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Dear all,

I wonder if you guys can give me some advice on chassis replacement. I saw form the other thread that the 111R did that job pretty well. As everyone may know, it's supposed to be a write off, however, the value here in Hong Kong for the same car is so high that repairing it may some how justify.

I wonder if anyone of you may know the cost for the chassis replacement ? And does it require substantial amount of skill to carry out the job ?

Appreciate your comment .....

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I wonder if anyone of you may know the cost for the chassis replacement ? And does it require substantial amount of skill to carry out the job ?
The total cost of a re-chassis depends a lot on the labor hours.

A new partial body assembly (chassis with hoses/tubes installes, sills bonded on, crashbox in place, etc. etc.) should be in the 5 to 7000 UK pound range.

Add to that any replacement parts you may need for the damaged parts from the 'donor' car.

After that it's not a very difficult job to swap all the bits over from the old car to the new chassis. Basic mechanical aptitude and access to the service manual and parts list (and of course a well-stocked toolbox) is pretty much all that's required.

Some specialised jobs (like putting in the new windscreen glass) of course need to be done by skilled technicians, but those jobs are limited in number.

It's just lots and lots of work.. So if someone has space available to 'park' a new chassis and a damaged car side-by-side and work on this themselves it can be a 'cheap' option to get an Elise back on the road.

On the S1 it's often joked that re-chassied cars are actually the ones you want to find, because they were probably put together with more care than Lotus originally did :D

A car with a new chassis pretty much is 'good as new' again.

Bye, Arno.
 

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I just returned from a trip to Germany; while there I stopped by Stefan's office and saw his Elises (and his many, many spare parts lying around!). He had recently completed a chassis replacement, and we talked a little about that. I think he said it took him and a friend four weekends to do this, though it was on a series 1 Elise, which of course is much simpler. Paying someone to do the job would be expensive, but if you can do the work yourself, it doesn't sound like there's much to it. The biggest problem might be getting parts from Lotus in a timely manner.
 

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The car I showed you on the 111R thread was ready for alignment by the end of the week. In total, four people were employed (maybe not full-time each but still the headcount was four; Two mechanics, and two guys for the electrical stuff).
The car currently waits for the body parts to be painted and roar on the roads again with the fresh body assembly.

btw, the body assembly replacement has the exact VIN number like the crashed one. The crashed body, or at least the part which has the VIN number will be returned to Lotus.
 
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