Image courtesy fotorudolf.nl – taken at the HARC day at Zandvoort, april 19th 2019
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All refrigerant lines are plumbed in and vacuum tested.
While working my way into the hvac bay in order to rebuild the A/C system i couldn’t resist taking out the wiper mechanism. This also requires to remove the air distribution box.
The wiper mechanism will be replated and passivated, where it’s baseplate has been media blasted and will be resprayed.
I bought a spare C64 gearbox of a Celica. Goal is to open it, inspect it, rebuild it and try it on the Elise one day.
.. well not entirely. It had it fitted as factory option but i took it out during the first major refresh. Currently i am sourcing new parts to re-install the hvac system to the latest standard, with a new hvac assembly box, electronic thermostat, new sill pipes (as the factory ones corrode by a design flaw).
I recreated the color scheme of my 111r on a yellow Welly 1:24 Lotus Elise 111s scale model.
The model was fully disassembled in order to paint it properly. Using paint from a touch up bottle and a compressor fed spray gun the paint was applied. First the 2-k primer, metallics as base coat and House of Kolor clear coat.
The antracite stripe is the first color layer which is then masked and sprayed over with the artic silver base coat.
This blog is not affiliated to lotuscars.com in any way, and serves as a personal playground to share knowledge about the art of Lotus Elise 111r maintenance, and build a community along the way. I spent a lot of time writing updates on tech forums and i decided to gather that info in a catalogued fashion for easy access. It is nowhere near complete yet, nor do i pretend to know everything there is to know. But for some who want to tinker on their own Lotus Elise or Exige it may offer a start, just as i googled everything i needed to know before attacking my Elise works. Enjoy!
Working on a helmet design in Lotus colors. Base is an OMP grandprix 7s helmet. Materials used: house of kolor paints, silhouette vinyl cutter and a compressor fed spray gun.
Finished with show clear coat by House of Kolor