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    Doh! I just got my registration renewal notice in the mail. I have to get smogged too, which is kinda hard when the car isn't running. I guess I better get this done.

    Did my first Heli-Coil last weekend:



    And finally got the engine in the bay. Didn't get anything hooked up, but at least it's not on the garage floor anymore.



    Registration is due 12/16 so I have to have it running and smogged by then. Wish me luck!
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    Re: My Hoopty

    i know you can do it bro......


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    w00t w00t should be plenty of time!

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    Re: My Hoopty

    no headers? or after the smog

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    Re: My Hoopty

    No headers sir. I'm not a huge fan of mods really. I have my fast car. This one is my economical common sense car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Snooz View Post
    No headers sir. I'm not a huge fan of mods really. I have my fast car. This one is my economical common sense car.
    i here you there bro this cb is staying about 98% stock want it to be my comfortable long trip reliable car ^_^

    i plan to pick another car up later on down the road to have fun with

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    Dude this is a nice car! I wish the interior in the car im gettin was that color but i'll have to live with BROWN for now. UGH, maybe i will dye it later on. Nice paint too.

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    Thank you sir! It's okay to be down with brown. Don't sweat it. The factory upholstery is really tough, so you'll still be rocking it in good condition when it comes back into style again!

    I cleaned up the coolant reservoir today. It's amazing what you can do with a little degreaser, a stick and a paper towel. This thing was funky murky rusty brown with some serious sludge in the bottom and now it's nice again.



    That leaves this right here is the only thing I'm waiting on before I fire her up.



    That's it. I've been considering using Evan's NPG for some time for several reasons.

    1. It's lifetime so I only have to change it once every 100k miles.
    2. It's propylene glycol based so I can pour it down the drain instead of dumping it in some poor sap's field under cover of darkness
    3. It's supposedly a lot easier on the engine than ethylene glycol, lower temps, non-corrosive, etc.
    4. I recently changed all the heater and bypass hoses (all 8 million of them) and don't want to futz with any of that for a very, very long time again

    I was going to go with Zerex G05 and do Evans' later, but Evan's requires the entire cooling system to be absolutely free of the old coolant before using it (or so I've read). I figure that the cooling system, having been open for the last year, with a virgin block is never going to be cleaner than it is right now so now's the time to do it.

    I can hardly wait to be driving my baby again. The Bimmer needs some TLC too so I couldn't get the red car running at a better time.
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    Good stuff!

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    nice restore you have going. i really want to do all this to a car one day. maybe with a handful of tasteful mods too, but basically just restore something old and original

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    Re: My Hoopty

    Hey nice work on the tank there! I also remember doing mine and afterwords being quite excited to be able to see the coolant level!!

    Let us know how the evan's works out.
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    What degreaser did you use to clean the reservoir? Looks like it works really well. Nice job

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    Bump for updates! What's up MR SNOOZ!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 87roach View Post
    Hey nice work on the tank there! I also remember doing mine and afterwords being quite excited to be able to see the coolant level!!

    Let us know how the evan's works out.
    Yeah! I never could see the coolant and it bummed me out. I had to use a flashlight all the time. I have high hopes for the Evans.

    Quote Originally Posted by hondafiend View Post
    What degreaser did you use to clean the reservoir? Looks like it works really well. Nice job
    It was Simple Green Max. I try to use the environmentally friendly degreasers. They don't work as well, but they don't hurt my liver either so I deal.

    Quote Originally Posted by 2ndGenGuy View Post
    Bump for updates! What's up MR SNOOZ!?
    Sorry man, nothing new to report. I'm still waiting on the coolant. It's supposed to be here tomorrow, so I'll probably give it a go over the Thanksgiving weekend.

