It's not been on the road since 1991, I had a good look around when i bought it, all the panels seemed really solid. Although lots of surface rust!
One of the previous owners cut a hole in the passenger sill for some reason.... which as you can see was full to the brim with water
Drained the water out and started playing around with some bits
I found some compomotive MS wheels local at a bargain price
F1 style mirrors
Lotus elise bonnet vent (ebay bargain) my 1st bit of fiberglassing, went pretty well, still needs fully sanding down and blending in, but i'm trying to leave any glassing/filling as long as possible to let it fully cure.
Lotus elise seats, I'm quite tall and it's the only way i'll fit in it without hitting my head on the roof!
Took the body off, somehow found a way of storing it all in the single garage... luckily the Grandparents had the garage roof converted to a pitched roof many years ago
Time for some bracing and to see whats lurking inside the sills...
This was supposed to be the good sill, the one which wasn't full of water!
A spit was cobbled together by myself which i was pretty proud of, added some more bracing and sent off to get it sandblasted
This is what I came back with, the panels are very heavily pitted, it's hard to show in the pictures
Lucky for me there is a chap on the gtm forum who has bought all the rights and plans for the coupe so is capable of reproducing it, so I can get replacement panels... jumping straight in the deep end with my first bit of welding/panel replacement...
half a floor:
Panels painted with rust proof paint and weld thru primer
Knocked the sill stiffeners up myself
So the innards of the inner sills and outer sill have been painted with more rust proofing paint, next step is to weld them on.
Some family are down at the moment so progress might be delayed for a couple of weeks
Thanks for looking