26 Saw 5: The Fate of a Korean Elantra

Saw 5: The Fate of a Korean Elantra

Posted on September 29, 2010 by team

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The floor has been cut too

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Useful stuff remained on the stocks

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Thrown away

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Taking a whole donor’s part

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Joining parts

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Final processing of joining points

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That’s how they’ve been welded on

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Rather carefully

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The same with all welded joints

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The result of the efforts

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Rear wheels from the original tail

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Smoothing out

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Preparing the body for painting

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26 Responses to “Saw 5: The Fate of a Korean Elantra”

  1. OLUT says:

    Ouch… and neat!

  2. DeepEye says:

    The whole proccess costs more than actually buying a new car.

    • Name (required) says:

      If you do it yourself the most expensive is all the beer you can drink while you work.. but in east country alcool is not expensive :) so that will be cheaper than buy another car..

      And that’s a really Nice work :)

  3. Macsen says:

    Very nice re-build. No one around here would have bothered thogh, as it’s not a car that’s worth re-building.

  4. CZenda says:

    These greedy sumbiches should be strapped into what they did and then used as crash-test dummies for the full frontal impact.

  5. Lord Cunt says:

    Don’t know about Russia, but here in Ireland (and the rest of the EU), ‘cut-and-shut’ cars as we call them are illegal.

    • zx says:

      Mast popular country to do this is Lithuania, where wrecked cars are joined together and exported all around the world.
      So maybe you or someone who you know is driving similar car!

      • Dave says:

        It’s not actually likely in Ireland. As with the UK cars travel on the left side of the road in Ireland. This means that the driver is seated on the right rather than the left as is usual in mainland Europe.
        I don’t imagine there are enough right-hand drive vehicles in Lithuania to make it worthwhile.

        • john says:

          Ha! Don’t underestimate Lithuanian (or other Post-USSR people) ingenuity. What they do is convert right side driven cars to left and vice versa. The difference is only in pedals, wheel and front panel plastics really!

  6. jed118 says:

    Can’t do that here either, (Ontario), but in Quebec I think it is still legal. If the roof is damaged or bent (to the point of poor windshield alignment) then it is illegal to repair.

    Still, good fitment, door gap and panel fit is good.

    I think this has to do with Putin;s tax on new car import – perhaps this is a result now, it is cheaper to fix than to buy.

  7. cm says:

    I can only imagine how strong those end to end welding will be. I hope there’s no bumps on russian roads – oh wait…

  8. KILO says:

    same process here in Hungary. after that the car will be sold as “injury free”…….

  9. DougW says:

    Spliced (unibody) cars (like this one) are illegal in the U.S. as well. It’s perfectly legal to splice a body that sits on a frame.

  10. froggy says:

    Hmm the bottom seam looks like its done OK but i don’t understand why they didn’t drill out the lower rails all the way to the back more work but it would be like factory spot welded. The window pillar is a straight cut/weld and is defiantly not safe, should have gone with staggered inner/outer skin weld.

  11. Orange_You_Tang says:

    Isn’t this a cut-and-shut? They’re illegal in most places right? For the obvious reasons.

    • CottonCentury says:

      In the UK certainly only if 1. the work is shoddy and it can’t pass road-worthiness testing and 2. the customer is lied to.

  12. w says:

    Good job – If it were my car I and I didnt have insurance I would do this! Then sell quick quick. well done

  13. Jim-Bob says:

    Not bad. It looks like most of the seams were along the factory joints. Those that were not were done in a staggered manner ( rocker panel), so most of the original strength should still be there too. As for legality, it is legal to do this in the US provided the car does not have a Certificate of Destruction title, or a non-rebuildable salvage title. I managed to buy a wrecked Nissan Sentra (Sunny) several years ago and rebuild it in the back yard. I then made it my daily driver until I wrecked it with an accident in the same section of the car (driver’s front) that I had replaced. The car stayed together and the door even opened and shut after the impact. Done right, cut and shut cars are perfectly safe. The problem arises when people cut corners in order to turn a quick profit and end up selling death traps to an unassuming customer. Most people simply do not know what to look for and thus a lot of unsafe cars end up back on the road.

  14. Bobble Hat says:

    Such a shame that these workers, with so much skill and ability and ingenuity, end up creating dangerous death-traps. Then they trick unsuspecting buyers into loading their families into these Frankenstein vehicles to drive off and crash somewhere.

    It would be nice if their considerable skills could be put to better use.

  15. Boritz says:

    This is instance where result is less than sum of parts.

  16. G says:

    Looks good, but actually that’s a suicidal car.

  17. Ahmed The Chechenian True Believer says:

    In most western countries this procedure is illegal and also dangerous. Note in agenda: never ever to buy a car coming from Eastern countries… And always using a qualified mechanic to make an whole inspection, chassis included. Brrrrr!!!!

  18. Janka says:

    Here’s an example what could possibly happen when such “masterpiece” crashes (http://www.tvnet.lv/galleries/show/7686). Pay attention to condition of a BMW car.

  19. kriszpontaz says:

    Six million ways to die – choose one.
    Even if this car looks good after this “threatment” and radical fix, the future buyer will get a deathtrap. All the crumple zones of the car, and even the passenger cell are weakened with these cuts and welding. As KILO says: the process almost the same in several Countries, and all the future buyers scammed, and will buy an “injury free” car, sadly.

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