    Pick-A-Part is having a half-price sale over the holiday weekend, starting Thanksgiving Day. I have to make time to go roll in the dirt and get a valve body for the Bimmer. A couple of my shift valves are getting slow and it bugs me.
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    Reading up on the Evans. Looks like this is some seriously awesome stuff!

    http://www.custommachiningusa.com/Evans_NPG+.html

    http://will.mylanders.com/mc/notes/read.pl?file=64

    Apparently, I can run the car with a 0 lb. radiator cap, reducing pressure on the hoses. I can also run it hotter, which increases fuel efficiency AND power. No one seems to know when you need to change it because it never wears out. The only downside is that it is thicker than normal coolant. Operating temps may go up a little as a result, but the cooling is so far superior that it's not a problem.
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    Went to start it up today for the first time and the dash lights do not come on, nor does the main relay click, nor does the starter turn over. The other lights come on and the clock works. I'll be spending some quality time with the wiring diagrams, but if anyone has any ideas, I'm open.

    More detail is here: https://www.3geez.com/forum/showthrea...640#post987640

    Thanks!
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    Re: My Hoopty

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Snooz View Post
    Went to start it up today for the first time and the dash lights do not come on, nor does the main relay click, nor does the starter turn over. The other lights come on and the clock works. I'll be spending some quality time with the wiring diagrams, but if anyone has any ideas, I'm open.

    More detail is here: https://www.3geez.com/forum/showthrea...640#post987640

    Thanks!
    are the three plugs under the dash plugged in?

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    IT'S ALIVE!!!!!!!! The car runs awesome!! It turns out that I hadn't reconnected the ignition switch to the fuse box when I swapped out the pedal box. I reconnected it and the car fired right up.

    I did the motoman break in, which involves doing a series of WOT pulls from 1800 to 6000 rpm. Fortunately, it didn't blow up. After the first pull, I got a CEL, 17 flashes. Turns out that my junkyard MT ECU was rubbish. Swapped mine back in and all is well. I also had a leaky fuel filter which needed to be tightened. The tranny fill plug leaked because Honda doesn't make sealing rings for those anymore. I just RTVed up the old one and that's fixed now too.

    The only remaining issue is that the tranny is somewhat crunchy on shifts and exceptionally reluctant to shift into first gear at stops. I'm hoping it's just a combination of clutch adjustment and new synchros getting broken in. I'm massaging the clutch adjustment, but that crap is getting old fast.

    Some minor remaining issues:

    1. My driver door speaker no longer works
    2. My passenger window no longer rolls down
    3. My water pump pulley wobbles

    Hope everyone is doing well. Woohoo!!
    Last edited by Dr_Snooz; 11-29-2009 at 08:53 PM.
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    Nice man! So is there a break-in procedure for the tranny? Were the 6000RPM pulls okay on it? When my friend did the breakin on the new diff in his car (it was an LSD, so prolly different), he had to keep the engine out of power while it wore in... I know you're not supposed to do do any high RPM shifting on a new clutch too. The WOT pulls were probably okay as long as you weren't doing the shifts...

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    More on the Motoman break in method.

    https://www.3geez.com/forum/showthrea...959#post987959
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2ndGenGuy View Post
    Nice man! So is there a break-in procedure for the tranny? Were the 6000RPM pulls okay on it? When my friend did the breakin on the new diff in his car (it was an LSD, so prolly different), he had to keep the engine out of power while it wore in... I know you're not supposed to do do any high RPM shifting on a new clutch too. The WOT pulls were probably okay as long as you weren't doing the shifts...
    Yeah, the pulls were fine. I shifted gently up until fourth, got on it, let it wind down, then shifted again. I wasn't power shifting or anything. It was a pig even before I did the break in.
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    Sometimes my bung-hole goes "Yadadada!" lol

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    how do you like it so far?

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    It's really nice to have my red car back. I missed her terribly. The tranny is having some issues that are probably the result of using two trannies to create one by cherry-picking parts from each. It will probably take a long time for all the mismatched parts to wear together again and stop being so fussy.

    I still need to wire up the cruise control and I'd really like to have the clutch interlock. I've been driving an auto for so long, there's a high probability that I'll end up rearranging the front end some morning when I go to start it up. I park behind the Bimmer, so I'll get a twofer if that happens.
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    hell yeah, that looks like my paint!

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