CAR Went out for a pint of British skim milk...

Ninja

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Oct 15, 2002
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...came back with this instead: 1998 Lotus Elise Series 1

It needs a massive detailing after having sat in a shed (basically untouched) for the last 10+ years with the top off. It's hard to describe just how tiny this thing is- weighs only 755 kg / 1665 lbs with a full tank.

After a thorough detail and some other small things, I plan to completely refresh the suspension and brakes.

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Phx Cobra

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Congrats! The S1 are very special cars. Be extra careful with the front bonnet and make sure you keep it on a battery tender, swapping out that micro battery is a pita. I'd also strongly suggest you keep a fresh fire extinguisher in the car.
Will second the battery comment. I had a 2005 Elise and it was very similar, replacing the battery with something small/lightweight like a Braille lithum is a good choice.
Get a rash guard for under the front lip, because that fiberglass loooooves to get smoked and splinter.
 

monolith

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May 9, 2004
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Awesome

Always loved those cars, used to read the Lotustalk forums quite a bit. Reading about the cost of repairing or replacing the clamshell(s) was pretty interesting.
 
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Ninja

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wow that's a great find. might want to go through all the hoses and belts to make sure they aren't dry rotted.
I've currently got about £3k/$4k in my eliseparts shopping cart o_O

I'll be replacing the radiator with an uprated alloy version along with a bunch of silicone hoses.

Car has a handful of upgrades including a Nitron suspension, full Larini exhaust, and Sport 160 spoiler. I also plan on picking up a hardtop.
 
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patina

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I've currently got about £3k/$4k in my eliseparts shopping cart o_O

I'll be replacing the radiator with an uprated alloy version along with a bunch if silicone hoses.

Car has with a handful of upgrades including a Nitron suspension, full Larini exhaust, and Sport 160 spoiler. I also plan on picking up a hardtop.
I’d go ahead and upgrade to their quickshifter kit if it hasn’t already been done.
 
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