111RS Spyder Build: Part 2

We have been working on our project car - even with the big move into our new shop. Progress is slow but sure. We decided to disassemble the suspension, brakes and power train to assess the condition of all the parts and chassis. We knew that much of these parts would be either upgraded or rebuilt.

Delivered with a smile from TX

Delivered with a smile from TX

Some of the wishbones had been replaced by the previous owner as this car was driven off the trailer. Of course we had to take it around the block - just because we are nuts like that.

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We confirmed that the chassis was undamaged after the engine/trans were removed. The roll hoop was toast and a couple of engine mounts were tweaked but amazingly the chassis and subframes were all in good shape and undamaged. Whew! Taking on projects like this can be fraught with real risk and we certainly did not dodge every bullet.

Yanking the powertrain

Yanking the powertrain

We installed one of our Rebuilt Gearboxes with with CF Synchros and stronger 3rd/4th gears. We also installed our TRACKmounts as the client wanted more isolation and was willing to deal with a bit more NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness). This car will never be confused for a pedestrian Lotus so we threw comfort out the window. As a mater fact, we will also throw out the windows….

Time to refresh these tired looking wishbones…

Time to refresh these tired looking wishbones…

We decided to strip the wishbones and have them plated. We pushed out the bushes and balljoints. Our local plater does an amazing job and they came back shinier than new with a nickel finish. We installed our MONOballs along with fresh hardware and balljoints from our Suspension Refresh kit.

Shiny, shiny, shiny…

Shiny, shiny, shiny…

We decided to install the Racetech 46mm Triples on this car as we wanted to showcase our locally produced shocks. We will also be installing the DNA Rear Swaybar so that we can run soft springs. My Elise is running this kit so we will have a nice baseline as we tune the handling to ensure this is the ultimate canyon carver.

The chassis got a good cleaning after we pulled all the suspension bits off…

The chassis got a good cleaning after we pulled all the suspension bits off…