Weekend Toy Honda Prelude SN 1982

1st Generation (1978-1982) vehicle added by numpty67, Saturday 1st Mar, 2014

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    Finally got around to getting the Prelude in the body shop to get some work done. The back wheel arch especially was getting really bad and something had to be done to stop it getting worse. The front offside wing was needing reshaped as well, apart from that it was a lot of niggly little things that just weren't right.

    Once the body work is done it will get a full respray in the original Canyon Gold, the grill, bumpers and mirrors are all being done in black. The side rubber/chrome trim is being removed (not good condition) and the holes welded up and will either be replaced with a chrome strip or left blank, not sure at the moment.

    After that it is getting lowered by 35mm on new King Springs I got sent over from Australia, then a new set of Rota Beat alloys will be fitted. Really liked the Rota wheels, they are basically a copy of the Mugen CF-48 wheels from the 80's, think they will look great on the Prelude.

    Will post more pictures as the work progresses.
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    Forgot to add that I got some new number plates made up and new rear fog lights as the old ones are taped together, think that covers it for the moment.
     
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    Bet you can't wait to see her with a fresh coat of paint on her.
     
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    Looking forward to seeing her all patched up :Smile:
     
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    Went to the body shop today. Paint done! Just trim to be painted then added. One new wheel fitted for effect, still to be lowered.

    Here is the Prelude as she stands right now. :Grin:

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    That's looking like a job well done mate! She's sitting pretty with the fresh paint, be nice to see her all put back together with the trims and new Rota alloys :Smile:
     
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    That looks like a top job right there. Glad you kept her in the original colour. Looks like they took all the orange peel out of her as well, thats a pain in the neck to do, glad they have done it properly.

    Looking forward to seeing her with clothes back on again.
     
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    Cheers Guys. Really pleased with the results so far and I personally think the Rotas set it off a treat. Rab, who has been doing all the work on it has done a terrific job.

    Just deciding what to put back on and what to leave off re. trim. The original side trims will definitely not be back on as they were a bit of a mess.
     
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    You can probably refurbish the original tatty trim right?
     
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    Can you not get those side trims rechromed? No idea of cost however, but they would look great cleaned up.

    EDIT: lol - DD just beat me to it.
     
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    Not so sure as there is actually an end cap missing and a previous owner ?? had drilled through the chrome and plastic to secure it onto the bodywork. Still have them so might get somebody to have a look at them.
     
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    Mate, chromers are fantastic - they can repair stuff like that. Find one that does car restorations. They can fix bent chrome, those huge american style chrome bumpers etc. If they can do that, the specialists I am talking about, those trims should be a piece of cake for them.

    No harm in enquiring I guess.
     
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    You can fabricate the cap out of anything really and then fill/sand the holes with bodywork filler, once the shape it right you should be use some decent 2K primer and chrome paint to do the rest (you really need to research chrome paints as they vary widely).

    Don't get me wrong, that's not the proper way to do it on a classic - purists would want to see brand new genuine chrome pieces or take it to a professional chromer - but it would visually look right. EDIT: @Nighthawk covered it.
     
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    A quick google hit loads of them, but for example

    Trim Restoration | Chrome Trim Restoration Stainless steel trim | Chrome Restoration Specialist

    Direct quote - "We are also able to replace missing and broken studs on the back of trims and re-make missing or damaged retaining clips."
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    I know its the expensive option ( I see no prices on their site), but if its done properly, man, that will set your car off just beautifully against a new paint job.

    @numpty67, Even better mates

    Chroming | Chrome Platers | Ashford Chroming (London, UK)

    Specialise in car restoration
     
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    Thanks guys, will have to look into it in a bit more detail. I just thought they were knackered so didn't waste much more time on them. Have since had the original holes welded up and painted and was going to go for a simpler chrome strip or nothing at all. Definitely something to think about now though.
     
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    That looks like a job well done :Thumbup:
     
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    So here she is in all her glory! I think she looks wonderful, really pleased with the end result. Still a couple of little things to address and she is going back in to get some work done next week. Track rod ends were mentioned and something else mechanical?!? who knows, it went straight over my head. Will get some better pictures soon. A big thanks to RM Bodywork and Automek for a job well done.

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