Other Honda Models vehicle added by Karmadrome, Saturday 5th Sep, 2015
Karmadrome added a new Honda to the garage:
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Little blue looks good. Looks like she'll be keeping you busy for sometime.
Look forward to following along with the progress as you go
thanks! And yeah I'm in it for the long haul - first step is cleaning that engine (ugh) and getting some photos of my steering wheel up on here for you all to critique
So today has mostly been spent taking my time putting together my steering wheel, QR hub and spacer. The plan is to get the car to useable by my holidays next year. As the chassis is really good condition, the arches have all been replaced with fibreglass and the frame was installed already, the hope is to pull it together by March/April 2016. Engine wise there's not much to be done, some dress up but the plan was always to keep it as stock looking as possibles for that Kanjo feeling. So I'm hoping that's a realistic deadline to aim for. Excuse the shaky handed photography.
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Looks quality that wheel. What's the colour scheme on the inside of the car ?
Currently: a mess. It used to be white but the last owner went black... Up the front, and left the rear unfinished. Currently the plan is to re paint the frame in white and "tactically carpet areas of wear" bride zeta III XL to go in and some very trick pieces to make the car work for me
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And thanks! The wheels slightly bigger than standard as the car doesn't have power steering, and I'd rather a bigger wheel then retro fit it. The wheel is called "Ghost" and they are available from "griproyal.com" ... They do some really nice painted ones too.
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All stripped out, like it !
Having spent the weekend watching a friends engine bay get a shockingly good, insanely quick (relatively speaking) new paint job instead of working on blue or red, I've been on a design and spending spree to say sorry to blue.
New vinyl wrap to tidy the previous, previous owners terrible roof wrap skills.
A new vinyl application squeegee.
Six bottles of lighter fluid.
A new dremmel.
A fresh sponge.
Some diamond cutting blades.
The engine bay got a tertiary clean too, so as to make inspection for wear and tear a little easier.
So I need a new Cambelt, nothing scary but it's been on there three years and it's perishing slightly, I'd like to replace the pipe work and the intake plenum too. Nothing massive but certainly something fresher as the zinc plating is like the dark side of the moon.
But honestly that's it. Maybe new ignition leads. I'm quite happy as Blue is as solid as snake, and more ship shape then a Dutch steel hull. As soon as I can get the frame cut and modified I can get the frame re sprayed and then the composites work and electrics start.... Oh and I just noticed the front bumper is drooping slightly... Time for some creative thinking methinks....
Soon as the next cheque clears I'll be begging to borrow a pit tent or the like (I'd even have a crack at a yurt if someone else puts it up for me) and applying the.... Striking shall we say... Roof wrap.
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... Oh god, and filters, but not the fun ones. The kind I'm going to have to custom cut
Today I've peeled the roof wrap off. I say peel, it was more "wearing the skin off my fingers as I grasp at gluey, gooey, slippery heavy duty garden bags applied with bostick" then just mere removal.
The battle was emense and hard, but I eventually won using a hairdryer, a 12v in the back of Big Red, some physical (I won't lie, and some emotional) turmoil and some encouragement from the stereo. I have removed 1 layer of black (what I assume is actually car wrap, with air release) and two layers of at least two millimetre thick, yellow Callander wrap (the kind of thing that's used for signs and flooring) and artic lorries
I have heard that layering up on wrap is a massive no-no, the glue can seep through layers and cause problems with removal. I'm not sure if that's true, but it has been like trying to rip up concrete with my bare hands getting the layers off and would advise anyone who wants to do some graphics to get a good set printed as a single layer at a signs express and apply (or have them do it for you) it may be cheaper to layer up but it never looks as good and is a nightmare to remove.
I was expecting to see the roof plug once I had pulled it all away, but it looks like the roof was wrapped AFTER a dodgy spray job on the roof, while I can't see the plug from the outside however its not what I would call a good job. Good thing I've got some lovely new, ridiculous, wrap for the roof. All that's left is to clean the surface back so all residue is removed (lighter fluid, de-greaser, panel wipes) and I can start making calls to see who is stupid enough to offer me a hand with cutting and applying the new roof.
Really interested to see how you get on wrapping the roof, pics arent showing for me am very tempted to carbon wrap bonnet and roof on my CL9
Love the minimalistic cockpit, what ECU you running bud you need to tell us more now you have shown the interior.
That's the problem with wrap it's so hard to remove afterwards.
Alex - I hope I do the roof justice! I've not uploaded the photos yet, wanted to crack on banging my head against the wall and getting the glue residue off. Came in from it about an hour ago. Knackered. Give it a go, it's a giant sticker, screw it up, do it again!
Preparation is the key (and actual good quality vinyl, I cannot express this enough) if it's not high quality the glue is cheaper, it's designed for things other then being on car, like trains, JCB signage... The Floors of Tescos, that sort of thing. I'll write up a step by step if anyone is interested? I'll try to be as direct and clear as I can!
