Lotus Elise Rebuild

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Re: Lotus Elise Rebuild

Postby Chet » Wed Nov 24, 2010 12:20 am

Thats wild. Id love to hear more about the materials your using and the processes. is that tan material fiberglass sheet stretched or something else? i can't wait to see this thing in person. Im thinking that going to be a real neck breaker. As Gabe likes to say, she's got G's in all directions.
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Re: Lotus Elise Rebuild

Postby MaineLotus » Wed Nov 24, 2010 8:42 am

Layers of e-glass/kevlar are laminated on the front clam joining the fender halves to the center. The white material stretched over the wheel discs to form the front flare is Spandex cloth secured in place with spray adhesive (3M 77). Under the Spandex cloth is a wire framework that gives the flare it's shape, very much like a tent. I've since added two layers of West System epoxy over the Spandex cloth to create a male mold. Next steps are the rear flares and laminate carbon fiber cloth over the Spandex cloth mold. After that, a lot of sanding...

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Re: Lotus Elise Rebuild

Postby itsblue98 » Wed Dec 08, 2010 10:03 pm

What no one is going to comment on the beautiful mint Isetta? Really?
I'll be the first that is a sweet Isetta you have there!
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Re: Lotus Elise Rebuild

Postby itsblue98 » Wed Dec 08, 2010 10:03 pm

Oh and the Elise is pretty cool too
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Re: Lotus Elise Rebuild

Postby GMan189 » Thu Dec 09, 2010 6:57 pm

itsblue98 wrote:What no one is going to comment on the beautiful mint Isetta? Really?
I'll be the first that is a sweet Isetta you have there!


Funny the Isetta was the first thing I noticed too. That is a cool little car and I can't wait to see the Lotus!

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Re: Lotus Elise Rebuild

Postby MaineLotus » Mon Dec 20, 2010 11:25 am

A bit more progress
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Re: Lotus Elise Rebuild

Postby MaineLotus » Mon Dec 20, 2010 11:28 am

Rear slats are mocked up in cardboard. Will be cut from a sheet of thin carbonfiber laminate when the design is finalized. The idea is to capture the air from the rear tire and direct it into usable downforce.
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Re: Lotus Elise Rebuild

Postby MaineLotus » Mon Dec 20, 2010 11:33 am

The Isetta isn't mine - I offered the storage to a guy that moved into the Waterville area and is living in a condo with no garage. It's a cool little car, with an emphasis on little. I thought my Elise was tiny, this thing is like a dot. The restoration is perfect and it's currently listed for sale.

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Re: Lotus Elise Rebuild

Postby Chet » Mon Dec 20, 2010 10:03 pm

I like the slates although i would blend the top two into the origional body lines and spoiler lip but it looks very cool and functional. Ive been wondering. What is feeding your need for speed with the elise all tied up?
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Re: Lotus Elise Rebuild

Postby MaineLotus » Tue Aug 27, 2013 12:25 pm

Spent the day at Chris's garage last Saturday. A dream shop for any car guy - 2 lifts, a dyno and just about anything else you'd ever want. :thumbsup:

Unfortunately we spent more time chasing problems than actually running on the dyno. The day was cut short when the alcohol injection system pump failed. No fault of the 044 pump, I neglected to vent the tank which caused the pump run dry and fail.

Still a good day and nice to meet other care enthusiasts.
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Re: Lotus Elise Rebuild

Postby saabman » Tue Aug 27, 2013 1:06 pm

BTW, I read a bit online that an 044 pump is not rated for alchohol (although I see plenty of anecdotal comments of peope running them without problems.)

Great to finally meet you and your car was as aswesome in person as it seemed online.
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Re: Lotus Elise Rebuild

Postby MR Chuck » Tue Aug 27, 2013 4:01 pm

Were you able to get any non-alky tuning done? Assuming you are running dual maps...
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Re: Lotus Elise Rebuild

Postby MaineLotus » Tue Aug 27, 2013 4:40 pm

MR Chuck wrote:Were you able to get any non-alky tuning done? Assuming you are running dual maps...


No, we stopped tuning when the pump broke. The AEM monitors pressure @ rail and boost is limited if pressure is drops. A new pump is on order, should be in sometime next week.

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Re: Lotus Elise Rebuild

Postby MaineLotus » Tue Aug 27, 2013 4:49 pm

saabman wrote:BTW, I read a bit online that an 044 pump is not rated for alchohol (although I see plenty of anecdotal comments of peope running them without problems.)

Great to finally meet you and your car was as aswesome in person as it seemed online.


Thanks Chris. I saw that also regarding the 044. A friend has run 90% isopropyl alcohol for over a year now without issue. He started with a Walbro 255 and that failed very quickly. Last Saturday I had -20 wiper fluid in the tank which is fairly easy on components. Going to switch to isopropyl alcohol as it's more of a fuel. Negative is that it's destructive. I know my hose (ptfe) and tank are ok, hopefully the pump and pressure regulator last.

I've seen some alcohol rated pumps, they are $$$$$.


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