never had a problem.

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Got slammed with flood related stuff this weekend. But should have time to put in a new battery pull the plugs, turn over the motor, and get it running on Saturday. Fingers crossed it starts.

On the bright side I have another BOE supercharged lotus with a built motor that I jacked up on a combination of Weights and Jack stands while water was just starting to come into my garage. It got about an inch of water. Luckily I had already ordered some new seats which were thankfully delayed in shipping. Anyway I ripped out the old seats and the carpets and got it running again. Pics below.
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All due to a number of request below are pictures of the flooded car.
Oh sh*t! sorry about the car.

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I have been in the same boat (no pun intended) with a 300ZX which was flooded to the door handles. I revived it pretty easily by draining all fluids and replacing, pulling the plugs and lubing/turning over to blow out all water, etc. The time consuming part is taking all electrical motors and switches apart (even if it looks like they don't come apart) and cleaning/lubricating contacts. I also had to replace the ECU as it was totally eaten up. These cars are simpler than the 300ZX because they have toys with switches. You ought to try fixing it yourself if you are mechanically inclined. It will give you a great feeling of accomplishment and some bragging rights too!
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Very sad. Thoughts and prayers with those effected by both hurricanes this fall.
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Parts Needed

I have a 2005 lotus Elise. I need some used parts...any help would be great
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I have a 2005 lotus Elise. I need some used parts...any help would be great
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You should create a new thread in the parts wanted sub-forum, with a list of what you need.

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