Friday, April 28, 2006

Pimp my Elise!

It's about time to start pimping out my Elise, er, at least getting close to that time. I've got some goodies on order and a couple maintenace things to take care of with the car later next week so stay tuned for a "spent the day working on the Elise" post. Some of the things on the agenda...
  • Install Blaupunkt iPod Interface

  • Install "lidbone" (LINK to product @ Sector111)

  • change the oil (how exciting!)

  • get condensation out of driver's side turn signal

The thing I'm most excited about is the iPod installation. The interface will allow me to plug in my 5G 60Gb iPod and listen to & control it from the factory Blaupunkt head unit. I'm going nuts listening to CDs. Anyone who has never used an iPod in their car won't understand that though, but for those of you that have/do I'm sure you understand what I mean. It's like HAVING to listen to crappy, repetitve, radio because you don't have a CD. I've been using an iPod (3G 10Gb) in my Suzuki Aerio SX for two years and some change now and I am VERY spoiled by it. I'm sure that running the cable through the dash is going to be a real joy (sarcasm) but it will DEFINITELY be worth it!

The lidbone is a new product from Sector111, one of the few US distributors/makers of aftermarket Elise products. It's a nifty little contraption that lets you open the engine lid (boot lid? whats the official term anyway) with one hand and hold it in place without having to fumble with the prop. As someone that often has to get a big laptop bag (Brenthaven Pro bag with 17" Apple Powerbook) into the Elise while holding his keys this will be another great addition. My only worry is that it will rattle while the car is running (the base bolts to the cam cover) but the creators have said a few times that they "haven't noticed any extra noise". Hopefully thats true and this will be nothing but a great little addition to an already awesome little car.

Well, I'm off to bed, look for the pimped Elise post towards the end of next week (Derby week for you Kentucky folks!)....

(yep, and no new photos, been too busy working and driving ;)

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Long time, no post...

Well, I guess its obvious that I've been too busy driving the Elise (and working two jobs) to keep this blog updated. Hopefully that will change now though! The car continues to amaze me with how enjoyable it is to drive. I've actually been driving it quite a bit since returning home (4,000~ on the car) and have had almost no problems at all. The car gets fantastic gas mileage, not sure on the exact figure but it seems to be a lot better than our Suzuki Aerio. No new squeeks or rattles have shown up but the exhaust has opened up a little bit, which really helps the driving experience.

The only problem I have to report is the windows, both still leak. I managed to fix the passenger side window (remember, the Atlanta dealer "broke" it) to where it will move up and down with no trouble but both sides do still leak. I took the hardtop off a couple of weeks ago and quickly noticed that there is a big difference in where the window should stop between the hard and soft tops. With the soft top on the drivers side window has about a 1/4" gap at the rear of the window. No big deal, I just have to be kinda careful about driving when storms are rolling in. Hopefully the new dealer will be able to help me get both adjusted to a point where they will work reasonably well with both tops.

Ok, so I've had both tops on (and off) the car now. I LOVE the way the car looks with the hardtop and with no top, but I really really don't like the look of the soft top with the color. The result? The soft top only goes on when its raining or I'm leaving the car out of my sight for an extended time. The car continues to get stares and questions wherever it goes. Little kids jump up and down and older folks get big grins whenever they see it. Hell, it gives me a big grin when I see it ;)

Anyway, on with the photos.

Took these at Cave Hill cemetery in Louisville, KY
Lotus at Cavehill Cemetery

Lotus Elise Cavehill Cemetery

Lotus Elise in Cemetery

Louisville Cavehill Cemetery

Louisville Lotus Elise

Lotus Cemetery Photo

Lotus Elise Cemetery Photo

Took these while I was washing the car one day...
Lotus Elise Car Wash

Lotus Car Wash

Rear of Lotus Elise

These were taken a day or so after a storm...
Lotus Elise Reflection

Lotus Elise pool

Lotus Elise art photo

Lotus Elise in Louisville Kentucky

Lotus in Louisville KY

Lotus Elise Louisville

Elise Louisville

Took a trip up to Madison Indiana a couple of weeks ago and got some great pizza at "Chicago Pizza"...
Lotus Elise in Madison Indiana

Lotus Madison

And finally, some topless shots of the Elise...
(you can see the infamous PacMan in the background)
Topless Lotus Elise

Lotus Elise Roadster

Convertible Lotus Elise

Lotus Elise Topless

Lotus Elise Interior

Lotus Elise Fender

Lotus Elise headlights

And to finish it off... A self portrait that makes me look an idiot (or maybe its just me in general ;)!

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