Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Lotus Elise did not come with a cup holder!

But it has one now!  I got a used Sector 111 - Darth Cup Holder from an eBay auction (half price).  It uses the area in the side cubby under the headlight switchs to secure in place with the aid of black friction creating sphere (racket  or squash ball).

This cup holder is somewhat in the way for a me when getting in and out, so it is easy to remove and store when not being used.

The problem is it came with such an ugly storage bag.  This bag looks like something to store SCUBA diving gear in.  Fluorescent too.

Not a problem for me.  Out comes the black canvas duck fabric and it gets hooped up on the Brother embroidering machine for a custom logo and then sewed together. 

Now I have a nice storage bag just for the Darth Cup Holder and I can throw it in the net behind the seats without listening to the aluminum cup holder vibrate against the plastic back panel.

Problem solved and it's a one of a kind!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Project Bass (updated)

Ok, it's another project. The Lotus Elise has a great exhaust note with the Stage II exhaust, but it is totally lacking in the car stereo department. So a little searching on craigslist and we have a 10" Alpine Type R Sub-woofer in a box that is way too big.

So it's time to get out the saw and cut it down.  Now that is a speaker box on a diet.

My son Graham gets in on the speaker building project.

He learns from the master

Now time to fit the huge speaker in the tiny box

It fits!

And it fits perfectly in the footwell on the Lotus Elise.
Now we need to wire up the Alpine Amp that came with it and find a way to mount it in the trunk.

The Amp is In! And it sounds great!!! Lots of bass. You can really feel it. Totally changes the sound of the whole system. Now I just need to upgrade the front speakers to some 5.25" JL Audio speakers to cover the mid bass and it should be about right.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Project: Paint Engine Covers

I found out painting plastic can be hard.  I also found out that brake cleaner will take off paint pretty well. (Thanks Dad)
My first attempt did not cover well so I stripped it off and repainted it.  This time I used Krylon Fusion paint for plastic.
Problem is it did not match my car so I was using it as a base coat or primer. 

I then sprayed the Valspar Yellow that did match and it went pretty well.

and finally I used a Paint pen to outline the letters.

I just need to put them on and maybe paint some black or green inside the Lotus emblem.
Painted logo Black! Done.