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I suppose that I am not technically a new member, but I never made an introduction post.

I live in Louisville, KY, USA and purchased a graphite grey mica 2005 Elise in August. I have not worked on a car since starting a family 13 years ago and wanted to start wrenching again. I plan on using the car for street driving, with an occasional autocross and track day.

I purchased a beautiful fixer-upper that has some problems, but that was really the point. I decided to purchase the Elise in large part due to the wonderful support of this site. After researching common issues (including those on my car) I realized that I could probably repair each one by using articles on this site. So far it was worked out very well and has given me an excuse to buy many new tools.

I look forward to contributing my experiencing and adding whatever I can to this awesome community of gearheads.

- Hugh
 

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Welcome to LT Hugh! Congrats on your Elise purchase! Post some photos when you get a chance. LT was what sealed to deal for me getting an Elise also.
 

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Welcome Hugh, we all look forward to hearing about how your rebuild goes. As @Catsailr27 requested, please post lots of photos, they are invaluable.
 

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Brake pads, hot plate, and fluids. I didn't have much choice, as the brake pads were dangerously thin and the car was bordering on overheating when I got it. This was just enough to make me fall in love with working on it. I am now cleaning out the interior and working on the shifter stiffening mods. As you can see, there was a ton of grime hiding under the interior panels.

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Brake pads, hot plate, and fluids. I didn't have much choice, as the brake pads were dangerously thin and the car was bordering on overheating when I got it. This was just enough to make me fall in love with working on it. I am now cleaning out the interior and working on the shifter stiffening mods. As you can see, there was a ton of grime hiding under the interior panels.

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Bleeding is a PITA but those shifter stiffening mods should make the car feel so much better. The car is going to look so good all shined up!
 
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