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Nicky's 91Si said:
car looks amazing brother! any updates in the last month? would love to see another photoshoot done!
Thank you, it is coming along slowly unfortunately but thats how these things always go

I finally managed to source the last bushing set I needed so I can get those in and have the car aligned which means I can replace the ancient tyres and put my mugen wheels on
I swapped the exhaust to what was on my ef7, which is a lot nicer to listen to and look at, down the line I will get something a bit nicer again but it all depends on what comes up for sale



I had the car out again and its all going smoothly, it rides near perfect (alignment will fix the remaining issue) and there are no leaks anymore with the new steering rack


Next job will be brakes, refresh the spare calipers I have and install them along with some new discs and pads
I am on the fence about using oem discs, I can only find ones for an american car (which I assume are the same) but ive got no way of making sure, and it will be a very expensive mistake if they arent the same
 

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Its been a while and whilst I would like to say ive been too busy enjoying the car its not entirely true
Whilst ive been driving it whenever I can the lack of work done is just because im super lazy, but now with the whole chinese pandemic thing ive got time off work to actually get things done

Brakes were done first up, new discs and refreshed calipers
Here is the original disc next to a new one, they werent too bad but they did have some lip so they went


I forgot to take a photo of it all back together though, ill get that soon

Ive also started replacing a few rubber seals whilst refreshing bits and pieces
The door frames were pretty crusty so they were the first to get some love

Sanded back with some fine grit paper then primed and painted matte black

Here are the original seals next to the new ones, not too bad but a bit worn out

And all back together, ive got weather shields to go on but I will be waiting a bit for the paint to properly cure before fitting them


Unfortunately the seats were supposed to be done last year but there were pretty bad fires here and then with the virus I dont want to risk the shop being unable to source the material or get closed down and then the seats are in limbo. So they are sitting and waiting once again
In the post I have accessory belts so they will likely be next, ive never done them before so it should be fun (i doubt it)
 

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Chipping away at some small stuff in between enjoying driving it
I had intended to install the weather shields but the 3m tape I got was too thin so I need to get more, they have been pushed back into the to do pile once again

All accessory belts were toasted, long overdue for replacement


The alternator adjustment bolt is such a pain in the ass to get to in a car with ALB, I really need to invest in a super long spanner just for that job. Between the ALB reservoir, the timing cover and the strut tower you barely have the space to fit a tool in let alone start moving it.

Replacement washer cap for obvious reasons


The center console was a mess so I pulled it and freshened it up


Installed back in the car with a newly acquired personal box

The head unit will go eventually, I have a double din console on its way, which should have been in the car to begin with but who knows why it was removed.
Im trying to track down a nice eq tape combo that I like but its proving difficult

Also recently acquired are a set of single bulb glass lights
Another factory item that has been replaced at some point for some reason. They may be installed next


Other items on the to do list include timing belt kit, with water pump, tensioner and thermostat but I need to do a bit of reading first so I dont break something whilst attempting it
 

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Oscar95 said:
It promises to be another great project :)
Thank you, I am hoping so

It has been a while so I thought I would post a quick update
The seats are still waiting to be done, ive been told the wait list is huge and because ive got so much else to do with the car im not really in any rush so its no big deal at the moment

I did get a few things done though, namely the timing belt, water pump and tensioner
As usual I was lazy with taking photos because I just wanted the job done
The crank bolt almost killed me but after I decided to say screw it and buy the proper impact it was no trouble

And a nice new sticker for the cam cover


I noticed a small crack on the right side tail light too

That was taken care of pretty quick, you can only see it from a very specific angle but once I knew it was there it annoyed me



The seat belt guild for the drivers side was all discoloured, im not too sure what caused it but I replaced that too


I also began working on restoring my new set of cf-48 wheels
They arent very aggressive in terms of specs and a lot of people think they look weird but I am a big fan
This set is turning out much better than my last ones as ive learnt a few tricks to make the process go quicker and yield much better results
Instead of just sanding them back completely I decided to use paint stripper and a lot of patience to apply it only to the polished lip sections. Once the clear coat was off, sanding the corrosion away took seconds instead of hours.
Then it was just a matter of making the grain uniform and hitting it with some buffing compound and then polish


