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    So, i may have hit a very expensive bump on the way home today. Splitter is pretty wrecked, and the clam shell is cracked. Not sure which direction we'll go for repair, but anyone know a GOOD shop that knows fiberglass well? I don't know if Phil does fiberglass work or not.

    Would just be for the clam repair.


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    One of my friends had his Elise in the shop for like 15k of insurance covered bodywork. I'll ask him where he went when I get the chance, but I'm pretty sure it was just somewhere his insurance co suggested.
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    talk to philsan and see wat he can do
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    Quote Originally Posted by the.wong.kid View Post
    talk to philsan and see wat he can do
    I'll talk to him about it. Dad and I just talked. we can go a few routes. Either find another lightly damaged clam, fix it and have it painted, then have this as a spare. have a shop fix this one. or pull it and fix it ourselves then have someone paint it.

    we might go the self-fix route since Dad has a bit of fiberglass experience. I'm just trying to collect all the options.
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    sorry to hear ...
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    Phil is def well versed with fiberglass! A lot of the wide body kits he fixes for race cars are fiberglass. Having said that, maybe you get to add a clamshell hinge as an upgrade now?

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    Ps front or rear clam?
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    Front clam. Smacked it on a bump hard.
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    back in front of a computer finally. If Phil knows fiberglass i'll give him a call. all the die hard lotus people say you can't fix the clams because of the type of fiberglass they use, but i think they're full of crap. plus i'm not spending 5k on a new one.

    I'll see if we decide to take on the work ourselves, but either-way i'll probably call Phil for paint.
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    There are a few clams up on eBay and lt for like 1500. Sector111 also has their replacement clams. Give Phil a call though as he knows fiberglass . He Fixed a rebar puncture in my exige rear clam.
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    i know some not so handy people who do their own fiberglass after watching a youtube video and buying a sander, so you may be able to pull it off. my understanding is that if you screw up you can always redo it
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    yea, my dad has been working with fiberglass on boats for years, so i'm sure we can do the work ourselves, it's just finding the time.

    the other thing is they way the clam shells are made. The Elise is some sort of injection molded fiberglass, or something like that. The exige is hand laid. Just makes it a little weird to work with.


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    yea, my dad has been working with fiberglass on boats for years, so i'm sure we can do the work ourselves, it's just finding the time.

    the other thing is they way the clam shells are made. The Elise is some sort of injection molded fiberglass, or something like that. The exige is hand laid. Just makes it a little weird to work with.
    Okay... I was wondering why people said you can't fix it. I saw Tom's clam when we pulled it, and it didn't look like anything "custom" per say... You can still fix injection molded glass, its just a little more difficult...

    Only word of advice I can offer... If/when you remove the clam, pay attention to the shims!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nperkins View Post
    Okay... I was wondering why people said you can't fix it. I saw Tom's clam when we pulled it, and it didn't look like anything "custom" per say... You can still fix injection molded glass, its just a little more difficult...

    Only word of advice I can offer... If/when you remove the clam, pay attention to the shims!
    Yup, i've read some threads about pulling the clams. We've also got PDFs of all the factory manuals, so that will help a lot.

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    ^^ maybe Phil will cut us a 2for 1 clam special?
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