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I think you are jumping to conclusions and making assumptions about what that part is, what they have done and why. You can not possibly have enough information from just that one picture. I think it is more likely a cover put over a sharp edge of the chassis for looks and safety. You can be sure it is not structural as the repair would need to be for the car a few posts back.

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after reading this thread I am ready to sell my Lotus. it is ridicules that this amount of front end damage leads to a totaled car. $33K is outrageous and makes the Lotus completely impractical as a track car.
The driver walked away without a scratch - how much is that worth
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The driver walked away without a scratch - how much is that worth
So....Nice Price or Crack Pipe?

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There is one, it's in the food court.

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There is one, it's in the food court.
Must be new, I went there 2 winters ago when I had off from school and there was nothing, although the Sbarro was delicious.

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BTW, now that you need to replace some tubes, what about using carbon fiber tubes instead aluminum extrusions? And save some more weight. They can also be bonded with the same process.

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BTW, now that you need to replace some tubes, what about using carbon fiber tubes instead aluminum extrusions? And save some more weight. They can also be bonded with the same process.

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post #110 of 116 (permalink) Old 12-08-2015, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
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Downsized - Car, Donor Chassis, Spare Engine are all on eBay

Hello Folks-

The Elise that kissed the K-wall is for sale on eBay - As I said to someone that had inquired, for the person with the ability, inclination and the space/time to pull this off, the vehicle and all of the additional bits acquired during prep for restoration, including the track trailer, will all go for a song. The reserve is realistic:

Lotus Elise Touring Pack Sport Pack Hardtop Limited Slip Differential | eBay

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You should put more pics in your auction, interior, engine etc etc, people are having to bet on the completeness of the vehicle, and they will bet low if they cannot see things

WRT chassis repair, the original Elan was a no repair possible chassis from 1963, with a similar chassis cost/vehicle cost ratio, so this is not news, and many, myself included have repaired those.

In the end replacement is always better[as the OP has decided]

It is frustrating as the Elan was not so prone to accident damage as the wishbones are weaker than the chassis, and mostly I have seen broken pins not bent chassis. It would probably have cost 10 pounds to make replaceable suspension mounts, but the cars are made to a price point.....
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Hello Exigegus-

The car is absolutely pristine rear of the A-pillar. I am OCD when it comes to neatness - Of course, it's a California car and had never seen weather and rarely driven in the wet (with the exception of the track event...). It was in a heated garage in the mountains until we moved to the city this June (of 2015). It is on the trailer being sold, and covered, in a storage facility - No room or shop with lift at our new city home.

There are a ton of photos on Flickr, although few of the interior and engine bay. I may run out to the storage place to snap photos. The instrument cluster and steering rack/wheel has been removed to facilitate the rebuild.

In any case, it's absolutely spotless/pristine as one might expect of a 4,660 mile California car that's owned by someone with severe compulsions about such things.

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Willing to part with the trailer?
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Hello Will-

I will not know until the auction is over. There may be some horsetrading in the final moments. If it's still available, you'll need proper aluminum ramps to get an Elise-type vehicle off of the trailer (low approach angle, etc....). I have some - They are not a part of the auction, but I will offer them at a significant discount to the buyer.

I'm reasonably certain the vehicle will sell over the reserve. It's priced to move and is a very, very good deal for someone with the time and inclination to get the work done.

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That's exactly the type of project I'm looking forward to do once I retire.
Unfortunately, this comes 20 years too early for me

If I die, my biggest fear is that my wife sells all my toys for the price I told her I bought them for...
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Thumbs up New photos posted in support of eBay Auction - Past reserve at current bid of $10,000

I've posted additional photos of the vehicle from today (Saturday, December 12th, 2015) - They included shots of the engine compartment, interior, bodywork and undercarriage.

You can view the Flickr album here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskqVQGn7

The vehicle, parts, spare chassis and motor, plus trailer will sell - It's past the $9,901 reserve and is now "won" at $10,000.

The auction ends on Tuesday the 15th at 1:00pm PST:

Lotus Elise Touring Pack Sport Pack Hardtop Limited Slip Differential | eBay

Best,

John

Apologies for the orientation of the iPhone pics - They show in all other contexts (Windows 10, Flickr, etc.) with the proper orientation. It's easier to view all 38 of the new pics here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskqVQGn7

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