Saw 5: The Fate of a Korean Elantra

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 thoughts on “Saw 5: The Fate of a Korean Elantra”

    • 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 🙂

    • 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!

      • 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!!!!

  6. 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.

  7. 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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