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The return of #483

Discussion in 'Roadster' started by josh-io, Jan 1, 2017.

  1. josh-io

    josh-io Member

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    It's been a long journey for Roadster #483 since I bought her in November 2015 with 110,000 (!) miles.

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    Donald, the previous owner, took incredible care of her. Which was a relief, since I bought her with not much more information than the picture you see above. :)

    Unfortunately—three months after getting her, a pickup truck slammed into her on the left, and pushed her into a parked car on the right. Chilton Auto Body had to replace half the carbon fiber body panels, and repaint the entire car. She was unrecognizable during the repair:

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    But six months and $25,000 later, she came out looking brand new.

    Since then, I added a hardtop and some other upgrades. Most notable was a vinyl design based on the Tag Heuer Roadster. The work was done by Film Werkz in San Jose. Daniel there is amazing.

    So, one year after becoming her owner, here she is.

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  2. Ormond

    Ormond Member

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    Reborn like the Phoenix!
     
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  3. johnnyS

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    The new look is great!
     
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  4. ww73

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    Wow. That looks great!
     
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  5. kavyboy

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    Gorgeous!
     
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  6. Msjulie

    Msjulie Member

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    I really like both of those roadsters!
     
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  7. ecarfan

    ecarfan Well-Known Member

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    Wow. I love it, and I usually don't like added on graphic designs. Very impressive. And I'm amazed that you could repair your car for the price you stated. I take it the frame was not damaged?
     
  8. jbadger

    jbadger Roadster #506

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    Wow, that came out beautifully!
     
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  9. ViperDoc

    ViperDoc Roadster 1305

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    Now that is sweet. I particularly like the red accent lines!
     
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  10. Lloyd

    Lloyd Well-Known Member

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    Great Paint job!! Who did the design?
     
  11. purplewalt

    purplewalt Active Member

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    Last September (2015), I met the owner in Delaware, NJ or MD while my car was charging at a Supercharger, and he was about to hit 100K miles.
    Very nice man, hope he was able to find another car as fun and durable.

    Really think the graphics and touches of color you have added are stunning.
    Hope you enjoy driving it after its Rebirth.

    Sometimes great things are born by what some my see as obstacles.
     
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  12. josh-io

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    Correct—no frame damage. As much as a hassle as it was, the accident worked out really well (for the car).
     
  13. josh-io

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    I started with the Tag Heuer Roadster and made some modifications. Daniel at Film Werkz was amazing. He sent me a photo almost every time he laid a piece of vinyl. Here's a progress photo he took. It was a fun, super collaborative process.
     
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  14. josh-io

    josh-io Member

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    Wow, you met him. That's awesome. He did find another great car—a Model S. :)
     
  15. DeedWest

    DeedWest Too Many Roadsters

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    This looks excellent! What a fantastic way to keep 483 alive and turning heads even more! I'm thrilled she was revived after that accident. The skeleton photo without body panels was upsetting to see, but the result made up for it tenfold.

    The more Roadsters over 100,000 miles that stay on the road, the happier I am! :)
     
  16. JayBee7

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    nice, excellent colour scheme and vinyl, are you going to add the rear badges back on?
     
  17. josh-io

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    I am, definitely. And a couple more Tesla logos will be added on in vinyl. I don't want people thinking it's a Lotus. ;)
     
  18. JayBee7

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    good to hear :) please keep the pictures coming
     
  19. echo7tango

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    I saw this car on Friday afternoon 3/3 around 5pm, on Hwy 85 south in Cupertino. Great looking car, it really caught my eye. Nicely done.
     
  20. josh-io

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    My commute home! And thank you!
     

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