Here is a photo of the kind of corrosion I have been removing


I also bought some tyres for them


I have been taking the car out as much as I can, it is a lot of fun to drive, it recently rolled over 62,000 on the odometer which means in the year and a bit ive owned it I have driven about 800km



Unfortunately there is an issue with the steering rack so it will have to come out again at some point soon so I can send it away to be rebuilt completely
I have also bought a set of coilovers as the shocks/springs I have in the car, whilst nice, arent as stiff as I would like. They should arrive in the next couple of weeks and ill be able to put the wheels on and have it realigned.
 

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signalpuke said:
Can you please attach your pictures to the forum so that they resize. They are HUGE.
I am sorry, I have resized everything in the thread and cut the majority down to under 300kb
When I looked at the thread everything would auto-resize for me so I guess I never noticed it

I have finished my the restoration on my wheels and am hoping to get the tyres mounted tomorrow
 

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signalpuke said:
Those wheels look great! Very nice having the caps and covers too, that is super rare. What spec are they?
Thank you, it took me a bit of time to piece together the full set in the condition its in but id say it was worth it
They are 14x6 +38


The height looks crazy but its just stock, it will be adjusted a little when I get the new suspension
 

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91torinoredcrx said:
Gotta hit them moldings and rockers with some trim paint.
I have thought about it but because I will be painting the car down the line I have been hesitant as I have plans to take care of it all at that point, im just waiting for a final part to arrive from japan

My coilovers arrived and I got them installed
They are MCA pro comforts, which are Australian built meaning warranty and support is all in country, and at the moment thats a pretty big plus not having to send things overseas




They dont drop the car very far, but they make the ride a fair bit stiffer and it really feels like im riding on rails now
During the first test drive I didnt scrape on anything which was my main concern, so the height will likely stay at this
You can compare it to the picture posted above with the aero discs, I tried to get the same angle


The car as it sits now


The next job is getting the steering rack back out and doing a full rebuild on it
The seats are finally moving too, I have looked through just about every swatch book trimmers have on hand and couldnt find anything that was close enough to the original camel tan so I have sent a patch away to be custom matched. It will likely take until early next year to get the samples back but I should in the end have it perfect (plus a heap of spare leather for future fixes)
 

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A couple of things have happened since the last post

I was given this cover for Christmas, its great

Another great item from JDS

Today I got the seats back from the trimmer
After all the time spent preparing everything I think its paid off
Before and now



Unfortunately its been very wet here recently so I cant get better pictures until it clears up

Ive got a rebuilt steering rack waiting now too, but I forgot to order new tie rod lock washers so its all waiting on those
 

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bambbrose said:
The seats look excellent! Great work keeping this rare and special car in top notch condition!
Krix said:
Quality work! It's looking much better
Robb said:
nice work !
Thank you, I am very happy with how the seats have turned out
With a bit of product they have darkened down a little as you can see on the right


The big job this time was getting the steering rack I had rebuild into the car, its not very enjoyable but I got it done
Old one out, along with a leaky line

New one in


New lock washers too

I also replaced the front sway bar because I had one that was in nicer shape


I did some small stuff at the rear too, like new exhaust hangers to recenter the tips on the bar

The rear bar screws were all replaced with bolts at some point so I got the proper hardware and put it all back to how it should be



Unfortunately the new rack is very stiff, at first I assumed the guy who rebuilt it just tightened the adjuster all the way but it doesnt change at all no matter how lose I make it
When I got the car realigned I spoke to the mechanic and asked him to take a peek to see if he could see anything and it was suggested that the pump was failing, I have sourced a new (used, to be rebuilt) one and i will throw that in to see if it makes any difference
If not I will need to speak to the guy who did the rack and get him to fix it
Which means pulling it out of the car again, im not happy about that idea in the slightest
So if anyone has any idea im all ears

I did some testing with some body parts ive been piecing together over the past few years but none of that will be final for at least another year or two as I need more money to start the next stage of the car

How the car sits now


 
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