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SCCVC11187HL80628 2007 Exige S

Not mine but looks like someone had a hard hit (tree?) to the drivers side https://autoforwarder.com/en/detail/6677144-lotus-exige
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Well now we know how well the door intrusion beams work

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Looks like a great donor car; nice selective, limited damage, well done!
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https://www.ebay.com/itm/2007-Lotus-...2:pf:0&vxp=mtr

on ebay now, rebuildable in description....

that'l buff out.....

Hope the driver is ok, pushed the seat over into console and the throttle pedal is gone
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How do they consider that the car can be rebuilt? My guess it happened on track since the car has an Accusump, racing belts and a fire extinguisher. I would consider that to be a parts car.

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Tough little nut . . . worst damage I've ever seen!

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Tub is dead..not rebuildable.

"In general, the Elise will be kept in best operating condition by regular use."
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Many great parts there, but no tub = no car. Lots of quality go-fast bits, though.
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note the last picture in the ebay description, no gas pedal!!!
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I purchased this car and also a 08 Exige tub and parts. Rebuild will start in a couple weeks.
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note the last picture in the ebay description, no gas pedal!!!
It has a gas pedal now. I had them install it so hauler can load on trailer under its own power. Also hoping to drive in industrial park before I tear it down for rebuild
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@Partsfinder good choice for a parts car, rear clam can easily be fixed.
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@Partsfinder good choice for a parts car, rear clam can easily be fixed.
Rear clam, roof and front splitter will be headed to body shop within a couples after car arrives. Then strip the chassis to transfer to the 08 chassis arriving in April.

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That is the same approach I would take if that was my car, also don't forget the crashbox...removal is tricky...do it carefully-you can save it for another car, or sell it here.

From the pictures, it looks like the driver's seat is damaged, you will have to remove both seats to get access to the rear clam bolts.
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That is the same approach I would take if that was my car, also don't forget the crashbox...removal is tricky...do it carefully-you can save it for another car, or sell it here.
As the chassis is scrap aluminum, couldn't you just cut the front of the tub off with a sawzall (presumably after removing everything of value bolted on)? You'd still have to remove the aluminum from the crash structure interface, but now it would be a small part you could carry around. A couple of sectioning cuts to either side and then a transverse cut would seem the logical way.

There are times to think like a car dismantler insead of a mechanic. Sometimes a sawzall and aviation tin snips are your best tools.
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@steelypip the main chassis tub is useless scrap with so much damage, after removing the parts that can be used again, it is best to cut the chassis to pieces. For a Lotus fan like myself... truly a heartbreaking thing to do, I've done it times so far to 3 totaled Exiges :/
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@steelypip the main chassis tub is useless scrap with so much damage, after removing the parts that can be used again, it is best to cut the chassis to pieces. For a Lotus fan like myself... truly a heartbreaking thing to do, I've done it times so far to 3 totaled Exiges :/
If you like cars, it's hard to just cut one up, even if it is obviously beyond repair. I get it - I have a parts car in a shed that needs to go off to the scrapyard this year and I have been resisting going after it with the sawzall...
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That is the same approach I would take if that was my car, also don't forget the crashbox...removal is tricky...do it carefully-you can save it for another car, or sell it here.
As the chassis is scrap aluminum, couldn't you just cut the front of the tub off with a sawzall (presumably after removing everything of value bolted on)? You'd still have to remove the aluminum from the crash structure interface, but now it would be a small part you could carry around. A couple of sectioning cuts to either side and then a transverse cut would seem the logical way.

There are times to think like a car dismantler insead of a mechanic. Sometimes a sawzall and aviation tin snips are your best tools.
Yes plan is just like you described. Tub is scrap so saw saw saw. I’ve been doing auto salvage since 8 years ago. Grew up at family’s auto salvage yard. I’ve taken saw or torch to 1000’s of cars 🚗

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