So the corvette shop that did the front clam stopped returning my calls. Then the body guy I was supposed to get the work done by stopped returning calls, then the replacement body shop started going quite.
Even today I was supposed to meet another lotus owner who did his own body work and he was a no show.
So I said to hell with everyone. Time to get this body work knocked out, basically finished the fiberglass repair today and got both doors to 400 grit, just the rockers left and a few other spots (jambs/mirrors, etc)
Tackled a section by the rear tires where it looks like the car bottomed out and ground some off the fiberglass. Another area on the other side where the rocker was cracked, and finally the door where the mirror attaches. This one was and is going to be difficult because I had to glue multiple pieces in place and if any of them fell in the door they'd be gone forever.
Also recreated the lip on the rear deck lid which unfortunately came cracked:
Crack ground out of the rear deck lid:
Epoxy resin over fiberglass sheet, about the strongest repair you can make:
Filled with fiberglass reinforces filler:
That filler leaves a lot of pinholes and other imperfections which need to be filled with glazing putty:
Deck lid finished the rough in process:
You'd never know about 2" section of lip was missing. I had to totally recreate it, and this gave me the confidence to tackle re-assembling the mirror.
Got one side of the car to 400 grit:
Then starte talking about a 4-5" crack on the other side.
Ground out the damage and drilled out the end of the crack:
Looking through the fiberglass after grinding it down to make sure I got to the end of the crack:
And filled with fiberglass cloth both front and back:
Then on to the door/mirror. This was going to be difficult, but I felt like I learned enough doing the other repairs that I was ready:
State of the mirror prior to repair:
Holding the 3 pieces I could find in place:
I know this looks like Frankenstein but you gotta trust me this came out great. I waited about an hour until the epoxy went from the consistency of maple syrup to the consistency of thick tree sap, then I took each piece and dipped it and set it in place, then used just a little bit of cloth to hold these pieces in place. Once this dries the epoxy will help the peices in place along with the fiberglass pieces (like a tack weld) and then I'm going to re-inforce with more cloth from behind and then grind these stray pieces off and fill the cracks with fiberglass reinforced filler again. Or lay cloth over the front and grind flat:
BTW got rock chips?
And finally I also had some time to install some badass shelving and organize the garage