Our Elan Gets Blasted

May 17, 2016 update to the Lotus Elan project car

This looks worse than it is, or perhaps we are just delusional. We can now start with good clean—although beat—fiberglass.
Nice raw fiberglass. That will make an excellent starting point for our project. We would trust no one else, but Blast Masters to handle such a delicate stripping job.
This minor damage to the right side of the nose is the only additional damage we found after media stripping.

The day of reckoning was upon us as we got our first real look at what kind of bodywork was ahead of us for our project Lotus Elan. That day came when we got our completely media-blasted body back from Blast Masters.

The verdict: While rough, we think we can make something out of the pile of body panels we have.

The only additional damage we found hiding underneath paint and Bondo was a slight hit to the right front corner of the car. With everything blasted we are starting over again with essentially new, albeit rather rough, fiberglass body panels.

Once we find a decklid, we can begin to piece the body back together, repair the damage, and fiberglass the pieces together.

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Reader comments:

CertifiedLotus
CertifiedLotus New Reader
May 23, 2016 2:11 p.m.

I thought you had all the body parts as you bought another body?

Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher, Grassroots Motorsports & Classic Motorsports
May 30, 2016 7:26 p.m.

I bought another car, sight unseen, but it turned out to be a Series 4. I will be able to get a few parts off of it.

CertifiedLotus
CertifiedLotus New Reader
June 1, 2016 2:41 p.m.

Ah, classic error. Oh well, I'm sure someone has needs for series 4 body parts.

gjz30075
gjz30075 HalfDork
June 1, 2016 5:38 p.m.

Hmmm, Tim, will you be parting out that S4?

Woody
Woody MegaDork
June 1, 2016 6:07 p.m.

We need photos of the S4!

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