Mikie711 Posted July 7, 2012 Report Share Posted July 7, 2012 (edited) Bibs, put this in general chat as it's kinda a bit of everything but feel free to move to where may be more appropriate. Thought I'd cross post this from SE. I statred Lotus ownership why back with a Lotus Sunbeam then about 5 years ago I bought an S1 which over the coarse of a few years I tuned all the way to 240bhp. Then sold that along with my S2 Exige I also had and bought a 2-11 which was a fantastic car but obviously very compromised. Then moved on to my current car a NA Evora. So it had been a while since I had a project. About the time I bought the Evora I decided that I needed something to do and hatched a plan which involved a sheddy 111r. About the same time it seems the market decided that 111r's were grossly undervalued and price shot up 4k in a matter of a couple of months. What you could buy for 12k became 16k and all the sheds disappeared as people realised it was worth spending the money to clean up their cars and get the extra cash this brought. As a consequence of this market trend, accident damaged cars also shot up and as such cat C & D cars prices took a similar hike. This all put a hold to any plans involving 111r's. When you look at some of the accident damaged cars that do come up for sale it's obvious why they were written off, most have had some sort of chassis damage either directly or indirectly from losing suspension components. These are just a non starter with so much cost and time in carrying out a chassis swap and all the associated problems there in. My patience finally paid off when earlier this month an Ideal candidate came up for sale on Coparts. The car looked ideal, passenger side rear end damage, all 4 wheels still attached and as you will see from the pictures not that bad. The prudent thing to do would be to go and see the car but due to the timings this wasn't possible so many phone calls and picture studying later I decide to at least make an attempt to buy it at auction. You guessed it, I won. 15283842_2X by Mikie711, on Flickr Car arrived at mine tonight and first inspection of the damage looks good. So far it looks like one rear clam, one toe link ball joint, one grill, a tyre and a couple of brackets.The very end of the sub frame longeron has been bent but looks like more from the brackets bolted to it moving rather than impact but will find out tomorrow once the clam comes off. The jobs list looks something like this at the moment: strip off clam assess damage repair damage including full geo etc amass parts for conversion bolt said parts onto car. How this will differ from my S1 is that all the parts used will be from the Lotus parts bin either new or second hand with the exception of the suspension. Usual advice comments and suggestions welcome as usual. Clam off revealed the extent of the damage to the exhaust mount bracket at the end of the sub frame as well as the heat shield. This may well straighten failing that it is just tacked into place and should be able to remove it and either make a new one or get it back into shape. I also noticed that when the toe link ball joint parted the wheel must have turned and hit the upper wishbone and as such it is bent. Not to worried about the heat shield as I will be running without the grills above the diffuser and fitting the shear panel similar to the 2-11/GT3 Exige set up. This means that the shield will require trimming anyway so no biggy. IMG_0800 by Mikie711, on Flickr Think a suspension refresh may be in order if only to clean up the wishbones so added that to the list. IMG_0801 by Mikie711, on Flickr Damaged bracket removed. Had to drill out the spot welds that held it in place. Will get a replacement fabricated then weld it back in. Alan has kindly made up a 3D cad drawing of the bracket which will be cut and bent by the fab shop from the drawing. Also be shopping and pick up these for less than the price of either new Nitron streets or billy's. Off a 2-11 and in really good condition. New wishbone arrived to replace the upper left rear that is bent Waiting on new bolts, bushes, wheel bearings and ball joints for the rear suspension along with the chassis brace kit for the car. First job is to completely strip the rear suspension and get it all powder coated. Wishbone removed and in the vice Install ball joint removal tool, remembering to remove the rubber boot from the ball joint first. Once lined up just tighten the 2 bolts a couple of turns at a time keeping everything level. I use a battery impact gun and it's out in seconds but your meant to use a spanner or ratchet. Next up is removing the bushes. I have tried various methods to get these out but this tool is by far the easiest way I have found so far. Install as per the picture and tighten bolt. and ot comes the bush One stripped wishbone ready for blast and powder coat Also fitted a TRD airbox. On that subject anybody know what you do with the vacuum hose for the air flap in the standard airbox. Blank it off or leave it open? been a busy time, what with tut towers and family duties but managed to run round Scotland picking up a few bits and pieces over the last few days. New rear clam, cheers to Craig for sorting this out for me. Finlay got round to finishing off the rear suspension rebuild and bolting in the newly acquired Ohlins. All new bolts, ball joints and wheel bearings as well as having the wishbones bead blasted and a couple of coats of smoothrite paint. I have found that powder coating is fine until you get the first stone chip then over time it just peels off, hence the painting route this time. There are new disc's on the front of the car which will be used on the back once I get the new bakes for the front. Also picked up a T4E ECU, thanks to Shug for that. It's now away getting a new map uploaded to it for use with the SC once it arrives. Picked up a couple of other items lately Set of exige wheels as the brake kit won't fit behind 5 1/2" wheels. Moroso baffled oil sump, just in case. And a Hanger111 intercooler. Quite a bit larger than the standard Lotus cooler fitted to the 2-11 and the 260cup cars. Edited July 7, 2012 by Mikie711 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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