Dust free environment to do the wrap is important too.
Thanks Ichiban, no pressure! Just before I continue, remember you asked for this haha.
it's got some changes coming but I'm scared of adding weight and throwing the balance. Plan three times, measure four times.... Anyway, ECU wise she still has her factory OBD-0 ... I'll probably speak to Romain at eurospec and get a medium spec AEM system fitted. I can then use a paddle box, perhaps something from Geartronix, and neatly tie in the cameras. 8 point welded in cage, currently got a Schroth 6 point harness for the driver, and a cobra imola seat, both of those are coming out to be replaced with a Takata 6 point harness in a wide strap green, and seat wise it's going to be a cobra custom fit job... Or a Takata but it needs to be fitted to me for access really so the Cobras winning out ATM.
The Dials plan currently is to chuck the OEMs and use a set off a Honda XX blackbird.....or a 89' 400cc Baby blade. but sourcing the blackbird option is proving a problem, also I've not dared step into eurospec to ask how insanely expensive that's going to be to wire, that's another reason to go with the AEM option. It'll need custom dial centres either way.. Then the Composites work starts... Functional and light is all I need. dials cowling so it doesn't look awful, lights, switches. And somewhere for the screen. Maybe a walking stick retainer.
The cage needs modifying on the drivers side, but that's going to be a rally spec system so I'm secure knowing it should keep me safe. lick of paint in white for the cage, flock and mats for the rest. Maybe some roof switches cos, let's be honest, everyone wants roof switches.
Then the usual suspects, hydraulic pedal box and step down systems to allow for my weaker side, same again with the handbrake so it's easier for me to pull... And reach... Window nets (again, secretly we all want window nets) perhaps a solution for filling the tank up to make it easier (and so I can brag I had the balls to do it)
Bitten off too much? Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah..... Just dedicated. I will drive a manual, specialists said it will never happen and I'm going to do my dammedest to prove em wrong.
Hey Speedy, I agree, today has proven for me that it can be a nightmare, especially if you leave it on past its 7 year max application date. the glue starts hardening and then it's like pulling teeth and impossible to clean properly. Layering it up didn't help ah well, it's done finally now.
I've been building up to doing the roof and as such I've wrapped a few things in my shorttime... I have a "carbon fibre" textured wrap on my desk, I did half the front door but the missus told me off and there's the bathroom tiles... I'll grab some photos of the desk and bathroom tomorrow, good wrap works really well, and is so thin it's easy to use in sections with an overlap and it's really hard to see the join. Top stuff.
We started to modify the cage Saturday.
To say I was nervous over doing this would be an understatement. Realistically done wrong this could of been an absolute nightmare to fix.
But! So far, so good. It's been cut, ground back, polished off and zinc coated. Destroyed a whole bunch of discs, so at least I know it's as tough as they said it would be.
Plus, he lack of side impact bar on the cage is going to make removing the seat a lot easier so I can finally get one that I can use.
Don't get me wrong, that's not why it had to be done, it's just a bonus. I can now move forward with the next stage of the cage mod: fitting a new, cripple friendly impact bar.
We also got the hub fitted and have decided to modify my build of the steering wheel to simplify matters and reduce the POFs.
I'm quickly finding myself running out of places to put parts that the boss won't notice. She has put up with the steering wheel, axel covers, mudguards, new parts for the CR-X and factory FM stereo from a city II and a 1st Generation Jazz I have strewn across my desk and bedroom, I'm not sure she will be ok with a Seat no one but the dog can fit into, another steering wheel, two more hubs and three foot of roll cage tubing I've hidden in here as well when she gets home....
Good stuff but we need far more pictures of the work you are doing !
I know, I know! - what can I say, we start working and I get a couple of photos but when I get my head into it, all I'm thinking about is the work at hand.
I'll make sure to take more Tea Breaks and get more shots, I'd invite the boss to take photos but then she would know what I'm spending!
Just popped out to turn over and check on little blue, a couple of days ago I found holes burnt through my car cover where the scummy students have been flicking their butt ends with wanton abandonment, so she's been without cover the last few days and I wanted to check that there were no leaks (there wasn't any).
So while out there I figured I'd check the fit of the steering wheel (excuse detritus in footwell so) and get a quick shot of it in situ,
Not bad eh? Nicest bit of the car a neighbour commented.
Now, I'm sure I want to try to make a (white suede?) boot for the hub' I'm sure OMP could of done better then the horrid rubber... Thing that's on there currently.
You can see above, in the bottom right hand corner a suspiciously grey section on the cage and a lack of a cross member...
I'll get to that in the post where I tackle fitting the new cross member to the cage.
Student in your car eh where is this bud?
@Ichiban see PM/convo.m
They are utter rotters and have made my life a nightmare recently
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